More Books From 2014


As I began to tally up the books I read in 2014, I could not believe the number of them. Yesterday my list came from my iPad. Today I went through my bookshelves. Here’s 20 more of some of my favorites. They are in no particular order.  I usually have several books going at a time. Some will be fiction, some on psychology, some on business or writing. I found some good ones in all categories this past year and want to pass them on to you. Let me know if you’ve read any of them or if you have some you would like to recommend.

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good, by Jan Karon. Jan Karon came back to her roots writing about life in the small town of Mitford, North Carolina. Karon fans waited a long time for Karon to come back to her roots.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Wisdom on writing and on life.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt I took a memoir class using this book as a model. Fabulous memoir.

Imposter, by Rita Schulte. How are the five core needs driving our behavior? Why we pretend and why we fear being known. Rita Schulte knows from whence she speaks.

Climbing Out of the Box, by Dixie Diamanti. Dixie is a personal friend and her memoir on childhood sexual and spiritual abuse captivated me.

Ruthless, by Bo Stern This little book packs a powerful punch. Open this devotional up anywhere and gain strength for the journey.

Beautiful Battlefields, by Bo Stern. Bo knows that beautiful things can come out of the hardest times in life.

Launch, by Jeff Walker. The long awaited book on launching and selling anything online.

Build Your Author Platform, by Carole Jelen and Michael McCallister. Great book on growing your platform if you are an author.

Money: Master the Game, by Tony Robbins. Tony interviewed more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world here.

Break Through, by Tim Clinton and Pat Springle. A great book about boundaries. When to give in and how to push back.

50 Ways to Meet Your Lover, by Dixie Diamanti. I actually wrote the foreward for this second book of Dixie’s. This is an “invitation into a captivating daily walk of intimacy with Jesus, the lover of your heart and soul. Each chapter stands by itself and is a testimony of Dixie’s heartfelt and intimate faith.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace, by Bonnie Gray. I loved this book so much I bought multiple copies. Bonnie helps us discover a way to live that feeds our souls and makes room for rest.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin spent one year “trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.” This was a fun read.

Half The Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

Summer People, by Elin Hilderbrand. A light summer read that takes place on Nantucket.

The Sweetness of Forgetting, by Kristin Harmel.What happens when your aunt, who is in late stages of Alzheimer’s, tells you to go to Paris to find secrets involving your family? This was very good.

Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen (Hawking), by Jane Hawking. Marriage to Stephen through the eyes of his wife, Jane.

Before Amen, by Max Lucado. Max Lucado . Read this book and watched his videos along with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg Mckeown.Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of life: how can we do less but accomplish more? A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked—in other words, everyone. It has already changed the way that I think about my own priorities, and if more leaders embraced this philosophy, our jobs and our lives would be less stressful and more productive. So drop what you’re doing and read it..” Adam Grant. Michael Hyatt interviewed Mckeown for the Master Class on Platform U this month and I think it was our favorite Master Class of all.

I still have about 20 or 30 more books I read this past year and will list them here soon. Let me know what books were your favorites in 2014. What do you plan on reading in 2015?

4 comments on “More Books From 2014

  1. great list. thank you.

  2. Jean J. on said:

    One of my 2015 goals is reading and taking notes 2 books per month, as well as Bible. One is spiritual emphasis and the other will be business emphasis.
    So far, I am nearly done with The Law of Recognition by Mike Murdock and the other book is Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell.
    In Feb. it will be: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz and Commanding your Morning by Dr. Cindy Trimm. I have read both of these books before, but it will be good to go back and do a refresher while taking notes.
    Jean J.

    • Hi Jean. I am starting a list for 2015 and haven’t read any of the books you listed. They sound like my kind of books. I read my Bible first thing (well almost first thing) in the morning too. Thanks for stopping by!

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