5 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once Per Year

5 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once Per Year


I’ve heard it said that the only thing that will change you is the people you meet and the books you read. I completely agree. In fact there are four books (besides the Bible) that had such a strong impact on me I do my best to read them at least once per year.

1. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Life is difficult. That’s how the book starts. It then goes on to layout how discipline can solve many of life’s problems. Some key principles he teaches that I need to be constantly reminded of are: Accepting responsibility, delaying gratification and total dedication to truth. I pull this book out every January to remind myself.

2.How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I’ve heard people dog on this book and I have no idea why. It’s full of Biblical principles. It’s all about caring for people and showing them love. I’m guessing the people who say bad things about it probably haven’t read it. I’m also guessing they probably often wonder why they have a hard time in relationships.

3. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
It’s so easy to get distracted from my purpose on earth – to glorify God. This book serves to get my priorities in check on a regular basis. It reminds me suffering has a purpose. It reminds me my life needs to count for something.

4. Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
About 50% of the time I am baffled by God’s ways. I don’t understand why he chooses to allow stuff to happen. Why he allows certain people to suffer. Why he allows certain people to thrive. Philip Yancey tackles the book of Job to answer those questions. The book is amazing.

5. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
I don’t think you can ever fully understand the extent of God’s grace. It’s revealed to you throughout life in different layers. This book is a great reminder of God’s unconditional love for me. I forget and start thinking I’ve earned it somehow by being a good little boy. This book reminds me that we are all beggars who get amazing grace poured out on us.

Even if reading is a struggle for you – you need to read. Leaders are readers. I don’t think you’ll regret making these books part of your regular reading routine.

Any books you think should be added to this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts.