I try to read a decent amount of books during a year and I wanted to post my 5 favorite reads of 2011.
1. Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen – This is probably the best principled business book that I have read (not that I have read a ton of business books). Collins and Hansen give not only excellent research in their findings, but integrate aligned stories that make the book feel less of a business book and more of a life application guide. Great principles for businesses and individuals to grasp.
2. Weird by Craig Groeschel – A very timely book about not getting sucked in to the normalcy of culture. Just because it is normal for everyone doesn’t mean that it is a good thing. Groeschel touches on finances, sex, time, relationships, and values. A great read.
3. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky – Another business book that I think really has helped me engage the process of grasping ideas and making them tangible. Belsky gives great insight to how to create action plans, and how to marry strengths from others to get ideas accomplished.
4. The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels – I love Bill Hybels stuff. Pick up any of his books and you will learn so much. This one is no different. We even did a Wednesday night study with this book and had great comments that came from it. A great book on not only identifying God’s voice in our lives, but having the courage to act on those whispers.
5. SoulPrint by Mark Batterson – This book is great for young people. Batterson not only has a great writing style, but puts in great nuggets of insight in helping the reader identify God’s plan for their lives. Following the Bible character, David, throughout the book, Batterson allows those who read it to have a hope and desire to get in the presence of God.
Books I am currently reading or will be reading:
1. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
2. Give Smart by Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
4. Onward by Howard Schultz