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7 Library Builders for Leaders


Christian Leadership Alliance

Leaders are readers, we know that to be true. Check out these books for great insights on culture, trends, kingdom issues, spiritual development and more.

1. Churchless: Understanding Today’s Unchurched and How to Connect With Them
By George Barna and David Kinnaman  (Tyndale Momentum, 2014)

There is a growing sense among Christ-followers that the culture is changing faster than we can keep up with or respond to — and we’re not always sure how to live faithfully in a world that feels like it’s headed off the rails. Not long ago, being a Christian didn’t feel like swimming against the cultural current. But now? Churchless confirms that the world has, indeed, altered in significant ways during the last few decades.

2. Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You
By Dr. John Ortberg Jr. (Zondervan, 2014)

The soul is not “a theological and abstract subject.” Two things are for sure. One is that you have a soul. The other is that if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement. Best-selling author John Ortberg shares insight to help you care for your soul.

3. The Succession Principle: How Leaders Make Leaders
By Dr. David L. McKenna (Cascade Books, 2014)

Succession is a hot topic in leadership development, and as a college, university and seminary president who experienced three successions in leadership, Dr. David McKenna is eminently qualified to speak on the subject. In this book, McKenna introduces us to “the succession principle.”

4. Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem
By Kevin DeYoung (Crossway, 2013)

Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us that we know how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all. That’s what award-winning author Kevin DeYoung addresses head on in Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time-management tips, but with the biblical tools to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.

5. Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born to Win
By Christine Caine (Zondervan, 2014)

People of faith are lined up in lanes across the globe, batons in hand, running the race that matters most in this world — the divine relay. It is tough. The track is treacherous. There are so many ways to mangle the exchange zones, to overshoot, to be knocked off the track, to drop the baton, to stop running. The church needs champion runners who never give up, who persevere no matter what they encounter, who run to win, unstoppable, no matter the cost.

6. Making Waves: Being an Influence for Jesus in Everyday Life
By Dr. Doug Nuenke (NavPress, 2011)

Making Waves paints a clear picture of a grace-filled life: receiving God’s goodness and passing it along to others, like a ripple that grows into a wave. Over time, this wave of grace can flow to impact families and communities, even crossing oceans and national boundaries. Making Waves invites you to fully experience life by embracing the grace of God and passing it to others.

7. Time Peace: Living Here and Now With a Timeless God
By Ellen Vaughn (Zondervan, 2009)

In a world with a need for speed, we feel time pushing us, sometimes even mastering us, as we rush from one thing to the next. For poets, philosophers, songwriters, and scientists, time and eternity are rich frontiers. Time Peace is a stirring journey through this topic.

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