I didn't read a ton in 2010 because Shoreline Leadership College, the Easter play, Summer Camp/Conference, Fall Retreat, the Christmas play, and new youth ministry responsibilities kept me pretty busy. I read more than three, but these books helped keep my soul resourced, fed, and floating.
- This year I went through Eugene Peterson's practical advice on the kind of person pastors should be. I read this every year. The Contemplative Pastor gave me the vocabulary to describe myself as unbusy, subversive, and apocalyptic. These words are not often used to describe pastors and I have not become the kind of pastor Peterson describes with these words, but they are what I aspire to.
- I think I was supposed to read this book at Oral Roberts University. For whatever reason, I just got around to picking up this book. I wish I read it sooner. The advice found within is a must read for any Christian that wishes to serve in any capacity. Dads, Moms, Pastors, or whatever/whoever should read this book.
- Peter Scazzero's bold and honest account of his personal journey towards emotional health. As a direct result of this book I was able to deal with interpersonal conflict, process negative emotions in a more positive way, and establish better personal boundaries. He also suggests a new paradigm for discipleship within the local church that will take me a while to chew on.