Must-Read Books

Must Reads on Leadership & Personal Development

  1. Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership, by Steve Farber
  2. Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness, by Robert K. Greenleaf
  3. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek
  4. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. Hannibal, Hummers and Hot Air Balloons: High-Performance Strategies for Tough Times, by William C. Jeffries
  6. Good to Great, by Jim Collins
  7. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni
  8. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
  9. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
  10. Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving, by James W. Sipe, and Don M. Frick
  11. Drive, by Daniel Pink
  12. Radical Candor, by Kim Scott
  13. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell
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Must Reads for Christianity

Church History/Theology/Philosophy
  1. Church History In Plain Language, by Bruce Shelley
  2. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, by Graeme Goldsworthy 
  3. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem
  4. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life, by A.W. Tozer 
  5. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N.T. Wright
  6. The Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin
  7. Treatise on Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards
  8. The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
  9. Receiving the Day, by Dorothy Bass
  10. The Sacrament of the Present Moment, by Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Discipleship/Relationship with God
  1. Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
  2. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, by John Piper
  3. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World, by Henri Nouwen
  4. The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  5. Long Journey Homeby Os Guinness
  1. Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
  2. The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy L. Sayers
  3. Prophetic Untimeliness, by Os Guinness
General Christian Reading
  1. Through the Gates Of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot
  2. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
  3. What’s the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible, by John Piper 
  4. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  5. Heretics/Orthodoxy The Everlasting Man, by G. K. Chesterton

Must Reads for Education/The Great Conversation

  1. How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler (and his other books)
  2. Rethinking School & The Well-Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer
  3. A Sense of Wonder & Gates of Excellence, by Katherine Paterson
  4. Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do, by Daniel T. Willingham
  5. A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning, by James V. Schall
  6. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs
  7. The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil, by James Davison Hunter
  8. Tend the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination, by Vigen Guroian
  9. The Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis
  10. The Christian Imagination, by Leyland Ryken
  11. When I Was a Child, I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson
  12. Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children, by Sarah Clarkson
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Must Reads for YA/Children’s Lit

  1. Where the Red Ferns Grow, by Wilson Rawls
  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien
  3. Five Little Peppers series, by Margaret Sidney
  4. A Wrinkle in Time quartet, by Madeline L’Engle
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
  6. The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien (if they fit this category)
  7. The Giver quartet & Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
  8. The Berinfell Prophecies & The Door Within trilogy, by Wayne Thomas Batson
  9. The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald
  10. Orbiting Jupiter & Straw Into Gold, by Gary D. Schmidt
  11. The Ashtown Burials & the 100 Cupboards trilogies, by N. D. Wilson
  12. Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle
  13. Hittite Warrior, by Joanne Williamson
  14. Anne of Green Gables series, by L. M. Montgomery
  15. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Witch of Blackbird Pond & The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
  17. Jeeves series, by P. G. Wodehouse
  18. Lord Peter Wimsey books, by Dorothy L. Sayers (if they also fit the category)

Must Reads on Work

  1. The Call, by Os Guinness
  2. The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art, by Erwin Raphael McManus
  3. Do More Better: A Practical Guide To Productivity, by Tim Challies
  4. What God Thinks About Business, by Jeff Van Duzer
  5. The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, by Margaret Lobenstine

Must Reads on Film

  1. Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth, and Evil in the Movies, by Jeffery Overstreet
  2. Making Movies, by Sidney Lumet
  3. Outside Holly Wood: The Young Christian’s Guide to Vocational Filmmaking, by Isaac Botkin
  4. Hollywood vs. America, by Michael Medved
  5. Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue, by Robert K. Johnston
  6. Hollywood Worldviews: Films with Wisdom and Discernment, by Brian Godawa
  7. The Art of Watching Films, by Joseph M. Boggs
  8. The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures, by Donald Spoto

Must Reads on Dating/Marriage/Love

  1. The Love Dare, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
  2. The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
  3. The Four Loves & Til We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis
  4. Sacred Singleness: The Set-Apart Girl’s Guide to Purpose and Fulfillment, by Leslie Ludy
  5. Love Without Limits, by Nick Vujicic
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Must Reads for Biographies

  1. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas
  2. Confessions, by Augustine of Hippo
  3. The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
  4. Chariots of Fire, by William J. Weatherby
  5. The Practice in the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
  6. To End All Wars, by Ernest Gordon

Must Reads on Beauty 

  1. The Evidential Power of Beauty, by Thomas DuBay
  2. Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity, by Brian Zahnd
  3. Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life,  by Makoto Fujimura
  4. A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected, by Courtney Westlake

Must Reads on Culture 

  1. Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman
  2. Truth and Authority in Modernity, by Lesslie Newbigin
  3. In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton, by G.K. Chesterton
  4. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy R. Pearcey
  5. Me: America’s Deadly Obsession, by Peter Heck