Best of Everything: My Favorite Books of 2012

As 2012 winds down, I’ll be counting down some of my favorite things from the past year. Today I’m kicking it off with my favorite books.

Great_BooksI really enjoy books. When I was a kid, I used to get in trouble because when my cousins would visit I would go read by myself instead of playing with them. I specifically remember trying sneak my books to the dinner table (that didn’t end well). As I’ve gotten older and busier, I’ve noticed that it’s been harder to put time aside to read. This is a problem, because there are so many incredible books about kidmin, family ministry, or simply the church that I know I should take the time to devour. With that in mind, I’ve tried to keep reading time a priority, and here are some of my favorite books that I read in 2012.

Dreaming of More for the Next Generation by Michelle Anthony

I reviewed this book a couple of months back, and what I love about it is that it dives into the “why” of children’s ministry. Why do we value parents? Why to we focus on the Holy Spirit? If you’re looking for a book that captures the heart of kidmin, this is a great one.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni takes a unique approach to writing about leading a team. He creates a fable about a leader taking over a struggling tech start up, and uses it to impart some great leadership advice. This is a great book for anybody in leadership.

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

This is the book that we as a staff are reading currently, and it’s a great reminder of how important it is to protect time to regularly spend in prayer. I’m being challenged a lot through reading it right now.

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof

I’ve mentioned how much I love this book before, but it’s worth saying again. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity is a great book on the importance of connecting to the larger community as parents.

Maphead by Ken Jennings

I’ve already read this book at least 7 times. If you enjoy trivia, geography or maps, you will LOVE Maphead. It’s an absolute blast to read (and re-read).

What do you think? What books should I run out and buy next? Please share!

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