Making a “Best of” list is always hard – it’s a very subjective process, driven by my personal tastes, professional needs, and plain curiosity.
I’ve always been a voracious reader – a cherished habit passed down to me by my late father. In the past year, though, I’ve been able to ramp it up considerably because of my role as Vision Room Curator.
It’s not only a pleasure to read, it’s part of my job description – how cool is that?
Even so, it’s also hard to narrow it a “Best of” list down: in 2012, my reading included:
- 127 books checked out from my local library
- 68 print books purchased
- 31 books received for review
- 75 digital books on my Kindle
I also perused dozens of bookstores on my travels, writing down 63 titles for future review and/or acquisition. There are also a lot of late releases just coming out that I don’t have time to take a look at – yet. Be that as it may, here is my list of my 12 favorite books published in 2012.
Guest Experiences for ChurchWorld is my passion, and this book by Harley Manning and Kerry Bodine will provide churches a “go-to” manual for years to come
Deep and Wide
Andy Stanley and Northpoint Ministries have a solid model that all churches would do well to study – not to duplicate, but to understand how to impact your community for Christ.
Tim Keller delivers a textbook for doing church; possibly the most important church theology/leadership/practical book in a decade
Patrick Lencioni captures the concept of clarity (he uses the phrase “organizational health”) like no business thinker today
The Icarus Deception
Seth Godin’s most recent book is probably the most challenging personal one I’ve read – and that’s saying a lot!
The LEGO Principle
Joey Bonifacio writes in a simple, profound way about the importance of “connecting” in relationships that lead to discipleship
Rob Wegner and Jack Magruder in a quiet, unassuming way, illustrate how Granger Community Church is transforming into a community of believers reaching their community – and the world.
Lead with a Story
Paul Smith delivers a powerful tool to enhance the leader’s skill in storytelling.
Design Like Apple
John Edson delivers a stunningly designed book that challenges the reader to understand and utilize Apple’s principles of design
Church mergers (and closings) are going to be a huge event in the next decade; Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird give an excellent resource on how to survive and thrive throughout the process.
Susan Cain writes the book I’ve been waiting for over 30 years – because I am an introvert leader.
Sarah Miller Caldicott delivers a powerful primer for collaborative teamwork.
HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations
Nancy Duarte is not just a great writer – she knows how to deliver a great presentation from the first idea to the final applause.
Okay, it’s not 12 – but it is a baker’s dozen!
Let’s see – there’s still over 2 weeks left in 2012 – plenty of time to find a good book – what do you recommend?