Yesterday I offered up ten books I think you should try reading this summer. Today, I’d like to share my own stack that I’ll be working through. But before I get to the list, let me tell you how I got to the list:
I strive to be a reader of various disciplines: guest service, leadership development, spiritual growth, history / biographies tend to be in a regular rotation. (Over the last year I’ve tried to introduce more fiction and historical literature into the diet, which has been fun.)
But a few conversations over the last few months have challenged me not only to broaden what I’m reading, but who I’m reading. As I look back over the titles I’ve read in the last several years, the authors are overwhelmingly caucasian males. And while there’s nothing wrong with caucasian males, I recognize that their voices sound a lot like my voice. So several weeks ago I asked you to give me suggestions on “non-white guys.” And wow, did you deliver. I received nearly 40 suggestions regarding authors / titles I’d heard of and those I hadn’t. You’ll see some of those titles reflected in the following list, but rest assured that all of them went onto a list I’ll be working through in the years to come.
So here we go…the fifteen books I hope to tackle between now and the back-to-school sales in August:
Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Kate Bowler) (Pro tip: this is currently available on Kindle for just $2.99.)
Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace (William Vanderbloemen)
Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win (John Perkins)
Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (Carolyn James) (Currently available on Kindle for $6.99.)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stevenson)
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (Liz Wiseman)
The Come Back Effect: How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church’s Guests to Return (Jason Young and Jonathan Malm) (Note: available for pre-order now; will be released on July 31, 2018.)
White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White (Daniel Hill)
Win the Customer: 70 Simple Rules for Sensational Service (Flavio Martins)
What are you reading this summer? Comment below.
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