I’ve been reading like a madman recently, hopefully, you have too.
Recently, I wrote a post stating that for the next year I would be reading a book per week, every week.
It was a bold challenge aimed at personal and continual growth. More than that, it was an invitation for you to join along with me.
As a group, we can share inspirational books and have plenty handy for anyone new joining this journey.
This first month has blown my expectations away, providing enormous personal growth.
I have been lucky enough to get my hands on some home-run books and I am thrilled to share them with you.
Books I’ve Been Reading That Are Worth Your Time
Tools of Titans
Tools of Titans is Tim Ferriss’s most recent project and clocks in at roughly 650 pages.
More than a book, this is a Bible of sorts for the everyday entrepreneur. While many know Tim Ferriss for his entrepreneurial works, this book has some incredible tips and tricks for depression and anxiety as well.
If you enjoy any of Tim’s other books, you are sure to find Tools of Titans to be phenomenal.
If you have read some of his books in the past but did not like them, do not discount this book yet. You may be happy to know that the majority of this book rests on the shoulders of others.
Tim plucks the genius out of the brains of his guests and lets them do the grunt work and heavy lifting.
Tim Ferriss managed to interview over 100 of the most successful people across multiple fields and industries
This includes accomplished athletes, CEOs of fortune 500 companies, comedians, actors, and more.
His successful podcast gives him insider access and this book is a distillation of insightful conversations.
Each chapter is short and concise which encourages you to keep reading. Every chapter is as engaging as the next.
You know you are about to find more wisdom with each page you turn which makes this book hard to put down.
Have you ever wondered what ‘super humans’ like Tony Robbins do to start their day? Have you ever wondered how you can begin an endeavor with a 99% chance at success?
All this and a hell of a lot more are within the first 1/3 of the book.
The amount of wisdom within the pages is unparalleled. It is a book to reference whenever you are facing an obstacle of any kind. A complete toolkit for doing life better.
Despite being 650 pages, you could read it in a week or less. However, the principles within the book will force you to try them in real world scenarios, making it a much longer read.
You may find some nights you plan to read 50 pages but after only 10 you need to put it down in order to absorb a lesson.
Note: Tools of Titans has a plethora of recommendations for other books to read recommended by the Titans. These are books that changed the lives of our mentors. After finishing the book, I purchased another 15 (call me crazy) which were recommended by the people interviewed.
Check out Tools of Titans. I highly recommend it.
The Compound Effect
A wise friend of mine recommended this book to me and life-changing doesn’t quite cut it.
I’ve been reading this book on repeat since my first go and have purchased three more copies for friends and family (it is too good to lend my copy away).
Within one week, everyone has finished their copy and reported back to me with their opinions.
A unanimous three thumbs up. Each.
The Compound Effect is 160 pages in length yet it is the punch in the face that so many self-help books fail to give.
This book is exciting because, as you read it, you can sense that your life is about to change.
The concept behind this book is simple and easy to apply. The only ingredient you need to put it to work is patience.
Expect a full review of this book within the next week but don’t wait until then to grab yourself a copy!
The Reason For God
Christian faith, although a big part of my life, is something I have largely avoided talking about.
Even though I try to keep Christianity out of my work, it has made an enormous impact on my mental health in recent years.
In the year and a half I have been on this journey, my faith has taken two steps forward, one step back.
Even when my faith falters, I am still aware of how much more sense life makes when I fully believe in God and the divine/spiritual world.
Believing in God after living as an atheist for 23 years isn’t an overnight process, nor should it be.
Many of you can likely relate.
Maybe the idea of God sounds appealing to you but for whatever reason, you just can’t buy into it.
After all, there are many reasons why one may doubt. Suffering in the world, hundreds of conflicting religions all claiming the top spot, the idea of heaven and hell are a few.
The author, Timothy Keller, has served as a Pastor in New York City for over 20 years.
In his younger years, Tim faced many of these same doubts.
Additionally, New York City is the secular (non-religious) capital of the world. Tim is constantly confronted with ideas against Christianity and why it can’t work.
The first half of The Reason For God is his arguments against these common misconceptions.
I can’t convey how well thought out this book is. Timothy Keller speaks in a way that even the most deep rooted atheist would not take offense to.
He is both humble and intelligent in his defenses. He urges everyone, both Christian and Non-Christian alike to question their beliefs.
Only when you are sure of your belief system can you live life to the fullest while still being accepting of others. Religion aside, we are all still human and need to live as equals.
The second half of The Reason For God goes on to explain why Christianity does work.
Life the first half, it is non-invasive, intelligent, and thought provoking.
If there is any part of you that is curious about religion, I highly recommend checking this book out. Even if you have preconceived ideas about what ‘religion’ is, as a whole, check this book out.
Note: I listened to this book on audible. This was my first experience with audible and I am not sure how I lived without it before. Audible offers a free one month trial which includes two free books of your choosing. If you have a long commute to work or just hate reading, Audible is phenomenal.
As A Man Thinketh
Can you consider 26 pages to be a book?
In the amount of time we can debate this, you can read As A Man Thinketh in its entirety.
This book is an instruction manual to living a life full of success and happiness.
It is both spiritual and logical, combining to create a code to live by.
As A Man Thinketh is an excellent reminder that our thoughts are forming our world.
Everything we currently have, both positive and negative, is an accumulation of our thoughts and actions.
By transitioning from negative thinking to positive thinking, we can restructure the world we live in.
This book is another great place to start if you are new to self-help.
Combined with The Compound Effect, you can change your life without reading 200 pages.
Splurge the $2 on this book, it will be the best coffee you never bought.
Man’s Search For Meaning
Man’s Search For Meaning is a somber recollection of what life was like in the concentration camps of World War Two.
I have to admit, it was a little depressing to read. The horrors these men and women faced were unfathomable.
Although it was hard to read at times, it was well worth it.
Man’s Search For Meaning provides you with a sense of gratitude for what you currently have, even if it doesn’t seem like much.
It also provides real examples of how much we can endure and overcome.
The author, Viktor E. Frankl, was a psychologist who managed to survive years of camp life by finding meaning in his struggles.
He states that his ability to find purpose even in pain is the only thing that kept him alive.
Many of you are also dealing with struggles that seem unending or unjust.
This book can provide some much-needed perspective and insight on how to approach your situation.
If you suffer from loss, grief, or despair, this book may help you flip the script. If you just want a new outlook on your life, this book will still serve you tremendously.
Many of these books are also well over 50% off if purchased for Kindle. For example, Man’s Search For Meaning is $1.57 for Kindle and $8.39+ shipping for the paperback. Kindle is one of the only reasons I can afford to buy and read so many books. With over a million titles for less than $5, they are worth looking into.
Is there any books you know of that I need to read? If so, let me know in the comments below so we can bring it to the light!