I’ve found that one of the hardest things to do is to reconcile being faithful to Christ as a Believer and being proudly proficient and profitable as an entrepreneur and sales professional. In modern America, people have a hard time being comfortable as Bible-Believing Christians in their roles as businesspersons. They just don’t see how the two go together without compromise.
Even in looking for coaches, mentors and books, so many go all the way one direction and forsake faith (even if from “Christian” authors) or they go all the way the other direction and treat profit like a four-letter word. I believe these seven (or eight) books will not only fill your soul, but encourage you and help you sharpen your marketplace skills.
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K. Scott – This is truly the first book in this space to change my approach to life and work. When I read this book, I needed it desperately being that I too much looked like the picture of professional failure the author describes in the Introduction. Scott taught me what it means to have legitimate diligence and how it transforms your life, family and bank account. I am ever grateful for this one!
The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan – This book has changed my language. Now, whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I break my focus down to ONE THING. One thing. You’ve heard the saying “He who chases two rabbits, catches none.” This book not only reminds you but shows you how to break down your purposes, dreams and actions down into things you can accomplish… one thing at a time. Who knows? Maybe you can take it one thing for your life?
Business Secrets from the Bible by Rabbi Daniel Lapin – I love Rabbi Lapin’s writing because he speaks my language. It’s hard to find good solid teachers who put together FAITH and sound business principles. I need it! You need it! Be sure to get this book and bring it to the top of your life list. Further, there is no doubt that Ancient Wisdom has served the Jewish people disproportionately well. This book will show you why and help you apply the how to your own life. You won’t regret it. It’s worth it. Trust me on this one!
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson – One key to succeeding is knowing that God WANTS you to succeed! One key to praying effective prayers is knowing that the Lord of the Universe WANTS to hear from you. This one helps you understand how to pray real, honest, transparent prayers that work… and what it means for a prayer to work. This isn’t about treating God like a magic genie. It’s about tapping into the kind of intimate relationship that takes the limits off of Him and off of you, too.
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson – Two of my favorite verses ever read as follows:
“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1) and then “The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any” (Proverbs 30:30). These together show me unequivocally that the Lord wants His people to be people of great courage! This book is about it. It’s about learning to do what must be done. It’s about becoming bold and fearless all the while knowing that your God is greater than…
Becoming a Person of Influence by John Maxwell – I recommend John Maxwell because he writes from a spiritual perspective without clubbing you over the head. Good man. You’ll like him if you don’t know him yet. John Maxwell has become the gold standard in teaching leadership, management and influence from a place of faith. He is the counselor to counselors and coach to coaches and also quite prolific as a writer. This one is one of his best because he shows you the why as well the how. Knowing the “why” might be the best outcome of reading this book.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell – I caught Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book just in time. I needed to be reminded that I was counting my assets vs. deficits wrong and I needed to hear it in a way that would resonate in my inner man. And what do you know? Three chapters into the book “David and Goliath” and author Malcolm Gladwell has quoted more scripture than most preachers! The whole book is about how what you thought was a DISADVANTAGE may be your biggest asset.
Platform: How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt – Frankly, this might be the first and most comprehensive resource to come to the market in years as far as showing people just like YOU exactly how to build your platform. This is about how to cast your voice and serve. What I like about Hyatt’s book is that he has a virtual compendium of real tools included. You don’t have to get this book and then guess about what to do next. He points you in the exact direction you need to go. Priceless!!
Well, there you go. My best recommendations for believing business leaders who want to excel in business as they increase in faith. Tell me what you think! Tell me what I’ve missed!
To your prosperity!
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