Cross
Recommended Readings

Reading as one way of nurturing both the head and heart is an ongoing process. There are, however, rhythms and cycles of or work and life that create the opportunity to concentrate some of our reading. For some that is Summer. Below is my Summer Reading List. I hope you will pursue it and find one or more of these volumes useful if you have not already read them. Finally, I commend these words to you from John Wesley: “Whether you like it or not, read and pray daily. It is your life.” Enjoy!  +Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

 

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham - #1 New York Times Best seller and  Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. These dramatic times in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.

     
 

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn  - This “engaging, unusually rewarding book…which will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today”  by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, examines five masters of crisis: explorer Ernest Shackleton; Abraham Lincoln; abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

     
 

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright - A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state.  This is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer.

     

 

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson - What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy – of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance. Named a best/most anticipated book of 2018 by Chicago Tribune, Time and Publisher's Weekly.

     
 

Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in Our Time by Alan J. Roxburgh - Its time to turn in a new direction: back to the Holy Spirit. This book urges Christians to follow the Spirit into our neighborhoods, re-engage with the mission of God and re-imagine the whole enterprise of church. Joining God, Remaking Church, and Changing the World can guide any church to become a vital center for spirituality and mission. For clergy, lay professionals, lay leaders, seminarians.

     
 

The Power of Community: How Phenomenal Leaders Inspire their Teams, Wow their Customers, and Make Bigger Profits by Howard Partridge - The Power of Community provides a step-by-step approach to transforming your organization by tapping into the human need to connect with and feel valued by others. By creating a company culture based on core community values, you’ll empower your workforce, build customer loyalty, and drive profits and growth.  

     
 

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller - The author's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.