Bob’s Bookshelf

The following are books that I have read and have found to be incredibly helpful in my journey toward financial freedom. I can highly recommend all of them. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones says that 5 years from now you will be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. I absolutely believe that to be true. If you want to change the direction of any area of life it is critical you fill your mind with a new way of thinking in that area.

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Personal Finance

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

This was the book that got me started down the road toward financial freedom. This book talks in detail about the Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps. This book focuses more on the how’s of the process of getting out of debt and getting healthy financially. For more information on this book, check out my full review.

Financial Peace Revisited

This book is somewhat related to The Total Money Makeover. Some of the same material is covered. The basic difference is Financial Peace goes much more into the “why” behind the things that Dave teaches. While there is some over lap the two books really present the full picture. For more information on this book, check out my full review.

More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny

Dave discusses a philosophy toward money and wealth that should reflect our dreams, hopes, and most importantly our values.

The Wealthy Barber, Updated 3rd Edition: Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent

If you want to learn sound financial principles, but can’t stand the thought of reading a dry old finance book, this one might be a good choice for you. David Chilton presents the principles here in a fun and entertaining narrative style. The story is based around the local town barber and a group of his customers that come in each week to get their hair cut. Through the conversations that follow each week, he guides them through the financial difficulties they are facing and leads them to solid financial footing.

Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

Daniel Lapin, a Jewish rabbi, sought to find the answer to the question, “Why throughout history have the Jewish people, often despite persecution, seemed to have prospered far beyond their non-Jewish counterparts. What he found was 10 principles for business and money that come from their Jewish heritage.  

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

Terrific book by Tom Stanley. He conducted detailed research into millionaires in America and what common characteristics defined them. Most are not the athletes or celebrities that we tend to think of. Most are small business owners, first generation millionaires, people who live very unassuming lives. In fact they might well be your next door neighbor and you probably wouldn’t even know it. If you want to be successful, you should study other people who are successful in that area. This is a great starting point for learning how to be financially successful in America.

The Millionaire Mind

Sequel to The Millionaire Next Door. In this one one Stanley studied the core character traits, beliefs and behaviors that were most common in those who were first generation millionaires to determine what were the likeliest indicators of success.

Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

Stanley discusses the perceived behaviors of millionaires and compares them to the actual behaviors of those who are true millionaires. Many Americans try to live “millionaire lifestyles” with devastating results.

Your Money after the Big 5-0: Wealth for the Second Half of Life

Written by Larry Burkett and Ron Blue, two giants of Christian finance, this book discusses finances from the standpoint of those who are entering into the second half of their lives.

Job search

Quitter: Closing The Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

This is the best book that I have ever read about how to make the transition from your current job to your dream job and do it in such a way as to not bankrupt your family. For more information on this book, check out my full review.

48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

Dan Miller is a renowned career coach with years of experience. In this book he discusses a structured 48 day approach to finding a job. His approach is a bit non traditional and designed to help you standout from the sea of resumes that most companies receive. In addition his approach will help you find jobs that have not even been posted, as often by the time a job is actually posted in a want ad or on the internet, internally they have already filled the position.

No More Mondays: Fire Yourself–and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work (Christian Edition)

This is Dan Miller’s follow-up book to 48 Days To The Work You Love. 48 Days focused more on finding a more traditional job. No More Mondays approaches the job search with more of an entrepreneurial slant. If you feel your career calling is to start your own business or you aren’t sure what your career calling is, but just don’t think i is the traditional 8-5 job, then you may find this book helpful in finding that calling and taking the first steps in pursuing it.

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

What Color Is Your Parachute is one of the classic books on the job hunt process. I got a copy of  this book when I was unemployed and I found it a wealth of helpful information. In addition, to the normal job search topics like creating a resume, interviewing, etc., the book also has a large section on finding your calling that was very well done.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Our world is changing around us daily. Jobs that were once the backbone of our way of life have disappeared and other jobs and industries have sprung up to take their place. Who Moved My Cheese is a terrific book that helps you understand the change that is occurring all around us in a simple allegorical story. This is not a long book and a very easy read, but it is packed with wisdom vital to surviving in our changing world.

How’d You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them

Levitt provides a simple short test that will help you analyze which personality style matches you best. She then lists a number of jobs for each personality type, providing information and quotes gathered from people actually working in these fields. It provides a wealth of insight into exactly what it is like to work in that field and how you would prepare to find a job in that profession. If you are dissatisfied with your current job, this book provides some great food for thought for finding work that aligns with your passions. For more information on this book, check out my full review.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

In this book Cal Newport proposes that the advice given by many career counselors to find your passion is not only wrong but dangerous. The real key to finding career success is becoming great at what you are currently doing. When you do that it will become your passion. Newport provides an interesting counterpoint to the common thread in most career advice books.

Relationships

Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life

Many times our finances are derailed by relatives that are unable or unwilling to respect the proper boundaries that should exist in our lives. If you have a relative that is constantly interfering in your personal life or who could work as a travel agent for guilt trips, this is a great book to help you understand and manage those relationships.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This book is another classic. The habits Covey discussed can be applied to every area of our lives to help us be more effective people.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

One of the best books I’ve read for understanding the relationship with your spouse. The thing is not everyone feels love in the same way. For example some feel love through touch. Others through acts of service. If you don’t understand how your spouse feels loved, you may be doing your best to love them and they miss it entirely. Great book for both spouses to read and discuss.

General self improvement

The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success

One of the best books I have ever read. Every high school graduate should have to read this book before embarking on their new life. Andy Andrews tells the story of David Ponder who has hit rock bottom in his life and is knocked unconscious in an accident. While he is out he is taken on a journey through history where he meets famous historical figures who share with him the secrets of success. For more information on this book, check out my full review.
The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity

Andy Andrews sequel to The Traveler’s Gift. We revist David Ponder near the end of his life. He is once again to meet with the travelers to discover the 2 words that define the principle needed to save humanity. For more information on this book, check out my full review.
The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective

This book chronicles the story of a mysterious old stranger named Jones. He comes and goes at mysterious times and helps people “notice” things that they can easily miss. From couples on the verge of divorce to business people on the verge of bankruptcy to people just ready to give up on life, Jones helps them find the meaning in there lives that as been there all along. Great lessons for all of us.

Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence

Tim Sanders is a former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo.com. In this book he shares 7 guiding principles he learned from his grandmother as she raised him when he was a child. His father’s tragic death while he as in college sent him on a 16 year downward spiral and it was these principles that helped him turn his life around and led him on the path to success.

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6 thoughts on “Bob’s Bookshelf

  1. A close friend gave my wife and me 5 Love Languages when we got married. Very good book, especially for newlyweds.