Below is a list of my personal book recommendations, books that challenged my thinking or deeply changed the way I live. I have taken time out to edit the cover of each book and add a simple note so you can see my thoughts on it

Many people have different views about the bible but I find so much life, wisdom and joy from its pages. Especially reading about the life of Jesus.

Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow′s enterprises

David Airey answers the questions all designers have when first starting out on their own. In fact, the book was inspired by the many questions David receives every day from the more than 600,000 designers who visit his three blogs (Logo Design Love, Identity Designed, and DavidAirey.com)

Go beyond the basics—functionality, reliability, and usability—and design for humans, not machines. Learn how to express your brand’s personality and delight your audience through emotional design.

Your users will fall in love with your sites and apps with the principles packed into this brief book. Drawing on case studies, psychological concepts, and other scientific data, Aarron Walter provides accessible, memorable strategies to help you evoke a real connection—from one person to another.

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we try to figure out the shower control in a hotel or attempt to navigate an unfamiliar television set or stove. When The Design of Everyday Things was published in 1988, cognitive scientist Don Norman provocatively proposed that the fault lies not in ourselves, but in design that ignores the needs and psychology of people. Fully revised to keep the timeless principles of psychology up to date with ever-changing new technologies, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful appeal for good design, and a reminder of how — and why — some products satisfy while others only disappoint.

The SELF Journal help organize and align the tactical day-to-day tasks with larger life goals. Helping me craft 3 month goals is easier than creating long year plan.

One of my favourite books right now. The New York Times bestselling author draws from his popular show #AskGaryVee to offer surprising, often outrageous, and imminently useful and honest answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know-and more-about navigating the new world.

THE LEAN START UP

The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that’s being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late. Now is the time to think Lean

Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.

A manifesto of business practices for those who sell ideas and advice, The Win Without Pitching Manifesto lays out twelve steps–in the form of proclamations–that owners of creative businesses can take to distance themselves from their competition, regain the high ground in their client relationships and learn to win business without first parting with their thinking or writing lengthy proposals.

Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology.

Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years.

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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN HISTORY. Malcolm X’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X was written in collaboration with Alex Haley, author ofRoots, and includes an introduction by Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic, in Penguin Modern Classics.

Here,Wally Olins sets out the ground rules for branding success in the 21st century, explaining why understanding the links between business, brand and consumer has never been more vital for commercial success, and reflecting the recent enormous changes in the branding world. It will be an essential purchase for everyone in advertising, marketing and business who needs to understand why the most successful brands in the world triumph by making insiders believe in them and consumers buy into them.