So, what are you reading lately?
It’s a question that comes up a LOT in the worlds in which I walk – both church and business leadership. So I decided to keep one blog post that I would update and refresh with each new book I read and (usually) recommend, along with some brief thoughts on each.
Note: This post is dynamic – I’ll edit it often with new information.
Everybody Always, by Bob Goff
We all need more Bob Goff in our lives. This is one of the most meaningful books I’ve ever read on an emotional and relational level. It isn’t filled with expositions of Bible passages, footnotes or endnotes, or new theories. What you will find is absolute profundity, wrapped in simplicity, with balloons attached.
The bottom line of Everybody Always is that it isn’t our job to tell people what they’re doing, whether right or wrong. Our job is to tell people who they are. As we “become love” like Jesus, we’ll convey to the people with whom we interact, a deep sense of their own value and worth. This is how we change the world – by becoming love and loving everybody, always.
Finding Favor, by Brian Jones
This one starts off with a cliff-hanger!! Brian gets off a plane, with his family, in a foreign country right in the middle of a coup! You’ve gotta read the rest. I’m a few chapters in and just made this highlight that sums it up well…
I don’t need improvement. I need the hand of God to reach down to me in my distress and knock walls down, open up seas, and shut the mouths of lions. I need total renovation, not a fresh coat of paint. What you and I need is God’s favor.
Play the Man, by Mark Batterson
I’m actually using this one as the basis for a men’s weekly gathering. It’s pretty spot on when it comes to trying to live up to biblical manhood in a culture of confusion. Mark writes about seven virtues of manhood: tough love, childlike wonder, will power, raw passion, true grit, clear vision, and moral courage.
The white noise of cultural confusion coupled with the deafening silence of the church has left us insecure and unsure of our manhood. So we settle for something far less than what God originally intended.
and ultimately expands on this assertion…
When the compass needle of masculinity is spinning, Jesus is true north.
Millionaire Success Habits, by Dean Graziosi
I just finished listening to the audio version of Dean’s book and now I’m skimming through the Kindle version so I can make and save highlights. Dean is a business man with an incredible story. The book doesn’t necessarily break new ground, but it condenses and summarizes some of the best advice about mindset and success from the last few decades.
From Amazon: Legendary business coach and entrepreneur Dean Graziosi takes you from where you are in life to where you want to be, using simple tools to reshape daily routines and open new doors to prosperity–whether you’re a fellow entrepreneur, an employee or executive, or a new grad in your first job.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
I had already read the sequel to Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, The Cashflow Quadrant (which, by the way, should be required reading for anyone interested in earning income and building wealth, investing, running a business, etc.), but I hadn’t read the original destined-to-be-a-classic tale of how Robert rose to his level of financial intelligence to begin with.
It was riveting! I highlighted over 100 different quotes and paragraphs, which I’m making my teenage daughter read over the summer before she finds a job and gets addicted to merely trading time for money her whole life.
Kiyosaki offers a completely different way to think about money than most of us are accustomed to. His highly-educated “poor” (birth) dad gave him the standard advice – get a good education, get a good steady job, save up for retirement, survive until death. But his “rich” dad – his mentor and the father of his childhood friend – taught him to put money to work for him instead of merely working for money.
Rich Dad Poor Dad…
- Explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich
- Challenges the belief that your house is an asset
- Shows parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money
- Defines once and for all an asset and a liability
- Teaches you what to teach your kids about money for their future financial success
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