10 Books Every Ministry Leader Should Read

Books provide some of the best insight for ministry leaders. The following list is a collection of some of our newest and most encouraging releases. Check out our Church & Ministry Resources Sale on Tyndale.com for more!


befriendBefriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear by Scott Sauls

Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends.




Guardrails: Six Principles for a Multiplying Church by Alan Briggs

Guardrails offers structure to your good impulse to follow the great commission to go and make disciples right where you are by providing six principles that allow for sustainable growth in a church’s mission, for the health of God’s people and the sake of the world.



Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith by Preston Sprinkle

Preston Sprinkle provides a holistic, biblical response for discipleship, providing accessible tools for all those who are engaged in making Christ-followers in the 21st century.




Choose and Choose Again by J. Kevin Butcher

Kevin Butcher begins with his own story of emptiness and despair, and his journey to healing, but the ultimate power of his message is that this healing journey is for anyone who is willing to own his or her emptiness and hold one’s heart out to God, who is desperately longing to love each person all the way home.



We Died Before We Came Here by Emily Foreman

In this memoir, Emily, left with four kids and an undying calling to reach the Muslim world, recounts their heartrending yet uplifting story of sacrifice and love for a people held captive by the ultimate Enemy. Her husband Stephen did not die in vain. This promise echoes through the book’s pages and far beyond, in the minds and lives of countless individuals touched by a man who daily put his life in the hands of God.


Kingdom Marriage: Connecting God’s Purpose with Your Pleasure by Tony Evans

Through practical insights and powerful stories, Dr. Tony Evans inspires and instructs so couples will discover the hope, challenge, and guidance God’s Word provides for their journey together.


bad-habitsThe Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong by Leonard Sweet

The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.


openOpen: Get Ready for the Adventure of a Lifetime by David Gregory

Emma steps through the pantry door, only to find herself instantly transported back to the first century, where she is taken on a personal tour of various Gospel accounts by none other than Jesus himself—an experience that radically challenges Emma’s perception of the Gospels and what it really means to be a Christian.



Take Your Life Back: How to Stop Letting the Past and Other People Control You by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop

Your past and current circumstances don’t have to define you, and they don’t have to determine the direction of your life. Take Your Life Back is the key to moving from reactive attitudes and behaviors to healthy, God-honoring responses that will help you live the life you were meant to live.



The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents by Jane Daly

Caring for elderly parents is challenging. It’s a season of life that requires grace and strength that can only come from God. In The Caregiving Season, Jane Daly shares personal caregiving stories, offering practical advice to help you honor your aging parents well and deepen your personal relationship with Christ along the journey.


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Writing Your Story by Dandi Daley Mackall

laraThirty-five years ago when I wrote my first book, I believed we all had a book inside of us, something no one else on earth could write because God made his children unique and no one has exactly the same experiences. I still believe that (although, thankfully, I’ve had more than one book).

Even if you’d never think of getting your book published, you owe it to your great-grandchild and your great-great-great-etc.-grandchildren to write your story. Psalm 78 urges us to tell the old, old stories: “…stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.

“We will not hide these truths from our children. . . . So the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. . . .” (Psalm 78:2-7).

Tell those stories! But if you don’t write them down, will your story make it intact to future generations?

Writing a story isn’t so hard. They all have a beginning, middle, and end. Larger-Than-Life Lara contains most of what I know about writing. It’s not a writer’s manual, but Laney, the narrator of the story, is learning about writing in school. With equal parts humor and angst, she communicates the art of storytelling as it happens, with chapter titles, such as: “Beginning,” “Conflict,” “Setting,” “Rising Action,” “Climax.” In Chapter 1, “Character,” Laney, who does not want to reveal herself to the reader, sums up the essence of story:

“Once you get yourself a character for your story, Mrs. Smith says you give the character a problem. And the whole rest of the story’s about that problem getting bigger and bigger, and the character getting to be a better and better person, and then the character solves the problem. And that’s it. The end.

“Only it’s not me what’s got the problem. And I’m not a better person than I was three months ago when all this stuff happened—just ask my daddy or any of my three stupid brothers, if you don’t believe me. So, like I said, this story’s not about me. And Mrs. Smith, if you’re out there reading it, well, I’m just sorry about that. But that’s the way it is. Sometimes stories don’t work out like they’re supposed to.”

I start every story with a character because if I don’t love my character, neither will the reader. And if we don’t love that character, it doesn’t matter what I do for the story because we won’t care. Before I wrote the first book in Winnie the Horse Gentler series, I had to get to know her. I imagined Winnie next to me every place I went, including a ride on my horse. But you have the advantage of already knowing your character inside and out! So, you’re already halfway to the story.

Give the character a problem. Easy, right? Write how you felt when you were faced with that problem. Did it get bigger and bigger? Did you try to solve it yourself? Did you ask for help—from friends, family, or God?

In the end, how did you solve that problem? In retrospect, can you see how you grew, how you changed, what you discovered about yourself?

We’ve all “lived” stories that, as Laney puts it, didn’t work out like we thought they should. Be honest and fair as you write your story. Look for ways God was working in your life. You might be an inspiration for your struggling grandson. Or, your mistake or misstep could be what your great-great-great-great granddaughter will need to keep her from making the same mistake.

Don’t let your life experiences die with you. Write your story.

dandiDandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner.

Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats. Visit her at DandiBooks.com.

Bad Habits of Jesus by Leonard Sweet (Pre-order offer!)

bad-habitsDid Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.

  • Did he disappear when people needed him most? Yes.
  • Did he refuse to answer questions directly? Yes.
  • Did Jesus offend the people of his day? Absolutely, yes.

Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.

The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.

Learn more here.


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2 Songs to Help You Move Beyond Suffering

There is hardly a person who doesn’t know someone dealing with a disability, disease, chronic illness, or other form of personal suffering.

Bestselling author, singer, and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada acknowledges this in the Beyond Suffering Bible, the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them.

It’s filled with thousands of notes and features that invite readers into a conversation about suffering and its place in each person’s life.

Below are two songs by Joni, as well as a sampler of the four gospels. We pray these resources will encourage you and those you know who are persevering through suffering.

For additional resources, visit http://beyondsufferingbible.com/.

The God That I Love (Click the image to listen.)

Joni’s Waltz (Click the image to listen.)

The Beyond Suffering Bible Gospel Sampler (Click the image to preview and download.)