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12 Books Every Man In Their 40’s Should Read

From faith to lifestyle, here are the 12 books that every man in their 40’s should have on their bookshelf.

#1 Soul Purpose Inc.: The Practical Guide

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Most people spend the largest portion of their day at work. However, despite our commitment to our jobs, many people are disengaged and searching for more. Add to this struggle the constant pressure to keep your faith out of the office, and you have a formula for Christian confusion and complacency related to work. 

In this practical guide to living your faith at work, author Craig McAndrews shares valuable insights and lessons from his own experience as a Christian in the workplace. Through personal stories and biblical truths, this book will challenge you, encourage you, and equip you to activate your faith Monday through Friday. 

You will learn important principles such as: 

  • The importance of showing your faith before sharing your faith 
  • How to lead with love and open your heart to see people in a new way 
  • The big step to having courageous conversations and how the Bible teaches us to share our hope 
  • How to boldly bring your faith to work 

The workplace is under tremendous pressure, and more people than ever are looking for purpose and meaning in what they do. The Christian faith has the answer, and this book offers the reader practical, specific ways to more fully live your faith where you work. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#2 The Emotionally Agile Leader by Kevin E Bowser

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We live in a chaotic world. Some of us are called to leadership positions in the midst of that chaos, tasked with the responsibility to lead our organizations in a constantly changing environment. 

Although managing that change can be overwhelming, we must learn how to advance with the needs of the workplace. But is it enough to merely adapt to change? Adapting carries the idea of evolution—not revolution. 

Adapting can be imperceptibly slow, like a giant battleship or aircraft carrier instead of a speedboat. Leaders must be agile. They have to know themselves well and understand the people around them in order to quickly navigate the challenges that face them daily. 

In The Emotionally Agile Leader, Kevin Bowser draws from more than 35 years of leadership experience to teach readers: 

  • the means to identify the emotions that drive behaviors 
  • tools to harness the key emotions that affect leadership abilities 
  • core habits to sharpen leadership skills 
  • the methodology to create more emotionally agile leaders through mentorship 

Are you a leader seeking to hone your skills and reach the next level as a leader? Come along with Kevin and learn how to create a competitive advantage, change swiftly with the needs of your field, and hone your emotional agility. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#3 Show Yourself A Man by Brad Larson

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"Every man needs this book and needs to live out the important truths in its pages.” -Stephen Mansfield, New York Times best-selling author Men, we are down, but not out. Do you long to live a fearless, faithful life? 

What would society be like if men lived boldly under the kingship of Jesus? It's time to be strong and Show Yourself a Man. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#4 Faith-Infused Training: A Biblical Perspective

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Does it matter what we do with our bodies? The answer is yes! All of us were created by God for a purpose, so it only makes sense to define health and fitness through Him. Faith-Infused Training helps us attain bodily transformation by applying biblical principles to diet and exercise. 

Our culture is rampant with the overconsumption of food, alcohol, and a plethora of other junk. We are caring for our bodies less, and as a result, we have never been more overweight or out of shape than we are today. 

By discovering the truth about what God has to say concerning our bad habits, we can achieve lifelong results through:

  • Fitness that begins with the image of God 
  • Health defined by the teachings of Jesus 
  • Growth empowered by the Holy Spirit 

This book instructs us on how to build a strong foundation for health and fitness. Each chapter digs deeper into the root of the problem: our own hearts. Once we can establish God as our main source for motivation and inspiration, we can experience Him as the greatest catalyst for change, inside and out. Now let’s get started! 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

  1. The most amazing bible based book I’ve read. Everyone should read this for motivation and inspiration. Did I mention it’s amazing!

#5 A Stronger Knot: Tying Together a United Marriage

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Being a Christ-like spouse is a daunting challenge that can feel impossible—how can imperfect people have a healthy marriage? Throughout his years of marital counseling, this is the question Aaron Bunker has found every couple faces. 

In A Stronger Knot, Aaron provides a manual for how two broken people can love God and each other in the midst of their imperfections. 

Couples reading A Stronger Knot will: 

  • Learn to understand their own emotions and how to use them appropriately and effectively 
  • Be empowered in their individual walks with Christ 
  • Learn to navigate marital differences with a respectful, honoring approach 
  • Be encouraged to grow in intimacy through vulnerability 
  • Explore complex therapeutic concepts in a tangible, palatable format 

Based on Aaron’s years of counseling practice, A Stronger Knot teaches readers how to foster an environment free of shame in order to work toward wholeness, both individually and maritally. Couples will feel challenged, encouraged, and empowered to implement these powerful principles into their own lives. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#6 Desolate Heights: Reclaiming Life from Addiction

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It’s ironic that in some cases you can reach your lowest low from the highest place around. On the outside, Heath Shackleford appeared to have his life in order. On the inside, he was lost in absolute pain and chaos. Heath numbed this pain for a long time. He hid behind masks. 

He suffered in silence. And he ascended to a desolate height that took nearly everything from him. Luckily, his story didn’t end there. Neither will yours. When you’ve reached your desolate height when you’ve given in to the burden of unmet needs, unresolved trauma, and untapped emotions, when you’ve isolated yourself from the world around you and seemingly gone too far to turn back, you have a choice to make. 

You can reclaim your life, or you can die without knowing what it felt like to really be alive. It’s time to engage with your story. It’s time to let truth quiet the lies inside you. It’s time to free yourself from the chains of addictions and idols and to replace fear with faith. 

It’s time to rid your soul of the shame that has shadowed you. It’s time to use even your worst experiences for good and to navigate toward the version of yourself God intended all along. The first step is literally in your hands. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#7 Living Connected: Experiencing Healthy Family on Mission

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We all want to experience meaningful, healthy relationships. Often, the issues that hinder connection are not hard to recognize, but they can be difficult to change. With God's help, we can see how the way we experienced family as a child affects the way we show up as adults with those in our own family. 

And, when we are willing to see these areas through the lens of God’s word, we learn how to better relate to others. In this book you will learn: 

  • How the words used in your home have the power to give life, or take it. 
  • How conflict can deepen relationships, not destroy them. 
  • How affection between family members is a healthy response to deepening relationships. 
  • How to understand anger and carefully consider the ways it could impact your connections. 
  • How to be inspired by the truth that Jesus invites all people to mission as a part of a new kind of family. 

Life happens quickly, and we all need help developing healthy family relationships for the purpose of experiencing all that God has for us. This book provides thought-provoking, simple-to-understand ideas that will help the reader see immediate improvement in their home. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#8 The Blue Chip Store: How Bank Robbery Changed My Life

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Clay Tumey conducted a series of bank robberies throughout 2006 before calling it quits soon after the birth of his son. Jett was still a baby when his father went to jail. Growing up, visits with Daddy meant buying Cool Ranch Doritos—or “blue chips” as he called them because of their blue bag—from the vending machines and snacking together. 

Jett didn’t realize that the blue chip “store” was actually prison. The Blue Chip Store details the life of a class clown who rarely saw the need to submit to authority as a child. And when those childhood patterns resurfaced as an adult, they only presented bigger problems with greater consequences. For most people, the distinction between prison and freedom is obvious. 

For Clay, however, the journey to true freedom began with a set of handcuffs. A true story about crime, prison, and second chances, The Blue Chip Store is about finding freedom in captivity. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#9 Courage: Roy Blanchard’s Journey in America’s Forgotten War

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In May of 1918, 19-year-old Roy Blanchard marched toward the sound of artillery with the American 126th infantry Regiment, on a narrow French road thousands of miles from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. World War I had been raging for nearly four years, sending millions of young men to an early grave. 

America’s inexperienced “Doughboys,” including Roy, were marching toward the Western Front, determined to help their allies hold the line against the coming waves of German soldiers. The artillery crashed louder around them as they approached the front. As Roy heard the deafening explosions, he wondered if he would have the courage to face a machine gun nest, suffer through hours of shelling, or charge “over the top.” World War I is a war difficult to grasp for many Americans. 

Most WWI soldiers didn’t keep a diary, and few spoke of what they saw and experienced. Through Courage, readers will understand what pulled the world into this devastating conflict, see why the United States came out of isolation to side with the Allies, and gain a personal look into the lives of WWI fighters. Through the eyes of Roy Blanchard, readers will see, hear, and feel what it was like to bravely face the terror of the First World War. 

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Contributor: Megan Poling from Lucid Books

#10 Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

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This book is so good that Steven Spielberg actually made it into a movie. It is a science fiction novel that takes place in 2044. The world is in a bad state because of global warming, causing everyone to be completely immersed in a fictional, virtual world. Could this be our future? 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#11 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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This story is about being young and hopeful. It’s also about how we experience loss suddenly, without warning. If you’re looking for a way to cope with the loss of a parent or mentally prepare for the inevitable, this memoir is for you.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#12 Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook

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This book is an introduction to aphrodisiac foods and can teach a man everything he needs to know about the (very real) link between food and sex. It also offers recipes that are perfect for showing your love (ie seducing) a date, wife, husband or life partner. Oh, and most of the recipes are so simple that if you can boil water, you can manage to cook from this book.

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Contributor: Amy Reiley from EatSomethingSexy

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Written by Taegan Lion