Below is a list of books that have impacted my life in one way or another.
- The Bible – This is my guidebook for life. I’ve read the Bible all my life, but it wasn’t into a pastor gave me a copy of the book of Proverbs that I really understood the Bible’s wealth of wisdom. Upon leaving for college, my pastor handed me the book and said, “If you internalize the wisdom of Proverbs, your life will be much easier.” As I look back on my life, I realize he was right.
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran – Like many other college students, I discovered this book as I was searching for meaning and purpose. Although The Prophet is not a religious text, it contains wisdom and spirituality that is easily applicable to many of life’s challenges.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This book, written over 70 years ago, is still relevant today if you want to learn how to build authentic relationships.
- 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell – This book has been my leadership manual. I read it every few years and I give copies to my employees and colleagues.
- The Tipping Point and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Gladwell is a modern sage with incredible insight and critical thinking skills.
All-Time Favorite Authors
- Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin – Baldwin in the reason why I ever wanted to be a writer.
- The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes – Hughes was an incredible poet whose writing was poignant and musical
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler – I’ve read nearly every book Butler has written. She is one of the best Sci-Fi writers ever.
- Platitudes by Trey Ellis – This book is Ellis’ masterpiece. It is wry, witty and well written.
- Misery by Stephen King – King’s books are scary because he sets the mood to allow you to create the fear in your mind.
- Hamlet by Shakespeare – The Bard’s use of language and insight into human nature is unparalleled.
From My Childhood
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Siverstein – Silverstein has a twisted sense of humor that is similar to my own.
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess – Dr. Suess’ imagination and creativity still amaze me.
- Choose Your Own Adventure by Various Authors – I liked how these books allowed me to interact with the story by making choices on how it would end.
- Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol – These books nurtured my love of problem solving.
- Danny and The Dinosaur by Syd Hoff – A classic tale of childhood friendship and imagination.
Books I Like Because They Contain My Published Essays
- The African American Book of Values edited by Stephen Barboza
- Paper-Thin/Soul-Deep: A Collection of Personal Letters and Journal Entries of African-American Men edited by Keith Shelton
Question: What are some of your favorite book?