People often ask me what I am reading. And before 2019, I really wasn’t reading much. But I had a desire to grow as an individual and a leader, so I committed to reading more books in 2019. And for the first time ever I actually stuck to my commitment. Before I give you the entire list, I will share with you my top three for this year. These three were the most helpful or challenging to me, and I would encourage you to pick them up and see what you think. My top three are Communicating For A Change by Andy Stanley, Simple Church by Thom Rainer, and Something Needs To Change by David Platt. I would love it if you would share with me your top three reads of 2019 so that I can check them out. Here is the entire list in alphabetical order:

1. Ask It!, The question that will revolutionize how you make decisions by Andy Stanley

2. Autopsy Of A Deceased Church by Thom Rainer

3. Breakout Churches, Discover how to make the leap by Thom Rainer

4. Communicating For A Change, Seven keys to irresistible communication by Andy Stanley

5. Creating Community, Five keys to building a small group culture by Andy Stanley

6. Deep & Wide, Creating churches unchurched people love to attend by Andy Stanley

7. Designed To Lead, The church and leadership development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck

8. Didn’t See It Coming, Overcoming the seven greatest challenges that no one expects and everyone experiences by Carey Nieuwhof

9. DiscipleShift, Five steps that help your church make disciples who make disciples by Bobby Harrington and Jim Putnam

10. Do You Talk Funny?, 7 comedy habits to become a better (and funnier) public speaker by David Nihill

11. Double Blessing: How to get it. How to give it. by Mark Batterson

12. Growing Young, Six essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin

13. Hero Maker, Five essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird

14. If, Trading your if only regrets for God’s what if possibilities by Mark Batterson

15. Irresistible, Reclaiming the new that Jesus unleashed for the world by Andy Stanley

16. Lasting Impact, Seven conversations that will help your church grow by Carey Nieuwhof

17. Leading Life-Changing Small Groups by Bill Donahue

18. Letters To The Church by Francis Chan

19. Liquid Church: 6 Powerful currents to saturate your city for Christ by Tim Lucas and Warren Bird

20. Meet Generation Z by James Emery White

21. Next Generation Leader, Five essentials for those who will shape the future by Andy Stanley

22. No Silver Bullets, Five small shifts that will transform your ministry by Daniel Im

23. Multiply, Disciples making disciples by Francis Chan

24. Reclaimed Church, How churches grow, decline, and experience revitalization by Bill Henard

25. Reclaiming Glory, Revitalizing dying churches by Mark Clifton

26. Seven Practices Of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

27. Simple Church, Returning to God’s process for making disciples by Thom Rainer

28. Slave, The hidden truth about your identity in Christ by John MacArthur

29. Small Church Essentials, Field-tested principles for leading a healthy congregation of under 250 by Karl Vaters

30. Something Needs To Change by David Platt

31. Start With Why, How great leaders inspire everyone to take action by Simon Sinek

32. Sticky Leaders by Larry Osborne

33. The Art of Neighboring: Building genuine relationships right outside your door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

34. The Comeback Effect, How hospitality can compel your church’s guests to return by Jason Young and Jonathan Malm

35. The Connecting Church, Beyond small groups to authentic community by Randy Frazee

36. The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman

37. The 12 Week Year, Get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months by Brian P. Morgan

38. The Unstuck Church by Tony Morgan

39. The Way Of The Warrior, An ancient path to inner peace by Erwin Raphael McManus

40. Visioneering, God’s blueprint for developing and maintaining vision by Andy Stanley

41. What Every Body Is Saying, An ex-FBI agent’s guide to speed reading people by Joe Navarro

42. Whisper by Mark Batterson