Non-fiction Books Read in 2013

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I made a commitment to read at least 12 non-fiction books in 2013 – at least one a month.  Here is a list of the books I finished in 2013 (in no particular order):

1. Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior by Rorke Denver

2. Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime of War by J. Robert DuBois

3. Service: A Navy SEAL at War by Marcus Luttrell, James D. Hornfischer

4. The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corp and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksman by Brandon Webb, John David Mann

5. The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader by Jason Redman, John Bruning

6. Tender Warrior: Every Man’s Purpose, Every Woman’s Dream, Every Child’s Hope by Stu Weber

7. Navy SEAL Training: Self Confidence by David Rutherford

8. Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

9. The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick

10. Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm

11. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky

12. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

13. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

14. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldridge

15. Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Marriage, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

16. Warrior Mindset by Dr. Michael Asken, Loren W. Christensen, Dave Grossman and Human Factor Research Group

17. Fathered By God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You by John Eldridge

18. Escape The Wolf: A Security Handbook for Traveling Professionals by Clinton Emerson, Lynn Walters

19. Death By Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni

20. The Complete Book Of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu

21. Leadership and The Art of The Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity by Steven Snider

This is the second time I’ve read ‘Wild at Heart.’  We are using it in a class for the men in our Residential Recovery Program (for drug and alcohol addiction).  I also read ‘Tender Warrior’ by Stu Weber twice this year.  ‘Tender Warrior’ is perhaps the best book on manhood I’ve ever read.  I am reading ‘Damn Few’ by Rorke Denver and ‘Powerful Peace’ by J. Robert DuBois again. I didn’t finish them in 2013, though, so they don’t count toward this years reading.

I deliberately weigh my reading list heavily toward books people in my profession don’t typically read.  I don’t need books that reinforce things I already believe.  I need books that challenge my thinking, that force intersections of disciplines.  I believe forcing these intersections is the only way to creatively overcome the problems I face in ways others in my profession can’t, or won’t, consider.

What was the best book you read in 2013?