Books I Read in 2016

  1. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  2. Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  3. Praying the Bible by Don Whitney
  4. Food Rules by Michael Pollan
  5. The Big 50 by Arliss Dickerson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effectice People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  8. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
  9. Apostolic Church Planting by J.D. Payne
  10. Pioneering Movements by Steve Addison
  11. The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni
  12. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
  13. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse
  14. Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen
  15. H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick
  16. Do More Better by Tim Challies
  17. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  18. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  19. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  20. The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
  21. Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp
  22. Be Mean About The Vision by Shawn Lovejoy
  23. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  24. The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler
  25. Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Intro by Chris Sim’s
  26. Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Veynerchuk
  27. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
  28. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  29. Church Planting by the Book by E. Elbert Smith
  30. Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations by Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright
  31. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  32. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
  33. The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
  34. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  35. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
  36. Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
  37. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  38. Prayer by Tim Keller
  39. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  40. Onward by Russell Moore

Thinking About Social Media

My friend Evan Blackerby shared this link today from Time about an Australian gal named Essena who apparently was an Instagram super-hit (500,000+ followers) and just locked down her platforms and plastered them with the message, “Social Media is Not Real.” She was about as successful as you can be and felt empty nonetheless, prompting her to do this shut-down.

If Essena pulled herself off of social media, Seth Godin was never on social media. He’s written something like 17 books and has a massively popular daily blog. And he’s been doing it for years without interruption, and the blog isn’t his biggest thing.

I have a range of thoughts about social media, from whole-hearted endorsement to deep reservations, depending on the use case and platform. Social media has become so ubiquitous so quickly that, by and large, we have no idea what it is doing to the world and what it is doing to us. It offers us some unique ministry and networking opportunities, for sure, but what would break without it? Is it breaking us?