Welcome to my book store.  All of the images on this page are links to Amazon.com where you can read reviews and buy the book. The books on this page are ones I have found to be very useful over the years.  I will explain why I find each book useful.

The Five Dysfunctions of A Team by Patrick Lencioni

The day after I read this book I sent an email to everyone on my Vestry and “required” them to read it. It tightened us as a community and helped us learn how to make much better decisions.  It is still required reading for everyone who serves on our Vestry and is the foundation of our Vestry retreat. If you have not read this book, buy it today.

In explaining how and why many teams fail, this book provides an understanding of how to build stronger Christian community. This book also has obvious application to all of our relationships.  A marriage is a team of two.  Reading and taking to heart the lessons in this book will strengthen all of your relationships.  If you have ever been in a church or other organization that seemed stuck and unhealthy, this book will likely help you understand why it was so.

All of Patrick Lencioni’s books are written as fables.  They are easy to read and understand.  They make great airport reads.

Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni

The “New DNA” is a phrase that is becoming common in discussions around church planting and growth.  The “New DNA” is really the Ancient Understanding of the role of Pastors and the role of Laity.  The New DNA is all about Ephesians 4:11-13.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

One of the challenges that Pastors face is owning a different model of relationship in their role as leader and preacher.  It is difficult to live the New DNA if your self identity is rooted in the Old DNA.  The problem is exacerbated by the fact that most clergy work alone.  They have no one to show them new models.  In this book Patrick Lencioni shows how he learned to be a different kind of consultant. I include it in this list of books because I think that if clergy thought of themselves as consultants to their laity they would more fully embrace the New DNA. The Role of a Pastor is in part “to prepare God’s people for works of service”.  That is what consultants do.  Consultants do not own the work.  Pastors do not own the work.  The work belongs to God’s people.  This book is an easy read.  It is a story.  A fable if you will.  This book will be helpful for Pastors and anyone else who find themselves in a role as teacher or mentor to others. Buy it for yourself or for a pastor friend.