For many people, summer is a time to catch up on some good reading.  I enjoy reading books that keep me sharp, books that feed my soul and books that are simply great fun.  Here are a few you might want to grab to take with you to the beach, to the office or to your favorite chair.

Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton.  This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time about caring for your soul.  Ruth rightly observes, “If Jesus were speaking to us today, he might also point out that when leaders lose their souls, so do the churches and organizations they lead.”



All Is Grace by Brennan Manning.  Brennan Manning has been a long time favorite of mine.  When I finished this book I had a deeper understanding of God’s love for me.  Brennan states, “Jesus Christ is crazy about you.  He loves you just as you are, not as you should be.”









The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  I watched this movie on a flight to Ecuador.  A friend of mine (who is in high school) insisted that I needed to read the book.  He was right.  This is a great, fun read about friendship and self-discovery.  I couldn’t put it down.








Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  I heard all the hype about the movie and decided to first read the book.  Huge redemption themes run throughout.  Again, I couldn’t put this one down.







Love Does by Bob Goff.  Goff is an amazing story teller.  It certainly helps that his life is an amazing story.  This book will absolutely inspire you!









The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni.  I read everything Lencioni writes.  The 6 questions Lencioni prompts us to ask are helpful for both your personal life and the organizations you lead.