The Best Books of 2011 [Give Your Feedback]

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I’ll be honest. This post is self serving.  I want to find the best books of 2011.

I’m about to ask you a question I’ve been asking several other friends. I decided that perhaps others would be interested in providing feedback as well as hearing the results.

Over the last few months when I finish a book, I’ve been asking friends what books they recommend. I’d much rather read a book someone recommends.

So, now I want to ask you.

The question is this – what’s the best book you’ve read in 2011? (They don’t have to have been published in 2011.)

Of course, the next logical question is – in what category?

I don’t want to limit things too much, but I’m more interested in books that are not novels.

Here are topics I like to read about (so if you have a suggestion in one of these categories, please leave a comment).

  1. Leadership
  2. Personal Development
  3. Business
  4. Spirituality
  5. Finances

If you want to suggest a book in any of these categories, just visit the blog (if you’re reading this in your email) and leave a comment.

If I get enough feedback, I’ll follow up with another post sharing the results of the best books of 2011.

I’m looking forward to your feedback.

By the way, if you like to read, you may want to review my post on the top 88 personal finance books.

Comments

  1. says

    Craig,

    As a book junkie, I love these types of posts. I also enjoy the same categories of books as you do.

    Here’s my list.

    -The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
    -I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
    -The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer
    -SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham
    -Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
    -For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn

    What have you been reading this year?

    • says

      Darren,
      On your list I’ve read I Will Teach You to Be Rich and Love and Respect.
      I just finished reading 7 Practices of Effective Ministry and Surprised by Hope. One of my recent favorite business books is EntreLeadership.

      • Rick says

        Hello Timothy,

        I have been using MUFHH for the last five years and will probably continue to do so for at least the next five, God willing. Next to the Bible it is the most valuable book I own. It has brought me so much closer to God through all the struggles of daily living. I have come to realize that when all you have left is God; all you really need is God. I left a well paying job in 2002 at age fifty-two for reasons I will not go into. Since then I have not had a full time job but have had to rely on God’s provision. I learned how to sell on eBay and also started a small handyman service. I am not getting rich but my bills are paid, we have food on the table and I have an emergency fund in place. Sometimes the money I need to live on doesn’t come in until almost the last minute but so far always has. That is when I recall that God promised “Seek first the kingdom and all these things shall be added unto you.” Since it is impossible for God to lie I can trust Him no matter how things look at the moment. I believe Oswald Chambers lived a life of dependence and trust in God. Reading his devotional daily has reinforced my own dependence and trust in God. The Christian life is not about how much money and material goods we can accumulate but about our relationship to God. I like Job’s response to rhe troubles he had to endure, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” My advice to anyone who is going through financial difficulty is to first trust in God and seek his guidance. Right now I am in the process of writing a step-by-step guide to starting a handyman service. The reason for this is that most books I have read on finances teach how to save and invest but to anyone without the funds most of these books are useless. We need more books that teach how to earn a living by your hands so that you don’t have to depend on anyone else to provide a living and so you will have enough to save and invest. The best investment anyone can make is first in the kingdom of God and second in yourself. Forgive me for the rant.

      • Rick says

        Hello Craig,

        At first glance MUFHH is not an easy read for some especially if you are reading the original version which has a lot of archaic language. There are updated versions available in more modern english. Some of the concepts are foreign to most Christians way of thinking especially in this age of man centered theology. As you read the thoughts contained in this book and compare with the Bible new insights begin to emerge and your life begins a transformation. The key is to stick with the readings faithfully and prayerfully and this too, I am sure, will become one of your favorite spiritual books.

        • says

          Rick,
          Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. I honestly don’t know what version I’ve started before. However, I’m more than happy to pull it off my shelf again.

  2. says

    Leadership – 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
    Personal Development – Personal Growth by Bill Yinaire (Apostle Les D. Crause)
    Business – Boats of Business by Bill Yinaire (Apostle Les D. Crause)
    Spirituality – How To Hear God’s Voice By Les D. Crause
    Finances – The God Way to Wealth by Bill Yinaire (Apostle Les D. Crause)
    Or you can read ONE book and get ALL five of these:
    EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

    • says

      Ricardo,
      I also really liked EntreLeadership. Not sure if I’m interested in reading a book by a guy named Bill Yinaire. Every Maxwell book I’ve read has been good.

  3. Art Ford says

    The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment by Edward Fudge
    Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
    The Next Story by Tim Challies

  4. says

    I think The best books I have ever read is ” Success is never final and failure is never ending”. This is really awesome book and I recommend it to you and everybody.

  5. Alice says

    I recently read Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O’dell. There were parts of the book where I thought he had obviously been attending my church! I love his stories and ideas.

    Earlier this year I read Where the River Ends by Charles Martin. Great author – although it is a novel and not along the lines of what you would normally read.

    I also broke down and read The Shack this year. I question a lot of things that are in it and they way it may influence some folks, but overall it was a good thought-provoking, yet easy read.

  6. Joe Carroll says

    - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
    - Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey’s son
    - The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt on the Theory of Constraints (very gripping book)
    - Union with God – by Dom Marmion
    - Secret of the Rosary – St. Louis de Montfort
    - some of Brian Tracy’s are super good too: “Eat That Frog” (Time Management) and “Goals!”

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