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!


What I'm Reading Now

Surprised by Hope

N.T. Wright

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.


  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
  • 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)