Category : Books


Book Review: Stand Like Lincoln, Speak Like Churchill

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Stand Like Lincoln, Speak Like Churchill (Great book on public speaking)
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If you aspire to be a public speaker, this is required reading. This is possibly the most practical book on public speaking I’ve ever read. It’s also one of the very books that as soon as I finished reading it, I began again.

It’s really a textbook for speaking. My favorite was the way this author emphasized the “Power of the Pause”.  There’s almost nothing in this book that I’ve not attempted to put into my speaking tool belt.

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Book Review: Sun Stand Still

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Sun Stand Still (By: Steven Furtick)
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This book will always have a special place for my family. Sun Stand Still came into our lives when we had made the decision to risk it all and plant a church 4 hours NorthEast from anything we had ever known.

We knew this is what God had spoken for us to do. However we needed…. something. It’s hard to say exactly what but we simply needed something. This became that ‘something’. It gave us a vocabulary for this revolution of our idea about what was possible.

Steven challenged us to believe doing something crazy for the glory of God was actually possible. Not only possible but expected.

We learned powerful phrases like, “If your dream doesn’t seem impossible chances are it’s insulting to God.”

I would recommend this book to everyone to read at least once. This has become a yearly re-read for me.

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Book Review: Ir-Reverend

Irreverend-book-coverBook 5 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)

Ir-Reverend (By: Greg Surratt)

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First of all, I love this guy. Before Greg Surratt was my leader as the president of the ARC he already had my respect as a great pastor and man of God.

Then I read his book. What can I say? It’s everything a great book should be. It’s encouraging, uplifting, funny, challenging, and then some.

I’m a sucker for good stories and this book is packed full of them. My favorite one would have to be when he took his staff to a movie theater to watch a ‘family movie’. Let’s just say there was a mix up in what they were suppose to be viewing! Classic greatness.

Greg also does a great job diving into the deeper issues of his faith with a transparent honestly which will leave you looking deeper inside yourself as well.

This book gets 9 out of 10 stars.

Well worth the read.

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Book 4 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)

I discovered this book while listening to a leadership podcast. It’s required reading for new employees at Dave Ramsey Inc.
Most likely I will follow this example when RLC begins having paid staff.

The main idea of this book is from a quote I heard long ago, “If its going to be its up to me.” Don’t wait on someone else to do the right thing or go the extra mile. It really is up to you.

It’s great for setting expectations of excellence and reaching for more not as an employee but as a team partner.


Here’s a link to this book.

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5 Dysfunctions of a Team


Book 3 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)

Whether you are a church planter (pre-launch), pastor, small group leader, business owner, or husband and wife; everyone can gain insight from this great book.

As a pastor and church leader it’s important to realize how teams function and often enough fail to function.
I’ve been in those meetings where everything seemed to be okay but there was this undertow throughout that just screamed “This isn’t working.” Ever been there?

Patrick Lencioni does a masterful job with his unique approach to leadership training. He tells a fable all the while weaving in powerful insights and leadership ideas.

You’ll find yourself right in the middle of his boardroom meetings cheering on the CEO, disagreeing with the direct reports, and maybe even identifying with a few of the personality flaws found in this dysfunctional team.

This is one book I found myself finishing only to turn back to page one and starting over again.


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Book Review: Making Vision Stick


Book 2 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)

Some books are annual re-reads for me.
Some are ‘one-and-done’.
Some are every six months.
Every once and a while though I come across a book that I read as often as I can. Maybe even once a quarter.

Making Vision Stick is one of the books.
It’s great.
If you have ever lead anything and tried to lead with vision rather than your title, you need this book.

Andy Stanley take the difficult task of communicating VISION and puts it on the bottom shelf for everyone to reach.
You owe it to your team more than yourself to read this book often.

Link to purchase the book.

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Book Review: Unbroken

Book 1 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

While researching for the series “HOPE” I stumbled on this book actually by accident. It was long before I was glad i did. It is one of the most riveting stories I’ve ever read about Louis Zamperini who lived the first 30 years of his life giving Job a run for the most tragic story.
Before he turned 30, Louis was:

  • a troubled young child
  • in and out of major trouble
  • became a record setting local runner and legend
  • became an Olympic athlete
  • held a word record for the mile run
  • became an army solider
  • crashed into the Pacific during WWII
  • stayed a drift for 47 days while being daily attacked by sharks and surviving Japanese air plane attacks
  • made it to land only to become an instant POW
  • tortured for info at one camp then sent to another …. then another
  • finally returning home after the war
  • getting married
  • becoming a raging alcoholic
  • almost losing his wife and child

All before turning 30. However, one night all that changed. As so many did who attended a Billy Graham evangelistic campaign, he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ. He began to recover from so many set backs and even eventually traveled to Japan, found the guards who had once tortured him, and forgave them personally.

Such an amazing story.

Below is a YouTube video and part one in a series of interviews Louis gave. I highly recommend this book if you want to read a story about a man who simply would not give up. It also illustrates the amazing love of God toward us all.
Louis can say just as Joseph did, “What you intended for evil, God made it good.” -Genesis

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Books Everyone Should Read

Before having to restart my blog I had posted many, many titles and what I thought about them.

There probably will not be a repeat of all these in detail coming any time soon but here’s a few that everyone should read who’s serious about getting better.

1. Next Generation Leader (By: Andy Stanley)

2. QBQ

3. Purple Cow (By: Seth Godin)

4. Pretty Much anything by John Maxwell

  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • 15 Laws of Personal Growth
  • Developing the Leader Within You
  • Maximize Leadership

5. Ir-Reverend (By: Greg Surratt)

6. Making Vision Stick (By: Andy Stanley)

7. Attractional Church(By: Billy Hornsby)

8. Breath of Fresh Air (By: Chris Hodges)

9. Anything by John Bevere

10. Sun Stand Still (By: Steven Furtick)

Etc, Etc, Etc.

I could go on and on. One of the best things about books isn’t necessarily what’s written on the pages. Rather it’s what the books makes you realize about yourself. These books help you understand yourself better, what you’re good at, and how you can improve.

Non “Christian” books:

1. Unbroken (full of faith but not centered around Christianity) Story of Louis Zamperini

2. Stand Like Lincoln, Speak Like Churchill (Great book on public speaking) Not fun to read. Get the audiobook

3. The Hunger Games (Great release books for relaxing and enjoying a story)

4. The Lord of the Rings (Same as above except a much longer story)

5. Entreleadership (By Dave Ramsey)


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