I love books and every year I read as many as I can. When I was a younger teenager I actually wrote down every book that I read and counted them up. I think my best record was 374 books in 2005 when I was 13. I used to read a lot of fictional books as a tween/teen and I remember Mum was upset at one point that I wasn't reading anything biographical, and she asked Dad to pray for me that my taste in reading would change to books that would shape my life in a positive way. I protested that books about real people were quite boring, but it wasn't long after that I read Ben Carson's, 'Gifted Hands', which has inspired me to keep reading ever since. Maybe that's a little bit encouraging for a Mum out there somewhere struggling to get her children to read?
So, I’ve read some great books this year, including No Greater Love, the story of a guy whose life fell apart around the stock market collapse in 2008, and who went to Africa for a short mission trip to help his mate rescue some orphans. The trip changed his life so much that he came home and packed up his family and returned to live there. The co-author of this book, Candy Chand, even agreed to an interview.
I’ve also read Mudhouse Sabbath which gives a great perspective into the Jewish traditions that can make our lives richer as Christians. I found this so helpful to understand things like giving, Sabbaths, death, prayer etc.
Another one I loved was Finding Anna, the true story behind the hymn, ‘It is Well’, written incredibly well, by Christine Schaub who also agreed to an interview.
I reckon if you’ve found a good book, you should try and approach the author for an interview. Only 1 author out of the 3 I approached said no.
The best parenting book I have read, not just this year, but all time, has been ‘Grooming the Next Generation for Success’ by Dani Johnson which deals with not only behaviour, but how what you are saying effects your children, and the spiritual roots of issues, which is very important to me, as I’ve been involved in prayer ministry for a number of years.
This year I also ventured into a field of reading quite foreign to me; the topic of money.
To begin with I read ‘The Richest Man on Who Ever Lived’ by Steven Scott, exploring hidden treasures in the Proverbs that we must live by in order to be successful and I then ordered his more financially specific book, ‘Mentored by a Millionaire’.
That book recommended that you read other books of financially successful people to open your eyes to strategy in the world of business, and so I bought ‘The Secrets of My Success’, which is the autobiography of the Australian Mum, Janine Allis, who created the chain store Boost Juice. I found it really inspiring, especially the story of her early years in business.
I’ve just started reading ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki about making money work for you rather than working for money, and how to invest. I borrowed this book off a friend who is an accountant and sometime I would love to chat with him about it as through the entire book are his notes of what he thought was important and what stood out to him.
First Steps to Wealth, by Dani Johnson is a free download, (300+ pages of free download!) and seriously you all need to read it. Dani was homeless, and on drugs but within a year or two she was making millions, and has helped thousands of other people turn their lives around. Many other money books have great theories and ideas, where as this book is so practical that you can just read a chapter and start applying it to your life.
I have just started working with a company called 90 for Life Youngevity founded by Dr Joel Wallach and I will be suggesting that everyone in my team read First Steps to Wealth.
On that note, another incredible book is Dead Doctors Don’t Lie by Dr Joel Wallach. This book has confirmed to me many theories and thoughts I’ve had about the medical system and how natural medicine works, and this book has helped me to start making money, just by sharing the message in the book. I recently had someone tell me that aside from their Bible, it was the best book they had ever read. There is so much truth in this book, that if you are at all concerned about your health, it is one you need to read.
I hope that you find something inspirational in this list to read, and that your 2015 will be greatly enriched by these books.