The Ultimate Life & Mission Book List


You can find all of the books mentioned in the Life and Mission Podcast here, along with books I’ve found helpful as a writer & nonprofit leader.

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Fundraising and Nonprofits

Fundraising Freedom: 7 Steps to Build and Sustain Your Next Campaign, by Mary Valloni (Amazon link)

A Spirituality of Fundraising, by Henri J.M. Nouwen (Amazon link)

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, by Peter Greer, Chris Horst (Amazon link)

The Storytelling Non-Profit: A Practical Guide to Telling Stories that Raise Money and Awareness, by Vanessa Chase Lockshin (Amazon Link), author interview

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert (Amazon link)

One Woman Can Change the World, By Ronne Rock (Amazon link) Author interview

Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, by Bryant L. Myers (Amazon link)

Faith & Life

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling God’s Purpose For Your Life, by Os Guinness (Kindle Preview) (Amazon Link)
Mentioned in Episode 31 and Episode 33.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear (Amazon link)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg (Amazon link)

Quarter-Life Calling: How to find your sweet spot in your twenties, by Paul Sohn (Amazon Link)

Tasting Grace: How Food Invites Us Into Deeper Connection with God, One Another, and Ourselves, by Melissa d’Arabian (Amazon link)

Tested and Approved: 21 Lessons for Life and Ministry, by Tom Lane (Gateway Publishing, Amazon) author interview

Faith Like Flamingos – The Christian Business Guide to Walking Out Your Faith in Bold Color, by Katie Hornor (Amazon Link), Author interview

Unnamed Women of the Bible: Lessons of Value, Belonging, and Worth, by Michelle Discavage (Amazon Link), author interview

Chickening IN: From Fear to Courageous Faith, 8 Pillars of Transformation, by JJ Gutierrez (Amazon), author interview

This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers, by KJ Ramsey (Amazon), author interview

A Year of Playing Catch: What a Simple Daily Experiment Taught Me About Life, by Ethan Bryan (Amazon link), author interview

The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World, by Stephen Mansfield (Amazon link)

A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis (Amazon link) mentioned in Episode 34

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, by Mark Vroegop (Amazon link) mentioned in Episode 34


The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life, by Marion Roach Smith (Amazon link)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (Amazon link)

A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live, by Emily P. Freeman (Amazon link)

Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age, by Jeff Goins (Amazon Link)

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser (Amazon link)

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport (Kindle Preview) (Amazon Link)

Business & Marketing

Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong, by Kristen Hadeed (Amazon)

Get Picked: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Creating An Irresistible Speaker Proposal, by Aurora Gregory & David Pitlik (Amazon Link), interview with Aurora Gregory

Start with Your People: The Daily Decision that Changes Everything, by Brian Dixon (Amazon link)

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller (Amazon link)

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek (Amazon link)

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