Would you consider yourself a reader? Do you enjoy reading physical copies of books, digital versions, or audio versions best? Whatever type of reader you are, (or even if you aren’t a big reader!) check out the books we are currently reading, love, and plan to read next!

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If you’ve listened to the podcast for any length of time, you know that learning is essential to us. So much so that every time we have a guest come on this show, one of our last questions is: ‘What resources are you learning from currently?

Our guests share things like books, podcasts, etc. We always get amazing recommendations but have never dedicated an entire show to giving our own book recommendations in this sort of format. So, we have several categories we will dive into with book recommendations for each one! Enjoy and let us know if you pick up any that resonate with you!

Currently Reading:  

Holly: Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church by Katelyn Beaty

Esther: Undistracted by Bob Goff


Most Recently Finished: 

Holly: Simple Money, Rich Life by Bob Lotich

Esther: Next: Pastoral Succession that Works


Christian Leadership:

Holly: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Esther: Shrinking the Integrity Gap – Jeff & Terra Mattson



Holly: What Exceptional Leaders Know by Tracy Spears & Wally Schmader

Esther: Essentialism by Greg McKeown



Holly: Nice by Sharon Hodde Miller

Esther: Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley


Christian Living:

Holly: In His Image by Jen Wilkin

Esther: God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School



Holly: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Esther: Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Kokul



Holly: The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

Esther: Fascinate by Sally Hogshead



Holly: Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Morgan Ferrer

Esther: Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst by Ed Stetzer


Just for fun:

Holly: Shadow and Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo 

Esther: Greenlights – Matthew McConaughey



Holly: Joanna Gaines & Ree Drummond


Next on the list:

Holly: The Cost of Control by Sharon Hodde Miller

Esther: Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.


Favorite book as a child or young person

Holly: Little Kid:  Elephant in TroubleThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Esther: Little Kid: The Poky Little Puppy & Dr. Seuss books


Holly: Teenager: Janie Johnson Book Series (Face on the Milk Carton) by Caroline Cooney & The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks

Esther: Teenager: Mandie Series & Homecoming and Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt


Quotes to Note:

“Integrity is for Everyone.” – Holly Cain

“​​I have been shaped and have learned infinitely more from books I disagree with than books that I agree with.” – Holly Cain

“It’s important to read people that you don’t agree with…it’s pushed me to really examine what I believe in and make sure I know that I know that I know.” – Holly Cain

“If we only ever listened to or read, or are exposed to things that align fully with where we stand, we won’t be challenged, and we won’t be forced to consider more deeply what we believe and why we believe it.”- Esther Littlefield

“As leaders, we need to be aware of what other people are talking about out there in the culture as well as within Christian circles.” – Esther Littlefield

“This is the thing about books: Just like podcasts, you have to keep someone’s attention. ” – Esther Littlefield


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