If you’re hoping 2020 is the year you flourish but you need a little help, here’s a list of books to read to become your best self in the new year. Special thanks to our avid readers who helped us create this list. 

The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White 

Dramatically improve workplace relationships simply by learning your coworkers’ language of appreciation. This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations ow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This book will help you answer “Yes!” 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/2phPavV

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin 

In this updated edition of the best-selling leadership book, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battle eld to business and life. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/2XgL4B2

How to Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want to Be Tomorrow by Bianca Juarez Olthoff 

Packed with lessons author Bianca Juarez Olthoff learned from her own mistakes and heartache, this book will help you avoid unnecessary detours on the path to your best self. With her signature wit, engaging stories, and brilliant insights from a counselor friend, Bianca gives spot-on advice for adulting, career, relationships, and faith. Following the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, Bianca’s humorous and honest anecdotes will empower you to create a successful life and discover all you can be. 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/33Pno91

Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us to More by Sharon Hodde Miller 

God never called us to be nice. We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. Then she challenges readers to cultivate a better tree, providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits. 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/2QkI2di

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio 

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer —Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall. 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/2Xd9vis 

This Naked Mind  by Annie Grace

Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But, they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress- relief associated with alcohol, and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery. This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Author Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence. 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/35cc73d

Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle by Gin Stephens 

Tired of counting calories, eliminating foods from your diet, or obsessing about food all day? If so, an intermittent fasting lifestyle might be for you! In this book, you will learn the science behind intermittent fasting, and also understand how to adjust the various intermittent fasting plans to work for your unique lifestyle. The best part about intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t require you to give up your favorite foods! You’ll learn how to change WHEN to eat, so you don’t have to change WHAT you eat. Are you ready to take control of your health, and finally step off of the diet roller coaster? All you have to do is learn how to “delay, don’t deny!” 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle.  https://amzn.to/374Tobt

The Obesity Code  by Dr. Jason Fung 

Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones — in everyone — and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight — for good 

Available as Paperback, Audiobook and for Kindle. https://amzn.to/32S8EFr

This article and others can be found in the December issue of DavieLiFE Magazine. Have you read any of these books and what would you add to our list for a Better 2020? Leave us a comment!

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