The 20 Books I MUST Read in 2014

Power 20 Books for 2014
As I shared at the end of last year on my personal blog, there were 3 books I wanted to read to close out 2013[please see “My 2013 Year-end Book Reading Schedule”].  I had hoped to finish them all before this New Year; however, that didn’t happen.  I was able to finish one and make some decent progress in another before the 31st. The second title, I just finished last week. 
Since I was so close to my goal, I started to put my reading list for 2014 together.   I had been actually racking my brain to decide on my first 20… It was my hope that once I finished reading the first batch to increase the number in small increments throughout the year.  Last year’s count was unofficially 35 books read.  See, I have boxes of books that I had shipped with me from New York when I moved to Houston at the top of 2013.  It’s just a fraction of my library, but its plenty enough for me to read for the next 2-3 years!  On top of that, I have acquired a few e-books and Kindle editions of titles.  So, as you can see I am certainly not without reading materials.
Compiling this list was vital to me because I am a “Purpose Driven Reader”.  Learning and gaining more practical knowledge is my truest passion and reading is a way to it.
I have to laugh at myself though because God gave me the list back in December, on the 7th.  Last week, I had decided to steal a few additional minutes alone to meditate, quiet my thoughts and review my journal. I wasn’t looking for anything particularly.  I was just scanning through the pages, and there was the "20 Books I MUST Read in 2014" smack dabbed in the middle of it.  I have been faithfully keeping a journal for as long as I can remember.  This specific one I use exclusively to capture my thoughts when I have my quiet times. This journal is fairly new. I only started writing in it at the end of November.
Earlier in that day I had enough sense to ask in prayer for guidance to what I should be reading… And I was led right back to what the Lord had already told me. 
I have listed the titles below for those interested in reading along with me.  They are not in any particular order outside of the first 3-5 titles.
"Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential" by Joel Osteen
“Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith” by Larry Osbourne
“Authentic – Dare to be Real” by Taffi Dollar
“Jack of All Trades, Master of None?” Stop Being A Jack! It’s time to Uncover Your TRUE Passion and Improve Your Business Focus by Simone Kelly-Brown
“Your Road Map for Success” – You CAN Get There from Here by Dr. John C. Maxwell
"Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses" by Dr. John C. Maxwell (Physically read the book; listened to the audio book in 2013)
"The Burden Of Freedom" by Dr. Myles Munroe (Re-read)
"Say Yes to God: A Call to Courageous Surrender" by Kay Waren (Pastor Rick Warren’s wife)
"Success Runs in Our Race – The Complete Guide to Effectively Networking in the Black Community" by George C. Fraser
"Put Your Dream to the Test – 10 Questions to Help You See and Seize It" by Dr. John C. Maxwell
"You Want Caviar But Have Money For Chitlins – A Smart Do-It-Yourself PR Guide for Those on A Budget" by Karen Taylor Bass
"Transform Your Thinking, Transform Your Life: Radically Change Your Thoughts, Your World, and Your Destiny" by Dr. Bill Winston
"The Principles and Power of Vision – Key to Achieving Personal and Corporate Destiny" by Dr. Myles Munroe
"The 15 Invaluable Laws of Grow – Live Them and Reach Your Potential" by Dr. John C. Maxwell
"Passion to Profits – Create Your Own Online Empire" by Ryan Lee
"Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life" by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
"Positioned for Promotion – How to Increase Your Influence and Capacity to Lead" by Mac Hammond (Re-read)
"Good to Great – Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Other’s Don’t" by Jim Collins
"Working it Out – A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers" by Barbara Fine Clouse
"Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future" by Dan Schawbel

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