A 2024 Pastor’s Reading List

Personal Development

I hope this is your best year yet.  To help with that, I’m providing my 2024 reading list – 24 for ’24. My reading style has changed dramatically over the last couple of years, so my number of books read has dropped in order to more intentionally internalize what I’m reading. Some of these may be of interest to you as you pursue growth in your ministry.

First, I thought I would share the five most impactful books I read in 2023, along with 24 books for ’24.

The five most impactful books I read in 2023:

  1. Secrets of the Secret Place, Legacy Edition by Bob Sorge
  2. The Awe of God by John Bevere
  3. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  4. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler
  5. The Multiplication Effect by Mac Lake

24 books I hope to read in ‘24 are: (in no particular order)

  1. Leading with Dignity. How to create a culture that brings out the best in people by Donna Hicks.
  2. Soul Care by Rob Reimer.
  3. Love and Work by Marcus Buckingham.
  4. Four Thousand Weeks. Time Management for Mere Mortals by Oliver Burkeman.
  5. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson.
  6. Big Shoes to Fill by Gavin Adams.
  7. The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication by John C. Maxwell.
  8. Deep Work by Cal Newport.
  9. Uncommon Greatness by Mark Miller.
  10. Hidden Potential by Adam Grant
  11. The Ins and Outs of In-n-Out Burger by Lynsi Snyder.
  12. You are what you love. The Spiritual Power of Habit by James Smith.
  13. Thanks for the feedback. The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen.
  14. Hold me tight. Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson.
  15. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
  16. Sink or Sit. One Couple’s Journey of answering God’s call to Step out of the Boat by Haley and Jason Bilotti.
  17. Educated by Tara Westover.
  18. Eat Smarter by Shawn Stevenson.
  19. Strengthening your Grip. How to be grounded in a chaotic world by Charles Swindoll.
  20. Leading from the Heart by Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
  21. What’s Here Now? How to stop rehashing the past, rehearsing the future and start receiving the present by Jeanne Stevens.
  22. Being Real > Being Perfect by Justin Davis.
  23. Beyond High Performance. What great coaches know about how the best get better by Jason Jaggard.
  24. The President and the Freedom Fighter. Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas and their battle to save America’s soul by Brian Kilmeade.

I hope you have a profitable reading season this year!