I read for inspiration. I listen for wisdom. I think of words on a page as a collaborative conversation of deeply examined thought from amazing individuals who know much more than I do. I can wrestle with their arguments without risk of sounding stupid (because they can't actually hear me). All GAIN! 

Here are a few of my recommendations --

The Wayfinding NLT Bible. 

Design Thinking: Process and Methods Manual by Robert Curedale

John Ruskin: Selected Writings by John Ruskin

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K. A. Smith

Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning by David I Smith and James K. A. Smith

Culture, Globalization and the World System edited by Anthony D. King

Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory by Lois Weinthal

Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good by Overton, Pasque, and Burkhardt

Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts by Graeme Sullivan

The Art of Critical Making: RISD on Creative Practice edited by Somerson and Hermano

Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook by Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell

Universal Design Principles of Design by Lidwell, Holden, Butler

Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington

Graphic Design Thinking beyond Brainstorming by Ellen Lupton

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Steve Krug

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley, David Kelley  

Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming by Anthony Dunne

The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice by Rosanne Somerson

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

White by Hara, Kenya

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible by Sophie Lovell

Design for Community by Powazek, Derek

Do Good Design: By David B. Berman

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management by James P Cramer

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell

The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions by Winifred Gallagher

Innovating for People: Human-Centered Design, LUMA Institute

Design, When Everybody Designs-An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation: By Elio Manzini

Designing For Social Change: By Andrew Shea

Change By Design: By Tim Brown

Massive Change: By Bruce Mau

Cad Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People: By Warren Berger

Design for the Real World, Human Ecology and Social Change: By Victor Papanek

Designing for People: By Henry Dreyfuss

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Love Does by Bob Goff

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things: By Michael Braggart and William McDonough

The Upcycle, Beyond Sustainability- Designing for Abundance: By William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Citizen designer : perspectives on design responsibility / edited by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne

Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words by Ann Rand

Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand

Bruno Munari: Square, Circle, Triangle by Bruno Manari

Adolf Loos: Why A Man Should Be Well-dressed by Adolf Loos

Ornament and Crime: Selected Essays. (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought. Translation Series) by Adolf Loos

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I Feel Bad About my Neck by Nora Ephron

Alive by  Piers Paul Read

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

The Power of Place by Winifred Gallagher

344 Questions? by Stefan G. Bucher

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

The Sketchbook Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking by Mike Rohde

Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts by David Crow