My 2018 Summer Reading List


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A blog post by Ron Scheese, President and CEO of Andesa 

The past two summers, I exchanged my reading list with blog readers and received several terrific suggestions in return. The long winter of 2017-2018 in the Northeast finally seems to have broken. As such, I turn my thoughts to the beach. Stock up on sunscreen and check out some of the books on my reading list as you enjoy the summer days reading festivities.

12 Rules For Life: An Anecdote to Chaos

Recommended to me by a business leader I admire, Jordan Peterson’s 2018 bestseller is a huge hit with the millennial generation. An intersection of science, Faith and human nature, 12 Rules for Life promises to transform and ennoble the mind and spirit of its readers.


Gettysburg and Leadership: Principles for Today’s Leaders from the Most Terrible Battle Fought in America 

Gettysburg makes a repeat appearance on my list.  Last year I was fortunate to receive an advance copy and visit the battlefield with Dr. Osterhaus and the Andesa Services Board, The refreshers on leadership will supplement my executive coaching. I would highly recommend this study.


Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork & Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful & Rewarding Life

You may know him as a shark, but Daymond’s story is one of hard work and a killer work ethic.  In Rise & Grind, he shares how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual.




Recognizing I had only a peripheral knowledge of Lindbergh’s 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and the kidnapping of his son, I spotted A. Scott Berg’s biography in a church book sale and was intrigued to learn more of this American hero.

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

When Melissa started with Andesa Services in March and said she liked reading, I asked what was the last book she read.  Her passion and description of this courageous true story of a young Italian teenager’s incredible WWII experiences made it a required summer read.


Called to Lead: 26 Leadership Lessons from the Life of the Apostle Paul

I enjoy adding to my knowledge of leadership and examining the subject from many perspectives.  My Andesa Services colleague Steve Budihas shares books he has read with me and has recommended John MacArthur in the past. I am eager to consider the characteristics of leadership from a Biblical point of view.


Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance

Angela Duckworth sets out to prove that success is not driven by “genius,” but is instead a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.



I recently met Mr. McCullough and discussed the values of education and, more specifically, the liberal arts for which he and I share a passion. Hardly a year goes by without reading some of his work – why not a Pulitzer Prize winner.

As always, I might have room to squeeze in a couple more books this summer, and I certainly need to start thinking about an autumn reading list.  Would love to hear your latest recommendations – so please share.

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