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Good Reads: The Other 8 Hours

Of all the business books I’ve read in the last five years, The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth and Purpose is hands-down the very best one I’ve read. I underlined and marked up page after page after page. It is clear-cut, concise, packed with practical wisdom and so very true.

The author not only gives you the tools you need to transform your life and your finances, but he inspires you to dream big dreams, set big goals and then work hard to achieve them.

So many people feel stuck. Stuck in a job they don’t like. Stuck in an area of the country they don’t like. Stuck in a financial mess and feeling there is no way out.

This book gives you hope. You do have time to change your life – if you’re willing to make the most of The Other 8 Hours. Whether you’re a business executive or a stay-at-home mom, the principles and ideas contained in The Other 8 Hours could very likely change your life!

Please note: This book has a bit of crass language in it. I don’t endorse the language and wish it could have been omitted from the book because the message would have been just as strong without it.

Discovered any Good Reads recently? Tell me about them in the comments and I’ll consider adding them to my long and ever-growing book list!

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  • Carrie says:

    Husband and I are finishing up reading “Today Matters” by John C. Maxwell (a wonderful writer of developing leadership skills books). I have been reading it out loud to him at night and then we discuss how we can change and grow – it has been an excellent book and I would highly recommend it.

    Book #2 is one that we just started (again, me reading it out loud to him so we can go through it together), “Beyond Opinion” by Ravi Zacharias. We are huge fans of Ravi and I would encourage anyone to read his books or listen to his talks (available for free download at under the resources button).

  • Cate says:

    Katrina Kenison’s memoir, “Mitten Strings for God,” is one of my favorites. It’s very encouraging re: motherhood, patience, and living simply.

  • chelsea says:

    This is in no way a business book, but definately the best book of mothering advice I’ve ever seen. It’s called momfidence and paula spencer really does make you feel like it’s ok, whatever it is you’re doing! I feel so less guilty after reading this, I even re-read it before the birth of my second child, then passed it around our moms club to give others the best gift a mother could receive, the freedom to follow her own heart and instincts!

  • Thanks for the recommendation!
    One book that I read I while ago, is still one of my favorites in regards to business, opportunities, and organization in general:
    USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT by Barbara Corcoran

  • Tracey says:

    I just finished One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life by Kerry & Chris Shook. The premise of the book is to ask yourself how you would change your life if you knew you only had a month to live. What priorities would change and how would you use your time? It’s a very thought-provoking book!

  • Megan says:

    I’m nearing the end of “Three Cups of Tea” and am just loving it. I’m sure you’ve heard of it before, but if you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. It’s the true story of Greg Mortensen, a very human character who makes it his mission to build schools for children in remote areas of Pakistan. It’s incredibly inspirational and provides some terrific insight into a part of the world most of us know little about.

    • Melissa says:

      @Megan, I agree! My son’s entiremiddle school was reading it as a school-wide reading event project and then they formed a chapter of Pennies for Peace. I had not heard of the book prior to that. It was an amazing read!

    • Faiza says:


      I love this book Megan and also Greg Mortenson’s newest book “Stones into Schools”. It is just awesome. I couldn’t keep it down for three days until it was completely finished.

    • Crystal says:

      I haven’t heard of it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Kristin says:

    We’re highlighting “Saavy” by Ingrid Law at which is good for ages 9-14.

  • Apri l Jones says:

    Recently read “Treasuring God in Our Traditions” by Noel Piper. Superb read!

  • Carrie says:

    I’m just going to do another comment because my comments on my comment keep saying they are waiting for moderation and I want to make sure I get the correct website information out there! 🙂 I had a typo the first time, so the address for Ravi Zacharias is: and you can find his talks listed under “Resources”. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Samantha says:

    I’ve checked out a new book from the library, and it’s titled The Green Hour, A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids. This book is written by Todd Christopher, creator of the National Wildlife Federation’s,

    It has helped me to get my kids outside and enjoy nature!! Even when it’s so hot out!

  • Another good one on time that I read this month was 168 hours – a great look at how we spend our time and how to make us all more productive and intent-based with the things we do each day.

    I am LOVING the other 8 hours! Three cups of tea is also a favorite – I just finished the sequel to it which was also fantastic.

  • Sonjia says:

    I am totally loving The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back by Kevin and Hannah Salwen. Beautiful Story!

  • Joy says:

    My favorites (that I read over and over again) are “Your Money or Your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin; “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss; “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley and William Danko; and “The Now Habit” by Neil Fiore. If you could only read one I’d recommend Tim Ferriss’ book, although he does have some coarse comments in there. Totally changed my way of thinking, even though I don’t have a similar job situation. My favorite book of 2010!

  • Sounds great! Sometimes we see from here to there is such a long journey and we give up too easily. But if we keep plodding away and improving even 10% each year we become a drastically better and stronger person in the end.

    I recommend The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. It has some crass language too but it really is an eye opening memoir into the life of a young girl that you won’t be able to put down.

  • Hi Crystal! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review! Much appreciated…

  • Danielle Foster says:

    I’m currently ready Running Into Water:Women Immersed in the Pursuit of God. Every mom and woman should read it. I’ve been encouraged and challenged to be a better follower of Christ for both myself and my children. It’s a must read. I wish I would’ve read it before having kids, but now is better than never. Angela Blycker does a great job of speaking truth and love right to the heart of moms.

  • Sounds like a great book! I firmly believe that opportunities are available to us, but they often come at a price. Most people don’t want to give up their ‘other 8 hours’ or TV time/free time for the future payoff. It’s sad but true and then just remain stuck.

    I love seeing other women talk about such topics and books so that they can take charge of their future and live the life of their dreams. There are a lot of other great book suggestions here too that I look forward to exploring. 🙂

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