Most people who know me know I love to read. My basic goal is to read at least twelve books a year. That is only one per month. On average I read around 15-20 books a year. I am not bragging, (I know some folks who do that in one-fourth the time), but I think it a pretty good goal. Someone asked me recently what ten books I thought every man should read and why. The first book I answered with was the Bible. They meant besides the Bible. So, in addition to the Bible: here is my answer to the question. This list is not an end all list. I believe it is just a good start. And, yes, I have read all these books. Some of them several times.
- Personality Plus by Florence Littauer because every man needs to understand himself and the personality of others to have better interaction.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie to understand how we influence others through relationships.
- The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman – Everyone speaks and receives love differently. This helps us continue to understand ourselves and others.
- Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs – Women need love, men need respect. There is a difference. One of the best books in sorting out and understanding that difference.
- The 5 Languages of Apology by Dr. Gary Chapman – because we all blow it and make mistakes. Relationships are strengthened by making complete apologies.
- The DNA of Relationships by Dr. Gary Smalley – A deeper look into our relationships and how to strengthen them. We need others.
- The Purpose Driven Life by Dr. Rick Warren – Every man is here for a purpose. This book will help define and refine a man’s purpose for his life.
- 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Dr. John Maxwell – because every man will be called upon at some time to lead, whether it is his family, his fellow workers, or himself.
- 13 Resolutions for Life by Orrin Woodward – A man needs to know what he stands for. This book helps him define what he believes and put those beliefs into action.
- Man of Steel and Velvet: A Guide to Masculine Development by Aubrey Andelin – the title says it all. Because it doesn’t come naturally.
If you are curious as to what other books I like to read you can access my profile on Goodreads at the link listed. I would also love to have you in my friends circle there. Thanks.