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. The other is the podcasts I listen to regularly. 

The best way to see what I’m reading right now is to check out my profile on Goodreads.


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.


  • Measure What Matters (John Doerr)

  • Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell (Eric Schmidt)

  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey to Christian Faith (Rosaria Butterfield)

  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (Laszlo Bock)

  • This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See (Seth Godin)

  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Amy Cuddy)

  • Finding My Father (Jim Pennington)


  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t (Jim Collins)

  • Dear Client: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People (Bonnie Siegler)

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)

  • Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World (Andy Stanley)

  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (N.T. Wright)

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel Pink)

  • Evil and the Justice of God (N.T. Wright)

  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Dan Heath and Chip Heath)

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Carol Dweck)

  • Paul (N.T. Wright)

  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You are Saved (J.D. Greear)

  • Jobs (Walter Isaacson)

  • Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why It Matters (N.T. Wright)

  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Phil Knight)

  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us (Seth Godin)

  • How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels (N.T. Wright)


  • Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done (Jon Acuff)

  • How Google Works (Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg)

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Cal Newport)

  • 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 Rules 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 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)