There’s nothing quite like a cozy night in with a good book. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration and moving past the norm, do yourself a favor, turn off Netflix, and open up good book, enjoying every stroke and word cover to cover. Over the next few months I’m wrapping up school (after a three-year stint) and excited for the margin to read more books, rather than the stack assigned. With that in mind we put together this reading list. There are books in here that serve as the perfect resources for small business, creating a better world in 2018, and to breathe a bit more inspiration into life this year.
Keep reading for our 10 Books after the jump!
10 Books on Our Reading List for 2018
If you’re longing to go back to rediscovering your why, finding the essence of your daily routine, and minimizing your tasks back to what is most important, we can’t stress the importance of this book enough. It takes a mindful edit at how you fill your days. We recommend reading this one with a business partner or significant other, providing an invaluable feedback loop as you process through this book.
When it comes to writing on leadership, Maxwell is one of the best. Serving as the follow up book to Developing the Leader Within, this book provides timeless principles of leadership and self-growth. (We’re admittedly self-growth junkies.)
When it comes to pioneering things and paying the cost for belief, Brene Brown has provided a new anthem and depth of meaning for the seasons of disappointment, the moments of challenge, and resilience of human spirit.
As a creative, it’s easy to give into writer’s block or the inner struggle. It’s the challenge every artist faces and must surpass to tap into sheer brilliance. In The War of Art, Pressfield identifies the point of client within each artist and pushes creatives past the point, bringing vulnerability to the surface of their craft.
Compiling his experience and expertise in the business world, Tim Ferriss (also the author of the 4-Hour Workweek), sits down with those at the top of their field getting quick advice through quick interviews and Q&A sessions. This is the perfect book to digest in bite-sizes at a time and a great way to decompress in the evening.
Anchored on the idea that play is equally essential to an adult’s happiness as it is essential to a child’s development, Brown has spent much of his life uncovering the statistical analysis and research behind play. We started reading this book simply as research for a client but have come to love it, developing a greater understanding for the human heart for adventure and the common needs of the soul.
We absolutely love the Gaines. (Their impact and influence is inspiring.) After completing The Magnolia Story, it was only time to start on Chip’s book. With simple life lessons and business advice scattered throughout, this book is an easy read, fun, and much like Chip, offers simple advice to help those starting in business find their way.
What happens when you’ve achieved it all, have the TV show, won the blogging awards, and have all the fame a 30 year old lifestyle blogger and interior designer can manage? In Chasing Slow, Erin Loechner strips things down and invites a new form of living. One where constant content and hustles subside, where slow living is embraced and new meaning is formed. We can’t wait to start this read after closing out school.
Stumbling across this book on a friend’s Instagram Story, the Book of Common Prayer has become a favorite. However, what is the suited liturgy for the common moments of life. The moments where things are seemingly ordinary, routine, and normal. Not found in a church service, but rather “the in-betweens.” Meet the Liturgy of the Ordinary. (We have a feeling we’ll use this book over and over again.
WHat happens when grace no longer has standards? Jess Connolly reintroduces these ideas inspiring holiness and movement back into a faith conversation. We couldn’t think of a better time for this book to come out and can’t wait to dive in, cover to cover.
What’s on your reading list for 2018?
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