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Well, Spring has officially arrived here in the United States. Although from what I hear, that’s not always apparent in some areas of the country. I love the feeling of new beginnings that comes with the arrival of this season, and I hope you do, too.

Reading is something I make time for every day of my life, because it’s so valuable to my personal growth. Today I want to share some of what I’ve been reading lately. As usual, I’ve captured great quotes and passages with my system described here.

I hope this list gives you something to read that will inspire and encourage you in your personal growth.

The Leadership GPS, by Denis McLaughlin

The Trouble With Jesus, by Joseph M. Stowell

Altar Ego, by Craig Groeschel

The Catalyst Leader, by Brad Lomenick

Start, by Jon Acuff

Can you believe that it’s already November? It’s fall here in the United States, and it seems that everyone is busy. Right now I’m busy preparing for some international speaking engagements, and I’ve recently started work on my book to come out in 2014. And I just spoke this past weekend at Saddleback Church in California. (You can view the message online at their internet campus at a variety of times throughout this week.)

No matter how busy I am, I always make time to read. It’s one of the best means to personal growth, and I love learning from great communicators. Here are some of the books I’ve been reading in the past few months. As usual, I’ve captured great ideas and quotes and filed them with my system described here. I hope that through them you’ll learn something new and make strides in your own personal growth this fall and winter.

Grace by Max Lucado

Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter by Frank Deford

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

Pure Grace by Clark Whitten

Fresh Air by Chris Hodges

Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg

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Greetings from India!

For the past week, Margaret and I have been in India, where I spoke for Gloria Jean’s Coffee. Our wonderful friends, Nabi and Angela Saleh, have done what they always do every time we see them: made this trip special and memorable. As you can see above, we visited the Taj Mahal, which was truly spectacular. As I posted on Twitter at the time, I was blessed to sit in front of the Taj, the best that man could make, next to Margaret, the best that God could make.

We also had some wonderful meals, including last night’s dinner with the Salehs.

One really memorable experience could only be captured in a blurry picture, but trust me, it was amazing. I got to play polo on an elephant! (I’m the guy in the center in the pink shirt.) You’ll be pleased to know that I managed to avoid hitting anyone with that long mallet.

We’ll be coming home soon, where I’ll spend time prepping for my next speaking engagements. Thank you again to Nabi and Angela for the experience of a lifetime. We had a wonderful trip. And I’ve been told that pink is my color.

Now, some great news:

Webcast Replay

Did you miss my free webcast on October 9? Or did you participate, but would love to hear it again? From now until November 9, a replay of the entire event is available, still for FREE, at Sign up there, and a code will be emailed to you to log in and listen. This is a great chance for my friends worldwide to hear me share lessons from my new book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Bestseller Lists

I’m very excited about how well The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth has done since it released on October 2. Here’s what I can hardly believe: In this coming Sunday’s New York Times, it will debut at #7 on the Business Hardcover bestseller list. And I just found out this week that it’s also appearing on the Wall Street Journal’s Business bestseller list, this time in the #3 position! What a blessing! I’m all about adding value to others, so I’m thrilled that so many people are reading the book. I truly believe that if they apply what they read, they can take some clear and measurable steps on the journey of lifelong growth. Those steps could lead to being able to make a great impact in their world.

I’ve been asking you this for a few weeks, but I’ll ask again: By now, do you have a plan for personal growth? Growth doesn’t just happen; you have to be intentional about it. My desire to see you grow is the reason I create books like The 15 Laws and materials like The Maxwell Plan for Personal Growth. It’s also why I’m offering the webcast until November 9. I hope these resources add value to you and help you on the success journey.

As you read this post, I’m in India, getting ready to speak for a great group of people. And just before I left the United States, I got some amazing news: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth will debut at #7 on the New York Times‘ bestseller list in Advice/How-to (for the week ending 10/6/12)! I’m thrilled that the book is already helping so many people!

Now this makes me even more excited about what I have to announce today. For years, people who’ve heard me teach about personal growth have asked me for advice on creating a strategic plan for their growth. I didn’t have a specific plan that I could recommend, so I gave them the best advice I could in general terms.

This year my team has changed that and developed something wonderful:

The Maxwell Plan for Personal Growth

They looked at all my teaching on growth and developed 12 key areas a person should focus on to grow, such as Attitude, Priorities, and Perseverance. Then they created a complete one-year plan that includes written lessons, video and audio clips, assessments, articles, questions for reflection, and action items. Addressing one topic per month, someone who wants to grow can really dive into what I teach on the subject and learn how to apply it to him- or herself specifically.

The material is life-changing, but what I really find compelling is the functionality. Most of the work — from watching videos to writing in a journal — is done using an online platform designed to let the user keep a record of all his or her growth in every area. It’s so private and user-friendly, I think even I could master it.  :)

More than 40 years ago, I bet on my potential and invested in my personal growth. It has yielded huge dividends and led to amazing opportunities. I believe that commitment to growth is still helping me to reach my potential as I continue to grow every day.

I also believe that The Maxwell Plan for Personal Growth can help you establish a pattern of growth that will last a lifetime and take you in directions and to levels that you’ve never anticipated. The Maxwell Plan is an investment in you. Can you think of anything else you’d rather put your time and money into than your own personal potential? If you’re not willing to bet on yourself, then who else will?

To learn more about The Maxwell Plan for Personal Growth or The Maxwell Plan Plus, which includes monthly group coaching calls and quarterly calls with me, click this link or visit

Today’s the day: My newest book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, is available in the US and Canada! I’m excited about this book, because I believe it can add value to individuals at every stage of personal growth – from just starting out to very experienced. The laws that I chose to include offer a map for anyone to become better and more intentional about growth. If you’re interested in purchasing, please see my sidebar for online options, or ask about it at your local bookseller.

After devoting many years to personal growth, and even writing a book about it, I still don’t consider myself finished growing. Every day I make a conscious effort to learn something new and apply it to my life. And next week, I’m trying some technology that’s still fairly new to me.

On Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30pm across all US timezones, I’m sharing a webcast on The 15 Laws. In it, you’ll receive an overview of the content in the book, along with my additional insights. And best of all, it’s FREE. All you have to do is sign up by clicking the banner below. You’ll receive information about accessing the webcast from where you are. I hope you’ll join me.

P.S. I’ll be recording the webcast in Atlanta, Georgia, the morning of October 9. If you’re in the area, I’d love to have you join me in person that morning. For information and to register, visit 15lawsofgrowthatlanta. com.