Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

Ten Books Church Leaders Simply Must Read

What are some books that have impacted your life? Steve Murrell, church planter and missionary to the Philippines, includes a list of the top 10 books that have had the greatest influence on his life. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. No Wonder They Call Him Saviorby Max Lucado. Taught me that complicated difficult-to-understand theological concepts can be communicated with clarity and simplicity that even a child can comprehend.
  2. C.T. Studdby Norman Grubb. The C.T. Studd story, a missionary bio, planted seeds of sacrifice and service deep in my soul as a teenager. Not sure I would have stayed in Manila had I not read this foundational book about absolute surrender to the Lord and cross-cultural mission.
  3. Knowing Godby J.I. Packer. Helped me know God, and made me want to know Him better. I have read this book over and over. Today it is held together by duct tape.
  4. The Pursuit of Godby A.W. Tozer. Ignited a lifelong desire to pursue and please God wholeheartedly. Reignites that desire every time I read a page.
  5. The Holiness of Godby R.C. Sproul. Opened my eyes the first time I read it. Opened my heart the second time. Pierced my heart the third time. Healed my heart the fourth. Every time I read this book, I go deeper with God.
  6. A History of Christianity: Volume I: Beginnings to 1500by Kenneth Scott Latourette. The author’s experience as a missionary to China and later as a professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale gave him a unique perspective on the expansion of the church. The combination of missional passion and scholastic detail make these 700 pages feel that they read like an adventure novel.
  7. Focusby Al Ries. I read a lot of leadership and business books. None has impacted the way I work or shaped the way I think more than this one.
  8. The Making of a Leaderby Frank Damazio. More than any book that is not part of the Bible, this book has influenced how I think about leadership, how I lead, and how I equip and empower leaders.
  9. Shepherding Your Child’s Heart byTedd Tripp. Whatever my sons have become as men, my wife and I owe a debt of gratitude to this book. Best parenting book, period.
  10. The Old Man and the Boyby Robert Ruark. My dad’s all-time favorite book. I finally read it when I had my first son, and I understood  Dad’s parenting philosophy as never before. “This book captures the endearing relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy, who listens in rapt fascination.” (Amazon description).


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