What's on my bookshelf?

The premium, most visible shelf space in my office is reserved for my favorite books, those with worn pages I reach for time and time again.


As a child, I couldn't wait to go to school to learn how to read. I will never forget the first day of first grade. Walking into Mrs. Bass' classroom marked the beginning of my reading obsession. She opened a whole new world of learning and possibility by making reading fun. While my list of favorites has expanded beyond my first grade reads, I'm more confident than ever the right book at the right moment can be a game changer. 

4 Books that have Changed My Life

Good to Great by Jim Collins. Jim Collins has undoubtedly changed our conversations about leadership and success. This book has been a huge influence on my approach to leadership when it comes to building organizations and teams.

Love Does by Bob Goff. We all say we love, but at the end of the day, love takes action - it does stuff. I've read this book at least six times, and have given away more copies than I can count. You'll laugh so hard you cry, and then you'll stay awake at night figuring out ways to change the world.

Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. This book has become part of our DNA at True To Life Ministries. It has impacted our hiring processes, time management habits, and every other part of our day-to-day leadership. Every chapter is rooted in reality and provides the practical building blocks for growing dynamic teams and organizations.

Just Courage by Gary Haugen. If you've ever found yourself thinking, "There must be more to life than this!" this book is for you. International Justice Mission is leading the global fight for justice and freedom, and this book takes us to the front lines of what it's really like to take light into dark places. This book resonates so deeply with my heart.

Recent studies show the majority of CEO's of Fortune 500 companies read at least one book per week. While I'm clearly not a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, reading and learning do land high on my priority list, so I have a personal goal of reading one book per month. As long as I'm breathing, I want to be learning. Reading is a great way to make sure my spiritual life and leadership don't grow stagnant.

I think Mark Twain was right: "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read."

Question: What books have been most influential in your life?