Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Reading

One of my treats each summer is having time to read good books. This summer, I have enjoyed a variety of books, so I thought I would share with you some of the ones that have made it onto my summer reading list.

With just a few weeks left before the Fall 2013 semester begins, I encourage everyone to take their one last summer treat and dive into a good book before another great school year begins.
The Conviction to Lead: The 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters
by Albert Mohler
In his book, Mohler introduces "conviction" as a leader's mandate. A very young seminary president, he is a change agent at Southern Seminary.
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life 
by Rod Dreher
The author, a Philadelphia journalist, returned to his Louisiana hometown (population 1,700) after his sister Ruthie's death from cancer. He examines the ordinary life she lived as a local schoolteacher and discovers the privilege of being part of a small community. I really enjoyed this true story from a small town not far from our campus.
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
by Bob Goff
Living an abundant life of love requires taking action, and Bob Goff is living an abundant life. He shares several extraordinary tales from his own life that illustrate how God is teaching us about love. He seems to make the ordinary extraordinary by taking seriously God's command to love one another.
Seven Men: And the Secret of their Greatness 
by Eric Metaxas
Seven Christian men whose lives display what it is to be a true man today are expertly profiled: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Metaxas shares the struggles that each of these men faced, and how their values of honesty, courage and charity led them through difficulties. In each case, these were men who fully integrated their faith into their life's work.
Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court 
by John Wooden.
Written the year before his death in 2010, the late UCLA basketball coach shares the foundation for his own extraordinary leadership and the lessons he learned as a leader. Again, here is another who successfully did what I hope for in my life: to find the holy calling of my daily work.