the king’s top 40

The average millionaire reads one non-fiction book per month. (uncited statistics have no credibility).  If you want to effect any positive change in your life whatsoever, you need to read.  Non-Fiction. “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” (Charles “Tremendous” Jones).  For the Thirty-Seven Months that we’ve been slicing and dicing the debt dragon, i’ve been reading.  Obviously, Dave Ramsey makes the list, but only recently did i read Financial Peace.  Disclaimer: i don’t agree with everything in all of these books.  Sometimes, i’ll denote my objections next to the book title.  Sometimes i won’t.  I’ve also tried to categorize the books for you as well.  So here are the KoF’s top 40 books (read: the only 40 books that I could remember reading specifically during our 37 month journey and it’s actually 41, but top 40 sounded better).

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Financial Peace Revisited
More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny
The Millionaire Next Door
The Millionaire Mind
Stop Acting Rich
Maxed Out
Rich Dad Poor Dad (advocates borrowing money – i don’t. otherwise pretty good)
The Richest Man in Babylon
The Automatic Millionaire (principle is good. latte factor = great phrase.  not a fan though)
Thou Shall Prosper (only book on the list i didn’t finish.  otherwise it would be 42 books instead of 41. has a part in the book that i refer to almost daily.  should probably finish it)

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
The Art of War
Rich Kid Smart Kid (same author as Rich Dad Poor Dad)

The Seven Checkpoints of Youth Leaders
Think Orange
The Generosity Factor

The Pursuit of God
The Hole in Our Gospel
Sex God
Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Drops Like Stars
Love Wins
How Good is Good Enough?
The Great Omission
The Year of Living Like Jesus

Leadership/Personal Responsibility
Good to Great
Creating Community
The Go-Getter

Thinking Differently
The Principle of the Path
48 Days to the Work You Love
Think and Grow Rich
The Legend of The Monk and The Merchant
Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days
What The Dog Saw
Tipping Point

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  • "The Queen of Free"

    Wow, you are smart and read lots of books.

  • Don Current

    Great list. I’ve probably read about half of those.

    Personally I prefer More Than Enough out of Dave’s books. A lot of the information is the same, I just like the way it goes together better.

    QBQ! is one of my fav’s. Love the concept of total personal accountability.

    Really enjoyed The Principle of the Path too. Very basic concept, but so true.

    I’m reading Life Without Limits right now. Just about finished. I highly recommend it.

  • King of Free

    Cool, Sir Don. We should have a book exchange. I’m finishing Debt Free U and also Generation iY right now and plan on starting Weird by Craig Groeschel thereafter.

  • King of Free

    Finished Debt Free U. Great thesis, but he got into some wacky buy real estate (sorta suggested w/ a mortgage) and was a little too weak on credit card use.

  • King of Free

    finished Weird by Craig Groeschel (#43). Recommend. forgot that i read Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (we’ll count it as #44). there have been a litany of books that i started and didn’t finish: Quiet Strength, The Screwtape Letters, Sabbath, Four Hour Work Week and a handful of others.

  • Don Current

    How could you not finish those? I’m a bit OCD about that for one thing. Plus I really liked Quiet Strength and Screwtape Letters. Admittedly Quiet Strength wasn’t great writing, but I did like the content.

    I hear great things about 4 Hour Work Week in my circles. Of course I’m self employed and so are many of those I associate with.

  • King of Free

    Forgot I read Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (#42) and I just finished Weird by Craig Groeschel (#43).

  • King of Free

    forgot Following Jesus by N.T. Wright (#44). That was a good read too.

  • "The Queen of Free"

    The King just finished Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders.

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