The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

I had heard of Lencioni for quite some time now through recommendations and seeing that he is a regular speaker at the Willow Creek conferences. After reading this book I can see why. in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Lencioni tells the story of Kathryn who takes over a company led by a dysfunctional team. Through the leadership fable that Lencioni writes we are introduced to the five Dysfunctions that can plague teams. They are:

  1. Absence of trust
  2. Fear of conflict
  3. Lack of commitment
  4. Avoidance of accountability
  5. Inattention to results

After telling the fable Lencioni then goes through each dysfunction and then outlines strategies for dealing with each. This book is a must read for anyone who is a leader.

Selected Writings on Scripture by D.A Carson

Carson is one intimidating dude. If you have ever chatted with him you he stares at you so intensely you feel like he is analyzing your grammar as you speak. But leaving that aside the guy is brilliant. He is one of the few authors that I can honestly say that I have profited from everything I have read of his.  This book is a collection of essays and book reviews on the topic of scripture and even though some of the essays are over twenty years old there is so much great stuff here.  We are giving His first easy “Approaching the Bible” to every one of our community group leaders to read in preparation for our upcoming series on the doctrine of scripture. If you haven’t read a book on scripture in a while or if you are a pastor but this book and read it!

Don’t Call it a Comeback edited by Kevin Deyoung

This is a great book to give to anyone just starting out in exploring theology. The chapters are short, clear, and eminently readable and chock full of great, practical theology.  The essay by Ted Kluck on vocation should be read by every pastor and every worker because it is lucid, sane and explodes a bunch of the myths that surround Christians and secular work. If I was a youth pastor I would buy this book and get my youth leaders to read a chapter a week and discuss it in our leadership meetings. A top little book!

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by Stephen Tyler

I like to read Rock and Roll biographies for fun but I will give you a tip if the biography is written by the artist without any help from a professional writer it is usually poorly written and self indulgent. This is the case with this book. You get to see what an ego maniacal dude Steven Tyler is. It is quite a sad book especially when he talks about how he has messed up his life but as soon as he starts talking about that he is off talking about how this or that experience was amazing.  I thought this was going to be

I want to read 50 books this year. So far I have read 8 and I have got 42 to go!

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