From the Bookshelves of DBU Leadership

Books stacked on a table next to DBU Coffeehouse coffee

Have you ever wondered what our DBU leadership team is reading in their spare time? Take a peek into their current reading lists with a few of their favorite book picks!

Dr. Adam Wright President

  1. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
  2. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard
  3. Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren

Dr. Jay Harley Vice President for Student Affairs

  1. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  2. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman
  3. Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies edited by Scot McKnight and Joesph Modica
    Dr. Harley's Thoughts: "I chose to read this in conjunction with the Summer Israel Institute to continue to better understand the role and impact of the Roman Empire during the New Testament times."

Dr. Norma Hedin Provost

  1. Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado
  2. Leadership by Rudolph Guiliani
  3. Three Sisters Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Dr. Cory Hines Vice President for Enrollment

  1. The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey, and Huling
  2. Double Cross by James Patterson
  3. Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Dr. Jeff Johnson Vice President for Advancement

  1. Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
    Dr. Johnson's Thoughts: "This book is a very interesting look at integrating work life and spiritual life."
  2. The Third Option by Vince Flynn
  3. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Dr. Blake Killingsworth Vice President for Communications

  1. What's Best Next: How the Gospel transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman
    Dr. Killingsworth's Thoughts: "What makes his work so compelling is that he consistently brings to bear the Gospel in the midst of our daily activity and stresses that our ultimate motivation for work and productivity isn't individual gain or higher standing, but is instead the Glory of God and good of others."
  2. The Cross of Christ by John R. W. Stott
  3. The Missionary Movement of Christianity: Studies in the Transmission of Faith by Andrew Walls

Dr. Matt Murrah Vice President for Financial Affairs

  1. Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization by Gordon T. Smith
    Dr. Murrah's Thoughts: "I am especially enjoying his thoughts on how culture and mission are linked. His statement that 'culture is first and foremost about mission' is so relevant in organizational leadership."
  2. Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan D. Grawe
  3. The Blanco River by Wes Ferguson

Jonathan Teat Vice President for Administrative Affairs

  1. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  2. A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schwekart and Michael Allen
  3. Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
Written by Dallas Baptist University