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New Year’s Giveaway


I can’t believe it’s been a year since Walking With a Limp came out. To celebrate and thank everyone who has read the book and supported us along this journey, The Anatomy of a Disciple is doing a New Year’s giveaway.

We’ll be giving away a $100 gift card to Amazon and 5 books that have changed the way I do life and ministry.


1. In the Name of Jesus – Henri Nouwen

Few books have challenged my thinking on the Christian life more than this simple yet profound read. Nowen forces you to consider theological reflection as a necessity of Christian living.

2. Getting Things Done – David Allen

For the true type-A list maker this is the best time management resource I have found. The GTD system has helped me manage chaos and stay productive.

3. 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

This book is repeated in the halls of our staff office more than any other. It has shaped our view of staff culture and brought to light that the greatest asset as a church aside from the good hand of God is a good healthy staff culture.

4. Margin – Richard Swensen

In a hectic world driven by an always on, never off mentality, Margin brings a refreshing challenge to unplug, slow down and create sanity, even in chaos.

5. Spiritual Leadership – J. Oswald Sanders

A timeless classic and a must read for any aspiring leader. Next to scripture, it might be the finest book on spiritual leadership I’ve ever seen.


To enter the giveaway, just jump on to Amazon and leave an honest review for Walking With a Limp. We’ll be accepting entries throughout the month of January and will announce a randomly selected winner the first week of February.


Submissions accepted from U.S. residents only. Only one original review accepted per person. Review submissions must be made by January 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm pacific standard time.

5 Books That Have Changed My Life


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team 

Patrick Lencioni


This is a must-read for anyone in leadership.


In the Name of Jesus

Henri Nouwen


This was a total ambush. I never saw it coming. Nouwen exposed me to a way of thinking I would have never given myself permission to pursue. He was a Catholic priest and an educator at Notre Dame. He forsook a prolific Catholic writing and teaching career to live in a home for the mentally disabled. He wrote this book as a reflection of that time; he wrote of his own personal irrelevance, and how liberating and enlightening it was to realize how insignificant we truly are.


The Bride

Chuck Swindoll


This gave me hope at a time in my life when I was wrecked and wondering if I should quit ministry. I was poor and I couldn’t afford to buy a book, so the owner of Fresno Bible House said, “anything you want to read or use to study, read it, study it here and just put it back on the shelf.”

Swindoll gave me light in a dark time when I wanted to crawl under a rock and die; he gave me hope for what the church was supposed to be, and he reminded me of the beauty of God’s church when it’s functioning in health. A lot of our staff values – why we do what we do – came from this book.

I read one chapter at a time trying not to spill coffee on it, so I could put it back.


Ordering Your Private World

Gordan MacDonald


I read this book 10 years ago, but I’m still talking about it. Fantastic book  – especially the chapter on being driven versus being called. MacDonald makes a great comparison between the leadership style of Saul and the leadership style of David. It’s a good caution for leaders to not rely merely on talent but to rely on the calling of God. I also loved his chapter called “The Sinkhole Syndrome,” where he talks about how we can create sinkholes in our lives when it’s all output and no intake.


Spiritual Leadership

J. Oswald Sanders


If there was a 67th Book of the Bible, it would be this one. Phenomenal book on what leadership needs to be from a spiritual standpoint. The thrust of a leader is not merely his competence or his skill, but what’s going on underneath.


*plus one bonus


Laura Hillenbrand


I did get totally sucked in to one book unrelated to leadership. It’s about a World War II pilot who ends up on a blow-up raft in the Pacific with a buddy. The raft has a hole in it, and they are taking shifts overnight, blowing into the raft to keep it from sinking, while using an oar in one hand to hit the sharks on the head. We think we’re tough – these guys were studs. Ultimately, it’s a story about how this guy forgives his captor and tormentor.

What are some books that have changed your life?