Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Notice to Karl and George...I'M IN

In my posting yesterday I told you about the reading contest that has taken place the last three years between Karl Rove and President Bush. Well, guys, you have motivated me. I see no way in the world I can compete with you in 2009, especially now that one of you have a little more free time on your hands, but I am resolved to be a better reader this year so that I can be a better leader this year. So below are a list of books that I’m shooting to complete this year:

Who Stole My Church by Gordon MacDonald
We’re reading this one as an Elder Board. I wish everyone in our church would take the time to read this one in 2009.

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
I started this one on the plane ride to Israel last fall and couldn’t get beyond God being personified as a woman. I need to finish it but I'm not really sure if I reccomend it.

Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels
Bill gave a talk on this at last year’s Leadership Summit that was powerful. Every book I have read of his has been used by God to make me a better leader and Christ follower.

IT: How Churches and Leaders Get It and Keep It by Craig Croeschel
Craig gave this talk at last year’s Leadership Summit as well. I have already showed the DVD of his talk to our Elder Board and our Staff here at Grace Church.

Choosing Your Faith in a World of Spiritual Options by Mark Mittelberg
Mark co-authored Becoming a Contagious Christian with Bill Hybels. I used that book when I taught evangelism at Grace College so I’m sure his new one will be just as good.

What In The World Is Going On? By David Jeremiah
Dr. Jeremiah talked about this book at a breakfast I attended last year. It deals with 10 prophetic clues we can’t afford to ignore. I need to read it before it becomes outdated.

The Winner’s Manual for the Game of Life by Jim Tressel
Tressel is the head football coach at Ohio State (Go Buckeyes!). This book was given to me over the summer by a couple whose wedding I officiated (He’s a Buckeye fan too!).

The 5000 Year Leap – A Miracle That Changed the World by W. Cleon Skousen
This was recommended to me by one of our church members who admitted it is dry reading regarding 28 principles of freedom put into practice by our Founding Fathers.

When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In the Box by John Ortberg
John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors. I started this book last year but it was another one that got abandoned two chapters in because of my lack of reading discipline.


Anonymous said...

Hi I'm an attender at Grace, and I just wanted to say I received the book "What in the World is Going on?" as a Christmas gift, and that I am also looking forward to reading it.

Pastor Scott said...

That's great, Cody! Let me know what you think after you read it. Thanks for reading and commenting. It's great to have you here at Grace!

Andy Spade said...

Might I also recommend "Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Steelers and the NFL" and Jim Wexell's "Steelers Nation"?

You can borrow my copies any time, as long as you promise to return them in one piece!

Pastor Scott said...

Sorry, Andy, I don't read porn!