#124: The Secret Book List That Changed My Life [Podcast]

So what books have you read that changed you? This show is about my list of some of the life-changing books I have read.

Bookshelf in library

Some of them may surprise you.


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Feature Presentation: The Secret Book List That Changed My Life

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

  1. Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
  2. Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince
  3. Unmerited Favor by Joseph Prince
  4. Business For The Glory Of God by Wayne Grudem
  5. 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
  6. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
  7. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  8. The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren
  9. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  10. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  11. Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
  12. Platform by Michael Hyatt
  13. Accidental Genius: Using Wiring to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy
  14. Secrets of Dynamic Communications: Prepare With Focus, Deliver with Clarity, Speak with Power by Ken Davis
  15. The Stormlight Chronicles by Brandon Sanderson (Way of Kings, Words of Radiance)
  16. The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
  17. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear)

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  • Great list Ray! I have read a lot of those but you did add some to my list:) Another one that rocked my world was Truefaced. This book was a hinge moment in my life.

    • Gotta read this “Truefaced” of which you speak…

  • Ivonne Teoh

    Surprised by your list. Will check some of them out! Some of my fav books are actually kids books! Must dig them out to show you the titles! Great job Ray! You’re a legend!

  • Kathleen Thompson

    One of mine recently is “The Happiness Advantage”. Love the list, Ray.

  • Jesus Manifesto is a great book and one that I have recommended as well.

    Zechariah–Truefaced rocked my world as well. Have you read Bo’s Cafe from the same guys? It makes it come alive.

  • Great list Ray, I have read #s 1, 10, 12 & 14. – Turning Pro and Do the Work are on my “To Read List” – Jesus Manifesto is one that had a big impact on me. I would add Carzy Love by Francis Chan – it is along the same line as Jesus Manifesto – our lives are to be lived fully for Jesus; only then do find the dreams He has for us. – I would also add The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn. It is a short read but it really encouraged me to find the small ways to live each day above and beyond what is required. No matter my job duties I need to live out of my core values.

  • Abby Hatch

    I confess I was just skimming your list to see if there were any I wanted to read… But then I saw Sanderson, Butcher, and Rothfuss listed! They are three of the most skilled and insightful writers I’ve ever read, but they don’t usually make a list like this! I’m now curious and will have to listen to your podcast. Well played. 😉

  • John Poelstra

    Thanks for continuing to share your favorite books. You’ve helped me discover several new authors and I’ve benefitted from all of them. I hope you’ll continue to mention new finds in your podcast and blog posts. I especially like how they cross different genres and authors. Thanks for enriching and expanding our worlds.

    Are there any genres you don’t like to read in? It seems that you cover them all. 🙂

    • I wouldn’t say there’s any genre that I just won’t read (other than so-called “adult” or pornographic books.) I typically don’t read a lot of political books, but there are notable exceptions.

  • Thanks, Ray! You’re right; there were surprises here, particularly the fiction listed at the end. On your recommendation, I will check out Sanderson, Butcher and Rothfuss!

  • Great list Ray. I Just picked up 80/20 Sales and Marketing. I’ve had The Alchemist sitting on my shelf unread for a couple years. Three books that made a significant impact in my life are The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly and The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

  • thanks Ray, I look forward to looking into some of these fiction books, haven’t read fiction since I was a child. Two books that have implacted me were Renewing the Mind by Casey Treat and The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni,

    • Great! Thanks for the recommendations Adam.

  • John Galt

    Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. Reminds me life is a journey. Helps me to see things in perspective. Situations, Challenges etc..seem bigger when you are in the middle of them. Its not the end of the world.

    • That’s a great book! And by the way… who is John Galt? 😉

  • Dee

    I love book lists! I’m reading The One Thing and see where it will make a huge difference in my life. Thank you!