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My Top 3 Short Reads

 —  January 23, 2013 — 2 Comments


I like to read….especially short books. I’d rather read two or three short books than one long one. The reasons are simple:
1) I get distracted easily and rarely finish a longer book.
2) Most books are too long and wading through the filler to get to the “gold” is tedious (why? see #1)

So I thought I’d share three of my favorite short books:

The Power of Nice by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. In this book, the authors challenge the notion that “Nice guys finish last” and share how they succeeded in business by playing it nice.


- A Tale of Two Youth Workers by Eric Venable. This is still one of my all-time favorite youth ministry books. In this fable, a youth worker wrestles with the idea that there is perhaps a different way of doing things…risky, but rewarding. In my opinion, this book was a few years ahead of its time and should be read by everybody who works with teenagers.


The One-Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard. A classic that I’ve read a dozen times. Despite how much I love the book, I rarely implement the management tips Blanchard proposes. But when I do, I’m reminded of their effectiveness.


And finally, This little jewel: Getabstract.com Here, for a fee, you can get sent abstracts of books that you would normally probably not take the time to read in their entirety. They do the hard work for you by providing a one page summary of each book. Pick you membership plan (different annual fees depending on how many books you want), pick your book categories….and you are all set!

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

2 responses to My Top 3 Short Reads

  1. I took a look at the book abstract website. It is pretty expensive. How do you use this tool and do you think it is worth the price? It seems to be geared toward business people, not youth pastors. Trying to see if I can justify the price.

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