Recommended Reading List
Recommended Reading List
This recommended reading list shows some of the books that are either
already in my personal library
or hopefully will be in the near future, and all of which have had a
profound impact or helped shape my life through the years.
--some of my
all-time favorite books--
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p.s. If you've read any of these same books, it'd be
great to hear what you thought of them in the comments section
the bottom of this page, thanks...
by Dave RamseyThis
guy has been a great inspiration to me over the past few years. Dave's
latest book, published in September 2011, is his 4th New York Times
bestselling book, and provides practical, step-by-step guidance to grow
your business, including how to inspire & unify your team,
handle money, and reach goals. The Dave Ramsey radio show is
heard by more than 4.5 million listeners each week on more than 500
Acting Rich" by Thomas J. StanleyListened
recently to the audiobook. Dr. Stanley, a recognized and
highly respected authority on how the wealthy act and think,
also wrote "The Millionaire Next Door," which revealed shocking
statistics about the average millionaire. In this book, he details
how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that
keeps them from acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by
emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite.
Shall Prosper" by Rabbi Daniel LapinRabbi
Daniel Lapin outlines 10 fundamental "commandments" relating to
business and money, and a practical approach to creating wealth, based
on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. I own some of
this amazing man's audio programs as well, and listen religiously to
his radio show every week.
Traveler's Gift" by Andy AndrewsThis
thought-provoking book combines self-help with fiction, as the
story's main character is magically transported back in
history, where he is met by seven of history's most inspirational
figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, King Solomon, Harry
Truman, and Christopher Columbus, each of whom gives him a letter
providing positive suggestions for overcoming life's obstacles.
to the Work You Love" by Dan MillerOne
of my favorite mentors whose podcast I listen to every week.
His 48days.net community is an idea networking site for people who want
to generate their own income, work on their own terms, and create the
work they love.
Life Rules" by Bryan DodgeI
recently starting listening to this amazing man's Dallas, Texas radio
show on my PC
(www.wbap.com -- Sat. 4 pm CST). With all the depressing news these
days, I think most people really need this stuff.
by Seth GodinMarketing
guru Seth Godin is the founder of Squidoo.com, writes the #1-ranked
marketing blog, & has written 13 bestsellers that have been
translated into 33 languages.
a Gentleman" by John Bridges"When
a gentleman has finished eating, he places his knife and his fork,
crisscrossed, on his plate; A gentleman always restocks the copy
machine with paper; A gentleman always offers to share his umbrella…"
Abs Diet" by David ZinczenkoI
have an older version of this book, but still recall the acronym, ABS
DIET POWER, for recommended foods: A=almonds, B=beans, S=spinach,
D=dairy, I=instant oatmeal, E=eggs, T=turkey, P=peanut butter, O=olive
oil, W=whole grains, E=extra-protein powder, R=raspberries
Riches" by Scott FoxScott
Fox is a valuable resource on how to set up an online money-making
venture, and runs the popular "Click Millionaires" online community.
Japan" by David Joll et al.My
bible, & in true Lonely Planet style, it's by far the ultimate
reference source for climbing the
Points" by George W. BushA
birthday gift from my daughter & her husband, W's
insightful memoir is full of zingers & helped me understand
some of his most misunderstood presidential decisions. And the many,
many historic photos are very touching, if you're a W fan.
You're Dumb, Sick & Broke" by Randy GageThis self-help
book reveals the secrets of manifesting health, happiness, and
prosperity in your life—but not in a way you’ve experienced before.
Blunt, outspoken, and brutally honest, Randy Gage shoots down the
forces that hold you back, and shows you how to take action to get
smart, healthy, and rich.
Money Makeover" by Dave RamseyRamsey
offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters,
providing hope for getting out of debt and achieving total
financial health. He debunks the many myths of money and attacks the
illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which
encourages overspending and massive amounts of debt.
Funny" by Jon MacksThis
book is the source of many of my old man's gag jokes that my students
love so much.
This invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" is written by a
comedy writer for The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno and over a dozen of the
nation's top comedians, politicians, and corporate leaders.
Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley & William DankoMost
of the truly wealthy in the U.S. don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park
Avenue---they live next door. This bestselling book identifies seven
common traits that show up again and again among those who have
Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. CoveyThe
internationally respected leadership authority identifies the
7 habits that enable truly successful people to balance personal and
professional effectiveness, so they can perform better in both arenas.
A must-read for all self-improvement aficionados like myself. Over 10
million copies sold pretty much speaks for itself.
It Is Given" by Esther & Jerry HicksThis
book will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re
living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve. You’ll come to
understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career
concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern
your time/space reality. And you’ll discover powerful processes that
will help you go with the positive flow of life.
4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy FerrissWhether
your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world
travel, earning a monthly 5-figure income with zero management, or just
living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. I
actually met Tim Ferriss by chance on the streets of Tokyo in Oct. '07.
for Dummies" by Zig ZiglarZig
Ziglar has been one of my top mentors since the mid-80's & has
inspired and motivated hundreds of thousands of people the world over
through his popular seminars and bestselling books. As one of today's
most sought-after motivational speakers and trainers, Zig is arguably
the foremost expert on how to be successful in your business &
Life Now" by Joel OsteenJoel
is one of my top mentors & pastor of Lakewood Church, America's
largest congregation in my hometown, Houston Texas, and whose services
I watch live on the internet
every weekend. More than 43,500 people attend the four English language
services and two Spanish language services every week in the
16,800-seat church, which is located in the former Compaq Center sports
Busters" by Willard F. Harley Jr.Many
wonderful pointers on protecting your marriage or relationship from
those habits known to destroy romantic love. A very good read &
reference source. (Too bad I didn't read it before my
Soup for the Single's Soul" by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor
2002 Father's Day gift from my daughter which contains many great
love and inspiration for the single, divorced, and widowed. Yet another
masterpiece from Canfield & Hansen.
Workbook" by Douglas J. Mason & Michael Lee KohnAfter
crossing the half-century landmark, the eyes were the 1st thing to go,
closely followed by my memory. This interactive workbook contains
breakthrough techniques to exercise your brain & improve your
Stop Worrying and Start Living" by Dale CarnegieThis
book has taught over 6 million people how to eliminate debilitating
fear and worry from their lives and to embrace a worry-free future.
Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas that you can put to work
today and is packed with lessons that deal with fundamental emotions
and life-changing ideas.
Fire" by Ellen KreidmanNo
comment, except that her advice on "how to ignite passion, joy, and
excitement in the woman you love" really works. Trust me!
Sharpe End" by Hugh Ashton
gave an excellent talk at our December
2010 Tokyo PC Users Group meeting on "The Pleasures and Perils of DIY
E-publishing." Also, his 8-page e-book, "Keiko's House," is an
short story about an old house in Japan, its history, and how what has
gone on before in the house has affected the people who live there
Texas Cookbook" by Carolyn DehnelThis
1999 Valentine's Day present from mom has recipes for some of my
favorite Texas concoctions, including barbeque beans, shrimp gumbo,
chili con carne, beef brisket, fried okra, buffalo wings, jalapeno
jelly, Mexican corn bread, chocolate pecan pie, poppy seed dressing,
and sun tea. Long live yum-yum Texas cuisine!!
Songs" by Irene MaddoxOver
100 folk songs, ballads, work songs, spirituals, cowboy songs, sea
chanteys, and patriotic tunes. Perfect for any outdoor outing,
including camping, hiking, or school/scout trips. This is an update of
the same little book I fell in love with
at a museum in Great Falls, Montana, enroute to my 1990 summer job at
National Park and have cherished ever since.
Skywatching" by Robert Burnham et al.A
gift from a dear friend in California who knows firsthand my passion
for stargazing, a hobby which goes all the way back to my Boy Scout
days. This amazing starhopping guide is designed for both Northern and
Southern Hemisphere observers and contains an easy-to-use series of
charts offering 20 telescope tours through the sky's most fascinating
Young, Looking Great" by Michael LafavoreFrom
the former executive editor of the popular Men's Health magazine, this
topics that are important to men, including fitness, sex, food, health,
career, and grooming. I picked up my copy shortly after first arriving
Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was" by Barbara SherFrom
the best-selling author of "Wishcraft," this book helps you ditch your
unsatisfying job and seek out a richly rewarding career rooted in your
heart's desire. It will help you recapture your long-lost goals,
overcome the blocks that inhibit your success, and help you decide what
you truly want to be.
Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" by Barbara & Allan PeaseTo
discover the differences between the way men and women think and
communicate, the authors spent three years traveling around the world,
collecting dramatic findings of new research on the brain,
investigating evolutionary biology, analyzing psychologists, studying
social changes, and providing answers to all things you've ever
wondered about the opposite sex.
Way Around the World" by Susan GriffithThis
guide for the working traveller explains how to find temporary work
around the world not only in advance, but also when on the spot while
travelling. It gives information on all the main areas of temporary
work including the tourist industry, teaching English, childcare and
voluntary work, business and industry, and in addition covers how to
travel for free by land, sea, and air.
Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard CarlsonDr.
Carlson's cheerful book offers 100 meditations designed to make you
appreciate being alive, keep your emotions (especially anger and
dissatisfaction) in proper perspective, and live a calmer,
life. He aims to make us stop and smell--if not roses--whatever is
sitting in front of our noses, and helps dispel the notion that gentle,
relaxed people can't be super-achievers.
You Love, The Money Will Follow" by Marsha SinetarThis
book provides a step-by-step guide to finding the work that expresses
and fulfills your needs, talents, and passions. The author shows you
how to overcome your fears, take the little risks that make big risks
possible, tune into your inner world and your unique talents, evaluate
and build your self-esteem, liberate yourself from an unfulfilling job,
and become a person whose work means
self-expression, growth, and love.
Places to See Before You Die" by Patricia SchultzWhen
I bought a copy of this nearly 2-inch-thick book for my daughter last
year, I figured I better just go ahead and get one for me as well.
This latest edition of the world’s bestselling travel book
has been completely revised and updated (Nov. 2011) with over 200 new
entries and has more than 500 full-color photographs. The perfect
resource for laying out your Bucket
New Men's Devotional Bible" by Livingstone Corp.When
I first saw this Bible in a Walgreens drugstore in Houston, I was
immediately struck by one of those "I've got to have this right NOW"
This very delightful book includes daily devotions by over
100 prominent godly men and includes an author index with biographical
information, subject index, and multiple reading plans. Contains the
complete text of the New International Version, today's most popular
Bible translation, in an easy-to-read, double-column format. It's a
Bible for, by, and about today's Christian men.
Cultural Differences" by Robert Moran & Philip HarrisThis
book was a present from a former Japanese coworker who studied under
one of the co-authors, Dr. Robert Moran, professor emeritus at
Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale,
Arizona. Having spent a good part of my professional career training
Japanese engineers and managers prior to their overseas assignments,
this book has been a valuable resource
through the years, and I recommend it to anyone working or living in a
cross-cultural environment, either at home or abroad.
Beatles 100 Greatest Songs" by Rolling StoneOne
of my former university students who shares my passion for the Fab Four
gave me this book last year. It's definitely a must-have for all true
Beatles fans. On the last page are these amazing Beatles stats:
20 #1 hits; 46 Top 40 hits; 14 U.S. #1 albums; 219 songs recorded;
longest stay at #1: "Hey Jude" - 1968 - 9 weeks; career record sales
worldwide: 1.3 billion (as of 2004). Wow!!