Recommendations from the TTG Book Shelf this Month:

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In order for us to grow and give to others, we need to stay intentional about pouring into ourselves. We also know that takes time and intentionality, so we thought we would pass along several recommendations we have read over the past month in case you have been looking for some great reads. Be challenged and inspired to apply to your own life and enjoy! 

Nehemiah (Bible) 

Nehemiah shows us an example of what a prayerful leader looks like while encountering opposition, trusting God and moving forward with a plan. 


The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
by Erwin MacManus

Drawing from the life and story of Elisha, MacManus offers a challenge to all of us to live our lives to the fullest, to stop wasting time and what we’ve been given and make the greatest impact through our lives, so when we take our last breath we have no regret and know we have given it all. 

 

Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide To Becoming the Best In A World of Compromise by Horst Schulze

An exceptional read! The Cofounder and former president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company writes a practical, engaging and easy to read book filled with visionary and servant-leadership principles. These practices have created a model for all of us as to what exemplary customer service can look like and accomplish when serving internal and external customers alike. 

 

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen 

Nouwen’s books are always rich in content. He has a way of putting into words what we feel and can’t express. This is one book you will want to keep as a resource and will find yourself returning to every so often for another read. He asks, do you want to be relevant? Pray more. The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love. Do you want to be popular? Minister more. It is Jesus who heals, not us; Jesus who speaks words of truth, not us; Jesus who is Lord, not us. Do you want to lead? Be led more. What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.

 

Letters to the Church by Francis Chan

Francis Chan presents the challenge to live out God’s vision for the Church by returning to the biblical model of the early New Testament church – doing life together, discipling one another and a complete commitment to Kingdom living. 

 

The Coffee Bean by Jon Gordon 

A quick read for all ages that teaches readers how to transform their environment, overcome challenges, and create positive change. Life is often difficult and can feel like a pot of boiling water. The difficulties we find ourselves in can change, weaken, or harden us, and test who we truly are. We can be like the carrot that weakens in the pot or like the egg that hardens. Or, we can be like the coffee bean and discover the power inside us to transform our environment.