Get Wisdom: Books to help

After today’s message, I was asked by several people what books, other than the Bible, I would recommend for increasing wisdom.  This won’t make a lot of sense if you didn’t come to church today, so catch up here.

I also highly recommend that you watch the followup video and work through the questions, which you can find here.

Now to the question: What book or study other than the Bible will help me up my wisdom factor?

If I could only pick one, the one that has had the greatest impact on me is one that I named today during the service: Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  

Covey’s work was revolutionary for me. He taught me how to listen (Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood), and he taught me how to see the long-view (Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind).  I’ve gone through the 7 Habits with our staff several times and it never gets old to me.

The most profound study I ever did for my journey towards God was Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God.  Here, Blackaby lays out a roadmap for discovering the voice of God and what He’s saying.   EVERY follower of Jesus should go through this study.  It’s 12 intense weeks, and you should do it with a group, but it is totally worth the investment. These concepts, which I encountered when I did this study for the first time in 1997, are still a part of how I determine when God is speaking to me and what He is saying.

One more overtly spiritual work I would recommend is Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved.  We adapted this for a PCC series several years ago and it was powerful.

I read all kinds of books – secular and sacred – in my pursuit of wisdom.  I often will buy a book just because I think the title is intriguing, and it often is super helpful.  A few years ago, I was in a bookstore and saw a book called, Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? I thought to myself, “That’s a GREAT question!” So I bought the book and it was really informative for me and gave me some language and concepts I didn’t have.

Whatever you do in your pursuit of wisdom, I encourage you to do add reading to it.  It will help you ‘Get Wisdom’! So what’s the next book on your reading list?


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