10 books…you know the drill

Number 5

The furious longing of God by Brennan Manning

***** out of *****


If you could put the groanings of my spirit into words they would read verbatim from this work.

Brennan Manning literally changed my life in college with his book, The signature of Jesus.  He then proceeded to change my world upon the finding of Ragamuffin Gospel.  Brennan Manning was the doorway to Henri Nouwen, Rich Mullins, and Donald Miller.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting his next book and bought it the day it came out.

The furious longing of God explains the why without degrading the how.  A lot of writers today can’t seem to pair the two, yet Manning eloquently sews them together while leaving just enough pull to let you piece them together for yourself.

Hands down 5 out of 5.

10 books i’ve read this year so far…the good the bad the poorly written

Number 6

Be our Guest by Disney Institute

***** out of *****

be our guest book

This is the perfect book for a church leader that doesn’t always pay attention to detail (me!)

This is a look inside the disney institute that shows you how to best serve the people who come to your business, church, whatever.  Here’s a snippet from an overview from Amazon.

Be Our Guest outlines proven Disney principles and processes for helping your organization focus its vision and align its people and infrastructure into a cohesive strategy that delivers on the promise of exceptional customer service.

A great read and a useful leadership tool!

Bottom line 5 out of 5.

10 books i’ve read this year so far…the good the bad the poorly written

Number 8

Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

***** out of *****


I found myself lost.  Completely and utterly unable to find my way back to reality or even lift my eyes once I opened this book.  I wasn’t simply reading another great work of Donald Miller. No, I was sitting in the back of the beat up van he and Paul were taking to Portland and joining in on every conversation they had.  I was there, or at least Miller somehow found a way to capture my mind through his words to take me there and allow me to experience the entire trip without the slightest distraction.

Favorite quote from the book:

…that is who we are; this is our name and this is our skin and this is how we chew, and we are, in large part, what somebody else tells us we are, and we never stop to think of how crazy the whole thing is.  We never stop to ask why all of this is happening to us, about the why as opposed to the how…

If you need a break from ‘a ha’ authors and worthless books that give you 5 steps to a better you and 19 steps to knowing all the answers about everything and i know everything because i have shiny teeth and am on TBN, then pick this book up.

It will help you question the ‘why’ instead of the ‘how’.

Bottom Line 5 out of 5 stars.

10 Books I’ve read this year so far…The Good The Bad The Poorly written

Number 9

Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears

***** out of *****

vintage-jesusIf you know anything about me, you know I love Jesus.  So, if there’s a book written about Jesus in any way shape or form, I’ve either read it, or it’s on my ever growing ‘to read’ shelf next to my desk.

I’ve been discipling  a young worship leader that serves at our high school ministry and on Sunday mornings and we were looking to go through a book together.  I chose this because I dig Driscoll and have heard great things about the resurgence lit movement that’s begun.

Needless to say, if you have ANY questions about Jesus, then this is the book for you!

Driscoll and Breshears offer scripturally based answers to all kinds of questions that all of us have been asked and replied with ‘that’s a good question.’

Sample quote from the chapter “What difference has Jesus made in history?”

Unlike most religions, Christianity has no place, language, race or culture that serves as a center to hold it together.  Christians share no worldwide headquarters, no common language, no common race or ethnic heritage, and no common cultural framework.  The only thing that holds all of Christianity together is the risen Lord Jesus Christ who is alive today.

I appreciate Driscoll’s in your face-this is true because i believe it to be true and if you have any questions here’s a crap load of historical and scriptural references you can wade through while you attempt to raise your fourth grade reading level to understand exactly what exegesis means approach to each question as he and Breshears unravel them slowly but boldly like unwrapping a present that has been carefully and elegantly presented to you at Christmas.

Please go buy this book.

It is helpful.

It is accurate on all levels.

It is intelligently written and spiritually led.

Bottom line 5 out of 5 stars.

This Book Changed My Life…..

How often do we say this one sentence?  I say it three times a month because I read 3-4 books/month and they do have an enormous impact on my life, walk and relationship with God.

Why doesn’t that sentence leave my lips about this book?


I’ve been walking through Joshua and the Timothy’s this month.  My prayer is that the sentence “I’m reading this book and it’s changing my life!” will leave my stupid mouth more than the commentaries I engulf on a weekly basis.

What about you?  What are you reading?