I’m a sucker for summer reading lists (or any reading list).  A lot of the lists overwhelm me, however, because they list so many books at one time and I feel like I want to check them out all at once.  So, I’m just going to list a few that I’m actually reading at the moment.

I recently saw Steven Covey live for the first time, which was great.  Steven reminded everyone about the importance moral authority today (lots of faux moral authority out there).  So, I’ve decided to check out a couple of guys with real moxey in the moral authority space over July.

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus.  Yunus is an amazing guy.  He is the Godfather of microcredit and a serious change agent over the past few years.  I pretty much try to read anything he puts into the marketplace and this is his latest book on social business.  I’m halfway into the book & enjoying it thoroughly. Last night I was telling some friends about the book and a random lady from across the table shouted about how much she loved the book.  So we invited her to our table to talk about it.  Kind of strange…but cool as well.

The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Bonhoeffer was a Nazi resister and brilliant Theologian.  This man oozes moral authority and even paid the ultimate price for his stance against the evil Hitler thugs.  My sister and her husband gave me a book of Bonhoeffer daily readings and I’ve been enjoying them all year with my wife.  The Cost of Discipleship is apparently Bonhoeffer’s greatest work, so I will check it out.

Drive:  This book doesn’t have much to do with moral authority, but it is an interesting book about why people are motivated to do what they do.  I meant to read this a few months back, but am just now getting through it.  Daniel Pink outlines 3 key elements of deeper motivation (beyond the carrot or stick)

Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives
Mastery- the desire getting better and better at something that matters
Purpose- the desire to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

I like this simple, post-modern motivation list from Pink; I’m enjoying this book as well.

Have fun this summer.

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