Over the course of a year I consume a multitude of books. Coincidently, in a Jack Canfield book called The Success Principles, he quotes Jim Rohn and suggests exchanging an hour of screen time for reading time.

“…if you were to read one book a week, in 10 years you’d have read 520 books and in 20 years, more than 1,000 books – enough to easily put you in the top 1% of experts in your field.”

These books captured me in 2016:

  1. After watching her TedTalk, Presence by Amy Cuddy met my intellectual criteria and also offered outstanding applicable information on confidence and bringing our truest self to every encounter.
  2. To increase coaching skills, The Coaching Habit by Michale Bungay Stanier AND Coaching Questions by Tony Stoltzfus, offered instant and legit insight into increasing affective coaching. I’ve assimilated their work into my practice.
  3. A friend who has never suggested a book to me, offered The Sociopath Next Door by Marth Stout, Ph.D. I read it because of pure intrigue, and I found its insight into four different types of conscienceless people captivating. 1 in 25 ordinary American secretly has no conscience and can do anything at all without feeling guilty. I mean, if that doesn’t catch your attention, what will!
  4.  For spiritual contemplation, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a quick fictional read packed with rich spiritual truths. I took a page-and-a-half of notes from the book because I borrowed it from the library and couldn’t mark it up. (I was too antsy to wait for it to come in the mail when I realized I’d accidently purchased the digital copy. Anyone else prefer paper to screen?)
  5. For a year-long spiritual deepening, The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn, will both meet you and guide to secret places. It’s a day-by-day book, with 365 pages, one spiritual mystery each page with a Personal Mission challenge and accompanying scripture
  6. For a fiction choice from a New York Times best-selling author, the riveting Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult stands out. She’s a best-selling author for a reason, and this book gives readers permission to think for themselves about racism and controversy. It was hard to put down.

8/9. I have a couple of favorite authors slash teachers slash unique on-lookers: Richard Rohr blasted all my Christian paradigms out of their boxes, and his book Falling Upward landed in my hands at a perfect time in life. Coincidence? NEVER! (If you love a good “coincidence” be sure to read The Alchemist.) Eckhart Tolle has a way of helping readers meet themselves in a deep way. The Power of Now got me hooked. Both of these authors stretch my mindsets and deepen my spiritual connection!

  1. Finally, for science, data, and relationships lovers, Words can Change your Brain by Andrew Newberg, M.D and Mark Robert Waldman, gives brain research and exercises to build trust, resolve conflict and increase intimacy in relationship. Um, yes please! This book is helpful across all planes of interaction with other human beings!

So there you have it – ten impactful books for you to consider for consumption in the New Year.

What were YOUR favorite reads of 2016? Leave a comment and share!

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