My #EmptyShelf Challenge Journey

At the start of 2014, I embarked on a journey. I joined a group of people who undertook the #EmptyShelf Challenge. It was a challenge to empty a bookshelf and then fill it back up with newly read books in 2014. I have no idea how many people stuck with it all year long. All I care about is that I did. I confess that I only read half as many books as I had hoped, but I read twice as many, 16, as I normally do in a year. I call that a success. Here is a quick summary of the types of books I read in 2014. Below the list are links to all the original posts and to an Amazon page for each.

My stack of 16 books included the following subjects:

  • Biography – 3
  • Business – 3
  • Christian living/Personal development – 5
  • Culture – 1
  • Economics – 1
  • Leadership – 3

A good question is “What was your favorite?” Yikes. Hmmm … That’s a hard pick. As you can see, I like to read a wide variety of subjects. In fact, I am disappointed I did not get any history books in there. I also like to read on science & technology, politics, education, and other subjects. I’m going to dodge the “favorite book” question. In fact there were only two books in the stack that I did not like. I won’t predispose you. Read my reviews of the books you are interested in and make your own choices.

I encourage you to read more and read a wider variety, too. This past year has been a fantastic year for me. (More on that in an upcoming post.) One of the reasons it was a good year is because I continued to read and to develop my mind and my understanding of the world around me. God used these readings to stretch my thinking and to add more value to others’ lives and to their work.

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2014-01-08 Book 1
Amazon link:
Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-01-16 Book 2
Amazon link:
Godonomics: How to Save Our Country–and Protect Your Wallet Through Biblical Principles of Finance


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-02-05
Amazon link:
The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-03-05
Amazon link:
Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-03-19
Amazon link:
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-04-07
Amazon link:
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-04-10
Amazon link:
Coping with Chaos: Seven Simple Tools


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-04-25
Amazon link:
Good God, Lousy World, and Me: The Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-05-05
Amazon link:
Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-05-26
Amazon link:
The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-06-16
Amazon link:
Leadership Presence


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-07-04
Amazon link:
PEOPLE: A leader’s day-to-day guide to building, managing and sustaining lean organizations


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-09-05
Amazon link:
Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-10-15
Amazon link:
The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

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Amazon link:
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

2014-12-10
Amazon link:
God’s Smuggler


Click for my original review of this book.

 

 

Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at]LeadStrategic.com with your questions.

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