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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith & Life

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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


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

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

Joyful Copy: How to Show Up in the Marketplace Ethically and Authentically, by Joy Capps (Amazon link) author interview

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

Business & Marketing

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

Flamingo Advantage: How to Leverage Unique, Stay Relevant and Change the World, By Katie Hornor (Amazon link) author interview

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

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

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

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

You Are the Brand, by Mike Kim (Amazon link)

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