Below is a list of books (by category) that I have personally read, benefited from, and recommended to friends. Some are old. Some are recent. All are relevant and will impact you on your journey. I’ll occasionally review books in blog posts, but these are all books that have personally impacted me in a profound way. I highly recommend each one.



(coming soon)

Apologetics/Evidences for the Christian Faith

(coming soon)

Creative Career/Productivity/Planning

Calling All Artists, by Todd Hampson

Die Empty, by Todd Henry

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown

Creativity/Art Direction/Visual Development

The Visual Story, by Bruce Block

Framed Ink, by Marcos Mateu-Mestre

The Art of Rise of the Guardians, by Ramin Zahed

Animation/Comics/Cartooning/Character Design

The Animator’s Survival Kit, by Richard Williams

Action Cartooning, by Ben Caldwell

The Art of Silver, by Stephen Silver

Creating Characters With Personality, by Tom Bancroft

Pose Drawing Spark Book, by Cedric Hohnstadt

Business/Leadership/Studio Culture

Creativity Inc., by Ed Catmull

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

The Pixar Touch, by David A. Price

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell

Start With Why, by Simon Senek

The Animation Business Handbook, by Karen Raugust

Necessary Endings, by Henry Cloud

StandOut, By Marcus Buckingham


The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby

One Big Thing, by Phil Cooke

Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge

Spiritual Growth

The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson

All In, by Mark Batterson

In a Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson

Church Strategy and Branding

Deep and Wide, by Andy Stanley


 Me, Myself, and Bob, by Phil Vischer



Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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