This Christmas season, give the gift of personal growth to your friends and family who want to move to the next level in their career and calling. So in a moment of shameless self-promotion, I’d love to recommend a few of my books. You can see everything I’ve written on my Amazon author page, but here’s the books I’d recommend for great Christmas gifts:
My most recent book is “Maximize Your Influence: How to Make Digital Media Work for Your Church, Your Ministry, and You.” This is your ticket to make the digital revolution work for you. The digital age has changed everything we know about engaging this culture with the gospel message. And I’ve created the ultimate reference to help pastors and church leaders speak the language of this generation. Whether you lead a church of 20 or 20,000, this information will help take your ministry to the next level. The need to share our message never changes, but how we share it does, and this is the moment to embrace the digital world. It’s not about being famous. It’s about saying something that matters, and nothing matters more than the gospel.
The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility And How We Get It Back: On a dusty hilltop, Jesus kickstarted His church with a ragtag group of fishermen who called themselves “The Way.” Truth be told, the builders of Christianity were a bunch of nobodies. Like us, they were powerless and flawed and sometimes petty. But they were committed. They were all-in. Within a remarkably short time, “The Way” became the world’s most influential religious faith, and against impossible odds, that group of nobodies astonished the world.
Two thousand years after the resurrection ― by any measure ― Christianity is retreating on all fronts. The Way has lost its way. In The Way Back, media and marketing experts Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock take a hard look at Christians today and reveal that we, as a salesforce, have lost our faith in our product. Where’s the passion, the excitement, and the commitment that two thousand years ago made such improbable and staggering growth possible? The Way Back will inspire and equip you to learn from that wonderful group of nobodies, so that you too can astonish the world once more.
“Unique: The Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals.” If you are a writer, designer, musician, media producer, or other creative leader, finally there’s a notebook that works for you instead of adding to your work. Stop wasting your day filling in meaningless templates, mindless reports, and information you will never look at again. The last thing creative professionals need are limits. That s why using productivity notebooks with too many predesigned templates is frustrating. We don’t need daily affirmations, motivation trackers, or rewards. We simply want the freedom to create. The Unique Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals is different. Our templates are simple: Daily Priorities, Key Task Lists, Daily Calendar Briefs, and plenty of space for creative notes and wide open thinking. Find out more about using it here.
“One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do.” Named one of the top five business books of 2012, this is the book for anyone trying to figure out their purpose in life. What am I put on the earth to accomplish? How should I focus my life? It’s never too late to find out, and whether you’re giving this to a college student or someone deep into their career, this could make a fantastic difference in the direction of their life.
“Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing.” Know anyone feeling overwhelmed with the change happening around them? A friend or co-worker who’s struggling to keep up? Even better – someone who needs to make a big change in their life. This is the manual for how to transform your circumstances and change your future. Whether you need to get a new job, go back to college, are going through a divorce, want to lose weight – whatever changes you need to make, this book will guide you in the right position for change to happen.
“Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media.” For anyone who’s leading a church, ministry, or nonprofit organization, this is the book for how to share your story with the world. This was the first book to discuss the power of “branding” in a church or ministry context, and it’s still the go-to book for how to engage your community, congregation, or audience. One leader of a major, national ministry bought 77 copies to give to his board of directors and department heads. I’ve received incredible stories from pastors and leaders who have put this book into action, and there’s no better way to start 2016 than getting your message on the radar of donors, supporters, and the general public.
It’s not too late to order in time for Christmas! So make your presents this year gifts that will help encourage, inspire, and answer the big questions your friends, family, and co-workers are asking. Simply by giving the gift of a book, you can make an indelible mark on their future!
Have a great Christmas!