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  • Writer's pictureMark Anthony McCray

12 Books That Will Change Your Life

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." - President Harry Truman

I am often asked about the books that I've read or am reading. Glad to help! First, a few more of my favorite quotes about the power of reading:

"When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes." ~Erasmus

"You should never read just for enjoyment. Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick hard books. Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth. Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of literature? That means fiction, too, stupid." ~ John Waters

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." ~Confucius

Straight to the point, then, are twelve books that I think can change your life! Click on each image for a link to order.

Of all of Malcolm Gladwell's books, this is my favorite. And I'm a huge fan of Gladwell's. What I most like about this one is how you can see the maturation in his views of faith and its connection to outcomes. In my opinion, he was always a bit dismissive of faith-based study in his past. Now he turns to the Bible to stage this study on how what you think are your greatest disadvantages are your biggest potentials strengths. I don't know anyone who couldn't grow from learning or being reminded of this lesson. And there may not be better people to teach it than David and Gladwell.

It's about the journey and the person you become along the way. Don't think this book is about greed. It's really about YOU. Timeless classic. You simply won't find a personal development guru who wasn't deeply impacted by this book. If you haven't read it before (or in a while) this is one you need to dust off and put back in your spirit.

We all know many of the stressful stats. 8 out of 10 American workers live check to check. Only 39% of us can put our hands on $1000 without borrowing. The bottom line is most of us can't have a blip in our routine without financial stress. But that doesn't have to be your story! I believe you can live a financial blessed life. Start Your Journey with a FREE download of "From Broke to Blessed" so you can live different!

Knowing that we were both coming into our new marriage with some history and... ummm... baggage from our pasts, my wife and I personally went through this book and workbooks. I've even recommended them to people very close to me. This program is a little different from other marriage/pre-marriage books. The focus here isn't on the topics you talk about during courtship. The focus here is more on the topics that NEVER come up with most couples... and that's the genius of it. Being love blind is a great thing but it can be costly, too. Use these guides to spur the blame-free, revealing talks you need to have to save your marriage before it starts.

If you listen to The Dave Ramsey Show, you've probably heard of Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Based on principles of ancient Jewish wisdom now made accessible to people of all backgrounds. This book outlines ten fundamental "commandments" relating to business and money. It also includes insights that will increase your potential for creating wealth, no matter what your faith or background may be. Basically, Daniel Lapin turns himself into your personal Rabbi and business coach here - and YOU get to profit, too.

Another from my personal library and my next "re-read" from this list. This one is/was tough for me because focusing has often been a challenge. But, "the dog who hunts two rabbits catches none" as they say - or something like that. The point is the narrower your focus, the greater your success. Of course there's more to what this book teaches than that and there are exercises to help you put them into practice. Like I said, I'm re-reading this one. I need it.

Live Big. Die Empty is not just another book about goals. If you are tired of setting goals and never achieving them because you have lost all hope that they are possible, start a life of living big and dying empty today. I believe in you. I believe in your potential. I believe in your value! No one else has your heart. I believe you’ve got special talents and abilities—gifts—that you’ve been given by your Creator. I am going to help you discover them, to become clear about them and to grow the courage to acknowledge what you already know about yourself and your purpose in this world. Get your copy and read more on how to live your best life.

Along with The Millionaire Next Door, these are fantastic reads. I like "The Millionaire Mind" a little more because the author includes the practical steps and thought patterns up-and-coming millionaires employed during their rises. Honestly, you should probably get them both. "Rich" isn't as far away from most Americans as it might seem.

Along with "Thou Shall Prosper" I truly believe you can learn the keys to prospering in business both in the short-term and for a lifetime. Want to know the difference between businesses that fail, those which obtain some success and those who reach massive success? The answers are in here. (The more I keep recommending these books the more I realize I need to reread each of them!)

The title kind of says it all. Phenomenal book that is real and not at all judgmental. Whether married or single (or not sure what you want to be) this is a treasure trove of information and encouragement to become a better partner and to receive better partnership! Needs are needs... needs are not wants. And needs are real.

You know how you see people standing on the side of the pool afraid to jump in? Or find every way they can NOT to make that phone call? Or write that business plan? Or sacrifice time to work their plan? Don't be that person? Got a dream? Start!

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Mark Anthony McCray helps people live on PURPOSE, achieve higher PERFORMANCE and experience true PROSPERITY. Forward this to a friend if you found it helpful. All material © Copyright, Mark Anthony McCray unless otherwise noted!

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