I love to read, and I love to share what I read (when it’s good) with others. These five books stand out as the best I read this year. Not all of them were new this year, but all of them were new to me, and I highly recommend each of them to you. There is still time to order them as a Christmas present for yourself. Or you could order them for someone else if you wanted to give them something awesome.
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
by Tim Keller
It’s always risky to say “no other book does X better”, but in this case it fits. No other book on the subject of work and faith so well explains and sorts out what it means to work as unto the Lord, what a calling is, how to use the gifts God has given us, and how to work well. Tim Keller is my favorite living author because his books answer questions I didn’t even know I had but that needed answering any how. This one changed how I work and how I view what I do.
Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
Lencioni is to business for me what Tim Keller is to faith. He is a master at sorting out problems and offering solutions in concrete, principled, unarguable ways. After having read many of his business fables and loving them, I see this as sort of his magnum opus. It takes the individual principles from those other books and synthesizes them into a concise, enjoyable, and powerful look at why organizational health matters more than any other facet of business. Every leader of every organization would benefit from reading this book.
See: Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
I actually read this one of Wilson’s books first and was blown away for all the reasons I listed above. Between the two of these he has put himself squarely on the “read everything this author writes” list for me. And that is avery, very short list comprised of one dead man and not very many living ones.