Books

Here is a list of the books we recommend for anyone who loves their pastor and wants to make his ministry a joy (Hebrews 13:17). We will attach article links with each book as we publish full reviews.
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Pastoral Ministry and Personal Soul Care

Help in understanding the world of a pastor and how to care for his soul.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
by Peter Scazzero

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature 
by Peter Scazzero

God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God 
by Ken Shigematsu

Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God 
by Ruth Haley Barton

Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence
by Ruth Haley Barton

Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion
by Wayne Cordeiro

Pastors Are People Too: What They Won’t Tell You but You Need to Know 
by David C. Cook

The Pastor’s Soul: The Call and Care of an Undershepherd
by Brian Croft and Jim Savastio

People-Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval-Motivated Leadership
by Charles Stone. 

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation 
by Ruth Haley Barton

Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You
by John Ortberg

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry 
by Ruth Haley Barton

Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve
by Ken Shigematsu

Pastor’s Family

Books for and about the pastor’s family.

The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life 
by Geri Scazzero

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity
by Barnabas Piper

The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love
by Gloria Furman

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife 
by Kay Warren

Church Board

Help for church boards to have a healthy relationship both with the church and pastors.

The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives 
by Peter Scazzero

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups 
by Ruth Haley Barton

Non-Christian Books for Leaders

Helpful for Christian leaders to understand and carefully apply in their church.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups 
by Daniel Coyle