Have you ever heard the quote “Leaders are Readers”? I don’t know who came up with it, but I first heard it on the Jesus Culture Leadership Podcast. When I first heard this quote, I took it to heart because it is so true! Constantly filling your mind with quality content is crucial if you want to grow and prosper in your God-given calling. Over the past several years I have come across some really wonderful books that have helped me grow so much.
Today, I want to share three of them with you.
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1. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
God has used this book so mightily in my life. I read it for the first time when I was about 18. Because of how it radically altered my view of the world, I read it on a yearly basis. With each fresh reading, it re-inspires me to live a life that is even more sold out for God. If you have ever felt that the mainstream evangelical churches are missing something. If you long to break from the religious status quo into a passionate, authentic faith. Or, if you simply want to know what the Christian faith is really all about, read Crazy Love. You can pick up a copy here:
2. A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller
Have you ever struggled with prayer? I have, and if I’m honest, I still do at times. My brain is so easily distracted that if I’m not intentional, what starts out as a prayer can turn into a twenty minute rabbit trail. In A Praying Life, Miller shares the theology on why we should pray and how we should pray. Additionally, he shares tools and resources to help you cultivate a habit of focused prayer. This book has helped me to learn how to focus better and experience the joy of praying and communing with my Heavenly Father. If you are tired of half-hearted, easily distracted prayer times and are ready to take your prayer life to the next level, pick up your copy of A Praying Life here:
3. Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere
Girls with Swords is powerful, convicting, and empowering. If you have ever felt like there was a target on your back and had no idea why the Enemy was attacking you so relentlessly, this is the book for you. You see, as women, and as Christians, we do have a target on our back. Whether we choose to believe it or not, moment by moment, we are engaged in a cosmic battle. We have the choice as to what role we play in that battle. We can be an “unarmed civilian, victim, prisoner of war, or hero” (p. 9). This book will convict those who are choosing to live as civilians, POWs, and victims, and equip those who are choosing to live as heroes. If you are ready to be convicted and empowered, pick up your copy here:
These are just three of the books that have influenced my life. I have many more, and I am sure you do, too. Because I am always looking for more books to grow and challenge me as a person, I’d love to hear some of your suggestions! Please comment below with your favorite faith building book.