Summer is a great time to read books. The longer days, trips to the beach and the pool, time in the car. If you aren’t careful though, you can end up reading the wrong books or miss the opportunity. While I won’t get through all of the books on my list (or even finish all the ones I start), here a few in different categories I’m hoping to read:
History: I love history and recently have been enjoying reading more of it. This summer feels like a time to spend some extra time on history books.
- In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
- The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Leadership: It is impossible for me to not read some kind of leadership book, so that will for sure happen this summer. Here are a few:
- Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
- The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
- Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World
- Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
Soul: Leadership can become all about doing and tasks, spending time with people, meetings and sermon prep. Summer is a great time as a leader to work on your heart and soul, grow who you are.
- Sabbath as Resistance
- Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides
- Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
Novels: I don’t think pastors read enough novels or books for fun. On vacation, these are my go to books.
- Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Book 1) (thinking about starting this series this summer)
- The English Spy (love this series and this is the next book)
Future sermons: Summer is a great time to work ahead on sermons and do some background work. This fall, I’m preaching through Acts so I’ll start working through some books on that.
- Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
- The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative
- The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission
- Cities of God