Summer Reading List

Getting Back on Mission | Ryan Hutchinson’s Summer Reading Recommendations

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As summer begins, we want to help you craft the perfect Summer Reading List. We asked Southeastern Seminary professors what books they would recommend, and we’ll share their recommendations in coming weeks.

Today, Ryan Hutchinson, Executive Vice President of Operations, recommends three books for your summer reading list.


Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches
By Peter Greer, Chris Horst and Anna Haggard (Bethany House Publishers, 2014)

Hutchinson: Mission Drift is a helpful read for any not-for-profit or church on how focus can be lost in a gradual manner, and how to get back on your organization’s mission.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
By Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (Penguin Press, 2018)

Hutchinson: This book is not written from a Christian perspective, but it is a helpful look at the current state of the culture that has created a trauma associated with most every experience.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
By Tim Keller (Penguin Books, 2016)

Hutchinson: Keller’s book Prayer was published in 2016, but if you haven’t read it you should to encourage your prayer life. If you have read it, read it again for a booster shot of encouragement and exhortation.

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Ryan Hutchinson

Ryan Hutchinson is Executive Vice President at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Adjunctive Instructor of Finance.

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