Reading List

I read a lot. My wife reads more. (She actually has a website all about what she reads.) Two frequent questions I get asked are, what am I currently reading or what books would I recommend.

To that end, I created this list of books that I have read and would pass on. This is not a comprehensive list of everything that I have read each year, but they are the the books most worth the time. (I have wasted a lot of time on pretty worthless books. I’m saving you the trouble by not added them to these lists.)

*In previous years I’ve listed books in “Top 5” and “Honorable Mention”. I got lazy in 2017.


“1984” by George Orwell
“A Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards
“The Forgotten Jesus” by Robby Galaty
“When to Speak and When to Shut Up” by Dr. Michael D. Sedler
“Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink” by Anthony McCarten
“Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” by Jared Diamond
“Goodbye, Things” by Fumio Sasaki
“Nevermoor, the Trials of Morrigan Crow” by Jessica Townsend
“Start With Why” by Simon Sinek
“Emotional Agility” by Susan David
“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.”  By Daniel H. Pink
“Paul: A Biography” by N.T. Wright
“How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking” by Jordan Ellenberg
“Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives” by Richard A. Swenson
“The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker
“What the Dog Saw:  And Other Adventures” by Malcom Gladwell
“The Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli
“Dark Night of the Soul” by St. John of the Cross
“Into the Silent Land” by Martin Lairdu
“Dirty Glory” by Pete Grieg
“On Tyranny: Lessons from the twentieth century” by Timothy Snyder


“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight
“Stuff Matters” by Mark Miodownik
“The Road to Character” by David Brooks
“Jesus Among Secular Gods” by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
“In Constant Prayer” by Robert Benson
“The Tao of Bill Murray” by Gavin Edwards
“Against the Wind” by K.P. Yohannan
“The King Jesus Gospel” by Scott McKnight
“Necessary Endings” by Henry Cloud
“Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey
“Finding Our Way Again” by Brian Mclaren
“Praying With the Church” by Scott McKnight
“The Pastor” by Eugene H. Peterson
“You Are What You Love” by James K. A. Smith
“A Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards
“The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson
“Prevailing Prayer” by D.L. Moody
“Eat This Book” by Eugene Peterson
“Night” by Elie Wiesel
“Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy” by Micah Zenko
“The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi
“God and Stephen Hawking” by John C. Lennox
“Does Prayer Change Things” by R.C. Sproul
“An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit” by Vinson Synan
“Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World” by Alec Ryrie
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell
“The Lord and His Prayer” by N.T. Wright
“The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world.” by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman
“Surprised by Hope” by N.T. Wright
“The Divine Conspiracy” by Dallas Williard
“Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home” by Richard J. Foster
“Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth” by Dutch Sheets
“Streams of Living Water” by Richard J. Foster


1) “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
2) “The Way of the Heart” by Henri J.M. Nouwen
3) “American Icon” by Bryce G. Hoffman
4) “Humility” by Andew Murray
5) “Reclaiming Conversation” by Sherry Turkle

“Originals” by Adam Grant
“Crucial Conversations” by Kerry Patterson
“Adventures in Prayer” by Mary Jo Pierce
“Deep Work” by Cal Newport
“How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg *Re-read from 2015 (Probably should be top 5 since it’s the second year I’ve listed it.)
“Sprint” by Jake Knapp
“Finding Eve” by Rita Springer
“The Wisdom of the Desert” by Thomas Merton
“The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Church Monks” by Benedicta Ward
“Sacred Listening” by James L. Wakefield
“Prayer Primer” by Thomas Dubai
“The New York City Noon Prayer Meeting” by Talbot W. Chambers

Honorable Mention:

“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday
“Poets and Saints” by Jamie George
“The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” by Benjamin Franklin
“The Leader Who Had No Title” by Robin Sherma
“The Lives of the Desert Fathers” by Norman Russell


1) “Creativity Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull
2) “Work Rules! : Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead” by Laszlo Bock
3) “The Year Without Pants” by Scott Berkun
4) “The Orbital Perspective” By Astronaut Ron Garan
5) “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall B. Rosenberg

“Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words” by Rod Bennett
“Truely Free” by Robert Morris
“Manage Your Day-to-Day” by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)
“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
“Creating Magic” by Lee Cockerell
“How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle
“Simplify” by Joshua Becker
“Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennen Manning