To each writer represented by a book on my shelf—a profound thanks for the courage it takes to practice your art. Among the books and authors making an impact on my life:

Art, Creativity, & Hospitality

  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (2002)

  • Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, by Christine D. Pohl (1999)

  • Walking on Water: a Reflection on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle (1995)


  • Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Tod Bolsinger (2015) Note: helpful resource for adult Sunday School class, fall 2016.

  • Deep Church: a Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, by Jim Belcher (2009)

  • The Just Church, Becoming a Risk-Taking, Justice-Seeking, Disciple-Making Congregation, by Jim Martin (2012)

  • Inside the Large Congregation, by Susan Beaumont (2011)

  • Love One Another: Becoming the Church Jesus Longs For, by Gerald L. Sitter (2008)

  • The Present Future: 6 Tough Questions for the Church, by Reggie McNeal (2009)

  • Transforming Church: Bringing Out the Good to Get to Great, by Kevin Ford (2008)


  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work, 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance, by Marcus Buckingham (2010) Note: my top five strengths are Input, Strategic, Intellection, Learner, Achiever.

  • Lean In, Because the World Needs You to Change It, by Sheryl Sandberg (2013)


  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by N.T. Wright (2012)

  • The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love, by Richard Dahlstrom (2011)

  • Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith, by Richard J. Foster (2001) Note: useful for church officer and staff leadership retreat, winter 2015.

  • Unfinished: Believing is Only the Beginning, by Richard Stearns (2013)


  • Reinventing Your Board: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance, by John Carver and Miriam Carver (2006) Note: proven useful in numerous nonprofit and church board leadership settings.


  • The Emotionally Healthy Church: a Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes Lives, by Peter Scazzerro (2015)

  • Leadership without Easy Answers, by Ronald A. Heifetz (1998)

  • Pastor, by Eugene H. Peterson (2012)

  • Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders, by Reggie McNeal (2006)

  • Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers: a Handbook, by Joan S. Gray (2009) Note: proven useful in church officer nominating and training, 2015 and 2016.

Mission and Outreach

  • Buy This Land, by Chi-Dooh Li (2012) Truly one of the most unlikely but inspiring life stories ever told.

  • The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus, by Mark Labberton (2011)

  • He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World, by Richard and Renee Stearns (2013) Note: useful as a daily devotional.

  • The Hole in Our Gospel: The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World, by Richard Stearns (2010) Note: useful church mission study resource.

  • The Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World, by Mae Elise Cannon (2009) Note: useful church mission study resource.

  • Through My Enemy’s Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, by Salim J. Munayer and Lisa Loden (2014)

  • Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, by David J. Bosch (1991)

Vocation and Call

  • Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today, by Mark Labberton (2014) Note: useful in 2015 church mission study, lenten sermon series, and small group study. Called to Be Living Stones sermon.

  • Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, by Timothy Keller (2014)

Worship and Preaching

  • Communicating for a Change, By Andy Stanley and Lane Jones (2006)

  • The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice, by Mark Labberton (2012)

In truth, I find it most enjoyable to hear authors via audiobooks, readings, podcasts, and pulpits.  Recommendations are welcomed. Contact me.