Steve Sjogren’s Reading Recommendations for 2019

by | Jan 3, 2019 | Church Leadership

At the beginning of each year, I hear leaders stating the fact that they want to read more in the new year. I am amongst this group. The reality is; however, there are only so many hours in a day, days in the week, etc.. So the question to be asked and pondered is – what books do I spend time reading? I recently asked Steve Sjogren for his input and here is his list of reading recommendations:

Knowing God – J. I. Packer

One of my mentors has a book reading policy. He won’t start anything unless he’s pretty convinced that it’s worth reading at least twice. I like that policy, though I read a lot that isn’t re-readable because life requires it. I’ve read Knowing God half a dozen times and hope to read it at least that many times again.

Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness – Jerry Cook

I have purchased this book by the boxful to give away to people struggling with being stuck trying to please God by their behavior. Jerry adjusts the Christian life apart from mere behavior and onto the base attitudes that shape those behaviors.

The Jesus Style – Gale Erwin

Gale was one of the few father figures during the Jesus movement in Southern California. This is one of the books where I’ve underlined something on each page.

The Little, Big Things – Tom Peters

Tom Peters is my favorite guru figure in the business world. He gets the vital importance of tending to details in relationship with others, which ultimately translates over to the ultimate success or failure of an organization. I’ve read or listened to this at least half a dozen times, including three times this year alone.

How To Write – Stephen King

This is the only book I patently recommend to wannabe writers. It’s funny, moving, powerful, practical. If you can swing it, buy the Audible version as well. It’s read by King himself and is even more enjoyable than the book.


The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale

This is short and sweet. Nightingale’s materials is all great stuff, but this one will stop you in your tracks. At the time of this blog post, the cost 49 cents!


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