Recommended Reading for a New Year
Three books for your 2018 list
The Self-Aware Leader
Terry Linhart (IVP Books)
Drivers must beware of blind spots, or risk causing an accident. Similarly, church leaders must beware of blind spots, or disqualify themselves from ministry. The Self-Aware Leader helps leaders become aware of how the past, temptations, emotions, pressures, conflicts and margins affect their ministries. It offers guidance for becoming more authentic and effective in leadership.
J.P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem, editors (Crossway)
Theistic Evolution provides “a comprehensive scientific, philosophical, and theological critique of the idea known as theistic evolution” or “evolutionary creationism.” The authors argue that “the mechanism of mutation and natural selection” does not explain the origins of life, that “methodological naturalism” is questionable philosophically, and that theistic evolution contradicts important biblical and theological doctrines.
Hope for the Prodigal
Jim Putnam with Bill Putnam (Baker Books)
A sizable percentage of kids who grew up in church leave it after age 18. The authors of Hope for the Prodigal — son and father, respectively — offer guidance about how families and churches can create an “ideal” environment to sustain kids in their faith, as well as about how to bring “the lost, wandering, and rebellious home.”
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2018 edition of Influence magazine.