Top Reads of 2011

It has been said that “readers make leaders.” I believe reading and listening to books is a huge way we can be intentional about our growth as individuals and leaders.

One of the most popular portions of our family ministry website, has been the page where I list the books I have read throughout the year. In 2011, I read or listened to 75 books.

In this post, I have chosen my top reads to review for you.

To see more about these books, click on any of the pictures. You can even order them straight from this page and have them in time for Christmas!

Switch – Dan & Chip Heath
A fascinating book on something most of us hate. Change.

The 1,2,3 Money Plan – Gregory Karp
One of the best and most practical money books I’ve read. (I have read a lot!)

Money Secrets of the Amish – Lorilee Craker
Tired of the economic crisis in America? Many simple, easy to enact principles that make a huge difference in a families life.

Son of Hamas – Mosab Yousef
The shocking journey of a former insider in Hamas as he moves towards faith in Christ.

Cross-Cultural Conflict – Duane Elmer
Elmer is the best I have found on cross-cultural learning. A must for missionaries, especially his first book,Cross Cultural Servanthood

Crazy Love – Francis Chan
I reviewed some of my disagreements with this book in the post, “How Lukewarm is too Lukewarm?” It has been my top post so far on this site. However, I did really enjoy the book and loved the challenge to commitment.

The Prodigal God – Timothy Keller
A wonderful, fresh look at the parable of the prodigal son. This influences my message found on this site: The Prodigal Son(s)

Leaders Who Last – Dave Kraft
I listened to this on audio. A simple, yet profound look at traits in leadership that lead to longevity.

The Blue Parakeet – Scot McKnight
A refreshing look at reading the Bible in context. McKnight uses the issue of women in ministry to explore this in the second half of the book. It is one of the clearest, most concise presentations of this issue that I have come across.

Fiction Special
The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connolly
Now a major motion picture (that I have not seen yet). An enjoyable story with some great twists.

Click away, purchase the books, and enjoy some of the best reads I have had this year!

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What have been some of your top reads in 2011? Let’s share book ideas!


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