My Reading List for 2013

booksIt has been said that, “Leaders are readers.”  I believe this is true.  I have learned SO MUCH through the discipline of being a reader.  I constantly encourage my staff toward personal growth and development by being readers.

A few years back I decided to start keeping track of all the books I read.  So the following is the list of books I read in 2013.  I have highlighted in bold a few of the titles that were most impacting to my life, growth, and development.

Christian Living/Spiritual Growth:

  • The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant – Terry Felber
  • Porn-Again Christian – Mark Driscoll
  • The Christian Atheist – Craig Groeschel
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala (This phenominal book, along with many of the other books I read on the topic of prayer in 2013 helped me preach the series POP Rocks. You can watch those messages by clicking HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)
  • Forgotten God – Francis Chan
  • The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson (By far, the best book I read all year!)
  • Too Busy Not to Pray – Bill Hybels
  • Break Through Prayer – Jim Cymbala
  • Not a Fan – Kyle Idleman
  • Adventures in Prayer – Catherine Marshall
  • Grace on Tap – Eric Dykstra (This book is the fuel behind one of my most favorite series I’ve ever preached called Born Lucky. You can watch those messages by clicking HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)
  • The Praying Church – Tom Grossman Sr.
  • Intercessory Prayer – Dutch Sheets
  • When Heaven Invades Earth – Bill Johnson
  • Cold-Case Christianity – James Wallace
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning


  • Aggressive Girls, Clueless Boys – Dennis Rainey
  • The Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Your Relationships – Gary Chapman & Jennifer Thomas
  • Preparing for Marriage: Discover God’s Plan for a Lifetime of Love
  • Preparing for Marriage Leader’s Guide
  • Boundaries in Dating – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend


  • Entre Leadership – Dave Ramsey
  • Humility: True Greatness – C.J. Mahaney
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – Marshall Goldsmith


  • Deep & Wide – Andy Stanley
  • Am I Making Myself Clear?: Secrets of the World’s Greatest Communicators – Terry Felber
  • Quitter – Jon Acuff
  • Start – Jon Acuff

Just for Fun:

  • Puff or Pass: Should Christians Smoke Pot or Not? – Mark Driscoll
  • American Assassin – Vince Flynn
  • Kill Shot – Vince Flynn
  • Transfer of Power – Vince Flynn
  • The Third Option – Vince Flynn
  • 61 Hours – Lee Child
  • Worth Dying For – Lee Child
  • Peace Child – Don Richardson
  • Separation of Power – Vince Flynn
  • God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beacher Stowe
  • The Heavenly Man – Bother Yun

So there is my list from 2013.  What are a few books that you really enjoyed in recent months?  What books would you suggest I read in 2014?

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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  • Tyler

    I am currently reading “Not a Fan” and “The Circle Maker”. I would recommend reading “Dangerous Calling” by Paul David Tripp. It is about the temptations that are either unique or stronger in pastoral ministry.