"God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy" by Mike Huckabee
He outlines several areas of concern, but also gives solutions. I'm a big believer in not bringing up a problem if you're also not going to propose a solution. Whether you're a Huckabee fan or not, (and you should be), this is a great book to read to see his position on several hot button topics in the media today and to get an idea on his ideas of the role of government in everyday life.
"Creating Magic" by Lee Cockerell
While Cockerell didn't use scripture in the book, I couldn't help but notice Biblical principles in his strategies. He promotes a strong central vision that everyone can rally around. In terms of ministry, vision comes from God and is given to the leader. Without a vision, people perish. It is the vision that gives direction and guidance in planning and execution. Once the vision is established, Cockerell said that Disney believes in giving its people creativity to operate within the confines of the vision or plan. For example, Cockerell said he would empower those under him to craft ideas and designs understanding the vision criteria, and if it checked out,the employees would be given freedom to run with them. This is important in that a leader that wants to micromanage will never grow. In terms of the church, staff pastors and leaders in the church should clearly understand the overall church vision being preached by the pastor. In understanding that vision, the leaders should work together to formulate plans and strategies. Communication is key. Relationships are a must. Teamwork creates successful longevity. These ideas are scattered all throughout scripture and are exemplified by Jesus in His own interaction with His twelve. Cockerell really pushed the notion of creating an environment for success. In other words, he believes in giving people room to grow, succeed, and even fail. For Cockerell, growth is met with excitement; success is met with rewarding, and failure is met with teaching. If growing isn't producing excitement, then the model isn't sustainable. It's more taxing than rewarding. If success isn't met with appreciation and promotion, then the model isn't sustainable. It's more cumbersome and drudgery than rewarding. If failure isn't producing teachable moments and discernible efforts to grow and learn, then the model isn't sustainable. It's more about status quo than pushing for excellence and belief in a vision.
Again, this was a great book on leadership and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more leadership principles.
"No Wonder They Call Him the Savior" by Max Lucado
"Second Chances" by Max Lucado
I wouldn't say the book is ground-breaking and if you've read many of his other books, you'll see some repeat stories being told. Nevertheless, the subject matter is very good and it is a strong encouraging book that I'd advice someone to read who believes they've used up all of their chances in life.