Reading List

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 books that I believe are 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.

** (10/18) I keep my reading list in Evernote and in the past would update this page as often as I would remember. But, again, I’ve gotten lazy or maybe it’s the four kids, but instead of updating this page you can now just click on the link and read the list in Evernote.

*** (10/18) I’m in the process of working on an Airtable Base that has all this information as well as my personal ratings of each book, but honestly, I’m not sure that I will ever actually finish it.

**** (01/21) My wife finally convinced me to join Goodreads, so you can follow along there in “real-time” what I’m reading. I will still keep the Evernote page updated as best as I can.


Here is a list of books that I think EVERYONE, especially those who are in “organized” ministry in any way should read:

  • “A Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards
  • “Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • “The Pastor” by Eugene Peterson
  • “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster
  • “The Naked Now” by  Richard Rohr
  • “Humility” by Andrew Murray
  • “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr
  • “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene Peterson
  • “The Art of Non-Violent Communication” by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • “Dark Night of the Soul” by John of the Cross
  • “Night” by  Elie Weisel
  • ” The Divine Conspiracy” by Dallas Willard
  • “The Way of the Heart” by Henri J.M. Nouwen