My Reference Books

After the first read, some books aren't worth keeping around. I'm clearing out my bookshelves and holding on to a few timeless classics.

These are six books I keep close-by my desk. I usually reference at least one of these every day.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

The title of this book is pretty self-explanatory. Here is a great outline of some key points.

2. The Elements of Style

Two of the books on my list are helpful for writing. Second only to speech, writing is the most common form of communication. It's important to write effectively.

3. Mere Christianity

Whether you believe in God or not, this book is an important read. The chapter on Pride/Selfishness sums up the human condition.

4. On Writing Well

The writer's bible. Zinsser said, "the person who thinks clearly, writes clearly." The four basic premises of writing are: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.

5. The Effective Executive

Classic Drucker. The book that started productivity pr0n.

6. Don't Waste Your Life

There is one central criterion that should govern all the decisions you make in life and in death: Will this help make Jesus Christ look like the treasure he is? Download Piper's talk by the same title.

What are your reference books?