Year End Reading List - 2011

For the past several years, I have made it a habit to keep a record of any and all books that I read throughout the year.  This is my favorite blog post of the year, my year end reading list.  Below you will find a listing, picture, and description of each book, as well as, a link to check out more information on the book.  Enjoy!

"Revival of a Dead Church" by Len Gaston Broughton.  Published in 1900, this book gives practical advice on how to revive the spiritually dead church and community.

Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise, by Thomas Roosevelt Malloch. Malloch starts by defining what 'virtue' really is, then proceeds to explain how businesses can have increased success by behaving virtuously.  For a complete review check out Doing Virtuous Business on a sister blog.

Poke the Box, by Seth Godin.  Many of us have great ideas, dreams, and ambitions, however, they are never fulfilled because we never start, or we wait for permission.  Godin's book will inspire you to just start!  See also the post,  Be A Presentation God.

Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible, by Steven Furtick.  Based on the prayer of Joshua, where he prays for the sun to stand still, this book is a call to an audacious faith.  A faith that God can do the amazing, even beyond anything we can imagine, even to causing the sun to stand still!

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, by Darren Rowse, and Chris Garrett.  A practical book on blogging.  Clearly outlines the entire blog process from starting, creating great content, to making money. You can check out there sites at, and, these are always a great source for information, and advice on all things blogging.

The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success (Richard Templar's Rules), by Richard Templar.  Templar outlines 108 rules for being successful in the workplace.  From handling opposition, to controlling your mouth, to having a plan, and taking care of yourself, it's all covered here!

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts, by Ian Morgan Cron.  This is Cron's memoir.  Very entertaining read.  For a full review, and author interview, check out this post, Ian Morgan Cron.

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, by John Wesley.  The Bible calls us to be perfect as Christ is perfect.  What does that exactly mean? Can anyone really attain to perfection? This classic work from, a foremost leader in the Christian faith, outlines what it means to be perfect.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting, by Al Pittampelli.  How many countless hours are wasted in meetings?  This book shows you what the meeting should really accomplish, and how to hold an effective meeting, so that there is less time spent in meetings, and more time doing work that matters.  Check out the website at

How to be a Presentation God: Build, Design, and Deliver Presentations that Dominate, by Scott Schwertly.  By far, the best book on presentations that I have ever read. Very thorough, with lots of good advice, and new information.  For a complete review, check out the post Be A Presentation God.

Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich: Create Winning Ads, Web Pages, Sales Letters and More, by David Garfinkle.  This book shows the most productive advertising headlines (297 of them!), and how to apply them to your particulary situation or venture.

Faith of Leap, The: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage (Shapevine), by Alan Hirsch, and Michael Frost.  A discussion on being missional, and a call for the church to once again be the church.  Hirsch and Frost offer much insight on what it means to be the body of Christ, how we are to serve, and the 4 components that are required for a strong faith community.

Rhinoceros Success, by Scott Alexander.  A short but powerful read, on achieving success.  The information is uniquely presented, and will open your eyes to some success practices that should be a part of your life!

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert Kiyosaki.  Thsi book offers some great advice on how to achieve financial success.  Kiyosaki states that the number one way to financial success is a proper financial education, and this book is a great place to start being financially educated.

The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice, by Brendon Burchard.  Burchard reveals the secrets of the expert industry, and provides a clear plan of action for anyone looking to enter the expert field! Visit his site at

That's it, my 2011 reading list!  The periodicals that I subscribed to this year are Inc. Magazine, GQ, and Christianity Today.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? 

What did you read this year? What is a book that you consider a "must read"?

See previous reading lists at my other blog:

Year End Book Review 2009
Year End Book Review 2008