I love books…
I love getting deals on books…
So I wanted to share with you some news about a couple of my books that’s happening right now…
1. My book Pull: Making Your Church Magnetic is only $2.99 on the Kindle. This sale ends in the next day or two, so pick it up before it becomes $9.99 again. Get it here.
2. My book Leadership Blurbs: Bite Sized Strategies for a Growing Church is finally available on the Kindle. (Leadership Blurbs is a reboot of my book, “Zero to Sixty”. It has 5 new chapters that are worth checking out.) Check it out here.
3. You can grab a FREE (minus shipping) paperback copy of Leadership Blurbs here.
4. We’re offering a deal on a case of my book for new believers, “Begin: First Steps for the Journey”. It’s $99 for a case of books. That’s almost $100 in savings off retail! Grab a case here.
5. You can get a couple of my books for free if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited. Take a look here.
I get this question all the time: “Bob, what are your favorite leadership books?” I’ve never really sat down to write out my top 5 all-time picks, but I figured if you’re a senior leader in a church, these are the books I would highly encourage you to read.
So here’s my top 5 books on leadership…
#1 – Leadership Gold by John Maxwell – I wrestled between this book and The 21 Irrefutable Laws on Leadership. You should read both, but if you’re been in leadership for a while, Leadership Gold will really help.
#2 – Good to Great by Jim Collins – There are so many principles in this book that helped me navigate rough patches in our church. Plus, this book helped me describe what was happening in our church when I didn’t have a name for it. This is a book I go back to all the time.
#3 – The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley – I read this book when it came out. Then I reread this book. Then I read it again. Then I made everyone on my staff read it. It’s a must read. It helped me so much. I’m only going to post one book by Andy, but if I were being honest, Visioneering should be on here as well as 7 Practices of Effective Ministry.
#4 – The E-Myth by Michael Gerber – This book literally blew my mind when I read it. I never really understood systems until I read this book. Then I went back and read every book Michael had written. This is a book everyone on your team needs to read.
#5 – Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels – This book tackles leadership from the Senior Pastor perspective. There’s so much great leadership content here. I’ve read this book several times. I’ve recommended it hundreds of times. So much of our nomenclature in church leadership comes from this book.
Speaking of leadership books… (how’s that for a transition)
My book Zero to Sixty got rereleased today. The new title is Leadership Blurbs: Bite Sized Strategies for a Growing Church and it has 5 brand new chapters.
Here’s the best part: you can grab a copy for free (you just pay for the shipping). Click here to pick up a copy.
I get questions about what I’m reading almost every day, so I thought I’d share what I’ve read over the last month.
(For those who want to know how I read as much as I do, you can read this post here)
So here’s some of the books I’ve read in the last month or so…
Smart Kids, Smart Money by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze – I really enjoyed this book. With 3 young kids at home, this gave me gray ideas to help them win with money. Also, after reading this book I decided to start a wedding fund for my 2 daughters.
The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick – While I’ve never met Darrin personally, I respect him a great deal. The highest compliment I can give this book is that I wish I had written it. It’s brilliant. You should read it. Right now.
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni – I really enjoyed this book, even though most of the ideas are found in other books he has written. If you’ve never read anything Patrick has written, this is the place to start. Great book.
The No B.S. Guide to Brand Building by Direct Response by Dan Kennedy – Dan is a master marketer. This book explains my position on branding. It’s what we teach in our Evangelism Ninja coaching. Really good book.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk – I loved Gary’s first book, “Crush It”. So I picked this one up and it didn’t disappoint. It’s about telling your story and how different social media platforms make us tell our story differently. Really helpful.
Brick by Brick by David Robertson – This book is the story of the Lego corporation. It covers their core values and how they will them out. My son was thrilled that I was reading a book about Lego bricks, but was bummed out when it didn’t include any pictures 🙂
I spend a lot of time talking to people who want to write books.
They give all kinds of excuses as to why they can’t write their book now.
“I don’t have the time right now.”
“I’m unsure about what to write about.”
“Where do I begin in writing?”
But here’s what it all comes down to: permission
Most people are waiting for someone to give them permission to write.
They’re waiting for some publisher, some editor, some governing body to say, “It’s time for you to write.”
Here are the 2 things you need to write:
1. A message worth sharing
2. A desire to get that message out
Everything else is simply excuses because we think we need someone else’s permission to write.
So started writing.
If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my FREE ebook called, Amplify Your Message”, click here.
Too many pastors think they are starting from scratch when it comes to writing a book.
I have found just the opposite to be true.
You have some hidden content sitting right under your nose that can have you well on your way to writing your first book.
In fact, I recently recorded a 3 minute video that explains where this “secret” content is hiding in plain sight.
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