For the past two years, I’ve posted a list of the books that I read that year: Books I Read in 2005 and Books I Read in 2006. I just realized that I hadn’t yet posted my list for this past year. Here is that list, in no particular order. If you would like me to post a review about any of these books, my comments, or maybe even a series of postings, please let me know. Last year, Mathew Cornell requested that I rate the books and include a one sentence summary. I’ve done that again this year. For ratings, I used Amazon’s 5-star rating scale: *=I hate it; **=I don’t like it; ***=It’s OK; ****=I like it; *****=I love it.
Books I Read with My Eyes:
- ****How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein – One of the oldest, and most respected time management books from the 1970s.
- ****How to Work the Competition Into the Ground and Have Fun Doing It by John T. Molloy – Great time management book from the 1980s.
- **The Instant Productivity Toolkit by Len Merson – A time management book that uses an airport metaphor and a lot of paper.
- ****Getting Organized: Learning How to Focus, Organize and Prioritize by Chris Crouch – Time management system and tips from the GO System.
- ****Workflow in the 2007 Microsoft Office System by David Mann – Learn Windows Workflow Foundation and SharePoint integration.
- *****The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It byMichael E. Gerber – Learn how to grow your business by implementing internal systems.
- *****Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision by Andy Stanley – A scriptural view of goals and planning processes.
- ****Designing Forms for Microsoft Office InfoPath and Forms Services 2007 by Scott Roberts and Hagen Green – Title says it all.
- ***The Money is the Gravy: Finding the Career that Nourishes You by John Clark – Encouragement for the reader to explore and find the vocation they are uniquely gifted to perform.
- ***The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Your Time by Jeff Davidson – Not so much a time management system as groups of time management tips.
- ***One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer – Learn to make progress through very small steps.
- ****The Book of Romans (The Smart Guide to the Bible Series) by Larry Richards – A great help in studying the book of Romans.
- *****You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less by Josh Hunt – The best thing I’ve ever read on growing your Sunday school class orBible study. The tips here would apply to growing any group though.
- ***Zen To Done: The Simple Productivity E-Book! by Leo Babauta – A time management system based around David Allen’s Getting Things Done but takes an approach of habit building.
Books I Read with My Ears:
- ****Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy – Time management tips.
- *****The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss – Learn to live the life you want through leveraging modern technologies.
- ****The One Minute Millionaire by Marc Victor Hansen and Robert Allen – A great book on success and how to achieve it.
- *Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want by Mark Joyner – A book on understanding how to talk to people, not a time management system as I expected.
- ***Write To The Bank ‘How to Turn Your Writing… Into Dollars! by Dan Miller – Learn how to break into the writing business.
- ****How to Stay Motivated by Zig Ziglar – 19 CDs of motivational stories and tip.
- *50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books by Tom Butler-Bowden – Summaries of 50 books on success.