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Reading Recommendations

This list of recommended books and authors is not exhaustive by any means. But it’s enough to keep you busy for awhile! I have listed them in an order, in my opinion, which would be most helpful to read (i.e. if you only have time for one book, read the first one).


  1. Phyllis Tickle – The Great Emergence
  2. Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus
  3. Clay Shirky – Here Comes Everybody
  4. Malcolm Gladwell – Tipping Point
  5. Dwight Friesen – Thy Kingdom Connected
  6. Doug Pagitt – Church in the Inventive Age
  7. Elizabeth Drescher – Tweet if You Heart Jesus
  8. Jesse Rice – The Church of Facebook
  9. Meredith Gould – Getting #married
  10. John Blossom – Content Nation
  11. Kimberly Knight – Sacred Space in Cyber Space


As well as a few other resources:

  1. Steve Krug – web design – Don’t Make Me Think
  2. Robin Williams – print design (as well as web, presentations and more) – The Non-Designer’s Design Book
  3. Prezi presentation tool


I would also add these non-book resources – blogs, magazines and sites:

  1. Clay Shirky blog
  2. Clive Thompson blog
  3. Michael Wesch blog
  4. Wired magazine
  5. Fast Company magazine
  6. Mashable site
  7. Lifehacker site 


Reading list for improving communication in your congregation:

  1. Steve Covey  – The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
  2. Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational: The hidden forces that shape our decisions
  3. Barbara Frederickson – Positivity
  4. Heath Brothers – Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die
  5. Martin Lindstom – Buyology


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