Recommended Books

Recommended Reading

We read a lot! We like to stay connected to other leading voices in biblical generosity and to emerging trends in the broader worlds of leadership and fundraising. Here are a few of our favorites.

Biblical Generosity

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving – Randy Alcorn

Living With Wealth Without Losing Your Soul: A Pastor’s Journey from Guilt to Grace – Steve Perry and Steve Halliday

Abundant: Experiencing the Incredible Journey of Generosity – Todd Harper

Money, Possessions, and Eternity:A Comprehensive Guide to What the Bible Says about Financial Stewardship, Generosity, Materialism, Retirement, Financial Planning, Gambling, Debt, and More – Randy Alcorn

Developing Champions

A Biblical Approach to Fundraising

Coach Your Champions: The Transformational Giving Approach to Major Donor Fundraising by Eric Foley with Rebekah Farquhar and Amy Karjala

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition: A companion guide to A Spirituality of Fundraising – Henri J.M. Nouwen, Nathan Ball

Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising As A Ministry – Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger 

The Giver and The Gift: Principles of Kingdom Fundraising – Peter Greer and David Weekley 

The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes – Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, & Wesley K. Willmer

Building Community

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary impact – Dan and Chip Heath 

Community – Henri Nouwen

The Search to Belong Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups – Joseph R. Myers, John Wooden, Leonard Sweet

Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living – Stanley J. Grenz, Jay T. Smith

People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love and Leadership – Dr. John Townsend

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters – Priya Parker

Fundraising Dinner Operations Manual: A Guide to Growing Your Ministry Through Events – Mission Increase

Communicating Effectively

Building a Story Brand: Your Message So Customers will Listen – Donald Miller

Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step StoryBrand Guide for Any Business – Donald Miller

Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers – Chip Heath, Karla Starr

The New Email Revolution: Save Time, Make Money, and Write Emails People Actually Want to Read! – Robert W. Bly

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently – John C. Maxwell

Leading Strategically

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches – Peter Greer and Chris Horst 

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek 

The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact – Jason Saul 


Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great – Jim Collins 

Funding Your Ministry: An In-Depth, Biblical Guide for Successfully Raising Personal Support – Scott Morton 

Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit. – John Pearson 

Leadership Development

Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches – Peter Greer & Christ Horst 

Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World – A.J. Swoboda 

How to Lead When Your Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority – Clay Scroggins 

Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between What Leaders Preach and Live – Jeff Mattson, Terra A. Mattson

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People – Gary Chapman, Paul White

Invitation to Silence and Solitude: Experience God’s Transforming Presence – Ruth Haley Barton, Dallas Willard

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen – Dan Heath

The Gift of Disillusionment: Enduring Hope for Leaders After Idealism Fades – Peter Freer, Christ Horst

The Multiplication Effect: Building a Leadership Pipeline that Solves Your Leadership Shortage – Mac Lake

Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad – John Eldredge

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni

Board Governance

The Board and the CEO: Seven practices to protect your organization’s most important relationship – Peter Greer, David Weekly, Tigar Dawson

Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board – Max De Pree

The Nonprofit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives – BoardSource

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