Picking a top 5 list in anything can be difficult, but using this year as a time frame the task gets easier. I focused here on personal growth type books though I also read some pretty top-notch fiction this years as well.
Some of these books I spent a bit of time with as I wanted to do the exercises and ponder the content over a longer period of time. I learned a lot from each of these books on the list and they proved to have a significant impact on my 2015. I hope you might be inspired to pick up one or two of these and discover for yourself the insights and knowledge these authors, through their work, gave forward to you.
This is the second book which set out a nine new experiments to help you improve your manifesting skills with humor and passion and reckless abandon. Just step out and do it. The book includes Lab Report sheet for you to track and properly measure your progress and a final graduation experiment to showcase your new-found talents.
4. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard.
I have many special memories attached to this books, which really is a call to regain our own personal power by refusing to succumb to prevalent social norms that seek to bind us to a mediocrity and to triumph over our own limited doubts and fears. I read the book just before attending Brendon’s High Performance workshop in Santa Clara California which pushed by growth threshold. Plus the trip meant escaping from a long cold winter for a week of California warmth. And also the fulfillment of a 2014 goal.
Brendon is one of my mentors, and the book is definitely a passionate call to action.
3. How to Pray Without Talking to God: Moment by Moment, Choice by Choice by Linda Martella-Whitsett
This book opened by eyes to a new way of prayer. Before the book prayer wasn’t a subject I paid too much attention to, buried as I was in ideas about prayer based on my childhood experience. In her book Linda Martella-Whitsett, takes on a controversial idea that God is not outside of us, but an essential part of us, and that prayer is a way of supporting the divinity within you and others. Using the philosophy of the Unity Spiritual founders Martella-Whitsett leads us through a series of exercises to help us developed a deeper relationship to GOD within.
If you are willing to be stretched this is a great book to add to your reading list for 2016.
2. You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza
Choosing between number one and number two was my biggest challenge. Joe Dispenza is another mentor I’ve had the privilege to meet on several occasions. He is a rare being who truly leads what he believes. Being in his presence is one of my most treasured experience.
This book is revolutionary in scope. Joe has a knack of explaining complex quantum theory that makes it easy to understand, and mind-boggling in its implications. He basically marries science and metaphysics in a way that validates both. But with Joe Dispenza it doesn’t stop at theory, he takes you through some of the experimenter his conducted at his advance workshops, showing what happens in the brain as attendees meditate. The book includes personal stories of dramatic healing many have experience in his workshops. If you still think that new thought, law of attraction, and metaphysical practices are all airy fairy stuff, then reading this book will change your attitude.
One of the most remarkable passages in the book, his quantum theory explanation of what is happening as you move from thought to manifestation.
The includes a link to a meditation that he uses in his advance workshops.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
1 The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C Maxwell.
This is by far the best John Maxwell book I’ve read so far. I made it my number one book of the year simply because of the sheer volume of learning that emerged from reading this book. This is the last book I read for 2015, and the fact that all the other books that graced my life this year, lent to making this books exceptional.
I learned so much from the systems John C Maxwell talks about and uses in his daily practice. But that is a pale glimpse of the scope of this book.
I am dedicated to personal growth, though this passion came later in my life that I would have liked. This book covers 15 laws of growth with lots of exercises, chances for reflection and some really great questions to journal about. And as is typical with a John Maxwell book, full of great quotes, stories and insights.
The most valuable lesson for me was John’s description of his system for working on a book while is on the road.
As John Maxwell declares at the end of the book:
If you want to make your life burn brightly for others and future generations, keep growing.
One of the best ways to follow that advice: Keep reading books that push your boundaries, expand your horizons and take you beyond your normal world into the extraordinary.