Archives For Books & Quotes
Whew! The past few months have flown by. On December 8, our global digital strategies, operations, products and services teams marked the 100th day since significantly restructuring. To everyone’s credit, we’ve seen a surge of early wins in product release speed, quality of our digital offerings, analytics dashboards, and most importantly, a much richer stakeholder engagement process. We still have a long way to go.
It’s been an exciting and demanding time. In spite of the pace, I don’t find myself tired or fatigued. Rather, my soul is hungry for richer fare than articles on best practices in digital maturity. This week I am beginning to taper my schedule to allow for a season of reflection.
Over the next few weeks here’s what I’ll be reading (or re-reading):
- Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller
- Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service by Walter C. Wright
- Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner
- The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer
- The Contemplative Pastor and Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity by Eugene Peterson
- Leadership by James MacGregor Burns
How do you pull away and reflect? What’s on your reading list?
Are you looking for a great Christmas gift for under $15 that is stimulating, lightweight, enduring and captures the true meaning of Christmas? You might consider Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg.
I am finding it a great slow read. Ortberg has done his homework and uses his humor well. He helps us connect the dots between seemingly unrelated events in history to see God’s amazing love and plan for the nations unfold through the life of Jesus Christ. For instance, in our viral age of “bigger, better, faster, more,” we probably wouldn’t even notice if someone attempted to launch a worldwide movement by spending three years with a few men and women in near obscurity. Ortberg observes:
At the end of their time together, they had not caused much of a stir. If you could have been there on the day after he died, if you could have seen the Roman Empire with its Pax Romana and its 250,000 miles of roads and its extension from Asia to Africa to Europe and its history of dominance and its social status that was envied throughout the Mediterranean…. And then if you could have seen a few dozen failed, frightened, demoralized, defeated, confused former followers of an executed carpenter … If someone had asked you to place a bet on which group would still be around in two thousand years, all the smart money would have been placed on the Roman Empire. Which is as extinct as the dodo bird. Who was this man?
Before you spend good money on a gift for a friend or family member, consider this option. After all, this Man is the reason for the season.