required reading

One of the requirements of ordination with CLM is to complete our required reading list. We require you to read four books, one on theology, one on leadership and one on communication and one on business. We will give you 6 months from the time of registration to complete the reading. There are several books in each category, so please choose one of the options from each of the 4 categories. To view and or order the books, please click on the book title and be redirected to

If you have a theology degree, please inform us by email with the name of the school and the level of education completed.

Leadership Books:

Option 1 - The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle by James Hunter

Option 2 - You Don't Need To Be A Leader by Mark Sanborn

Option 3 - The 21 Indispensible Qualities Of A Leader by John C. Maxwell

Option 4 - 9 Things A Leader Must Do by Dr. Henry Cloud

Communications Books:

Option 1 - Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

Option 2 - Everyone Communicates Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Option 3- Ted Talks The Official TED Guide To Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

Option 4 - The Quick And Easy Way To Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Theology Books:

Option 1 - Basic Christianity by John Stott

Option 2 - Know What You Believe by Paul Little

Business Books:

Option 1 - The Dip by Seth Godin

Option 2 - There's No Such Thing As Business Ethics by John C. Maxwell

Option 3 - About My Fathers' Business by Regi Campbell

Option 4 - Linchpin by Seth Godin

Recommended Reading:

We have found several books to be very helpful in helping shape us as professional Life Celebration Specialists. These books are not required reading, we just highly recommend them...enjoy!

1. Cure For A Common Life by Max Lucado

2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

3. The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey