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Power 20 Books for 2014
As I shared at the end of last year here on the blog, there were 3 books I knew I needed to read at the time [please see “My 2013 Year-end Book Reading Schedule”].  I had hoped to finish them all before this New Year; however, that didn’t happen.  I was able to finish one and make some decent progress in another before the 31st.  I only have about 20 or so pages till I am done with the second title.
Since I am so close to my goal, I have been attempting to put my reading list for 2014 together.   I have been actually racking my brain to decide on my first 20… It is my hope that once I finish reading the first batch to increase the number in small increments throughout the year.  Last year’s count was unofficially 35 books read.  See, I have boxes of books that I had shipped with me from New York when I moved to Houston at the top of 2013.  It’s just a fraction of my library, but its plenty enough for me to read for the next 2-3 years!  On top of that, I have acquired a few e-books and Kindle editions of titles.  So, as you can see I am certainly not without reading materials.
Compiling this list is so vital to me because I am a “Purpose Driven Reader”.  Learning and gaining more practical knowledge is my truest passion and reading is a way to it.I have to laugh at myself though because God gave me the list back in December, on the 7th.  Yesterday, I had decided to steal a few additional minutes alone with God in the afternoon to quiet my thoughts and review my journal. I wasn’t looking for anything particularly.  I was just scanning through the pages, and there it was smack dabbed in the middle of it.  I have been faithfully keeping a journal for as long as I can remember.  This specific one I use exclusively to capture my thoughts when I have my quiet times with the Lord. This journal is fairly new. I only started writing in it at the end of November.
Earlier in the day I had enough sense to ask Him in prayer to guide me again to what I should be reading… And he took me right back to what he had already told me. I have listed the titles below for those interested in reading along with me.  They are not in any particular order outside of the first 3.
“Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential” by Joel Osteen
“Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith” by Larry Osbourne
“Authentic – Dare to be Real” by Taffi Dollar
“Jack of All Trades, Master of None?” Stop Being A Jack! It’s time to Uncover Your TRUE Passion and Improve Your Business Focus by Simone Kelly-Brown
“Your Road Map for Success” – You CAN Get There from Here by Dr. John C. Maxwell
“Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses” by Dr. John C. Maxwell (Physically read the book; listened to the audio book in 2013)
“The Burden Of Freedom” by Dr. Myles Munroe (Re-read)
“Say Yes to God: A Call to Courageous Surrender” by Kay Waren (Pastor Rick Warren’s wife)
“Success Runs in Our Race – The Complete Guide to Effectively Networking in the Black Community” by George C. Fraser
“Put Your Dream to the Test – 10 Questions to Help You See and Seize It” by Dr. John C. Maxwell
“You Want Caviar But Have Money For Chitlins – A Smart Do-It-Yourself PR Guide for Those on A Budget” by Karen Taylor Bass
“Transform Your Thinking, Transform Your Life: Radically Change Your Thoughts, Your World, and Your Destiny” by Dr. Bill Winston
“The Principles and Power of Vision – Key to Achieving Personal and Corporate Destiny” by Dr. Myles Munroe
“The 15 Invaluable Laws of Grow – Live Them and Reach Your Potential” by Dr. John C. Maxwell
“Passion to Profits – Create Your Own Online Empire” by Ryan Lee
“Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life” by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
“Positioned for Promotion – How to Increase Your Influence and Capacity to Lead” by Mac Hammond (Re-read)
“Good to Great – Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Other’s Don’t” by Jim Collins
“Working it Out – A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers” by Barbara Fine Clouse
“Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future” by Dan Schawbel
What has God told you about this year, that you are not adding your faith to? I am thankful I was wise enough to go back to Him for guidance now rather than later.Cheers to an AWESOME year of learning and improving in 2014, in Jesus name!
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© 2014, Lela Jefferson Fagan. All rights reserved.

Lela Fagan (Jefferson) is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJefferson - See more at:

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