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Five Star Non-Fiction, 2017 Edition

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Some of you will ignore this post because you don’t read non-fiction.  That is perfectly acceptable.  If you don’t read non-fiction but are curious as to what you might like if you were to read non-fiction, this is a good place to start.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

I always thought of myself as a gritty person, but it ends up I’m only halfway there.  Not only do you need perseverance, which I have in spades, you need passion, which I lack.  All backed by lots of research and threaded together with Duckworth’s exploration of her personal grit, I found this fascinating and filled it with notes and highlighting.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other Don’t by Jim Collins

I was asked to read this book for a conference and wasn’t sure what to expect.  I found it applicable to all organizations I’m a part of and even to families.  The aspects of the Great companies were unexpected, but also made sense.  It also introduced me to the concept of Level Five leadership, which is where I want to be.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

This book is a game changer.  Brown turns the word vulnerable on its head and made me closely examine my feelings about it.  Every human being on the planet needs to understand these concepts and use them to change our shame-ridden culture into one of connection.  At times painful to read, it was also cathartic and therapeutic.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Outside of scripture, this was the most powerful, life-changing book I’ve ever read.  I thought it was a business book, but it’s not.  It’s a life book.  The seven habits in this book are timeless principles, not gimmicks or tricks.  Who doesn’t want to become highly effective? I would read a section on each habit and then have to absorb it and apply it.  Sometimes it was hard to come to terms with how much I needed to change, much less actually doing the changing.  I’ve decided this will be a book I re-read many times in my life, because that’s how long it’ll take to get it to sink in enough. Can I give it six stars?

This was a great year for non-fiction.  If you’re willing to give that genre a try, or already love it and need suggestions, I’ve got some great four star reads as well.  But if you’re going to start anywhere, these four books won’t disappoint.


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