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Who doesn’t love a book that challenges you?
Even if you’ve heard something a hundred times before, an author can say it in a fresh way and suddenly you’re inspired to try something new—or to try something again.
When that happens, you can’t wait to share it with the world.
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The Ramsey Personalities are no different. Between speaking gigs and media appearances, they’re constantly reading about business leadership, life balance and spiritual growth. And they get pumped when they find a book that inspires them to be better and to serve others better.
Here are the four encouraging reads they couldn’t put down.
Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge by Dr. Henry Cloud
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make progress as a leader. Dr. Cloud does a great job of clarifying what it means (and what it takes) to be a great leader. He helps you to understand what’s really important so you can focus your energy on what matters most. Ultimately, leadership is about guiding people to a worthwhile destination. This book will help you get there.
—Chris Hogan, Retirement Expert
Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure
As a new mom, my biggest challenge is how to be a great mom and still do the work I love. In Balancing It All, Candace paints a beautiful picture of how we’re all different and striving for different things. Because of that, our life is not going to look like the person next to us. And that’s okay! I loved reading her encouraging words about being a mom, a wife, a friend and a professional. It has helped me so much in my current season of life.
—Rachel Cruze, Author of Smart Money Smart Kids
Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
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—Christy Wright, Career Coach
The Blessed Life by Pastor Robert Morris
This is one of the most challenging books I’ve ever read. Not only does Pastor Robert challenge our hearts and our current level of generosity, but he also packs the book full of real-life examples from his own life. I love the way he reminds us to renew our minds and to change our behavior. The natural gravitational pull within us as human beings is to drift towards selfishness. Using a lot of Scripture and some humor, this book helps us combat that pull toward selfishness.
—Chris Brown, Radio Host of Chris Brown's True Stewardship
Find the Right Book for You
According to 1984 author George Orwell, “The best books . . . are those that tell you what you know already.” We tend to agree. A book doesn’t have to be inspired to be inspiring. It just has to be true and timely. So even if your life is as busy as our on-the-go Ramsey Personalities, find the time for a few encouraging reads this year. With any luck, you’ll learn something old.
What books have inspired you lately? How did they challenge you to be better?