The 3 Best Books I Read This Year

There are obviously a TON of year-end lists (and soon, new year lists) making the rounds. When it comes to reading, the quality of meaningful content out there is vast. But three of the best books I read this year are ones you may not have heard of.

If you missed these three books, you need to get a hold of them, pronto:

(Links to purchase in the title, links to longer reviews included in text when applicable)

Tribal Leadership

This book was thick with substance. A slow read that really challenged my thinking and put language to some stuff I’ve wondered about when it comes to organizational leadership. Also really helpful to me in understanding different work environments and how culture can change as organizational leaders do.

Leading Without Power

So I hate to include two leadership books, but this one cannot be excluded. I wrote a review of it back in March, but let me just say this:

Leading without power is one of the best leadership books I’ve ever read, primarily because it is based on the premise that authoritarian, positional leadership is dead. Not a moment too soon, if you ask me.

Unarmed Empire

I wrote a longer review of Sean Palmer’s book, and since doing so I’ve read it a second time. Sean is an emerging author and one that is not yet a household name, but this book is terrific. It’s timely. It’s truthful. It’s fair. In a world with a lot of polarizing, loud opinion being tossed about, this smart, substantive, important work is one that I honestly think every Christ follower should read.

In 2018, I’m buying up Dallas Willard with the intention of having him as my spiritual mentor this year. But I’m always on the lookout for great reads.

What were your favorite books of 2017?