12 Books a Year

Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

The first chapter of this book “Be True to Character” Build and be guided by a strong moral authority explains the importance of character as it relates to being a successful leader. However, I think anyone with a decent moral compass knows how important character is in every facet of life whether it is business or personal. This chapter seemed redundant initially, but as I read it I thought Shallenberger did a fantastic job explaining why we need character instead of simply shedding light on having it. The anecdote at the very beginning of the book is one I became familiar with back when I was in college, Coach Saban would bring in a speaker every once in a while named Dr.Kevin Elko who is a motivational mastermind, and when he told this story I felt that I had recieved my dose of wisdom for the whole week. There are few things better than a great parable.

Anyways, what are your thoughts on the first chapter?

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Intelligent Investor

I chose this book for obvious reasons. I really want to become an intelligent investor. I don’t think I could’ve chosen a better book for that purpose, seeing that the author is Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffet’s professor  and mentor. I can’t wait to learn some of lessons from this book and put them into practice in the near future. I hope you guys enjoy this one, let me know your thoughts..

The Maltese Falcon

Earlier this year, one of the twelve books we read was City of Glass, and it was really interesting. The Maltese Falcon, like City of Glass, is a detective novel. I can’t wait to compare the two. City of glass was riveting, thought provoking, and it wasn’t too embellished. It was just right, I liked it throughout. Hopefully The Maltese Falcon is as good or better, we will see.


I Chose this book because about two years ago I read a book by Rick Warren called  The Purpose Driven Life and it made reference to both the book and the concept of S.H.A.P.E. The Purpose Drive Life was such a good book that I couldn’t pass up on this one. I hope you guys like it.

The Irresistible Revolution

I began reading this book when I was a freshmen in college. One of my athletic trainers introduced it to me, but because I wasn’t an avid reader back then, I never finished it. It was so moving though that I told myself one day I would. I even made a conscious effort to bring it all the way to California from Alabama knowing that I would one day get through it. So here I am about five years later. The reason I added this book to the list is because the stories the author told still stick with me to this day, and I have retold them on numerous occasions. They have changed the way I’ve looked at Christianity, so hopefully as I finish it this time around I encounter more of those life changing stories so that I can share them whenever I get the chance.

City of Glass

I heard this was a really great novel and so far I have not been let down. I’m already half way through the book and it is very interesting to say the least, especially when coming  across Professor Stillman’s theory of language. It is definitely stimulating. I won’t ruin for you all, but I would like to hear your perspectives…

Mentoring 101

This is a really short read (can literally be read in one sitting) but the hour or so spent reading this book can have an infinite effect. When you mentor or lead someone the right way, they will eventually become competent enough to do the same, and as this cycle continues, your mentorship will have an impact on many generations. The reason I chose this book is because I feel as though I am in the perfect position to mentor, but just because someone can bake a cake doesn’t mean they’re qualified to run a bakery. In other words, just because I am in the perfect position doesn’t automatically make me a great mentor. I want to do it the right way, and I know it is of much importance to study a subject before you delve into it. The reason I am so intentional about being a good mentor is because I feel as though mentorship is needed now more than ever. With the emergence of social media, a lot of our youth are wasting away valuable time scrolling and switching idly from app to app, which is one of the sole reasons I started this book club. I want to help our youth spend their time wisely so that together we can impact the world in a positive way. So hopefully this book helps me in that regard, and everyone else who decides to read it for whatever reason they are interested in mentoring.

The Stand

For the month of March we will be reading our first novel “The Stand” by Stephen King. I love novels because they show us a different world, they take us to new places, and allow our minds to explore different possibilities. Novels broaden our imaginations, Albert Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.” Hopefully everyone enjoys this novel, feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

The Samson Syndrome

This book has been very insightful so far. Atteberry does a fantastic job relating the tendencies of Samson to the tendencies of modern day men. He uses the term “strong men” a lot in the book to make reference to men in positions of authority and power in the world we live in today. Samson had this same platform, God handcrafted him and gave him all the tools necessary to lead his people out of slavery. However, the twelve tendencies Atteberry explained in the book deterred Samson from reaching his full potential. He was ultimately a huge disappointment to his people and to God. Like Samson, a lot of strong men today fall victim to the same tendencies that derailed Samson. Let’s go over each of the twelve tendencies so that we may conquer the Samson Syndrome and reach our fullest potential. Chapter one explains how strong men tend to disregard boundaries. Thoughts?

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