I think the world could be a better place if we'd all start working together, sharing ideas, resources, people, finances and more. Some of the world's best ideas are already in play and we just need to get on board and see what's already working instead of inventing what's already been invented.

Here are some of my favorite things that are making the world a better place:

Connect to my family! They're all doing great things to change the world.
SHELLEY - My wife, National Church Coach for Zondervan

SHANNON - My daughter, Photographer (MFA) and Teacher

RYAN - My son, Community Mental Health Therapist in Portland, OR
PAIGE - My daughter-in-law, Receptionist in Portland

JASON - My son, Visual Arts Director at Saddleback Church
KATHERINE - My daughter-in-law, Lead Coordinator for Childcare at Saddleback Church

CARSON - My son, Residential Dean at the Carey Centre & M.Div. student at Regent College (Vancouver)
LAUREN - My daugher-in-law, Registration Officer at Regent College + Photographer

HEATHER - My daugher, High School Ministry leader at Saddleback Church


What’s on your tablet? in your briefcase? on your nightstand?

Leaders are readers. Here’s my list of the books that have influenced me the most
to become who I am today.

The Bondage Breaker: Overcoming Negative Thoughts, Irrational Feelings, Habitual Sins – Neal Anderson

Found: God's Will, Find the Direction and Purpose God Wants for Your Life – John MacArthur
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God – Dallas Willard
Listening to God – Charles Stanley
The Paul Brown Letter – Dr. Bill Bright
The Mystery Of God's Will - Charles Swindoll

I think that figuring out God’s will has everything to do with HEARING and LISTENING to God, so, to that end, I really like “How to Listen to God” by Charles Stanley.

My other top favorite teacher on this is John MacArthur (Talbot grad). His messages are freeing and hopeful and helpful. I love how he says Gods will is for us to be saved, spiritual, sanctified, submissive, suffering, saying thanks….after that, “do whatever you want”!

Here’s to the doing….till Jesus comes

9 Things You Simply Must Do – Henry Cloud
Balancing Life’s Demands – Grant Howard
Boundaries – Henry Cloud & John Townsend
How People Grow – Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Integrity, The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality – Henry Cloud

Bonding Relationships in the Image of God – Donald Joy
Communication: Key to Your Marriage – H. Norman Wright
Fighting for Your Marriage - Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, Susan Blumber
Incompatibility, Grounds for a Great Marriage - Chuck Snyder and Barb Snyder
Love and Respect - Emerson Eggerichs
Sacred Marriage – Gary Thomas
Sheet Music – Kevin Leman
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate - Gary Chapman
The Mystery of Marriage – Mike Mason
The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage – John Gottman
When Two Become One – Christopher and Rachel McCluskey
Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last - John Gottman

A Boy’s Passage – Brian D. Molitor
Boundaries With Kids – Henry Cloud
Fatherhood - Bill Cosby
Grace Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel
Laughter in the Walls – Bob Benson (contains my favorite poem about legacy parenting)
Little House on the Freeway – Tim Kimmel
Parenting Today’s Adolescents – Dennis and Barbara Rainey
Sacred Parenting – Gary Thomas
The Five Love Language of Teenagers – Gary Chapman
Your Home, A LightHouse – Jacks and Wormser

Game Plan- Bob Buford
Half Time- Bob Buford
The Path - Laurie Beth Jones
On the Road Again: Travel, Love, and Marriage – William Hendricks
Spiritual Leadership - J. Oswald Sanders
The Call – Os Guinness
The Soul Of The Firm – C William Pollard

I Was Wrong – Jim Bakker
Just as I Am – Billy Graham

Absolute Surrender – Andrew Murray
Between Walden and the Whirlwind – Jean Fleming
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day – Tony Campolo
Character Makeover – Katie Brazelton, Shelley Leith
Come Help Change the World – Bill Bright
Conformed to His Image – Ken Boa
Disappointment With God – Philip Yancy
Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby
For Those Who Hurt – Charles Swindoll
God, Discover His Character – Bill Bright
Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life – Charles Swindoll
Hand Me Another Brick – Charles Swindoll
Holy for God – Andrew Murray
How Should We Then Live? - Francis Schaeffer
In The Name of Jesus - Henri Nouwen
Knowing God – J.I. Packer
Knowledge of the Holy – A.W. Tozer
Living By The Book – Howard Hendricks
Living on the Ragged Edge – Charles Swindoll
Love God With All Your Mind – J.P. Moreland
Paths to Power - A.W. Tozer
Pinocchio Nation – Devlin Donaldson and Steve Wamberg
Rebuilding Your Broken World – Gordon MacDonald
Renovation of the Heart – Dallas Willard
Restoring Your Spiritual Passion – Gordon MacDonald
Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cure - Martyn-Lloyd Jones
The Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
The Grace Awakening – Chuck Swindoll
The Last Thing We Talk About – Joseph Bayly
The Law of Rewards: Randy Alcorn
The PeaceMaker – Ken Sande
The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
The Sermon on the Mount – Martyn-Lloyd Jones
The Spirit of Love – William Law
Witnessing Without Fear – Bill Bright