Posted by: Justin Wallace | May 4, 2010

Summer Reading List

Here’s our Impact Charlotte staff Summer Reading List.

What’s on your list?

Here’s the Amazon link for a few ::

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard :: by Chip & Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die :: by Chip & Dan Heath

Evolving in Monkey Town :: by Rachel Held Evans

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church :: by Hugh Halter & Matt Smay

Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts :: by Thom and Sam Rainer

I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus :: by Don Everts & Doug Schaupp

The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of Twentysomethings :: by Reggie Joiner, Chuck Bomar & Abbie Smith

We are planning on having our Summer Community Groups go through this book ::

Tangible Kingdom Primer :: by Hugh Halter & Matt Smay



  1. Justin…

    Great list…I’ll post our soon…

    Can you give a quick response as to why chose these? Are you working from a particular emphasis, knowledge base, or direction?

  2. Here is a couple on my list at the moment:

    The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Stephen Pressfield

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

    Forgotten God by Francis Chan

    Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley (re-read)

    How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

  3. I like it, but they ALL seem to be in the same vein (if you will). How about some things that will challenge other levels of your leadership?

    – creative books
    – one fiction to spark the creativity
    – book about diversity (race, sexuality, etc)
    – a children’s book (which the team would have to derive leadership principles from)

    Now I’m getting myself excited for a list…..hmmmmm

  4. Why we chose these…

    Well for a couple reasons ::

    1. Random

    2. A few weeks ago I asked what books people had read about campus ministry that they would recommend. Those books made this list.

    3. I like to read books on Vision, Stories and reaching the de-churched.

    I like PC’s idea though….adding different types of books.

    I won’t read all of these books…we’ll probably read 2 or 3 as a staff and then split the others up.

  5. Looks great! I’d love to hear which of these you’d still recommend after reading them. Book reports anyone? Here are a few on my horizon…

    Paul’s Idea of Community by Robert Banks

    Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

    The Future of Management by Gary Hamel

    Corner Conversations by Randy Newman

    Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

    Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

  6. Trevor,

    I’ve been wanting to read Generous Orthodoxy for years. I love McLaren’s stuff!

    If anyone wants to write a review on a book you read this summer we would love to post it. Just email it to me at justin [at] impactcharlotte [dot] com

    I’m actually adding a a couple friends to the heartofcampusministry writing team and one of them is going to be pumping out book reviews. That should be a good addition.

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