Four Books I'm Looking Forward To

I’m going through my in box after letting things collect for a while I attended to some major projects. Here are four books I’ve recently obtained that I’m looking forward to reading:

1. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Jim Collins’ new book.

I know Jim Collins only writes about one book every ten years or so, but I can barely keep up because they are so packed with incredible insight. Good to Great and Built to Last (his best, in my view) were so helpful I spent 12 hours taking notes over each of them (and then more time reviewing the notes and writing out further thoughts).

Jim Collin’s books are among the best, bar none, that you can read on how to lead your organization effectively (or, if you aren’t in top leadership, create a pocket of greatness wherever you are).

Get all of Jim Collin’s books if you haven’t, read them, take notes, then read them again.

I hope I can do that with Great by Choice in a timely manner!

2. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

Tim Keller’s new book.

I need to read more on both marriage and parenting. I am so far behind on my parenting reading that I didn’t finish Making the Terrible Twos Terrific until our oldest was 6. Fortunately, our third just turned two, so there’s still hope with that book. And, I think I can get to this book in much less time than it took me to get to that book on the Terrible Twos.

3. Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Tullian Tchividjian’s new book, on the sufficiency of Christ. Excellent subject, excellent title. Sounds like he discusses this in the context of the most challenging year of his ministry, and so it will be combined with lots of personal stories and insights that he gained through a period of suffering. Looking forward to this a lot.

4. Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership

John Dickson’s recent book. I heard John speak at the Global Leadership Summit this August, and his presentation was the best message on humility I have ever heard. I love, love, love his definition of humility and think it is right on: humility is holding power in the service of others.

I’m hoping to get to these soon. I have about 20 books on social action and ending global poverty lined up to read as soon as I can, then I hope to get through a bunch of books on parenting, and in the midst of that I hope to fit in these and a bunch of others.

  • Gloria

    I laughed out loud when I saw your comment about the timing of finishing the terrible two’s book.

    Some friends and I were just talking today about how we tend to look for good resources or advice on marriage when our relationships are stale enough to be chewy. Thanks for the book recommendations.

  • David C

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for your list and your suggestions on Jim Collins’ books. In light of the need to prioritize based on my book reading priorities I’m wondering if you know of a website or blog that does really full summaries of some of the better leadership books such by authors such as Godin, Collins, Heath, Osborne, etc? I want to be exposed to the ideas of these good books but I have higher priorities than these in this season: parenting, gospel centered stuff, marriage, etc. Any thoughts or suggestions for this?

  • Matt

    Yes–I would recommend Audio Tech Business Book Summaries ( They do 45-minute summaries of the best business books, and make the summaries available in both audio and written form. They do 2 new books each month, and their backlist includes all the best business books. You’ll find Collins, the Heaths, and many, many others. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Godin book there, however lots of his books are pretty short (like _Purple Cow_) and might be as quick a read as a summary.

    If you have a commute, it’s easy to listen to summaries on the way to and from work; alternatively, you can read the printed version of the summaries pretty quickly as well.

  • David C

    Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out!