Each day during the last week of 2018 I will be posting a list of 5 things to read, listen to, think about, explore, ponder. Day 1’s list is the top 5 books I read in 2018.
The most intellectually stimulating and challenging book I’ve ever read. Peterson posits that we are in a necessary age of chaos and new rules are needed to establish order. Not societal rules or laws, but personal rules. Throughout the sharing of his 12 rules (which sprang from a question he received on Quora), Peterson blends his unique and deep knowledge of Jungian psychology, mythology and religion. Definitely like nothing I’ve ever read – and one of the few books that I pick up and re-skim the passages that I highlighted.
Best quote: “Life is suffering. Don’t make it worse.”
This one has been out for awhile. It is the best book I’ve ever read on the discipline of being a creative. I highly recommend reading this one then the follow-up called “Turning Pro”. Pressfield blends his personal story with fresh insights and tough love on how to battle your inner demons and outer distractions as it relates to living as a professional creator. This book is required reading for anyone leaving the comfortably numb world of a career for the call of the wild of creating art in the world.
Best quote: “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
- Attached.” – Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
This book is a well-researched and well-written deep dive into the psychology of Attachment Theory. The authors present research and case studies that each of us have a default attachment style that is highly influenced by our childhood. I read this book fairly early in 2018 during a time of great relationship turmoil. It was eye opening to learn that a lot of my responses to this turmoil were programmed into my subconscious as an attachment style.
Best quote: “It is very important that you be compassionate with yourself. The worse you feel about yourself, the more you’ll want to go back to the false safety of the bad relationship you were in. Your attachment system gets activated more when you feel bad about yourself”
- “Made for These Times” – Justin Zoradi
I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Justin prior to and after reading his book. There’s something about knowing the author that gives a book extra flavor and context. Part memoir, part manifesto, Justin practically explores the call to a mission and to a great work through the lens of Christianity. His concepts deeply resonated with me and affirmed my own convictions that we all have something do in this life that only we can do.
Best quote: “Perhaps the Devil’s genius isn’t that he turns people into mini-evil versions of himself but rather gets them so preoccupied with their own inner monologue that they never break out of being insecure, mediocre, small and soft.”
- “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” – Vishen Lakhiani
This book could also be called “How to blow up your life”.I was already deep into the process of re-programming my life when I read this book, but it was very affirming of my inner work and journey. This is my go-to book I recommend for anyone that is ready to begin the journey of living as their true selves. Practical, agitating, funny, this book guides you through the process of examining your beliefs, behaviors, biases and internal operating system. It strips you down to your bare bones and then provides tools for re-building your life.
Best quote:“Much of growing wiser and moving toward the extraordinary is really about becoming aware of the models of reality that you carry with you without realizing it.”
For my entire list of books I read in 2018 (and prior), go here.
I would love to hear from you! What are your top books of 2018?