My 2014 Reading List


I’ve said it before, but you’re going to here me say it again that, “Leaders are readers!”

You show me someone in a leadership position who is not actively seeking to develop his/her mind through reading quality, uplifting, challenging, and inspiring books, and I’ll show you someone who is not leading well.

Over the years I have gained so much insight, wisdom, and fresh ideas by learning from the lives of men and women who have led more people and at higher levels than I ever will through reading their books.

So now I’ll step off my soapbox and share with you the books that I was able to read in 2014.  Here they are:

Christian Living/Spiritual Growth:

  • The Blessed Life – Robert Morris
  • A Life God Rewards – Bruce Wilkinson
  • All In – Mark Batterson
  • Pardon Me, I’m Prospering! – Kevin Gerald
  • When Godly People Do Ungodly Things – Beth Moore
  • Heaven for Kids – Randy Alcorn
  • Crash the Chatterbox – Steven Furtick
  • Not a Fan – Kyle Idleman (re-read)
  • Becoming a Contagious Christian – Bill Hybels
  • The Fall Away Factor – Steve Hickey
  • Radical – David Platt
  • Thou Shall Prosper – Daniel Lapin


  • The Irresistible Husband – Jason Gratehouse
  • Every Man’s Battle – Fred Stoeker, Stephen Arterburn
  • 100 Ways to Love Your Wife – Matthew L. Jacobson
  • Every Young Man’s Battle – Fred Stoeker, Stephen Arterburn


  • Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret – Larry Osborne
  • Boundaries for Leaders – Henry Cloud
  • Love Works – Joel Manby
  • The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni
  • Seven Men and the Secret to their Greatness – Eric Metaxas
  • The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
  • Start Something That Matters – Blake Mycoskie
  • Comedy-Driven Leadership – Jonathan Herron


  • Transforming Church in Rural America (reread) – Shannon O’Dell
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Steal Like an Artist – Austin Kleon
  • The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  • The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss
  • How to Break Growth Barriers – Carl F. George
  • No Little Places – Ron Klassen
  • Big Dreams in Small Places: Church Planting in Smaller Communities – Tom Nebel

Just for Fun:

  • Bruchko – Bruce Olson
  • Mud, Sweat, and Tears – Bear Grylls
  • Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell
  • American Sniper – Chris Kyle
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  • No Easy Day – Mark Owen
  • Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Oath – Frank Peretti
  • The Visitation – Frank Peretti
  • Betrayed – Billy Vaughn
  • LifeLight: Taking the Church Outside the Walls – Allan Greene

Because I’m always looking for another good book to read, I’d love to hear any suggestions that you might have that I should add to my 2015 reading list.  Go…

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!
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  • Freeze

    Kudos to making a reading list. Ever thought of reading dead guys? In about 50 yrs many modern authors and their books will be long forgotten.

    • Jon Sanders

      I start each day by reading “dead guys” as I spend time in the Word of God! 🙂 While I don’t necessarily agree with your premise that many modern authors will be long forgotten in 50 years (after all, the “dead guys” were alive and “modern” at one time too), I do desire to add more of the “classics” to my reading list this year. What might be your top two or three that you would recommend?