Bibliotheca-What’s on Your List?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

What are you reading? This is a real question. You can share your lists in the comments at the bottom of the post on the website/blog or on Facebook. I really want to know!

I read 66 books last year (that’s not counting articles or videos). Some were better than others.

I read to learn, to challenge myself and to relax and, as you can see from my list, almost any genre is fine!

Let’s encourage each other to read more this year.

I would LOVE to see your lists.

I am still forming my list for this year and would love to add your recommendations as I plan my personal continuing ed.

Here are a few goals that will drive my book choices:

Personally, this year I want to deepen my spirituality, grow my theological lens, walk more (audio books!) and expand my cultural sensitivities. Some of this will happen through the books I read.

Professionally, this year I want to help LEAD scale. That is a different reading list. And it will also include seeking out mentors and interviewing others who are growing their own organizations. Listening deeply will be crucial.

So, what are you reading? My goal this year: 100 books. So far, I’ve read two.

Send me your best suggestion (skip the ones that were a snooze).

Thanks for taking a minute to respond here on the bottom of this page or on our Facebook page.

2018 books not in any order…

  1. Dare to Lead by Brene’ Brown
  2. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  3. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  4. Faith Formation with a New Generation by John Roberto
  5. Before and After Page Design by John McWade
  6. Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly
  7. Your Leadership Edge by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula
  8. The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
  9. The New Science of Radical Innovation by Sunnie Giles
  10. Designing your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
  11. Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt
  12. The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  13. Flourishing in the Ministry by Benjamin M. Kaufman
  14. Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
  15. Putting on the Mind of Christ by Jim Marion
  16. Integral Spirituality by Ken Wilber
  17. Is your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough? by Paul Smith
  18. The Death of the Mythic God by Jim Marion
  19. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  20. Preparing the Pastors We Need by George Mason
  21. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  22. White Working Class by Joan Williams
  23. Scaling up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
  24. The Roman Empire and the New Testament by Warren Carter
  25. The Spirit-Filled Life by Charlie Holt
  26. Facilitating Organization Change by Edwin Olson and Glenda Eoyang
  27. Becoming a 21st-Century Church by Fred Lehr
  28. The Ultimate Board Member’s Book by Kay Grace
  29. So Much Better by Brenda Harewood, Bruce Roberts, James Bowers, Janet Maykus, Kelli Walker-Jones, Larry Dill, Lis Van Harten, Marianne LaBarre, Penny Marler, Richard Hester, Sheila Kirton-Robbins
  30. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  31. Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World by Rob Elkington, Madeleine van der Steege, Judith Glick-Smith, Jennifer Moss Breen
  32. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
  33. The Art of Community by Charles Vogl
  34. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  35. Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow
  36. The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo
  37. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
  38. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  39. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  40. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  41. Still Life by Louise Penny
  42. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
  43. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
  44. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  45. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  46. The Long Way Home by Loise Penny
  47. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  48. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
  49. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  50. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  51. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
  52. Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger
  53. Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino
  54. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (again!)
  55. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  56. Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
  57. Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman
  58. The Dip by Seth Godin
  59. Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
  60. All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin
  61. Richard Rohr on Transformation by Richard Rohr
  62. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  63. When by Daniel Pink
  64. The Open Organization by Jim Whitehurst
  65. The Book of Joy by Desmund Tutu, Dalai Lama and Douglas Carlton Abrams
  66. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
10 replies
  1. George
    George says:

    Just finished Fear by Bob Woodward (a frightening read) and currently working through Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr, and The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar Romero.

    • Peggy Hahn
      Peggy Hahn says:

      Thank you for this, George. I have not read Fear but loved the other two, especially the Oscar Romero book. I am a long-time friend of the people of El Salvador and have found their view of God the most compelling in my spiritual life.

  2. Caren Carney
    Caren Carney says:

    Hi Peggy,
    I was surprised by how many books I actually read last year. One of the best was Angela Duckworth’s “Grit.” Another was “The Hope Circuit” by Martin Seligman (one of my heroes). Two weeks ago, I picked up Marie Kondo’s book (on Kindle) on Tidying Up without realizing it was all the rage–I’ve gotten through the folding chapter. It’s inspiring but difficult to execute (at least for me)!

    I’m also reading Robert & Peter Schein’s book on “Humble Leadership.” It emphasizes the importance of building personalized leadership relationships rather than transactional role relationships. In addition, managing group and team relationships becomes a key to appreciating diversity and achieving agility. Am going to work through their other books in this series (Humble Consulting and Humble Coaching).

    Finally, am leading our Dig Down Team, so have read that (having also finished your Wake Up Guide and The Sacred Valley). I’ve been summarizing some of your suggested reads (e.g., Dweck’s Mindset, The Sacred Valley) for our team–Glaser’s Conversational Intelligence is next.


    • Peggy Hahn
      Peggy Hahn says:

      So my top 5 books (not all on this list) right now, realizing this is an every-shifting list is:
      1. The book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dali Llama
      2. Influencer by Patterson, Greny, Maxfiled, Mcilan, Switzler
      3. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parke
      4. The Art of Possibility by by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
      5. Lynch Pin by Seth Goden
      6. The Art of Adaptive Leadership by Heifeftz, Linsky and Gradshaw

      I know that is 6…but I can’t narrow it further today! For relaxing I love the Louise Penny Mysteries. Reflecting on last year’s list, I think that was what I needed from my reading! So far this year I have focused on issues of justice. I’ve read four books in that theme. It is interesting how my choices shift based on how God is calling me to serve. Thanks so much for asking!

  3. Peggy Hahn
    Peggy Hahn says:

    I love the ideas of Bookish Goals. To join you in metrics, David, I will reveal mine for 2019:

    Lag: Read 75 books in 2019 that inspire my curiosity, spark my faith and relax my mind.

    Read 20 books? for fun.
    Read 25 books? to learn more about the racial realities, oppression, and abuse of power in our country and world.
    Read 20 books? to strengthen my capacity as a leader of a leadership organization.
    Read 10 books? to spark my faith, expanding my view of God in ways the books above do not.

    I admit that I am not thinking too hard about this. Reading has a life of its own for me as I follow my curiosity. Numbers never drive me, but the hunger to know more is unstoppable.

    Fun 1: Cutting for Stone

    Racism / Oppression: 4: The Hate I Give, Just Mercy, Racial Reconciliation, Not in My Neighborhood (still reading), The Elephant in the Room

    Leadership: What do you do with an idea? (children’s book!)

    Spirituality: The Inclusive Bible (still reading this) The Parallel Gospels (still reading this)


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