Book Summaries

I was inspired by Derek Siver’s website, where he shares notes of books he’s read.  I’ve often used his notes and thought why not share my own in case they are useful to folks.


Anatheism: Returning to God After God, Richard Kearney

Brain Rules

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, John Medina

Atonement for a Sinless Society, Alan Mann

centering prayer

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault

change by design

 Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, Tim Brown


Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators, Clay Shirky


The Cornerstone Concept: In Leadership, In Life, Roberta Gilbert


Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, Henri Nouwen, Douglas Morrison, and Donald McNeill


Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together, Bill Isaacs


Die Empty, Todd Henry


Do the Work, Steven Pressman

Doing Justice

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing, Dennis Johnson

extraordinary leadership

Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking Systems, Making a Difference, Roberta Gilbert

Failure of Nerve

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Edwin H. Friedman


The Flinch, Julien Smith

getting more

Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World, Stuart Diamond

Fully Engaged: Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life, Thomas Sterner


The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, Phyllis Tickle

The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three

The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity, Cynthia Bourgeault

how much is enough

How Much is Enough?  Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture, Arthur Simon

How To Click With People

How to Click With People: The Secret to Better Relationships in Business and in Life, Rick Kirschner


Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, Tina Seelig


Insurrection: To Believe is Human To Doubt, Divine, Peter Rollins


Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role and Realizing Your Dreams, Mike Bonem & Roger Patterson

let your life speak

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Parker J. Palmer



Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words, Brian D. McLaren


The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer, Thomas McKee & Jonathan McKee

Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau, Ilia Delio (editor)

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life, Thomas M. Sterner


Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale

present shock

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff

Purity and Danger, Mary Douglas

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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt

saved from sacrifice

Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross, Mark Heim

Spirituality and Awakening Self

Spirituality and the Awakening Self, David G. Benner


Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between, Jeff Sharlet

System Sensitive Leadership

Systems-Sensitive Leadership: Empowering Diversity Without Polarizing the Church, Michael C. Armour and Don Browning

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger


The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, Ilia Delio


Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…And Why It Matters, Gabe Lyons & David Kinnaman

working beneath the surfaceWorking Beneath the Surface: Attending to the Soul’s “Hidden Agenda” for Wholeness, Fulfillment, and Deep Spiritual Healing, Thomas Riskas


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