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The regular visitors of NoSuperHeroes know I enjoy reading, often a lot! Last year I read 72 books!

Well, this year I am far from that total. Life, as it has a way of doing, has not been kind to my reading output of this year.

Having said that, I have read enough to make some recommendations for the next half-year.

So whether it is summer reading by the pool in the Northern hemisphere, or by the fire under a blanket in the South; here are some great titles to check out! My Top Books (in no particular order):

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By: Chris

1. Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders by Joel Manby. He is the President and CEO at Herchend Family Entertainment, a company operating theme parks and tourist activities around the United States. Manby also appeared on an episode of the television show, Undercover Boss.

I spend a lot of time reading. In fact, this year in addition to many blogs and news sites, I have read more than 70 books (including fiction). (for a complete list, click here)

I have picked my Top 10 books I’ve read in 2012. Many are ones I have reviewed on this site. Take a look! There are many great Christmas ideas, or even suggestions for what to do with those gift cards!

(in no particular order…)

Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. This book changed how I think about teaching. It challenged me to ensure my message applies to the unchurched as well; so one day they can be churched! Read my full review HERE.

Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

Lifelong Learning

October 15, 2012

On NoSuperHeroes, we speak about grace often. I post titles like Want Growth? Stop Trying! and Pleasing God or Trusting God?

It would be easy to assume we are all grace and no effort on our part. Sloppy Agape some would call it. Just to be sure, I totally believe in being intentional about growth.

Engaging in lifelong learning is a buzzword today in higher education. There are so many online resources, you don’t even need to attend seminary.  Take a look at Itunes and you will see further education is an emphasis in the church.

Geoff Colvin in  Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else emphasizes how much work it takes to become great. As Christians we believe God does give us gifts, but we steward them and make them grow.  Similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour principle, Colvin says if we work hard enough we can develop and invest in our futures.

Which Path Am I On?

October 4, 2012

We’ve been considering the difference between pleasing God and trusting Him. The motivation has come through  The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You. I am so impressed with the content of this book and think it hits a nerve among believers as we walk out the grace of God.

Today I want to look at a few questions to help us identify which path we are on. When are primary motivation is to please God, we follow the first path.

Pleasing God can look like “trying to change from who I was into who I should be. We constantly find ourselves working towards becoming more righteous.”

The second path of Trusting God looks different. On this journey we find ourselves “maturing into who I already am (based on what Christ has done). We are already righteous, made right by God the moment we believed.”

I am an avid reader. I find as my children get older, and with the new purchase of a Kindle Keyboard , I am reading even more.

One of my most popular post was the Top Reads of 2011 last year.

So having consumed 26 books already this year, let me offer a teaser of what may make the Top Read for 2012 list in the future. (This is not counting  Cross-Cultural Servanthood, which I have blogged about. That book is a re-read. Had it been a new read, it would have been number 1)

The drumroll please…..

3. What Good is God? – Phillip Yancey – this is an account of many of Yancey’s travels in ministry and the messages he gave in difficult situations. It captures beautiful, cross-cultural pictures of grace in the midst of hardship. This book demonstrates how grace and forgiveness can bring light into the darkest of situations. An inspiring, thought provoking, and uplifting read.