20 Books For Christian Leaders To Read In 2020

The Books Every Christian Leader Should Read In 2020

You will hear that leaders are readers. And this is a truism. Leaders do read. They consume information and grow from the wisdom of those who have gone before them.

This is one of the reasons I love to read. I am able to gain insights from some of the wisest people in the world. I am then able to take their insights and apply them to my life and my leadership.

There’s also those authors who write for people to enjoy their works. These works of fiction bring joy to countless numbers of people. Leaders cannot discount the value of a great fiction book either.

stack of multi-colored books

Photo by Kimberly Farmer

With this being the start of the year 2020, I wanted to recommend 20 books that I believe will add value or insight for the Christian leader. I also believe these books will be valuable for non-Christian leaders as well.

Love And Leadership – An Interview With Author Lisa Shumate

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a fellow author today. This author is Lisa Shumate.

Lisa is the general manager of Houston Public Media, Associate Vice President at the University of Houston, and also Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation.  Houston Public Media is comprised of News 887 (NPR), TV8 (PBS) and houstonpublicmedia.org. She recently released her latest book, Always and Never 20 Truths to a Happy Heart. I’m happy to have her on the blog discussing leadership, love, and more.

At the end of the interview, I share how you can win a copy of Always and Never: 20 Truths to a Happy Heart. I hope you enjoy what Lisa shared and pick up a copy of her book!

Run The Mile You’re In

A Book Review And Application Of Ryan Hall's Book Run The Mile You're In

Playing the comparison game is an easy thing to do. We see other leaders, bloggers, and thought giants running alongside us and we believe we should be where they are.

Looking at what everyone else is doing, we take our eyes off of what we were meant to do. This wrong focus takes us off course. We lose our passion for our vision. And we begin to feel like we’re not doing as much as we should.

American marathon Ryan Hall running in snowy terrain

This is the wrong mindset to have. We cannot compare ourselves to others are doing or have done. We can only focus on the mile we’re in.

Reading Run The Mile You’re In by Ryan Hall, the fastest American half marathoner, opened my eyes to some of the recent struggles I’ve been having. I’ve watched friends of mine go on to start exploding businesses, talk around the world, and have a “larger” impact than I have had and it has gotten on my nerves.

The Coaching Habit 2 Year Anniversary

A little over a year and a half ago I was introduced to Michael Bungay Stanier. Michael is the author of a book everyone should read called The Coaching Habit.

The Coaching Habit was named as the best business book of 2017 by Pat Flynn. And I have to agree.

When you read The Coaching Habit, you will learn the right questions to ask your team. It’ll help you to say less but ask more at the same time.

With the two-year anniversary of the release of The Coaching Habit, I wanted to remind you of the Answers From Leadership Podcast episode featuring Michael and myself discussing The Coaching Habit and how it will impact your leadership.

Check out The Coaching Habit and Michael Bungay Stanier here.

Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality

An Interview With Author Tom Harper

I recently had the pleasure to interview Tom Harper. Tom is the CEO of Networld Media Group and serves as a deacon at Southeast Christian Church. He’s also the publisher of BiblicalLeadership.com and wrote Leading From The Lions’ Den: Leadership Lessons From Every Book Of The Bible.

Interview with Tom Harper author of Through Colored Glasses book cover

Tom recently released Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality. Through Colored Glasses addresses a leadership challenge identified in Proverbs 16:2: All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motivates are weighed by the Lord. The book is a fable about Leo Perkins, a man who desires to save his company but deep down he’s more worried about bruising his ego.

I was able to ask Tom about Through Colored Glasses, Biblical truth, and how you can become a better leader. Today, I get to share Tom’s thoughts with you and they’re good!