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Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Book Recommendations

Leading Congregational Change:

Bolsinger, Tod. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. IVP, 2018.

Harnish, James A. You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life. Abingdon Press, 2010.

Navigating These Times

The Arbinger Institute.  Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2022.

Carter, Kenneth H. Unrelenting Grace: A United Methodist Way of Life. Abingdon Press, 2023.

Ripley, Amanda. High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out. Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Wheatley, Margaret. Who Do We Choose to Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2017.

Living Into God’s Call

Colwell, Jessie Squires. Blessed Wrestling: Reflections on Discerning God’s Call. New Room Books: 2021.

Peterson, Eugene H. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Eerdmans, 1994.

Two Essential Books for Ministry and Life

Cloud, Henry. Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward. Harper Business, 2011.

Grenny, J., Patterson, K., et al. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High. McGraw Hill, 2021. (Crucial Accountability and Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Talking About Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior are also good.)

Biblical Study:

Jennings, Willie James. Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible. Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.


Wagner, Kimberly R. Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma. Westminster John Knox Press, 2023.

Great Novels I Read Recently

Kingsolver, Barbara. Demon Copperhead. Harper, First Edition, 2022.

Doerr, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See. Scribner, 2017.

Great Books to Listen to

Honeyman, Gail. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Noah, Trevor. Born a Crime.

Patchett, Ann. The Dutch House. (read by Tom Hanks)

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