The Rock Star Life Book Club

Over the last several years, I’ve realized the importance of spending time learning. Personally, a lot of that learning comes from reading. I love the opportunity to learn from those wiser than me, to absorb the material, and to put it into practice to change my life. If you share that belief and would like to engage with a book and a community of learners, this online “book club” was designed for you.

The Rock Star Life Book Club

You see, I’ve been talking with friends for months now about creating some sort of group. Like an accountability or mastermind group. I envisioned something where we’d each read and discuss the same books together. Where we’d talk about how to act on the information we were learning and support each other in applying it to our lives.

But in talking with my local friends, the issue of when and where kept coming up. Where were we going to meet? What day and time would work for everyone? Should we meet weekly or monthly? Etc., etc.

As I thought about it further, I realized there was another option. You see, about five years ago, I participated in Real Simple magazine’s wonderful “No Obligation Book Club.” It was done entirely online. The editor in charge of the book club for the upcoming month would post options, and participants would vote on which one they wanted to read. Then, the editor would write a weekly post with her reactions to the first “assigned” section and some questions to spark discussion. This is the format I have in mind.

So, I’ve selected a few books to choose from for next month. Read about them below, and then click the link at the very end to vote for your choice!

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

This book was one of the first options that came to mind. I read it a couple years ago and keep mentioning it to friends. Brené researches vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Her TED talks have been watched by millions of people. In this book, she shares what she’s learned about the power of living wholeheartedly, that is, engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In American culture, shame and fear are very real issues. Brené gives strategies to help you truly internalize the truth that you don’t have to be perfect to be worthy and loved. In an episode of the Portfolio Life podcast, Andy Traub commented that, “No one reads Brené Brown and is unmoved!” This is a great selection if you struggle with perfectionism and people-pleasing or if you find that your efforts to grow and improve are thwarted by a deep-seated fear that you are broken, stuck, or unworthy of the life of your dreams.

Click here to read about this book on Amazon.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

This is another book I’ve read and recommended many times. It’s one of those books where several of the ideas included were revolutionary to me. Principles like, a) you can control your own energy level, b) creating consistent routines allows you to conserve willpower, and c) you can increase your physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional capacity by consistently exerting effort and then resting. These ideas have been life-changing! This is a great selection if you feel like discipline is an issue in your life or you don’t like the routines you have in place throughout your day.

Click here to read about this book on Amazon.

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff

I haven’t read this one yet, but I love Jon Acuff’s work and a friend has highly recommended this book. I recently read Steven Pressfield’s wonderful, eye-opening book, “The War of Art.” I also love Michael Hyatt’s insightful summary of the book’s principles, and I’ve realized that just getting started is usually where fear stops me. I have wasted too many years of my life feeling stuck and letting fear win. So, if you’re like me, and you’re ready to knock out fear in 2015, this is a great selection for you.

Click here to read about this book on Amazon.

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst

This is another book I haven’t read yet. However, I’ve already recommended it to friends, just ordered a copy, and am so excited to read it. My blog post about a “not-to-do list” was inspired by a number of sources, including hearing Lysa discuss this book in an interview on the Portfolio Life podcast. Personally, there are tons of things I’m excited to do, and about a million more I feel I should do. But, those things are interfering with the truly important stuff I need to do to live my calling. I love the idea of focusing, not on saying no, but on saying yes to the most important things. If you’re like me and want to learn strategies for managing the endless demands, clearing your schedule, and focusing on the truly important, this is a great selection for you.

Click here to read about this book on Amazon.

Now you’re ready to vote! Click here to vote for your favorite, and comment below to share why.

Have another book you think we should read? Please share that in the comments below too!

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4 thoughts on “The Rock Star Life Book Club

    • Yay! I’m glad you want to join in, Sondy! I’m excited about all the books on the list, but personally, I think I’m leaning towards “The Best Yes” after talking with several friends about it. Curious to see what everyone else votes for… 🙂

  1. We have a winner! We’ll be reading the Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown!

    If you want to join in, please go ahead and get a copy of the book. Then, check back on the site for a recommended reading schedule.