Sometimes in life, the unexpected happens. Such is the case for me these last two months. I have been flat on my back recuperating from an unexpected surgery. My surgeon told me two hours up in your office chair and then it’s down flat for you to heal properly. I am a rebellious sort of woman by nature, and I thought: Okay, doc, I will do as much as I can and then lie down. Well, my body had other ideas. At precisely two hours it told me in no uncertain terms, OUCH, I need to lie down. So here I am.
What do I do with all of this down time?
That was an easy answer. I love to read and there is no shortage of books stacked all over my home just waiting for me to open them up and read, highlight, and take copious notes to use at a future time.
So here is the list of what I am reading and a little preview of what each one contains.
What’s Next by Chris Hodges
No matter where you are in your journey, What’s Next? is the guide you need to find your way and discover the joy that comes walking the road of richer faith. A deeper and more intimate relationship with God is closer than you think. I have taught many of Chris Hodges studies and he is a man with a BIG vision and he manages to carry out everything he envisions.
What to do Next by Jeff Henderson
Jeff Henderson is a wonder at making the complex simple. He can boil down the hard questions to just a few words. His previous book “FOR” is another amazing example of his ability to cut to the chase and put the cookies on the bottom shelf for all to learn. If you want to change your career and circumstances but aren’t sure how, this practical guide from business leader Jeff Henderson will help you reevaluate your purpose and determine your next best step.
Real-Life Marriage by Traci Morrow
In Real-Life Marriage: Navigating Your Beautiful, Messy, One-of-a-Kind Love Story, author, marriage mentor, and public speaker Traci Morrow debunks the happily-ever-after stereotype to offer a fresh perspective on what it takes to make a marriage great. Traci is a wonderful wife, mother, and businesswoman who has figured a thing or two in her life and marriage. She is one of the “Guides” for the Maxwell Leadership Team and she is dynamic and her big smile will draw you in as she interacts with you.
Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat at the Table by Louie Giglio
As I teach, facilitate, train, and coach individuals today, I find it amazing how everyday actions invite the enemy to set up camp in our lives. Discover how to break free from the chains of negative thinking and experience true freedom from unhealthy thoughts and emotions. When we let down our guard that is when the enemy swoops in and makes himself at home.
Running for my Life by Warrick Dunn
I heard Don Yaeger talk about Warrick Dunn over the course of several years before he wrote this book. I was blown away by the courage and patience and focus of this amazing man! He took adversity and turned it into triumph! Pro Bowl star running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, Warrick Dunn tells his extraordinary story in Running for My Life, a poignant and inspirational true tale of tragedy, success, depression, denial, and ultimately, hope. One of the most gifted players in the NFL, Dunn talks about his remarkable career and accomplishments while sharing the pain of his lifelong battle with depression, a result of losing his mother—a police officer killed while off-duty—when Dunn was 18 Thought-provoking and uplifting, Running for My Life is the story of an exceptional athlete’s secret torment and inspiring courage.
Master What Matters by John C. Maxwell
Move past what used to be, stop daydreaming about what could be, and make the most of today with the fourteen values that help leaders win at life. The choices you make every day based on your values are what define you. And define your life.
A New Kind of Diversity by Tim Elmore
I heard Tim Elmore speak on this topic last week. Wow, what a great wisdom this guy has. Be sure to take the online assessment and see how savvy your knowledge is with each of the 5 generations living today.
In A New Kind of Diversity, bestselling author Tim Elmore brings his decades of research and leadership experience to bear on what might be the biggest, most dramatic, and most disruptive shift the American workforce has ever seen: the vast diversity of five generations living—and working—together, today in 2022.
Why do you think I read?
Reading is part of my “Personal Growth Plan.” I read to expand my knowledge, and to understand what is happening in our culture today and what drives people to respond the way they do in all kinds of situations in their lives.
Whenever possible, I take every opportunity to listen to these authors speak in a live online conference setting or to a podcast or to an interview so I can hear their voice inflection, their passion for the topic, and to hear how what they have written has impacted their lives.
What are you reading?
How is it impacting your life?
How are you incorporating what you read into your personal and professional life?