Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in July

by Shabnam Banerjee-McFarland

August 08, 2018

As the summer heats up, we've got you covered with a fresh list of bestsellers that are sure to pair well with a cold drink. We're thrilled to see the new arrivals from BK authors, including Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Peter Block, make the list this month. Whether you choose a BK classic or pick up one of our new releases, our July list is sure to give you that extra boost to stay motivated in the summer sun! 

1. The Arbinger Suite

The Arbinger SuiteThe suite of Arbinger titles top our July list, creating even more buzz around the highly-anticipated release of the third edition of Leadership and Self-Deception this fall. Amazon reviewers describe this book as "powerful," "life-changing," and an "amazing journey of reflection, introspection, and self-discovery." Focused in on conflict-resolution, The Anatomy of Peace explores how we often misunderstand the causes of our conflicts and shows the paths to achieving true reconciliation. The Outward Mindset  shows how learning to see beyond ourselves can improve performance, spark collaboration, and accelerate innovation. This trio of books is a provocative, honest and practical exploration into how to truly create a world that works for all.

All three books are available on Audible!

Leadership and Self-Deception  |  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble |  Indiebound  |  BK Bookstore
The Anatomy of Peace   |  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Indiebound  |  BK Bookstore
The Outward Mindset   |  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Indiebound  |  BK Bookstore

2. The Age of Overwhelm & Trauma Stewardship

The Age of Overwhelm and Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot LipskyLaura van Dernoot Lipsky returns on our July list with both of her seminal works, Trauma Stewardship a longtime bestseller for Berrett-Koehler, and the powerful new release The Age of Overwhelm

Written with compassion for people short on time, resources, and capacity, The Age of Overwhelm offers a “less is more” framework to help ease the burden of overwhelm, restore our perspective, and give us the strength to navigate what is yet to come. Illuminated by scientific findings and spiritual insights and lightened with New Yorker cartoons, this book provides practical applications enabling us to do less of what erodes us and more of what sustains us so that we can continue to show up and do some good. 

Trauma Stewardship  |  Amazon |  Barnes and Noble  |  Indiebound  |  BK Bookstore  | Audible 

Age of Overwhelm Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible

3. On the Brink of Everything

On the Brink of Everything by Parker PalmerTaking one of the top 3 spots for the second month in a row, On the Brink of Everything creates new pathways for aging with grace. Publishers Weekly describes the book as "Warm, generous, and funny," and says it "invites readers to the deep end of life where authentic soul work and human transformation become pressing concerns." Parker's message resonates with many of his fans and audiences around the country. This book has already hit many national bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly Hardcover Nonfiction and the American Bookseller's Association Hardcover Nonfiction lists. 

On the Brink of Everything  | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore  | Audible


4. Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog by Brian TracyWith a vast wealth of expertise spanning time management, self-development, personal wealth, business, and leadership, internationally bestselling author Brian Tracy once again graces our list this month with his classic book Eat That Frog!which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and translated into 46 languages. 

In Eat That Frog! Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital for effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination. The latest edition is accompanied by an interactive card deck and workbook, making getting your life organized fun and engaging! 

Eat That Frog!  Amazon Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore  

5. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John PerkinsOver a decade ago, John Perkins' explosive and groundbreaking book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man made its debut onto the New York Times bestseller list. Since then, Perkins has identified how the social consequences of the economic hit man have only gotten worse. Considering the divisive times that we are living in now, it's no wonder this new edition has made it onto our BK bestseller list since its original release in 2016. New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man illuminates how the economic hit man system has become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Perkins, ever the activist, offers specific ideas and strategies for how each of us can transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all. 

New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible

6. Community

Community by Peter BlockMaking its debut on the BK July bestseller is the new edition of  Peter Block's classic book Community. Arriving at a critical moment, this new edition provides an alternative to the increasing economic, relational, and ideological divides in our culture. To achieve a deeper sense of connection and belonging, we need to change the narrative from one of deficiencies and entitlement to one of possibility and generosity. This is how community is created, and Block shows how it’s done with examples from neighborhoods, towns, and cities around the United States. To bring transformation into everyday life, Community outlines six conversations that create shared accountability and shows how to design systems that foster this sense of belonging.

Community | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible 

7. Humble Inquiry

humble inquiryKnown as the "Father of Organizational Development," author Edgar Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.” His 2013 book Humble Inquiry—a deep dive into a new and better way for leaders to relate to followers he introduced in his widely regarded book Helping—has reached international bestseller status, selling nearly 120,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into thirteen languages, and makes a consecutive appearance on our July bestseller list.

Schein contrasts Humble Inquiry with other kinds of inquiry, shows the benefits Humble Inquiry provides in many different settings and offers advice on overcoming the cultural, organizational, and psychological barriers that keep us from practicing it. Stay tuned for Schein's next book Humble Leadership, available this fall!

Humble Inquiry  | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible  

8. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

Change Your Questions Change Your Life by Marilee AdamsIt is almost too easy to become preoccupied with and discouraged by the things we don't know, rather than be excited by the opportunity to learn. To counter these negative tendencies, Marilee Adams flips the script in Change Your Questions, Change Your Life  to reframe the negatives into positives. We tend to ask ourselves questions like “what could go wrong today?” Instead, we can ask questions that open us to learning, connection and success. Or we can ask questions that impede progress and keep us from getting the results we want. For instance, the question "What great things could happen today?" creates very different expectations, moods, and energy than the question "What could go wrong today?"

Combing our minds for positivity instead of limitations shines new light on our possibilities and career paths. Using a fun narrative, Adams shows how to quickly recognize any undermining questions that pop into your mind—or out of your mouth—and reframe them to achieve amazingly positive and practical results. 

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life  |  Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible

9. The Body Is Not an Apology 

The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee TaylorThe Body Is Not an Apology returns to our July bestseller list and continues to revolutionize the ways we think about body positivity and radical self-love. Instead, Sonya Renee Taylor calls for a movement of radical self-love to create a more just, equitable and compassionate world. 

A recent shoutout in SELF Magazine credits the book as a support system that allowed the author to unlearn her own internalized hate as a result of the systems that taught her to reject her own body. It's clear this book clears the way for a groundswell movement for unlearning and relearning to love ourselves at our radical origins, as we are. And we're not alone in doing this. Check out this excerpt from a review in The Glow Up:

Kimberlé Crenshaw, founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum, wrote: “To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. Through lucid and courageous self-revelation, Taylor shows us how to realize the revolutionary potential of self-love. ‘The body is not an apology’ is the mantra we should all embrace.”

These endorsements are more than superficial. They speak to the work Taylor and her team are truly trying to do, work that extends far beyond what the now trendy phrase “body positivity” suggests.

The Body Is Not an Apology  | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible 

10. Who Do We Choose to Be?

Who Do We Choose to Be? by Margaret WheatleyOver the past couple of decades, Margaret Wheatley has sought to restore leadership as a noble profession, offering a path for leaders to engage well and sanely with the destructive dynamics of this time. Deepening the insights in her classic Leadership and the New Science, Wheatley uses two lenses to understand where we are and how we got here: the new science of living systems and the pattern of collapse in complex civilizations. Each of them is powerful on its own; together they offer tremendous explanatory power.

Who Do We Choose to Be? | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | BK Bookstore | Audible 

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