GYC Leadership Book Recommendations

The list that follows include books on a variety of topics that the GYC Executive Committee considers to be among the best that we have read on each topic. Many of these have helped shape our lives, careers, and our ongoing pursuit of excellence in service to God and humanity. We hope that these will be as much of a blessing to you as we have found them to be. Each book has been provided with our personal rating, as well as a readability score.

Biography

About: Do NOT read this book if you don't want to live dangerously for God. This book will inspire you to trust God to do the impossible.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: An in-depth look at the life and faith of Hudson Taylor. Explore how he grew in his relationship with God amidst trials of being a pioneer missionary in China. Be challenged to take sacrificial initiative.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: Katie’s life and how she turned her world upside down to serve the children of Uganda will inspire you to live a life of mission no matter where you are.

Rating: 8/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, ordered nations?


Rating: 7/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: 20 powerful stories of heroes of faith and how surrender and the Holy Spirit made all the difference in their lives.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

 
 
 

Self-Improvement

About: This is a workbook to guide youth and young adults through a process to identify, plan, and execute the goals in life and ministry based on the interests, gifts, and talents God has given them.

Rating: 8/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: GYCweb

About: Most families aren't as perfect as they seem. This book helps one work through childhood pain and hurt towards healing, forgiveness and healthy growth.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book will help you understand the importance of passion and perseverance, and how those two things connect with productivity. Consistent and faithful effort is what pays off.

Rating: 8/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: We all practice self-justification and need to be aware of it.




Rating: 9/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book provides an excellent selection of ways you can improve what you do so that it is smarter, faster, better.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: An excellent resource for dealing with persistent habits and addictions of any kind in a Biblical way. Occasional references to determinism and hell do not implicate the main concepts.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book provides a healthy perspective of marriage, for couples and singles alike.




Rating: 7/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This is one of the best books on narrowing your focus down to succeed in every area of life.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Hardcover | Kindle

Leadership

About:This book is helpful for learning how to encourage and develop dedication and leadership in others, as well as yourself.

Rating: 7.5/10
Readability: 1/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book, and its sequel are game changers for being a great leader. A must-read for anyone leading in any sphere, even if the only person you lead is yourself.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: Radical will help shift your mindset towards your relationship with Christ and how we should be living our lives in radical ways.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 4/5

About: This book provides a wealth of excellent leadership principles.




Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book is crucial to the development of godly leadership and servanthood.




Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: The sequel to Extreme Ownership






Rating: 10/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

 
 

Mission/Evangelism

About: Education provides the meat, means and motivation for personal and corporate revival and reformation among young people.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Hardcover | Free

About: Sequel to Love Does. Practical ways to view the most undesirable as Jesus views them, and begin to love them. Incredible stories of transformations seen when we show others the love of Jesus.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: Love is not just words or theory. Love does. In this book the author shares stories of how love in action can bring life and grace into every day moments and literally change people’s lives.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: Learn about the physical laws governing the body and how to bring life into harmony with them. This book gives an inspired understanding of many factors that contribute to true happiness.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Hardcover | Free | Kindle

About: A great resource for mission/evangelism efforts around the world. Gives you an overview of religious and state situation of every country as well as challenges for Christianity in each place.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: Learn how different cultures have different values. This book educates on how culturally appropriate methods in values on health help us become better equipped to reach the unreached.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: It shows the price ledgers of discipleship even in suffering.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 2/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

 

Theology

About: If you've ever wondered what the best explanation is for the composition of the books contained in the Canon of Scripture, this book will provide a useful explanation.

Rating: 8/10
Readability: 2/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This is one of the best books for understanding revelation, inspiration, and the role of Ellen White, while learning how to interpret her writings and respond to common criticisms.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Hardcover

About: This is one of the most balanced articulations of faith and works through a righteousness-by-faith lens.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 3.5/5

Book: Hardcover | Free

About: This book will walk you step by step through a technical, yet extremely practical process of learning to study the Bible deeply. A must read for anyone wanting to dig deeper.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: A super helpful resource for understanding history with a Christ-centered focus.

Rating: 7/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book gives roots to the Christian faith amidst a skeptical culture.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 2/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: A very practical book that will help you to understand and practice total surrender to God.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 5/5

About: This book takes an understanding of who God is in relation to us to a much deeper level, while also pointing to the Biblical foundation that protects against heresy.


Rating: 9/10
Readability: 2/5
[Easier after 2 chapters]

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: The most powerful book on righteousness by faith and the Laodicean message.




Rating: 9/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback

About: The lessons from this allegory can enrich your Christian experience.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: The most readable explanation for the Sonship of Christ in advocacy of a Trinitarian viewpoint.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 5/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book helps explain why and how a loving God allows suffering. It goes deeper than most books on the topic while proving the great controversy from the Bible.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 2/5
[Easier after 2 chapters]

Book: Paperback | Kindle

Devotional

About: Get help for every phase of the Christian journey.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Hardcover | Free | Kindle

About: This book brings Christ’s time on earth to life and shares backgrounds to stories that bring so many new things to light. It can revolutionize your spiritual life.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Hardcover | Free | Kindle

About: Get help for every phase of the Christian journey.

Rating: 10/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Hardcover | Free | Kindle

 

Evidence for Faith

About: This book expertly details the fossil evidence that speaks to important topic of human evolution.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book will show you how rational Christianity and especially Adventism really is.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 4/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

About: This book lays out a compelling case for some of the genetic evidence that we are indeed created.




Rating: 8/10
Readability: 3/5

Book: Paperback | Kindle

 

Want to read for free? If you have a library card, you can get the Libby app and import your library card to read many of the above titles on Android and iOS with the Kindle app or in the Libby app itself. Note that different libraries and library systems vary in what they have available so milage may vary.