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52 Books I Plan to Read in 2023

I start the year each year with a list of books I plan on reading. Many of you are long-time readers and know I read 52 books a year. I was able to finish about 60 this year. I'm looking forward to my list for next year. It is a very focused list that focuses on three key areas I'm looking at in 2023: Leadership, Preaching, and Discipleship. So here are the 52 books I plan to read this year (by category). Some are re-reads. Others are first-time reads. But I'm looking forward to revisiting some of these in this season of my life.

And if you want to know how I read 52 books a year, check out this post for my process.


  1. CEO Excellence by Carolyn Dewer

  2. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age by David Gushee

  3. Leading Change by John Kotter

  4. Great Leader, Great Teacher by Gary Bredfeldt

  5. Sticky Leaders by Larry Osborne

  6. The Leadership Ellipse by Robert A. Frying

  7. Entrepreneurial Leadership by Richard Goosen and R. Paul Stevens

  8. Discovering Your Leadership Style by David T. Olson

  9. Institutional Intelligence by Gordon T. Smith

  10. Organizational Leadership by John S. Burns

  11. Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden

  12. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

  13. The Resilient Leader by Alfred Ellis

  14. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

  15. H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick

  16. Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger

  17. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel

  18. The 7 Perspective of Effective Leaders by Daniel Harkavy

  19. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

  20. Start with Why by Simon Sinek

  21. You’re It by Leonard J. Marcus

  22. Leading with a Limp by Dan B. Allender

  23. Next Up by Jonathan Pearson

  24. Leadershift by John Maxwell

  25. Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader by Hans Finzel

  26. Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf

  27. Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard

  28. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

  29. From Weakness to Strength by Scott Saul

  30. Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

  31. Who Moved my Pulpit by Thomas Rainer

  32. Leaders Who Last by David Kraft



Question: What do you have on your reading list this year?

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