What I Read in the Winter of 2013

I am changing the format in which I write book reviews. Instead of providing individual book reviews, I’ll review quarterly what I’ve been reading. For past book reviews, go here: https://dougsmithlive.com/book-reviews/

As a side note, a lot of you have asked me how I read so many books. The truth is, I read a lot of books at the same time and I read a chapter a day in each book. I try to read for 45 minutes to an hour each day. It’s a discipline I believe is worth the effort and sacrifice. Schedule time to grow! If you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen!

Also, I believe I can learn from anyone, but that does not mean that I agree with and endorse everything that is said in every book I read. In Bible School, one professor taught me to always “be as smart as a cow . . . eat the hay and spit the sticks.” If I don’t agree with something someone says, I “spit it out” and forget about it. If it’s good and I agree, I try to apply it to my life. I’d recommend you do the same when consuming information.

reasonforgod

I have been consuming a ton of Tim Keller’s content lately. This book is a must read for any believer or any skeptic of Christianity. Tim Keller seems to be this generations C.S. Lewis.

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

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GenerousJustice

I just started reading this book. It’s focused on social justice through the eyes of scripture. If you have a passion for social justice, this is a must read.

Generous Justice by Tim Keller

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radical

This is the second time I’ve read this book. It will definitely challenge you in your commitment to God. You can read what I wrote about this when book the last time I reviewed it here.

Radical by David Platt

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sifted

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The tag line says it all “Pursuing growth through trials, challenges, and disappointments” If you’re a Christian leader, this is a must read.

Sifted by Wayne Cordeiro

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necessaryendings

This is another must read. Once again, the tag-line says it all: “The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward” I wish I would have read this book ten years ago! If Dr. Henry Cloud writes it, you need to read it!

Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud

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becomingaleader

This is a leadership classic. I’ve heard a lot of speakers talk about Warren Bennis and his influence on the subject of leadership. That is why I decided to pick this one up. It didn’t disappoint. I found it very challenging compared to most leadership books. It’s worth the read!

On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

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costofdiscipleship

This is a Christian classic. This book is challenging to the core! When you read this and look at Christianity in our culture today, you will think we are a bunch of whiny babies. This book will challenge you to fully commit your life to Christ, regardless of the cost. A must read for every believer.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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nonprofit

This was the first Drucker book I’ve read. Now I know why he was so influential. This book was full of great content. This helped me learn what it takes to lead at an 80,000 foot level in a non-profit organization. It changed the way I show up to work and lead in my own non-profit organization. I’d encourage any leader in the non-profit sector to read this book.

Managing the Non-profit Organization by Peter Drucker

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spiritualleadership

This is a Christian Leadership classic. You absolutely HAVE TO read this book. I’ve read it several times now. Every time I read it i am challenged to my core in several areas of my life. I would recommend every leader have this book in reach at all times. It’s a great road-map for leadership. If you have not read this book, do yourself a favor and read it now!

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Chambers

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merechristianity

This was my first C.S. Lewis book. I’ve always stayed away from this book because to be honest with you, I thought it would be way over my head. It wasn’t. This is another Christian classic that will challenge the believer and the skeptic. It’s a must read.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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