It’s funny: Every book I’ve read this year has been so good. I have not been disappointed yet. Also quite intriguing is the fact that when I get to the end of a week, I’m introduced to a brand new book through a conversation, email, or something as simple as a Facebook comment. I had a huge list of books I compiled when I started the year, but it seems as if God has another agenda. Week-to-week inspiration!

“All our successes are the same. All our failures are too. We succeed when we do something remarkable. We fail when we give up too soon. We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do. We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t have the guts to quit.”

–Seth Godin

This quote sums up the very inspiring and eye opening book, The Dip. It’s all about whether you should quit. Not fail, but strategically quit.

I’ve read books by Seth Godin in the past and they’ve always been interesting. Mainly because he’ll take something you kind of have a little bit of understanding about, and then unpack it or describe it in a way that is just plain cool. He puts meat on something you’ve been mulling in your head for years.

A “Dip” is when your endeavor gets to the point of no return, or to the point of peak pain. We all face Dips in many areas of our lives, including relationships and jobs. Dips can occur while writing a book, exercising or even in our diets. Most people walk at that moment, but the best in the world make it through the Dip. If you want to be the best at something, you have to go through some hard times. We sometimes look at someone’s success and think, “I could do that,” when in reality, even if we could, we wouldn’t. We’d let the Dip stop us. We don’t see the Dips someone went through to get where they are today–the price paid for success.

Get a copy of The Dip.  It’s an easy and very fun read, especially if you want to be the best!












Last week I decided to reread a book I read a long time ago titled The Scarlett Thread. I’m preparing for our quickly-approaching Easter weekend, and I wanted to get a better handle on some of the Old Testament symbolism that paints a picture of Jesus.

This read is fascinating for anyone with questions about the prophetic voice of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. I love how The Scarlett Thread weaves a tapestry of Jesus throughout the Bible for us. It’s just incredible when you begin to see the shadow of Jesus revealed in the Tabernacle, the Passover, the sacrifices and so much more. Honestly, I love books like this. I walk away from them feeling so full, if you know what I mean.

If you want some good old fashioned Bible teaching, this is the book to grab! The Scarlett Thread will educate you on the Old and New Testaments, and challenge you in many ways. Each chapter can stand alone, and you’ll definitely feel empowered by the wisdom.














This week I read Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habits.” Habits have caused great destruction, and habits have turned companies into global powers. Duhigg did his homework in studying the patterns that cause us to do the things we love, and the things that have caused us the most pain. It truly helped my understanding of why I like to do certain things like get a rice krispy treat at Starbucks after a good cup of coffee, or work out often, or even something as simple as wash my hair.

I had to buckle down and do some serious evening reading to finish this one on time!  It was a long read, but not hard. The book is about how the brain works (and I love that stuff), but it’s understandable, and it’s written in a way that will challenge you. I love how Duhigg uses real life stories and makes a personal connection to draw you in to the research. This book will help give you a good understanding around business habits, organizational habits and personal habits.

Great read.  4.5 thumbs up!


Patrick Lencioni is one of my favorite writers. If you took all his books, and all his years of consulting expertise, and wrapped them up in one book, you’d have “The Advantage.” But there’s one big difference. He typically uses allegory to present principles. Not with this one. “The Advantage” is principle-driven.

My favorite part of this book is the six questions he brings out. I won’t let the cat out of the bag (you’ll need to read it), but these six questions could be a great advanced leadership topic that would take two days or more to work through.

If you’re serious about taking your organization to another level, please take your time and read this book. It’s full of leadership and organizational wisdom, but let me be clear: There’s no way you’ll digest what you need by trying to read this in one week. It’ll take three good reads to digest it! I’ll retread this several times.

From my perspective as a church-planting pastor, “The Advantage” would be a great read for someone in their third to fifth year of planting a church. If I was in year two of my church, I would be hard-pressed to get what Lencioni is saying as a whole. Hear my heart here: I’m not saying you shouldn’t read it! But to fully embrace these principles, you’ll need some organizational maturity.  Enjoy!