My Top 5 Books of 2022: A Must-Read List

by | Jan 6, 2023 | Church Health, Church Leadership, Coaching, Discipleship

I am back to my habit of reading (finding and completing) at least two books per month. I have started quite a few books, but if they don’t capture my interest or spark intrigue within the first three chapters, I put em away. There are some books that I pick back up at a later date, and recognize it was a timing issue. Others are destined to be donated 🙂 Life is too short to spend reading bad books. With that being said, here are My Top 5 Books of 2022: A Must-Read List, in my opinion.


What to Do Next: Taking Your Best Step When Life Is Uncertain

What to Do NextWhat to Do Next: Taking Your Best Step When Life Is Uncertain is a book by Jeff Henderson that offers practical advice on how to navigate life’s challenges and make decisions that lead to success. The book covers topics such as setting goals, developing a positive attitude, and finding the motivation to take action.

From Reggie Joyner, founder and CEO of Orange: The reason What to Do Next is such a life-changing book is that the author hasn’t simply researched the topic of career change; he has successfully navigated it multiple times. Jeff Henderson has written a personal and practical guide for everyone who cares about their future. If you don’t think you need to read this book, just open it up. You will change your mind. What to Do Next will be one of those timeless classics you keep as a reference for the next time you wonder, Is it time to take a leap?



Attacking Anxiety: From Panicked and Depressed to Alive and Free

Visual search query imageAttacking Anxiety is a book by Shawn Johnson that provides practical strategies for managing and overcoming anxiety. The book covers topics such as understanding the causes of anxiety, developing coping mechanisms, and building resilience.

The book provides strategies and techniques for managing anxiety, including practical advice on how to identify and address the root causes of anxiety and how to develop coping skills.


Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World 

Books I read in 2022 Jeff HoglenIrresistible is a book by Andy Stanley that examines the concepts of the Christian mission and how the Good News is still relevant and powerful today. The book discusses the importance of living a life that is “irresistible” to others and encourages readers to consider how they can make a positive impact on the world.

Andy chronicles what made the early Jesus Movement so compelling, resilient, and irresistible by answering these questions:

  • What did first-century Christians know that we don’t—about God’s Word, about their lives, about love?
  • What did they do that we’re not doing?
  • What makes Christianity so resistible in today’s culture?
  • What needs to change in order to repeat the growth our faith had at its beginning?

Lead Like It Matters: 7 Leadership Principles for a Church That Lasts


Visual search query imageLead Like It Matters by Craig Groeschel offers practical advice and guidance for leaders looking to make a positive impact in their organizations and communities. The book covers topics such as developing a leadership vision, building a strong team, and leading with integrity.

From the New York Times Review: Lead Like It Matters presents Groeschel’s transformative insights on how to build a thriving, enduring ministry and organization effectively. Using his skills as a top leader, he combines straight talk and wry honesty with biblical and leadership principles to equip you with the tools to:

  • Recognize when your organization or ministry has the indefinable but tangible “it” that leads to success
  • Identify and implement seven leadership principles for a church that lasts
  • Ignite a fire in your team to leave behind “what we’ve always done” for the meaningful ministry you know is possible
  • Discover the three areas every leader must master for success

Lead Like It Matters reveals the secret for building ministry momentum and keeping it going.


The Disciple makers Handbook:

making disciplesThe Disciple Maker’s Handbook is a book by Bobby Harrington that focuses on… yep, you guessed it – the importance of making disciples.

This handbook offers practical guidance on how to live a life as a disciple of Jesus and effectively share this way of life with others. As believers, we are called to the most important task on earth, which is to create disciples of Jesus. This handbook seeks to equip individuals with the tools they need to succeed in this pursuit.

Remember – Leaders are readers!

Start the habit of reading at least one good book per month. And yes – audiobooks count!!

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