Each year seems to have more and more tasks with less and less time to accomplish them. All too often important but non-urgent activities like reading get put aside—and then abandoned altogether. But each year there are a handful of books that are just too good to miss. That's why we do The Leadership Book Awards. We know you're busy. That's why we comb through stacks of titles, and enlist the help of our contributing editors, to determine which few titles are worth your valuable time. We trust this year's winners will nurture your soul while equipping you for more effective ministry.

The Leader's Inner Life

Best of The Best:
Pastoral Graces
Reflections on the Care of Souls
by Lee Eclov (Moody)

"Oh, my, a book on the pastorate that is about, well, pastoring, shepherding! It's a rare breed in our ambitious and managerial age. But it's a biblical breed who knows that the minister is, from first to last, a minister of God's grace."—Mark Galli

Our Very Short List:
Pursuing Growth through Trials, Challenges, and Disappointments
by Wayne Cordeiro (Zondervan)

"There are a lot of books about how to 'do church.' Sifted is a very rare opportunity for self-assessment."—Bob Buford

The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg (Random House)

"I keep thinking about what Duhigg taught me about the way organizational habits are changed, and trying to think how I can leverage that valuable insight to the benefit of our congregation."—Lee Eclov

Adventures in Churchland
Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion
by Dan Kimball (Zondervan)

"Dan Kimball continues to inspire and equip those of us who are trying to reach the post-Christian part of our culture."—Eric Bryant

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