Monthly Archives: December 2018

My 2018 Book Recommendations



As I’ve discovered, quality books lists and recommendations for pastors are lacking in cyberspace. While I certainly am not the authority in Christian literature I wanted to take the time to categorize the books I have read in 2018. I have categorized them into four degrees of recommendation. For a detailed review of these books you will have to look elsewhere, but perhaps this will be helpful as you think about your future reading.



“Through the Bible in 90 Days” Bible Reading Plan (Reading the Bible in large chunks over a short period of time will give you a better understanding of our great God, His work, and His will)

“12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” by Tony Reinke

“A Praying Life” by Paul Miller

“Surprised by Hope” by N.T. Wright

“The Storm Tossed Family” by Russell Moore

“Through the Bible in 90 Days” Bible Reading Plan



“Didn’t See It Coming” by Carey Nieuwhof

“From Weakness to Strength” by Scott Sauls

“God, Marriage and Family” by Andreas Kostenberger

“High Impact Teams” by Lance Witt

“Lies Pastors Believe” by Dayton Hartman

“Parenting” by Paul David Tripp

“Pastoral Helmsmenship” by Harrison, Klick, Morris

“Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas

“The Potter’s Promise” by Leighton Flowers

“The Tech Wise Family” by Andy Crouch

“The Trellis and the Vine” by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne

“Amplified Leadership” by Dan Reiland

“Can These Bones Live?” By Bill Henard

“Christ’s Call to Reform the Church” by John MacArthur

“Confessions of a Church Felon” by Harrison, Klick, Miller

“Holy Discontent” by Bill Hybels

“How Not to be a Broke Pastor” by S.L. Potts

“Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan

“Minding His Business” by Don Corder

“Money Matters in the Church” by Aubrey Malphurs

“Portraits of a Pastor” compiled by Jason K. Allen

“Smart Church Management” by Patricia Lotich

“Supervising and Supporting Ministry Staff” by Kevin Lawson & Mick Boe

“Sustainable Youth Ministry” by Mark DeVries

“The Last Adam” by Brandon Crowe

“The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller

“The Root of Sin Exposed” by Steve Gallagher

“The Story” edited by Max Lucado

“Unspoken: What Men Won’t Talk About and Why” by Johnny Hunt

“You Can’t Make Me” by Cynthia Tobias



“Church Growth Flywheel” by Rich Birch

“Irresistible” by Andy Stanley (Read only if you are interested in knowing the context for Andy Stanley’s “unhitch from the Old Testament” comment)

“Just Do Something” by Kevin DeYoung

“Prepare to Build” by Stephen Anderson

“Supernatural Power for Everyday People” by Jared Wilson

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