March Reading

March 2002
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman MacLean
Parents of an SBS alum made me promise to read this. MacLean has a writing style that flows like the rivers he fished. Very worthwhile.

You’ll Never Get No for an Answer by Jack Carew
Carew offers great insights into the “science” of selling so that the process is beneficial for both parties. He helps salesmen take the guess work out of their job.

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun
I love this series. RecordedBooks has a great narrator read them. In this own, Quilloren is out of Chicago in rural Moose County.

7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn
An inspiring quick read. Very helpful insights.

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
I listened to this on CD. Shackleton and his team showed amazing courage. Very inspiring.

The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors by Russ Alan Prince, Karen Maru File
This book offers a very helpful framework for fundraisers. I did wish this edition had updated the statistical information but the categories are still very relevant.

Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership by James O’Toole
I’ve read this book four times in the last 12 months. It’s an amazing look at leadership. Well worth reading again and again and again.

Secular Work Full Time Service by Larry Peabody
Larry Beckett praises this book in his own
Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett. I want to get copies for everyone I know!

And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education by David H. Albert
I asked my wife what book she’d recommend if I only read one homeschooling book this year. This is the book. It’s incredible! I’m so much more excited about learning with my kids now! I HIGHLY recommend this book, even if you’re not thinking of homeschooling.

Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection by Rev. W. A. Audrey
My son LOVES Thomas so we worked through this entire volume!

Managing With the Wisdom of Love : Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations by Dorothy Marcic
Marcic does a great job at looking at the spirituality inherent in leadership and management.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
After taking my wife to see this on Broadway, I was inspired to read the original. A terrific story.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
My wife and I love this book. Anne’s story of coming to faith is heart rending and hilarious. I wish I had the gots to pray some of the things she did!

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: When Leaders Are at Their Best by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
This “book” was a disappointment. Only 10 pages long, it just barely summarizes the work they did in The Leadership Challenge. I’d get their full-sized book instead of this.

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism: A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World by Charles Handy
Handy is an incredible author. Reading this book was like sitting at the feet of one of the elders at the gate. He’s incredible insightful and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Although I don’t agree with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions, this is a very worthwhile read.

Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett
This book is SO much better than Fairholm’s (see below). Beckett masterfully mixes philosophical and practical. He’s in the trenches living out what he believes. Read this book!

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 He's also the executive director of 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

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