Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more books? Here are 10 suggestions from Associate Editor Natalie Dupuis to help strengthen your faith, refine your business strategy and spark ideas for a new year of conferences. Find most of them on bookshelves now.
1. “Counter Culture”
by David Platt
Platt is the best-selling author of “Radical” and “Follow Me.” His February release of “Counter Culture,” the highly anticipated follow-up, invites Christians to go against the grain of secular culture.
2. “Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story”
by Trip Lee
Planners of youth events, take note: Lee’s latest book gives insight into the specific challenges of young believers. Lee, a popular rapper (and 2014 Rejuvenate 40 Under 40 honoree), shares personal anecdotes to help young believers live the story that’s been written for them.
3. “The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs”
by John C. Maxwell
The author of “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions” returns in 2015 with a series of handbooks on leading yourself before leading a team. Even veteran leaders can benefit from this book.
4. “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration”
by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
Ranked as one of Amazon’s best books of 2014, this manual combining creativity and business by Catmull, one of the co-founders of Pixar Animation Studios, is not to be missed.
5. “For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First”
by Sean Lowe
Known for his stint on the 17th season of reality television’s “The Bachelor,” Lowe is now foraying into authorship. He lightly chronicles his experience on the show before focusing on what it’s like to live a Christian life in the spotlight.
6. “Yes, And”
by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton
The executives of The Second City, the Chicago-based improv group where comedians like Joan Rivers, Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert got their start, share lessons in decision making for leaders.
7. “All the Places To Go…How Will You Know?”
by John Ortberg
Best-selling author Ortberg’s newest book focuses on recognizing open doors in life and having the faith to walk through them into the unknown.
8. “Own Your Life”
by Sally Clarkson
This tome is targeted at women to help them explore living meaningfully and to encourage bringing order to everyday chaos.
9. “The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work”
by Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine
Learn tips from major companies like The Hershey Company and JetBlue Airways about leading a team with an attitude of gratitude.
10. “Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least”
by Jessica Jackley
You’ll have to wait until June for this inspirational piece from Jackley, a popular TED speaker, on how microlending can lead to huge results in impoverished countries.