“You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.” — Zig Ziglar

Difference Makers are lifelong learners, so it is safe to say they read. I asked the authors of Strengthen Your Wings: Amazing Stories for the Journey and the readers in our Strengthen Your Wings Chat Room to help me create a best books list. These are our favorites — books we’ve read, liked, and that made a difference for us. At the top of the list is the book I wrote along with 18 amazing contributing authors (and, yes, I am a little bias). The books are as diverse as our community. I’m sure you’ll find a book from our list that will strengthen your heart and make your spirit soar.

Our Best Books List

  1. Strengthen Your Wings: Amazing Stories for the Journey by Cassandra Washington & One Degree Shift
  2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  3. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
  4. Goddess Warrior Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be by HeatherAsh Amara
  5. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
  6. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  7. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  8. Embrace Your Magnificence: Get Out of Your Own Way and Live a Richer, Fuller, More Abundant Life by Fabienne Fredrickson
  9. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander III M.D.
  10. Drip Meditation by Dr Mitchell May
  11. The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry
  12. A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God’s Promises by Renee Swope
  13. The Shack by William P. Young
  14. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  15. The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Don Miguel Ruiz
  16. The Principles and Power of Vision by Myles Munroe
  17. The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All by Jon Gordon
  18. The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse by Robert Moss
  19. The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

Tell us what you’re reading. What’s the best book you read in 2014?

Thanks to all who contributed to this best books list: Lourdes Brown, Karen Carlson, Alexa Beltran, Sharon Luke, Darcie Beyer, Tina Drake-Parmigiano, Teresa Wallett Strum, Vanessa Sexton, Yolanda Hunte, Ilda Grimaldo, Bobbye Middendorf, Kathi Palmer. I look forward to creating a new reading list with you next year!

Here are more favorites from our friends and connections:

  1. Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition by David Newman
  2. I’m a Piece of Work! Sisters Shaped by God by Cynthia L. Hale
  3. The Clash of the Caterpillar and the Butterfly by Camellia Varnado