I read a lot of books. I read a lot of them in 2014. They weren’t necessarily published in 2014, I just finally got around to them. If I had to pick five of them that were absolute must-reads, these would be the ones.

  1. 100 Best Ideas to Turbocharge Your Children’s Ministry (Dale Hudson and Scott Werner)

    This book knocked it out of the park for kids’ ministry. Ranging from thinking way outside the box to security, the ideas presented in this book were amazing. The first chapter, entitled “The First Eight” describes the first 8 minutes that a parent with a young child experiences at a church. This one chapter was worth the price of the book.
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  1. Deep and Wide (Andy Stanley)

    We read this book as a church staff. As a church that is changing methodology, this book gave us a great grasp on how to reach unchurched people in our community. You won’t agree with everything in it because no church is the same. However, you will find some amazing ideas, techniques, and solutions.
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  1. Love Does (Bob Goff)

    People have been hounding me to read this book for a while now, so I finally picked it up. Then, I couldn’t put it down. It will leave you wondering how all of Goff’s stories could possibly be true. But, by studying his reasoning behind doing the things that he did, you really do find out that “love does.”
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  1. Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me (Ian Morgan Cron)

    There are really no words here, but I’ll give it a shot. I saw Ian Cron speak at a worship leaders’ conference a few years ago. He spoke on cynicism in ministry. In a room full of worship leaders, we understand cynicism. His voice resonated with all of us. The second he was done, I picked up his book. It sat on my shelf until a few months ago. His story is incredible. I’ll reference you to one line in the book: “Love always stoops.” When you read the book, you’ll know what I am talking about.
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  1. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Nabeel Qureshi)

    This was on my must-read list the day it came out. As I read Nabeel’s story of turning from a devout Muslim upbringing towards Christianity, it became incredibly clear that God had put key people in his life to guide him there. The logical side of me loved seeing the debate between Christianity and Islam, and the emotional part of me loved seeing his life turn towards Christ. I dare you to read the prologue and epilogue with a dry eye.
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