I’m reading a book per week in 2017. Here’s why.

They say that the world’s top CEOs read over 50 books per year to keep their mind inspired and on the cutting edge of leadership and innovation.

After completing my first book, The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary, I know that I need this kind of input and brain juice! I’m already penning the initial pages of my next book and I need more inspiration. Plus, I need the leadership skills required to lead Within Reach Global, the non-profit Christian organization that my wife and I founded. 

So this year, I will read a book every single week. Here’s how you can help.

Click on my Amazon wishlist to buy a book for me to read.


Here are the books I have just finished:

December 2016


One Thousand Gifts book review 10/10 (coming soon)

January 2017


01. Crash The Chatterbox book review 6/10

02. The War of Art book review 9/10

03. Spiritual Rhythm book review 10/10

04. When Helping Hurts book review 8/10

05. Birthing the Miraculous review 8/10

February 2017


06. Visions Beyond the Veil book review 8/10

07. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus book review 10/10

08. Ministering Cross-Culturally book review 9/10

09. Fearless book review 9/10

March 2017


10. From Buddha to Jesus book review 7/10

11. Dangerous Territory book review 7/10

12. Gold Cord book review 7/10

13. Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures book review 9/10

April 2017


14. Mission Smart book review 10/10

15. The Insanity of God book review 10/10

16. The Power of Habit book review 10/10

17. Building a Discipling Culture book review 7/10

May 2017


18. Outliers book review 9/10

19. Start Late Finish Rich book review 6/10

20. Necessary Endings book review 10/10

21. There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub book review 10/10

June 2017


22. Switch On Your Brain book review 10/10

23. The Total Money Makeover book review 9/10

24. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters book review 10/10

25. When God Weeps book review 9/10

July 2017


26. At Home in the World book review 7/10

27. Essentialism book review 7/10

28. Surprised by Hope book review 9/10 (coming soon)

29. Culture of Honor book review 6/10 (coming soon)

August 2017


30. In the Land of Blue Burqas book review 7/10 (coming soon)

31. The Fourth Turning book review 9/10 (coming soon)

32. The Bells Are Not Silent book review 7/10 (coming soon)

33. The Road Back To You book review 10/10

34. The Naked Now book review 7/10 (coming soon)

September 2017


35. Quiet book review 10/10

36. All Is Grace book review 7/10 (coming soon)

37. Hidden in Plain Sight book review 7/10 (coming soon)

October 2017


38. The Tipping Point book review 8/10 (coming soon)

39. Assimilate or Go Home book review 8/10 (coming soon)

40. Daring Greatly book review 7/10 (coming soon)

41. Drive book review 8/10 (coming soon)

42. Just Mercy book review 10/10

November 2017


43. Mind Wide Open book review 7/10 (coming soon)

44. Grit book review 7/10 (coming soon)

45. Martin Luther book review 9/10 (coming soon)

46. Through Gates of Splendor book review 10/10

47. Defining Moments book review 7/10 (coming soon)

December 2017


48. David and Goliath book review 9/10 (coming soon)

49. Bruchko book review 10/10

50. A Brief History of Time book review 7/10 (coming soon)

51. Reckless Abandon book review 9/10 (coming soon)

52. Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light book review 8/10 (coming soon)

53. Let My People Go book review 10/10

54. One Shall Chase A Thousand book review (coming soon)

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.

2 Responses

  1. Caleb

    Hi David,

    A few books come to mind you might like:

    There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement by Brian Hogan
    Supernatural Missions by Randy Clark
    Living a Life of Fire by Reinhard Bonnke
    God is Good by Bill Johnson
    Translating God by Shawn Bolz
    Heavy Rain by Kris Vallotton
    God at War by Greg Boyd
    Like a Mighty Wind by Mel Tari
    Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull


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