Best Books of 2011

Leadership Magazine recently released its best books of 2011. Here’s their list:

The Leader’s Inner Life

Best of The Best:
A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
by John Dickson (Zondervan)

“A transformative yet largely unexplored virtue is explored from various angles to reveal its surprising depth and power.” —Wayne Schmidt

Our Very Short List:
Sanctuary of the Soul
Journey into Meditative Prayer
By Richard Foster (IVP)

“The author plumbs the deepest biblical view of meditation and its ability to transform … an excellent refocusing on a crucial topic.”—Nina Gunter

Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
by Skye Jethani (Thomas Nelson)

“This book changes the way we think about God. If we understood even half of what it means to live with God, our world would be transformed.”—Kara Powell

Going Deep
Becoming a Person of Influence
by Gordon MacDonald (Thomas Nelson)

“The author calls for helping people to go deep with God. This book is a timely and practical guide on how to disciple others in a way that will foster spiritual maturity.”—Nina Gunter

Love Wins
A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
by Rob Bell (HarperOne)

“Bell’s book stirred the evangelical community like nothing in recent history. As he concedes, his conclusions are not new, but he started a lively conversation based on the questions a generation is asking, questions that won’t go away anytime soon.”—Katherine Callahan Howell

The Leader’s Outer Life

Best of The Best:
The Pastor
A Memoir
by Eugene Peterson (HarperOne)

“With poetic imagination and prophetic insight, Peterson reviews a pastoral life dedicated to a community of everyday people being formed by Christ.—David Swanson

Our Very Short List:
Renovation of the Church
What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation
by Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken (IVP)

“A fascinating peek behind the mega church curtain … this book about an unlikely transition is startlingly honest, provocative, and humbling.”—Lillian Daniel

What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth
by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson (Zondervan)

“Compelling research breaks church leaders out of denial and directs them to the truth about our greatest commission—making disciples.”—Wayne Schmidt

You Lost Me
Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church … and Rethinking Faith
by David Kinnaman (Baker)

“The next generation is leaving institutional Christianity but they are drawn to movements of God which invest in relational discipleship. Kinnaman sounds the alarm while providing savvy advice on connecting with disaffected youth.”—Charles Kyker

Radical Together
Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God
by David Platt (Multnomah)

“Platt challenges churches to move beyond self-centered Christianity and live out the gospel with abandon. An excellent reminder that only in losing your life will you ever find it.”—Charles Kyker

I was surprised to learn that I had read only one of the books of the list–Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor. That got me thinking: what were the best books I read in 2011? Stay tuned for the list.

What were your best books of 2011?

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