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KurtJohnston
KurtJohnston

Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

I used to ask people, “What are you reading right now?” which is a great question except I would often get this reply: “I’m reading XXXXX, but it’s not great” Or “Well, I started reading, XXXXX, but set it down and haven’t gotten back around to it.”  So I think a better question to ask is, “What is your favorite (name category) book of all time?”

That’s a great question! Here are a few of mine:

Fiction:  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

It’s a classic through and through! I first read it as a freshman in high school was captivated by the adventure. We had to take a massive test after reading it…and I scored 100%.

 

Non-Fiction:  Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I bought this book the day it was released and couldn’t put it down. This book provides a fascinatingly candid look into the life of one of history’s most intriguing leaders.

 

Leadership: Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips

This easy-to-read and highly practical book looks at the way Lincoln led through tough times and provides a ton of easily implemented tips for today’s leaders. Want to learn about leadership? Why not learn from one of the best ever!

 

Youth Ministry:  Purpose-driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields.

Simply put; this is the all-time classic youth ministry guide, especially if you are looking for a reproducible, strategic philosophy that stands the test of time.

*Honorable mention goes to A Tale of Two Youth Workers by Eric Venable

 

Parenting:  How We Love Our Kids by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Rachel and I read this one a little too late into our parenting journey but now recommend it to everybody we can.

 

Guilty Pleasure Reading:  Rolling Stone Magazine

Still the best way to keep up on pop culture.

 

Happy Wednesday….and happy reading!

-Kurt

@kurtjohnston

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