Jeff’s Personal Reading List

Jeff’s Personal Reading List:

Jeffrey Bush (updated 12-29-2021)

I do not endorse everything in these books, but I’ve found them to be useful in areas I am studying or trying to grow in. I am a child of God and the Bible is the best of all books, but I believe it wise to study and to better in every area as a husband, father, friend, leader, preacher, and encourager. I trust that some of the books listed below will challenge you as well.  

Finances

    • Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn 
    • The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
    • Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
    • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • The Richest Man in Babylon by Denis Waitley
    • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K. Scott

Marriage for Husband

    • If Only He Knew by Gary Smalley
    • 7 Ways to Be Her Hero by Doug Fields
    • 52 things wives need from their husbands by Jay Payleitner
    • For Married Men Only by Tony Evans
    • Worthy of Her Trust by Stephen Arterburn
    • Tender Warrior by Stu Weber
    • Men Who Love Fierce Women by Leroy & Kimberly Wagner

Marriage for Wife

    • Fierce Women by Kimberly Wagner 
    • Control Girl by Shannon Popkin
    • The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life/Man’s Life by Robert Wolgemuth
    • Capture His Heart by Lysa TerKeurst
    • The Christian Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gegoire

Marriage for Both Husband & Wife

    • Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs 
    • The Best Advice I Ever Got on Marriage by Jim Daly
    • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
    • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by Dr. John Gray
    • When Risqué is Okay by Clint Caviness
    • Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • The Intimate Marriage by RC Sproul
    • Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman
    • Turn up the Heat by Kevin Leman
    • How to Re-spark and Keep Chemistry in your Relationship Forever by Leil Lowndes
    • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
    • Fall in Love, Stay in Love by Willard Harley, Jr. 
    • Married and Still Loving It by Gary Chapman
    • Trading Places by Les and Leslie Parrott
    • His Needs, Her Needs by Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr. 
    • How We Love by Milan Yerkovich 
    • Sheet Music by Kevin Leman
    • Sex Begins in the Kitchen by Kevin Leman
    • Have a New Sex Life by Friday by Kevin Leman
    • Marriage Done Right by Jim Daly

Dating

    • The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn
    • Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
    • The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating by Andy Stanley
    • Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman
    • Saving your Marriage Before it Starts by Les and Leslie Parrot

Leadership

    • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
    • Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
    • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Leadership Gold by John Maxwell
    • Axiom by Bill Hybels
    • The Motivation Mastery by Chris Widener
    • Courageous by Bill Hybels
    • The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur
    • The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
    • Becoming a Person of Influence by John Maxwell
    • The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leaders Day by John Maxwell
    • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell
    • Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley
    • Mistakes Leaders Make by Dave Kraft
    • Never Eat Alone by Tahl Raz and Keith Ferrazzi
    • The Spiritual Leader by Paul Chappell
    • Developing the Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
    • Good to Great by Jim Collins 
    • The Leader in You by Dale Carnegie
    • The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay
    • Training Camp by Jon Gordon
    • The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell
    • How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
    • What Makes a Leader by Daniel Goleman
    • What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
    • The Lasting Impact of Positive Leadership by Stan Toler
    • Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
    • Leadership 101 by John Maxwell

Leadership, Time Management

    • Time Management in an Instant by Karen Leland
    • Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
    • Time Warrior by Steve Chandler
    • Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo
    • Deep Work by Cal Newport
    • 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever by Vic Johnson

Leadership, Determination—Drive

    • The Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
    • The 10 X Rule by Grant Cardone
    • The Way of the Fight by Georges St.-Pierre 
    • Grit by Angela Duckworth
    • Start by Jon Acuff
    • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
    • Excellence Wins by Dean Merrill
    • Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
    • 8 Hours or Less by Ryan Huguley 
    • All In by Mark Batterson
    • Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler
    • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Preaching

    • Preaching that Pleases God by Tom Farrell
    • Teaching on Preaching by Jack Hyles
    • Teaching on Teaching by Jack Hyles
    • Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson
    • The Power of Preaching by Tony Evans

Public Speaking

    • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell
    • The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
    • Speak Like Lincoln, Stand Like Churchill by James C. Humes
    • TED Talks by Akash Karia
    • Talk Like TED by Camine Gallo
    • Public Speaking to Win by Dale Carnegie
    • The Art of Storytelling by Jeff Davidson
    • 7 Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson
    • 7 Laws of the Teacher by Howard Hendricks
    • The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory
    • Smart Talk by Lisa B. Marshall
    • The Art of Public Speaking by John R. Hale
    • Communicating For Change by Andy Stanley
    • What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker
    • How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Larry King
    • How To Speak So People Will Listen by Ronald L. Willingham 
    • The Essential of Persuasive Public Speaking by Sims Wyeth
    • Public Speaking Confidence by Glenn Harrold
    • Communicate What You Think by Earl Nightingale 
    • How to Make Our Listeners Like Us by Dale Carnegie

Christian Life

    • Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
    • Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
    • Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
    • The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee 
    • Cat and Dog Theology By Bob Sjogern
    • Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash
    • The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan
    • The Calvary Road by Roy Hession
    • The God Ask by Steve Shadrach 
    • Reclaiming Surrendered Ground by Jim Logan
    • The Bumps are What You Climb On by Warren W. Wiersbe
    • 14-Day Worry Cure by Dale Carnegie 
    • Love Focused by Bob Hughes

Freedom From Temptations

    • Finally Free by Heath Lambert
    • When Young Men are Tempted by Bill Perkins
    • When Good Men are Tempted by Bill Perkins
    • Demolishing Strongholds by Johnny Hunt
    • The Invisible War by Chip Ingram
    • The Strategy of Satan by Warren Wiersbe
    • The Fight of Your Life by Tim Clinton
    • True Purity by Hayley & Michael DiMarco
    • Sexual Detox by Tim Challies 
    • Every Young Man’s Battle (also Every Man’s Battle) by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
    • Victory Over The Darkness by Neil T. Anderson
    • The Porn Problem by Vaughn Roberts

Prayer

    • When We Say Father by Adrian Rogers
    • Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
    • Prayers For Freedom Over Worry and Anxiety by Bruce Wilkinson 
    • Praying The Bible by Donald S. Whitney

Parenting Girls

    • Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson
    • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
    • Be the Dad She Needs You To Be by Kevin Leman
    • 52 Things Daughters Need From Their Dad by Jay Payleitner

Parenting Boys

    • Bringing up Boys by James Dobson
    • Better Dad’s Stronger Sons by Rick Johnson
    • Raising Men, Not Boys by Mark Faberez
    • Take the Lead by Robert J. Kurtz

Parenting General

    • 52 Things Kids Need From a Dad by Jay Payleitner
    • Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman
    • How to Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman
    • How to Bring Your Children to Christ..& Keep Them There by Ray Comfort 
    • The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
    • Point Man by Steve Farrar
    • Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kemmel
    • Planet Middle school by Kevin Leman
    • Hero by Meg Meeker
    • Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney
    • King Me by Steve Farrar 
    • How to Help Your Anxious Teen by Jessica Thompson 
    • God-Confident Kids by Cyndie Claypool de Neve
    • Family Worship by Donald S Whitney
    • The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle
    • Why Your Kids Misbehave by Kevin Leman
    • The Best Advice I Ever Got on Parenting by Jim Daly

Ministry

    • Lectures to my Students by Charles Spurgeon
    • Order in the Church by Paul Chappell
    • Some Things I’ve Learned by Curtis Hutson
    • Criswell Guidebook For Pastors by W. A. Criswell
    • Hyles Church Manual by Jack Hyles
    • Meet Generation Z by James Emory White
    • Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
    • DiscipleShift by Bobby Harrington
    • Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen
    • 4 Chair Discipling by Dann Spader 
    • When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley

Missions

    • The Challenge of Missions by Oswald J. Smith
    • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E Coleman
    • Deputation Manual by Austin Gardner and Tony Howeth
    • Mentoring for Missions by Günter Krallmann
    • Training of the Twelve by A.B. Bruce
    • Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours by Rolland Allen 
    • Faith Promise for World Witness by Norm Lewis
    • Missions in the Twenty-First Century by Tom Telford
    • LAMP, Language Acquisition Made Practical 
    • Today’s All-Star Missions Churches by Tom Telford
    • The Creation of a Student Movement to Evangelize the World by Timothy Wallstrom
    • Go Ye Means You by Norman Lewis
    • Chocolate Soldiers by CT Studd
    • Discovering Missions by Charles R. Gailey
    • So You Want to Be a Missionary by Don Mingo
    • Missions Smart by David L. Frazier

Missions, Church Planting

    • The Anatomy of a Missions Church by Ron Maggard
    • The Indigenous Church by Melvin Hodges
    • Starting a New Church by Ralph Moore
    • The Planting and Development of Missionary Churches by John Nevius 
    • Simple Church by Thom Rainer
    • The Effective Invitation by R. Alan Streett
    • The Principles and Practices of Indigenous Church Planting by Charles Brock
    • The Honest Guide to Church Planting by Tom Bennardo

Missions, Culture Adaptation

    • Culture Shock by Myron Loss
    • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
    • Have We No Rights by Mabel Williamson
    • Cross-cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer
    • The Ugly American by William Lederer 
    • Buried in Bitter Waters by Elliot Jaspen
    • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
    • Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier 
    • Re-Entry by Peter Jordan

Thought Life

    • Crashing the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
    • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.
    • The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson
    • The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
    • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    • Keys to Positive Thinking by Napoleon Hill
    • Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen
    • How to Battle Depression and Suicide by Ray Comfort 
    • The Winning Attitude by John Maxwell
    • Redefining Anxiety by John Delony
    • Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell
    • The Secret of Self Confidence by Norman Vincent Peale 
    • Killing Lions by John Eldredge 
    • Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss

Sharing The Gospel

    • One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill
    • The Passion for Souls by Oswald J Smith
    • To Seek and to Save by Paul Chappell
    • Out of the Comfort Zone by Ray Comfort

Discipline

    • The Power of Discipline by Brian Tracy
    • Developing Winner Habits by Dennis Waitely
    • The Disciplines of the Christian Life by Eric Liddell
    • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday 
    • Atomic Habits by James Clear

Personal Growth

    • Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
    • Stressaholic by Heidi Hanna 
    • The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
    • Stopping Stress before It Stops You by Kevin Leman
    • The Birth Order by Kevin Leman
    • The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
    • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
    • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
    • The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
    • Ziglar on Selling by Zig Ziglar
    • Dangerous Calling by Jack Tripp
    • How to Stop Worrying by Dale Carnegie
    • Intimacy with the Almighty by Charles Swindoll
    • The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
    • The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon 
    • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
    • The Wisdom and Teaching of Stephen R. Covey
    • The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley
    • Man of God by Charles Stanley 
    • Move Your Bus by Ron Clark
    • The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus
    • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
    • Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
    • Anger is a Choice by Tim LaHaye
    • Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
    • When Good Men Get Angry by Bill Perkins
    • The Fuel and the Flame by Steve Shadrach
    • Suffering is Never for Nothing by Elisabeth Elliot
    • Failure is Never Final by Vic Johnson 

Relating to Others

    • How To Instantly Connect with Anyone by Neil Lowndes
    • Relationships 101 by John Maxwell
    • How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    • How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
    • You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy
    • 151 Quick Ideas to Improve Your People Skills by Robert E. Dittmer
    • The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
    • The Compassionate Shepherd by John Ashley

Biographies (Missionary)

    • Bruchko by Bruce Olson
    • Adoniram Judson, Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge
    • Come Up to this Mountain by Lois Neely
    • Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
    • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
    • Peace Child by Don Richardson
    • Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson
    • To The Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson 
    • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret By Howard and Geraldine Taylor
    • The Life And Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards 
    • Brother Andrew by Janet Benge
    • Jacob Deshazer, Forgive Your Enemies by Janet Benge
    • Gladys Aylward, The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet Benge
    • Bob Hughes: An Extraordinary Life by Monroe Roark 
    • Patrick of Ireland, The Boy Who Forgave by K.C. Murdarasi
    • In The Presence of Mine Enemies by Garcia Burnham
    • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
    • Saint Patrick by Michael J. McHugh 
    • God’s Hostage by Andrew Brunson
    • No Turning Back by Jan Van Hee
    • Father to the Fatherless by Paul H. Boge

Biographies (Others)

    • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    • Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom
    • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
    • Jerry Falwell, His Life and Legacy by Macel Falwell
    • Billy Graham, America’s Pastor by Janet Benge
    • George Mueller, The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet Benge 
    • Klaus-Dieter John by Janet Benge
    • Great Lives: Abraham by Charles Swindoll
    • Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
    • Great Lives: David by Charles Swindoll 
    • Steal Away Home by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey
    • Great Lives: Joseph by Charles Swindoll 
    • D.L. Moody by Nancy Drummond
    • Fanny Crosby, the Blind Girl’s Song by Lucille Travis
    • The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson 
    • Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose
    • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi 
    • The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
    • The Last of the Giants by Harry Rimmer 
    • I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh
    • A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
    • Lead Like Walt by Pat Williams
    • John Newton: The Angry Sailor by Kay Marshall Strom

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