November's Reading List: How to Belong, Follow, and Lead

November 3, 2017

Leaders are readers so, if we want to be leaders of our communities, our families, or our businesses we need to be reading wide and deep. This month, I've selected three amazing books that will help you connect to yourself, to God, and to others. I've thoroughly enjoyed these books and I hope you will too! 


Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown


Have you ever read a book that immediately spoke to you? This book is like that for me. There where so many times, while digging into the stories, that I thought "me too". Over and over again I repeated to myself "I thought I was the only one..." and took joy in the fact that I am not alone in what I see and how I process through life. 


I am so very thankful for this book and will revisit this one often as I continue learning to be truly me and developing the backbone to stand alone.



Follow the Cloud by John Stickl 


In the Bible, the Israelites followed the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. This group of people followed God in a very literal sense as they made their way to the Promised Land.


How do we follow God today when we don't have a clear physical representation of where he's calling us to go? In this book, Pastor John Stickl shares with us how to identify our next steps in our faith journey and encourages us to dare to live our lives following the cloud of God. 




Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin 


This is one of the most infuriating, illuminating, and challenging books on my bookshelf. This detailed look into the presidency of Abraham Lincoln is a great lesson in being truly yourself and working with a team of strong and diverse personalities. 


Within the first few pages I was awed by Lincoln's amazing leadership and stunned by the similarities I shared with his rivals. Though it is a long and heavy book, it is well worth diving into. It is challenging, insightful, and an excellent book on leading in difficult situations. 



What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below - I'm always looking for new books to add to my library! 

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