Leaders Are Readers: My Top Ten Books on Leadership by Anthony Delaney

My friend Steve Barnett who runs St Andrew’s Bookshop has asked me to put together my top ten recommended books on Leadership. This is very hard! There are more books on leadership than anything other than romantic fiction. Thankfully as I never read the latter I have lots of time to spend on the former, so here goes (these are just Christian ones, when I teach on Transformational Leadership at Westminster Theological Centre I have many more eclectic, business focused and academic suggestions for students too). I’d love to know which ones you would add to the list?

Willow Creek’s founder distils decades of leadership at the sharp end on issues such as envisioning others, people skills, financing the dream and releasing the power of everyone. My favourite axiom? ‘Don’t say anybody else’s no for them.’ 76 short chapters to dip in and out of over and over again. Down to earth and actionable – itself a model for leaders and communicators.

I was going to say I’ve read everything Maxwell has written on leadership but by the time I’ve finished typing that he’ll probably bring another one out. Some of them regurgitate the rest of his teachings in various forms but I think if you only read one, make it this one. Why do I say that? Because it’s not written just for the person at the ‘top’ of an organization but for the person in the middle, which most of us are, most of the time. It will awaken a desire for influence (up, across and down) and instruct on how to do it well.

Too many leaders start out blazing a trail but burn out along the way. You lead from who you are and this searingly honest and helpful book explores and exposes the shadow side of leadership, showing a way how to not only lead but be someone worth following.

  • Leadership Is An Art Max DuPree

What can you learn about leadership from a guy who made and designed furniture? Well that’s what Jesus did for thirty years, and this classic from the founder of an office furniture maker shows us how leadership is a stewardship. There are a lot more whys than hows here to remember the human side of leadership and how kindness really can pay. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.” Wonderful!

These guys are friends I have learned so much from to help me reimagine what church could become in the future and the difference that would make in the world. I could have pointed you to Alan’s Forgotten Ways or 5Q to outline a scriptural recalibration of the church for the twenty first century where everyone gets to play – or to Dave’s Exponential to bring a practical ‘How To’ on how we make disciples who make disciples who make movements. This earlier collaboration of the two is the best of both worlds for me and I’m delighted that both will join us in Manchester in November together with many more great leaders for LAUNCH, the church multiplication catalyst event I help lead, where St Andrews provide the resource area.

  • The Ideal Team Player: Patrick Lencioni

Do you know someone who is humble, hungry and (people) smart? If so, get them on the team!  Lencioni writes fables and then unpicks them, not my favourite style of writing if I’m honest but worth mining through to get the gold.

It’s shameful that there are not many books on leadership written by women (that I’m aware of – feel free to enlighten me). I recently heard Kate speak and was so impressed I bought copies of this book for all the women on our team, who then insisted all the men should read it too! Doing so helps us all understand and address the external and internal issues that must be overcome so that everyone’s leadership capabilities are unleashed, the church matures – and the world wonders.

In what is probably his best known book, RT (it stands for ‘Right Theology’ he once told me)  compares and contrasts the lives and leadership of, Samuel, Saul and David. He shows how Christian leadership has to continually draw and depend on the power of God so that whatever we accomplish, we don’t end up as yesterday’s man – or woman.

The 24/7 prayer movement is the Moravians of our day and Count Pete embodies and articulates the kind of leadership that advances on its knees, as simple obedience meets supernatural obedience. The follow up to Red Moon Rising combines deep theology and profound insight in a manner both readable and inspiring.

Yes! I still believe God wrote it, and I believe everything in it including the covers that tell me it is holy! Everything wise, true and good in or on leadership that has ever been written either echoes this book or came out of it, directly or indirectly. The Spirit of the Lord ignites the spirit of a leader and if you’re not reading his book, you won’t lead his way. The best version? The one you read most.

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Our Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Her

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1. Graceland

GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork–it’s about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, this beautiful volume of 32 seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God’s faithful promises.

2. My Time With God

Everyday life can be demanding; it’s easy to become distracted by so many things that seem important. But in order to achieve the life God has planned for you, you have to make time for what’s most important – and the building block of a fulfilling life – your relationship with Him. In My Time with God, Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, offers a practical way to spend time with God. Joyce shares powerful Scripture and personal illustrations that will help you experience the joy and peace that is gained through spending time with Him. You’ll begin to navigate life more effectively, make better decisions, and claim the wonderful life you were meant to lead, day by day.

3. I Married A Soldier

Brenda Hale had been married for 22 years when her husband, Mark, was killed in Afghanistan. He was the longest serving soldier to be killed in action. Describing the shock, grief and huge financial problems Brenda faced immediately after Mark’s sudden death, I married a Soldier, shows her determination to fight for the rights of her two daughters and to take on the Ministry of Defence. She reveals the suffering of a bereaved forces family and looks at how she found a way through an event that threatened to crush her, by drawing on her faith and on a personal strength she didn’t know she had.



4. You Carried Me: A daughter’s memoir

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. This discovery sends her life spiraling downward. In this intimate memoir, Melissa details her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness. It takes a decade-long search for Melissa to locate her birth father. When she writes to extend forgiveness to him, she learns that he has died without answering her burning questions.

5. NIV Pocket Pink Soft-tone Bible with Zip

A gorgeous pocket-sized Bible in a fantastically popular pink binding, a perfect gift for those who like to take their Bible everywhere.

6. Home: the quest to belong

Jo Swinney’s exploration of the idea of home is a heartfelt blend of personal memoir and deep pondering on this important question that will help us all in the quest to find somewhere we belong.

7. The Second Bride

Ellen Tyson is living the perfect village life in Goswell. But when her stepdaughter moves in, her fragile idyll is fractured. At seventeen, Annabelle is surly, withdrawn, and adamant that she isn’t, and never will be, part of her father’s second family. As Ellen battles with Annabelle, new tensions arise with her husband Alex, shattering the happiness she’d once so carelessly enjoyed. Then Ellen finds a death certificate from the 1870s hidden under the floorboards, and its few stark lines awaken a curiosity in her. Ellen tries to involve Annabelle in her search for answers. But as they dig deeper into the circumstances of Sarah Mills’ untimely death, truths both poignant and shocking come to light – about the present as well as the past. Interlacing the lives of Ellen Tyson and Sarah Mills, The Second Bride is a captivating and moving story about what it means to be a family, and the lengths we will go to for the people we love.

8. The Cover Story

A fatal crash involving two college students heading home for the holidays seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road – an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse. Reporter Branigan Powers delves into the mystery that takes her to the college campus, and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties. Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn’t there, rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college, before other students are put in danger.

Our Top Christmas Gifts For Him

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1. The Dark Knight of the Shed by Nick Page

There’s a point in a man’s life where he looks around him and asks whether this is really where he wants to be – what he wanted to do with his life. And even if he’s achieved all his childhood dreams, maybe that’s not enough any more.

Nick Page has been there, and he decided to build a shed. Not to answer the question, but so that he’d at least be able to get some peace to think about it properly. Join him on a journey of discovery, into what the midlife crisis really is, and whether there’s a better way to go at it than frittering away time and money trying to pretend you’re really younger than you are.

2. Wrecking Ball: A Big Lad From A Small Island by Billy Vunipola

Wrecking Ball is a captivating and humorous memoir by Billy Vunipola, one of the stars of England’s recent rugby renaissance, and will be enjoyed by those who have read the recent autobiographies by Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter and Paul O’Connell.

Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing almost 20 stone, Billy is a rampaging and unmissable presence on the rugby pitch, for both club and country.

3. The Natural History of the Bible by Peter Goodfellow

With chapters on physical geography and natural vegetation, trees and shrubs, herbs and flowers, mammal, birds, and other creatures, in this new book, Peter Goodfellow explores the natural history of the Bible tying in his descriptions to biblical references and, where relevant, explaining how these factors influenced the lives of the people of the Old and New Testaments.

4. The Shadow Doctor by Adrian Plass

In this new novel Adrian Plass, bestselling author of the Sacred Diary series, explores what might happen if you could book an appointment with a doctor who could help you with your deepest spiritual wounds, not just a headache.

5. God Is Stranger: What Happens When God Turns Up by Krish Kandiah

Taking a fresh look at Bible passages he thought he knew, Krish Kandiah was struck by the fact that when God turns up, he never seems to do what people expect – and started to wonder what this might mean for the ways we expect to encounter God today.

6. Meditations on the Trinity by A.W Tozer

Can a Christian ever finish contemplating the Trinity? It is an inexhaustible mystery, but one that rewards continual reflection. Readers of Meditations on the Trinity will receive a more accurate view of who God is, and in turn–as Tozer would be quick to point out–offer Him truer worship. Knowing God is the chief end of man, and this book will help readers nearer that goal.

Top 10 Children Christmas Gifts

This Christmas we want to help children encounter Jesus with our fantastic range of books. To help you choose we have picked out our top ten favourites, all available from our online store with FREE delivery over £7.99

1. The Wonderful World of Wemmicks

Max Lucado’s six popular stories about the Wemmicks – little wooden people, carved by woodworker Eli – are combined in this beautiful anthology of for the first time. Heart-warming tales which gently teach the importance of kindness, love, and how everyone is special just as they are. Contains: You Are Special, You Are Mine, If Only I Had a Green Nose, Best of All, The Most Marvellous Gift, Your Special Gift

2. Through the Bible One Rhyme at a Time

A Fun Look at God’s Special Book Kids love stories, especially ones that rhyme, and they adore colorful pictures too. Combine those kid-friendly elements with Bible truth and watch their faith grow. Help your child engage with God’s Word with this unique picture book that takes them on a journey all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

3. Found: Psalm 23

From the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million products sold, comes Found based on Psalm 23. Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, little ones will fall in love with this padded cover board book that reminds them of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

4. The Wonder of the Greatest Gift

Based on her bestseller Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp expands her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree with this beautiful keepsake book that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations. Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page.

5. Noah And His Ark

‘Squawk!’ screech the birds. ‘Oink!’ grunt the pigs. The animals are making their way, two-by-two, onto Noah’s ark to escape the great flood. A delightful re-telling of this popular Bible story by Alexa Tewkesbury (author of CWR’s PENS series) is complemented by Dani Padron’s richly coloured illustrations.

6. Jonah and the Whale

‘Jonah? Jonah, are you listening?’ ‘Yes, God’ ‘Go to Nineveh …The people there do bad things. They make me sad. Go to Nineveh, Jonah – tell them I’m their friend and I want them to stop.’ But Jonah doesn’t want to go to Nineveh, so he runs away and gets thrown overboard a ship. What will happen to him next?

7. God Is Better Than Trucks: A-Z Alphabetical Book

Do you love Trucks? Trucks are powerful, big and fun, but God is better than Trucks! From A – Z, find out about Ambulances, Bulldozers and Car Carriers – and about how God is better than all of them. Full colour throughout and memory verses on each page.

8. Daniel in the Lions Den

‘People to meet, places to go. Rush, rush! Lists to write and jobs to be done. Busy, busy!’ Daniel works for the king and is given the best job – being in charge of the whole kingdom! But that makes some people jealous and Daniel ends up in a den of lions. How will he escape? A delightful re-telling of this popular Bible story for younger children.

9. Jesus Storybook Bible

From Noah to Moses to King David, every story in the Bible points to a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. A Bible like no other, this book invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story for salvation. Full color.

10. The Littlest Watchman

Benjamin is a Watchman. It’s his job to watch for the sign that all God’s promises are coming true—to watch a stump. Trouble is, it’s hard just waiting. And one night, Benjamin finally gives in and stops watching. But that same night, as he sits outside Bethlehem, he gets to watch something wonderful. Kids will be gripped by what Benjamin saw, and will be excited by the Christmas story all over again.

Our Top Fiction Books of 2017

As 2017 is nearing a close, we thought we would review our top fiction books of the year. As well as great reading, they also make great Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. All titles are available from our online store with FREE delivery over £7.99.

1. The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him–or her grandmother, the ice queen–in almost 20 years.

2. Love Story

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

3. The Shack

The powerful bestselling novel, now a major motion picture, of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever.

4. The Death Beat

Poppy looked up, her face pale, her hands shaking. What is it, Poppy? Oh my, Rollo, oh my. I think we’ve just struck gold. Poppy Denby is furious with Rollo, who has gambled away his position at the Daily Globe and is being banished to New York. That is, until she discovers he plans to take her with him to work at the New York Times!

5. Manacle

What if your body was not your own? What if you had vast strength, but were used as a weapon? A gripping story about the power of possession, and the power of freedom.

6. Benefit of the Doubt: He fled, danger followed

It was a warning. Back off. Stop helping the addicts. Stop undercutting demand. He had believed they would be protected. But they took her – the girl in the raspberry beret – and by the time they were done he was broken.

7. Enemy Action

Fifty people squashed into a stinking public air-raid shelter all night – babies screaming, old ladies crying, no beds, not even a light to see by. When the all-clear siren sounds, people disperse to home and work. But one man remains. He’s Paul Ramsey, a young teacher, and he’s dead – stabbed through the heart.

8. Local Artist

The police call came at 4:00 am. A possible burglary that turns out to be a particularly nasty murder. Sandra Deeson, the Librarian who finds the bloodied body, is deeply shaken. Then the nightmares begin… because what the police don’t know is that this is not the first time she has found a corpse. One of Sandra’s colleagues is missing.

Our Top 10 Gifts For Christmas

We’ve made your Christmas shopping that little bit easier by showing you the must have gifts for Christmas. There is something for everyone, all available from our online store with FREE delivery over £7.99

1. Graceland

GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork–it’s about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, this beautiful volume of 32 seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God’s faithful promises

2. Fire Road

The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace

Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

3. NIV Journalling Bible

Let Hannah Dunnett’s engaging illustrations in this single-column unlined NIV Journalling Bible inspire you to spend time reading, reflecting and interacting with Scripture.
With extra-wide margins, quality writing paper and thirty-two pages of Christian artist Hannah Dunnett’s beautiful illustrations to inspire you, this NIV Journalling Bible is perfect for those who love to reflect and journal creatively in God’s presence

4. The Way of Wisdom

Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller writes the follow-up to his hugely successful devotional My Rock; My Refuge
New York pastor Timothy Keller is known for his ability to connect a deep understanding of the Bible with contemporary thought and the practical issues we all face.

5. A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation

500 years on from the Reformation, Nick Page distils what we really need to know about Luther, Calvin and all those other serious religious types in his usual irreverent but informative style.

6. Diary of a Disciple: Peter and Paul’s Story

Dr Luke has a story to tell – a story about a man called Peter and a man called Paul. It’s a totally epic tale, a stunning super-saga, a page-turning, jaw-dropping dazzler of a yarn – and it’s all here, in one book, just waiting for you to get stuck in.

7. God Is Better Than Trucks: A-Z Alphabetical Book

Do you love Trucks? Trucks are powerful, big and fun, but God is better than Trucks! From A – Z, find out about Ambulances, Bulldozers and Car Carriers – and about how God is better than all of them.

8. Unshakeable Trust

In her new book, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores a life lived in complete and total dependence on God. Drawing on her own experiences and inspiration from the Word of God, Joyce makes the case that in every area of your life–spiritually, relationally, emotionally, financially–you can trust that God has your very best in store.

9. The Shack DVD

Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Graham Greene star in this US drama based on the novel by William P. Young. After his youngest daughter is kidnapped and murdered by a serial killer on a family camping trip, Mack Phillips (Worthington) spirals into a deep depression and begins questioning his faith.

10. All Together: The Family Devotional

Bring your family together and enjoy a shared, daily experience of the Bible. Each day of this devotional includes a short Bible reading along with thoughts and questions that open up the scriptures and spark conversation. Written by Steve and Bekah Legg, who parent a blended family with six children, this fun and accessible devotional speaks to all ages.

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Our Top Five Books for Advent and Christmas

Our Top Five Books for Advent and Christmas

Prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ by taking a look at our top five books for Advent and Christmas available from our online store. Don’t forget we offer FREE delivery on orders over £7.99.

1. Advent For Everyone by Tom Wright

Join Tom Wright on a journey with the Apostles, exploring the New Testament themes of thankfulness, patience, humility and joy. Within each of these themes, Wright offers a week of daily readings and meditations, beginning with the Sunday reading in the Revised Common Lectionary and ending with stimulating questions for personal reflection or group discussion.


2. Hark!: The Biography of Christmas by Paul Kerensa

In this delightful sleigh ride through Christmas history, Paul Kerensa answers the festive questions you never thought to ask. Whether you mull on wine or enjoy the biggest turkey, the biggest tree or the biggest credit card bill, unwrap your story through our twelve dates of Christmas past. From Roman revelry to singing Bing, via Santa, Scrooge and a snoozing saviour, this timeless tale is perfect trivia fodder for the Christmas dinner table.


3. In Touch With God: Advent Meditations On Biblical Prayers by Michael Green

Make this Advent a time to refresh and enhance your spiritual life by reflecting on some of the greatest prayers in the Bible and the people who prayed them.

Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Isaiah, Mary . . . This sequence of twenty-five inspiring meditations looks at how our forebears in faith turned to God, both in times of trouble and times of joy and celebration.


4. Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind The Birth Of Christ by Timothy Keller

One of bestselling New York pastor Tim Keller’s most popular Christmas sermons, expanded and published in a beautiful gift edition.


5. Come, Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp

This year, don’t let Christmas sneak up on you again. The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper–not to mention last-minute trips to the shops and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.

Our Top 5 Books For Teens

Our Top 5 Books For Teens

Looking for inspiration or for a Christmas gift for the ‘teen’ in your life then take a look at our top 5 books for teens available from our online store. Don’t forget we offer FREE delivery on orders over £7.99.

1. Unpopular Culture by Guvna B
Unpopular Culture is the debut book from Guvna B, a double MOBO award-winning grime/rap artist. Guvna B shares his own story and testimony and helps young people to rediscover their purpose, live out their faith, and transform the world.


2. The Dating Dilemma: A Romance Revolution by Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner and André Adefope look at God’s guidelines for romance. They ask the difficult questions, but they also ask how God helps us to change – how you can become a godly boyfriend: confident in who you are, supportive, worthy of respect; or a godly girlfriend: sure of yourself, able to nurture selflessness and generosity in relationships.


3. Everyday Supernatural: Living a Spirit-Led Life Without Being Wierd by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi

Most Christians believe in God’s power, yet few see evidence of the supernatural in their lives. Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft believe that God wants each of his followers to know the work of the Holy Spirit.
Everyday Supernatural is an engaging, biblically based invitation to make supernatural power a part of everyday life.
Mike Pilavachi is the pastor of Soul Survivor Watford in London and the founder of Soul Survivor, an international movement that equips young people to make a difference in their generation.


4. Cross The Line: Christian Footballers Talk God, Faith and the Beautiful Game by Ollie Baines

Twenty high-profile footballers share their faith and reveal how it influences their lives, both on and off the pitch.


5. Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah

The Christian faith is full of apparent paradoxes:- a compassionate God who sanctions genocide- an all-powerful God who allows horrific suffering- a God who owns everything yet demands so much from his followers- a God who is distant and yet present at the same time. Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered.

Paradoxology makes a bold new claim: that the paradoxes that seem like they ought to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith, and that it is only by continually wrestling with them – rather than trying to pin them down or push them away – that we can really move forward, individually and together.

Home: the quest to belong

Q and A with Jo Swinney, author of ‘Home: the quest to belong’ (Hodder & Stoughton, 2017)

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Why did you write ‘Home’?

I have spent a lot of my life thinking about the idea of home, mostly because I’ve done a lot of moving, said a lot of goodbyes and had times of wondering if I would ever properly belong. The book comes out of my growing sense of hope that all of us can find home: it might just be that we have to expand our understanding of what that means. The book roughly follows my life story as I’ve added pieces to the puzzle along the way. Home for me is now a house, my family, my church, my neighbourhood, my culture, my story and more.

Who is it for?

It is for anyone who isn’t quite sure where home is – people who have just moved house, or have gone through a marriage break-up, or who are living abroad, or who are heading off to university, or are starting a new job – so many situations can unsettle us and make us feel rootless.

What do you hope people will get from reading it?

I hope people will realise they have a home if they will choose to embrace the life they have. I hope it will be the catalyst for a lot of story-telling. And I hope it will remind people that God has chosen to make his home with us, that he has a forever home waiting, and that we are in the meantime to offer home to each other.