Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a reader. Perhaps you make comments like “reading just isn’t my thing” or “I don’t read books. I wait for the movie.”
I understand this mindset, but my reply is – you just haven’t found something that you would like to read or need to know.
Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a leader. Perhaps you make comments like “I’m a better follower. Others can take charge.”
I understand this mindset, but my reply is – you likely haven’t realized that a) you are likely a leader to someone in some way and b) you may find yourself in a leadership position, so maybe some minor preparation is in order.
Today, I’d like to recommend 3 very different books that ministry readers and leaders should read. They are not leadership books, though certainly those can be helpful. Instead, I’ve suggested books to help you see the world differently … a past world, an invisible fictional world, and a present and future world.
My Reading/Leading Book Recommendations
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself. There are several books with a similar theme, but arguably the best is Corbett and Fikkert’s work. It’s a good mix of theory and application, and if you want to read more about the issues they address, they have other books addressing the same topic but with different applications. How best should Christians, especially North American wealthy Christians help those in need? Whether across the globe or around the corner, Corbett and Fikkert diagnose the problem and offer solutions.
Three books from three genres to get your brain thinking along three different tracks.
Read. Lead. Repeat.
Dr. Neal earned a BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University. He then pursued theological and ministerial training and is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDivBL), and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (MTh; PhD). He is married to Jennifer, and they have four children.
Dr. Neal’s teaching and research focuses on the relationship between biblical interpretation and theology. His Ph.D. research focused on systematic theology, specifically questions raised in contemporary German theology. He is the author of Theology As Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of Jurgen Moltmann’s Doctrine of Hope, and has published a variety of essays, articles, and chapters on theological topics. Dr. Neal has presented papers in several academic venues in England, Scotland, New Zealand, and the United States. Most recently he presented a paper on eschatology at the University of Notre Dame.