What I’ve Been Reading Lately Fall 2015 Edition

A list of books I've read in 2015

Here is a list of what I have been reading throughout the second half of 2015. I would love to hear what you have read this year that has helped you. Leave a comment below letting me know what books you would recommend for us to read.

 

Intentional Living by John Maxwell (Affiliate link)- This is John’s newest book. As always, if John writes something, I read it! This book really focuses on living a life of significance. John walks you through his journey and shares a lot of stories of how he got to where he was today. This book really inspired me and helped me refocus on living a life of significance.

Simplify by Bill Hybels (Affiliate link)- – Bill Hybels talks a lot about the importance of taking time to replenish as a leader. He finally wrote a book about it. This book will help you do exactly what the title says, simplify you life.

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Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull (Affiliate link) – This was one of my favorite books to read this year. Ed Catmull runs Pixar and Disney Animation. His companies are responsible for so many movies that we love today. However, as you’ll learn in the book, great movies don’t happen by accident. This book will give you a behind the scenes look into Pixar and teach you the principles they use to be successful.

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What I Have Been Reading Lately (Winter 2015)

Here is a list of what I have been reading over the last few months:

 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Affiliate Link)  – This was probably the best book I’ve read in the last year. I could not put it down. This book will help you change bad habits and form habits that will set you up to succeed in life.

The Hard Thing about the Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (Affiliate Link)  – Bill Hybels said this was the one of the most thought-provoking leadership books he has read in the last ten years. That recommendation alone was enough to make me read this book. This book really helped me have a better understanding of what it is actually like to be at the top of a large organization. It’s not easy. There is a lot at stake and you are responsible. You have to make extremely difficult decisions that will impact a lot of people. If you love leadership, you’ll love this book. **Warning: This is not a Christian leadership book, it is filled with bad language… if that will offend you, I don’t recommend reading it.

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins (Affiliate link) – This was Tony Robbins first book in 20 years! You have to want to read this book. It’s over 600 pages! For me, this book really helped me understand money at an entirely new level. I am a HUGE Dave Ramsey fan and follow his principles. If Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace principles are a 101 class, then this book will give you a 401 level education on money. The best part about it for me was that it was written simple enough that I could understand it. If you are serious about your finances, I recommend getting this book.

Hidden Power by Tommy Barnett – Tommy Barnett is incredible. He is probably most known for launching the Dream Center in downtown L.A. This book is all about following God’s dream for your life. It was great.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan – The authors of this book argue that the difference between successful organizations and unsuccessful organizations is simply a matter of execution. This book will help you produce a culture of execution in your workplace.

Changes that Heal by Henry Cloud – This book changed my life two years ago. We are taking our small group through this book and workbook right now. It’s just as good the second time around. If you have not read this book and done the workbook, I cannot encourage you enough to do that now! I wrote an entire post on this books impact on my life. Read it here.

Die Empty by Todd Henry (affiliate link) – This book will challenge you to go after everything in your heart. You only get one life, make sure you leave everything you’ve got on the playing field!

Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy (affiliate link) – I read this book every January. We took our small group through it as well. This book will help you learn how to set goals, achieve those goals, and become as productive as possible. It’s a quick and easy read, but if you’ll apply the principles, it will change your life.

How to be a Star at Work by Robert Kelley (Affiliate link) – Robert Kelley is a professor at Carnegie Mellon. This is his best-selling business book. In the book, Robert teaches you 9 principles for becoming a star at work. I think a few of the principles will surprise you. Enjoy!

What books have you been reading lately? 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Here is a list of what I have been reading throughout the second half of 2014. I would love to hear what you have read this year that has helped you. Leave a comment below letting me know what books you would recommend for us to read.

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz – This is a book Dave Ramsey wrote with his daughter, Rachel Cruze. If you are a parent, this is a must read. It will teach you how to raise your kids responsibly. If you are not a parent, this is a great book to remind you of the principles Dave Ramsey teaches through his Financial Peace curriculum. This book made Laura and I make a few significant changes to our finances. For that, I’m grateful.

Never Go Back by Henry Cloud – If Henry Cloud writes a book, it should be required reading for everyone on the planet! In this book, Henry teaches us principles that we should quit and never go back to.

All In by Mark Batterson – Mark Batterson is one of my favorite authors. If you need to refuel the fire in your relationship with God, get this book now.

Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels – We’re taking our leadership small group through this book. This book is pure gold for leadership development. If you haven’t read this book yet, get it now.

Prospect the Sandler Way by John Rosso – I’m currently going through Sandler Sales training. This book was very helpful in giving me ideas and processes to prospect effectively. If you’re in sales or fundraising, it’s worth your time to read it.

The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell – This book teaches you how to lead from where you are at. It will tech you how to lead up, lead down, and lead laterally. This is a book you could reread all throughout the course of your career and it would add value to you every single time. I highly recommend reading it.

Visioneering by Andy Stanley – If you have a dream or a vision in your heart and you don’t know what to do with it, get this book. Andy Stanley literally walks you through the process of living out your dream.

Good Leaders ask Great Questions by John Maxwell – This is John’s newest book. If John Maxwell writes something, I read it. The first half of the book focuses on the importance of questions. John talks about the questions he asks himself, other leaders, and his team. The second half of the book is focused on questions that John gets asked all the time. I absolutely loved this book. There were several questions John answers in the second half of the book that were vital to the season of life I am in now.

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie – As I get older, I am enjoying biographies and autobiographies more and more. Andrew Carnegie’s Autobiography has been on my to-read list for a while. I’m almost halfway through the book. It’s excellent.

The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs – I’ve been reading this book on and off for a while now. It’s a great read, but a long one! This book focuses on the relationships that the current and former President’s of the United States have and/or had with each other and how they depend on each other while they are in office. It’s extremely insightful. If you like history and leadership, I highly recommend this book.

What are you reading this year? 

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What I’ve Been Reading in 2014

Here is a list of what I have read so far in 2014. I would love to hear what you have read this year that has helped you. Leave a comment below letting me know your book recommendations.

The God Ask by Steve Shadrach – This is a book for anyone who has to raise money! If you are in ministry and have to raise your own salary, this is a must read. If you are a fundraiser, this will be an excellent resource for you.

The Pursuit of God by A.W.Tozer – A classic. Because of the way it is written, it can be a slower read, but this is always a great book to go back and read to be challenged in your walk with God.

The 7 Faces of Philanthropy by Russ Alan Prince and Karen Maru File – Another fundraising book. This categorizes all people into seven different categories of giving. Each category gives for different reasons and wants different recognition. This book will help anyone in fundraising.

Jesus Is by Judah Smith – This book would be good for anyone who doesn’t have a great grasp on the grace of God. You will know how much God loves you after you read this book.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Another classic. This is a slower read, but it will challenge you in your walk with God.

9 Things a Leader Must Do by Henry Cloud – If Henry Cloud writes something, you need to read it.

The Legend of the Monk and The Merchant by Terry Felber – I stumbled across this book by listening to Dave Ramsey’s podcast. Dave has 7 books that he makes every new staff member read. This is one of them. It is a quick read and stresses that whether you are in ministry or business, both can glorify God.

Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath – Being decisive is a challenge for me sometimes. It is an area I want to grow in but I wasn’t sure how. This book provided a road map for how to do that. If you struggle making decisions or do not make great decisions, this book is for you.

The Dark Side of Leadership by Gary L. McIntosh and Samuel D. Sr. Rima – Every leader should read this book once a year. All of our personalities come with strengths, but they also come with a dark side. If we’re not careful, our dark side will end up ruining everything we have worked for. We all need to be aware of our dark sides and the boundaries we need to have in place so we don’t stumble. Read this book!

Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell – I’m starting to go back through all of John Maxwell’s books. Given some things that I have in my heart to do this year, this book was required reading. If you want to have a clear-cut process for developing leaders, then read this book!

The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris – I read the Kindle version before, but I got a hard copy this time. This book is a manual so it’s not very helpful on an e-reader. Anyway, this is a must read for anyone who wants to be effective in today’s world. This book is a book on hacking life and it’s principles have been proven over and over again. This should be required reading for everyone in order to know what’s possible in today’s world.

Who You Are When No One’s Looking by Bill Hybels – This was an excellent read on character. Every leader should read this book. Nothing is more important than who we are when no one is looking.

What books have you read so far this year? Comment below!

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Book Review: Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber

One reason I love networking and attending conferences is the fact the you get exposed to people, ideas, and resources that  otherwise would have never come across your path. That is how this book ended up in my hands. I attended Jubilee Professional and everyone in attendance got a copy of this book.

To be honest, I was excited that we got a book, but I was hesitant to read it. I didn’t really know much about the author and the title and cover were not very appealing to me. However, I trusted the people who put on the conference and I decided to give the book a chance knowing that I could always put it down.

As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down.  All other reading was put on hold. This book is a game changer. I recently wrote an entire blog post on the primary challenge Visions of Vocation presents: Knowing what you know about the world, what will you do?

That question will go with me everywhere I go and challenge me in everything I do. This book will challenge for you to take responsibility, for loves sake, for the way the world turns out.

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You need to read this book and get that challenge embedded into your heart. The question is, after reading it, what will you do with what you learn?

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