We’ve all but wrapped up this Cabin in the Woods series, but I wanted to leave you with one last takeaway from the 2013 Middle School Summit. At the very end of our time together, the nine of us spent some time answering the question “What are the best books you’ve read this year?” 

Some of our suggestions are about ministry. A ton are about leadership. Some stretched our brains. And some were just good for our hearts.

Here’s the list of our favorites…


I. Love. This. List.

I’m a huge nerd for all kinds of books, but there are some seriously good reads here.

I’ll personally vouch for the awesomeness of Integrity (Cloud), Love Does (Goff), and Lead Small (Joiner & Shefchunas). If you haven’t read those guys already, you need to. Now. 

I’ve added a bunch of these recommendations from my new friends to my to-read list. I think I might start with Steal Like an Artist (Kleon)… or Credibility (Kouzes & Posner). I haven’t decided yet. Too many good ones to choose from.

Have you read any of these books? Any recommendations you’d like to second?