The Book Club

My mother instilled in me a love for reading at a young age. I actually still have a trunk of books under my bed back home that I some day hope to pass down to my children. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve added the discipline of study and reflection to the books I read. My friends ask me all the time what I’m reading, so below I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite books. These are not all of them, but I’m sure I’ll add to this list down the road.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison  ~

The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.
It is a moral illumination.
~ Elizabeth Hardwick ~


Life/Career

– “Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill

– “You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale

– “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson

– “Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice” by Dennis Kimbro & Napoleon Hill

– “48 Days to the Work You Love” by Dan Miller

– “QBQ!: The Question Behind the Question” by John G. Miller

The man who is fond of books is usually a man
of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
~ Christopher Dawson ~

The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.
It is a moral illumination.
~ Elizabeth Hardwick ~

Spiritual

– The Bible

– “Mere Christianity” – C.S. Lewis

– “The Reason for God” – Timothy Keller

– “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers

– “Landmarks in the Path of the Believer” by Charles Stanley

– “Lifeviews” by R.C. Sproul

– “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

– “Confessions” by Saint Augustine

– “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” by Max Lucado

– “Prayer Pockets” by Marilyn M. Mills

– “Experiencing the Spirit” by Henry and Melvin Blackaby

– “The Red Sea Rules” by Robert J. Morgan

Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand,
and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors,
that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
~ Oswald Chambers ~

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision
and strengthens our most fatal tendency–
the belief that the here and now is all there is.
~ Allan Bloom  ~


Finance

– “Rich Dad/Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki

– “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey

– “God’s Plan for your Finances” by Dwight Nichols

– “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George G. Clason

– “The Millionaire Mind” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.

It is well to read everything of something,
and something of everything.
~ Lord Henry P. Brougham ~

The man who is fond of books is usually a man
of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
~ Christopher Dawson ~

Hip-Hop

– “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop  Generation” by Jeff Chang

– “Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, and God” by Russell Simmons

– “Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic” by Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai

– “Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop” by Adam Bradley

– “Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop” by Michael Eric Dyson

– “Decoded” by Jay-Z

– “The Anthology of Rap” edited by Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois

Read in order to live.
~ Gustave Flaubert ~

You’ve really got to start hitting the books
because it’s no joke out here.
~ Spike Lee ~


Biographies/Autobiographies

– “Rising Up From Slavery” by Fredrick Douglass

– “Spurgeon Prince of Preachers” by Lewis A. Drummond

– “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” by Barack Obama

– “Up From Slavery: The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington” by Booker T. Washington

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
~ Ray Bradbury ~

Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
~ Joineriana ~



African American Interest

– “Race Matters” by Cornell West

– “The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual” by Harold Cruse

– “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois

– “Our Kind of  People” by Lawrence Otis Graham

– “Freedom is Not Enough” by James T. Patterson

– “Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America” – by Sylviane A. Diouf

– “Hope on a Tightrope” by Cornell West

– “The Conversation”  by Hill Harper

When I look back, I am so impressed again
with the life-giving power of literature.
If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of
myself in the world, I would do that again by reading,
just as I did when I was young.
~ Maya Angelou ~

I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me.
I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the
course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me
some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
~ Malcolm X


Novels

– “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

– “What Is the What” by Dave Eggers

– “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

– “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin

– “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee


The great American novel has not only already been written,
it has already been rejected.
~ Frank Dane ~

The man who doesn’t read good books
has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
~ Mark Twain ~

Poetry

– “Selected Poems of Langston Hughes” by Langston Hughes

– “The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni” by Nikki Giovanni

– “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Tupac Shakur

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
~ Edmund Burke ~

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
~ Thomas Carlyle ~

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