How many books do you read a year? 

Last year I wrote a post over at called, How many books do you read a year?  The reality is that pastors need to be readers.  We need to be reading our Bibles, and other books by people who push us back to God, repentance, and renewal.

Here are are the books I am reading this year.  What is on your list?

1. Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

2. Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus (Re:Lit)

3. Gospel-Centered Discipleship (Re: Lit Books)

4. Thriving Youth Groups: Secrets For Growing Your Ministry

5. The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus

6. Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

7. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church

8. Messy Spirituality

9. The Great Divorce

10. Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents

11. Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God

12. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

13. Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions: Finding Your True Identity in Christ

14. The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness

15. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

16. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

17. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

18. Community: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support (Re: Lit Books)

19. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry (Re:Lit)

20.Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

21. Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

22. Taking Theology to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

23. Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

There are 19 books to get me started for this year. What else would you recommend to this list? I will do an update ever 3 months to see how things are going.

  • Great list. I would add the new Andrew Root 4-book series. (I read books 1 and 2 and they were awesome) I am also hoping to add some non-youth ministry theology in there like Jurgen Moltmann’s “Theology of Hope”.

  • If you’re interested, I could send you one of my books, Podcasting Church, Tweeting Church, or The Serving Church. All around 150 pages, so quick reads. Let me know.

  • Andrew Evans

    Just finished Bad Religion by Ross Douthat and now I’m working on Christless Christianity by Michale Horton. Are you blogging any of the books you are reading? i would love to hear your thoughts on The Icarus Deception.

    • Hey Andrew, thanks for the comment. I will be trying to do a review a week. Have you read The Icarus Deception?

      • Andrew Evans

        I haven’t read it yet, but I had heard about it

  • Josh Evans

    Thanks for sharing your list. You have some excellent books that I have read on there, and a few that I plan to read. I am stoked about my list as well. You can check out my list by going here:

  • Calvin

    Just started Chris Folmsbee’s “Story signs and sacred rhythms” – encouraged by the commitment to rich theological youth ministry.

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