I love to read. It’s the most effective way I’ve found to gain and absorb new information quickly. I’ve probably learned more by reading in the last 10 years than by any other method. Charles Jones said “We will be the same person in 5 years that we are today except for 2 things: the people we meet and the book we read”. Reading is powerful.
Most of the books I read are recommendations from people I respect. Some in my industry (church), some in my craft (creativity), and some in my faith (Christianity). Here are a few of me recent favorites:
“Creativity, Inc” provides a glimpse into one of the most innovative creative companies in the last two decades. Ed Catmull, then goes beyond the honeymoon phase and gives a detailed strategy for creating and sustaining creative cultures. Everything Pixar does is team-based. If you work with teams, buy this book!
“Platform” was a recent recommendation by J Warner Wallace via my pastor. I’m a hobby blogger and only write when I feel like it, so this book is a kick in the pants! I’m only about half way through, but it’s already creating renewed passion in me to become a better blogger. If you have anything to say or sell, this is an invaluable resource written by an industry veteran. I literally cant wait to read the next chapter.
“Knowledge of the Holy” has been prescribed reading for our church this summer. I’ve heard from so many that their concept of God is being challenged and reshaped. Mine is too! Ultimately, none of our mental constructs will ever fully describe God. But Tozer, as he often does, does a great job shrinking the gap in our understanding. It’s written in a slightly older style, but one that marries language and truth in a very readable package. For Christians, the concepts contained here will challenge and stretch you, but in a very rewarding way.