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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