June Reading

June 2001
The Project 50 (Reinventing Work): Fifty Ways to Transform Every “Task” into a Project That Matters! by Tom Peters
Just finished reading this book on my Visor. (The PalmReader version is available from PeanutPress.) I love the way Tom breathes life into the “mundane”!

The Death of Character: On the Moral Education of America’s Children by James Davison Hunter
Hunter’s book is having a profound impact on SBS. He and
Thomas Lickona are coming here to dialogue in the fall.

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
Reading this out loud as a family!

The Art of Family: Rituals, Imagination, and Everyday Spirituality by Gina Bria
My wife read this and highly recommended it to me. Bria’s insights as an anthropologist, and her delightful prose, make this a great book.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Read this out loud as a family!

Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership
by James O’Toole

This is my second time through O’Toole’s book. It’s fantastic! (See the note below from my first time for more info.

Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned [UNABRIDGED]by Kenneth C. Davis
This is the first audio book I’ve put on this list but after listening to it for 14 or so hours, I feel I’ve earned it! In addition to reading, my wife and I like to listen to books read by the author. Both the abridged and unabridged versions of this book are fun and informative. The unabridged is better. Although I love being an American, I tend to be a U.S. history snob. We’re only a couple centuries old, how much “history” can we really have? I don’t alway agree with Davis’ “take” on the interpretation of events but I am very glad I invested time in learning more about our country.

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets
Fascinating book on prayer. Though I’m not always comfortable with Sheets’ method of mixing Hebrew, Greek, and English definitions and synonyms to get at the meaning of words, this book is definitely worth reading. Sheets’ style is refreshingly conversational and addresses controversial issues with a healthy respect for people that may not agree with his views.

Beyond Corporate Transformation: A Whole Systems Approach to Creating and Sustaining High Performance by Christopher W. Head
This book didn’t impress me the first time through. Glad I had to read it more than once! I like Head’s commitment to having the people affected by change have a voice in the change. I also am glad he took a section to deal with how to reinforce change through compensation structures.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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