Books I'm Reading

If you're interested in where I get a lot of my ideas, one good place to start is the books I'm reading or have read (I include Audible books I listen to as well). The other is the podcasts I listen to regularly. 

I'd love to hear about any books you've read that you think I might enjoy, so let me know if you have one!


Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world

Cal Newport

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.


List of Books I've Read

Here's a list of books I've read in the past. I didn't start writing up my observations on the books I read until recently. If I have time, I'll go back someday and add the notes I took for some of the older ones.


  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration (Ed Catmull)
  • Scripture and the Authority of God: How to read the Bible today (N.T. Wright)
  • The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future (Kevin Kelly)
  • Simply Christian: Why Christianity makes sense (N.T. Wright)
  • The Day the Revolution Began: Rethinking the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion (N.T. Wright)
  • Team of Teams: New rule of engagement for a complex world (Stanley McChrystal)


  • Smart Faster Better (Charles Duhigg)
  • Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction (Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson)
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool)
  • The Big Red Fez: How to Make any Website Better (Seth Godin)
  • Do the Work (Steven Pressfield)
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Michael Hyatt)
  • Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (Whitney Johnson)
  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (N.T. Wright)


  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven Pressfield)
  • Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication (Andy Stanley)
  • A Technique for Producing Ideas (James Webb Young)
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Joshua Foer)
  • Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences (Nancy Duarte)
  • From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage (Craig Groeschel and Amy Groeschel)
  • Erasing Hell (Francis Chan)
  • Simply Good News: Why the Gospel is News and What Makes It Good (N.T. Wright)
  • Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision (N.T. Wright)


  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Charles Duhigg)
  • Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations (Dan Roam)
  • Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend (Andy Stanley)
  • The Principle of the Path: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (Andy Stanley)
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (Dave Ramsey)
  • The Jesus I Never Knew (Philip Yancey)
  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes. How to Say No (Henry Cloud and John Townsend)
  • Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World (Craig Groeschel)
  • Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most (Craig Groeschel)
  • Amazed and Confused: When God's Actions Collide With Our Expectations (Heather Zempel) 
  • Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Francis Chan)

Way Back


  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything (Kerry Patterson et. al.) 
  • The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary (Mark Sanborn)


  • Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are (Craig Groeschel)
  • Experiencing the Father's Embrace: Finding Acceptance in the Arms of a Loving God (Jack Frost)
  • Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working (Craig Groeschel)
  • The Christian Atheist: Believing in God But Living as If He Doesn't Exist (Craig Groeschel)
  • The Jesus of Suburbia: Have We Tamed the Son of God to Fit Our Lifestyle? (Mike Erre)
  • The Problem of Pain (C.S. Lewis)
  • The Four Loves (C.S. Lewis)
  • Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
  • Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)
  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith (Rob Bell)
  • Love Wins (Rob Bell)
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile (Rob Bell)
  • Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality (Rob Bell)
  • Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World (Bob Briner)
  • Epic: The Story God is Telling and the Role That is Yours to Play (John Eldredge)
  • Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul (John Eldredge and Stacy Eldredge)
  • The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God (John Eldredge and Brent Curtis)
  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul ((John Eldredge)
  • The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We've Only Dreamed Of (John Eldredge)
  • Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive (John Eldredge)
  • Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. (John Eldredge)
  • The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey (John Eldredge)


  • Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant (James D. Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick)
  • Performance Consulting: Moving Beyond Training (Dana Gaines Robinson and James C. Robinson)
  • Social Media for Trainers: Techniques for Enhancing and Extending Learning (Jane Bozarth)
  • Thinking Critically about Ethical Issues (Vincent Ryan Ruggiero)
  • Ethics and HRD: A New Approach to Leading Responsible Organizations (Tim Hatcher)
  • The Socially Responsive Self: Social Theory and Professional Ethics (Larry May)
  • Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (John W. Creswell)
  • Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt)
  • Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to "Be There" for Distance Learners (Rosemary M. Lehman and Simone C. O. Conceicao) 
  • Evaluation in Organizations: A Systematic Approach to Enhancing Learning, Performance, and Change (Darlene Russ-Eft and Hallie Preskill)
  • Analysis for Improving Performance: Tools for Diagnosing Organizations and Documenting Workplace Expertise (Richard A. Swanson)