The Business Devotional: An Unusual Business Book

Business DevotionalThe Business Devotional is a new book of inspirational thoughts on management, leadership and motivation by Lillian Hayes Martin.

This is an unusual business book.  As the title suggests, it gives the impression of being a prayer book of sorts — a “devotional” .

But instead of being about God and religious worship, it is all about business.  It is a collection of 365 readings intended to be read one each day, every day of the year.  (To understand more about the devotional format, read “What is a devotional?“)

Even the physical aspects of the book give the impression of a devotional.  It’s a sturdy cloth hardback of 370 pages, in sober navy blue.  It has an attached red-satin ribbon to use as a bookmark (when was the last time you got a book with one of those?).  That way, you can pick up where you left off easily.  The paper is thick, to stand up to daily use.  This is no cheap paperback that will be falling apart in six months.

Normally, we do not review books here unless we’ve read them cover to cover. But in this case I decided to make an exception, because this is a book with content you will want to take in short bites.  You will want to savor each day’s reading slowly … to internalize what you learn.

What This Book is About

Now, you’ve probably seen desk calendars that offer a business tip each day.  You may be thinking this is something like that.  But it’s not.  In those calendars you get super-short tips or a one- or two-sentence quote by someone famous.  The Business Devotional offers a lot more to think about.  It gives a one-page reading per day.  Yes, there’s a short quote by a famous person.  But then it goes on to use some point about that person’s life to teach you a business lesson.  And the lessons have the ring of being real-life — covering situations you likely would encounter in your work day.

The famous people quoted include the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Zig Ziglar, Oprah Winfrey, Ayn Rand — even Queen Elizabeth I (the one from the 1600s — and yes the advice was relevant to today).

The topics covered are not random.  There is a theme for each day of the week:

  • Monday – Motivation
  • Tuesday – Team-Building
  • Wednesday – Career
  • Thursday – Sales
  • Friday – Leadership
  • Saturday – Entrepreneur
  • Sunday – Managing People

Who This Book is Best For

This book can be for anyone in business, in any role.  It is relevant whether you run a small business or work as an employee in a large corporation.

The appeal of this book has less to do with where you work, your role or the size of the company — and much more to do with your personality type.  You see, this is a book for thinkers.  If you consider yourself something of a contemplative person — perhaps a deep thinker  — you will love this book.

Also, if you are given to self-development I suggest this book will appeal to you.  For instance, if you go in a book store and head directly for the self-improvement section, you are going to love this book.

You can find the book on Amazon.  With the holidays coming up it would make a great gift for someone you know.

Like a Free Copy?

I was surprised to receive in the mail not one, but two review copies of The Business Devotional.  So I will be happy to send one reader the extra copy.  If you’d like to win the extra book, enter a comment below completing this thought:  “The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is ….”

I’ll hold a random drawing on December 11, 2009 to pick one person from the comment section, and mail the winner  the book.  Open to U.S. readers and those outside the United States also.


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

22 Reactions
  1. growth. I want to grow as a business woman. I want my organization to grow in volume and size.

    I would love the free copy.


  2. balancing home life with work since i work from home….

  3. Focus on the ‘one’ thing and maximize the power of that rather than trying to be ‘all things to all clients’! I want to focus on ‘rolling out one core service 10 different ways’ rather than ‘rolling out 10 different services from one place’…

  4. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is to expand it to more international markets.

    Anita: I am glad to see that the book has included a quote by my favorite author and philosopher, Ayn Rand. Great to see that you could find a high quality book, included with a “red-satin ribbon to use as a bookmark.” 🙂

  5. “The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is .”

    our respect from peers.

  6. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is hiring my first full-time employee!

  7. In 2010, I’d like to see growth for our business (who wouldn’t in today’s economy?) but as a result of renewed focus on intentional sales and marketing.

  8. In 2010 the one thing I would love to see improve in my business is a growth in sales! Hey, who wouldn’t???

    I love to read books and would definitly value this one.

    Best of luck!

  9. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is to focus my message so that I can have a greater impact and help more people be inspired to take their first steps on the creative journey to self-discovery.

  10. I’ve just recently signed up for Small Business Trends and really enjoy the valuable info. Thanks so much!

  11. “The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is starting building a business that makes money versus I make the money.

  12. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is results. No, not in dollars or page views or not even measured by more followers on twitter of facebook.

    Results as in, helping more clients change the world. As King Solomon pointed out, “Iron sharpens iron.” We need to interact. It is the “human” thing to do. Each of us hold another’s key to success. We can see through the issues that are simply “too close” for comfort for another, and offer valuable insight.


  13. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is an environment of teamwork. As a woman who recently inherited a rather large company where the majority are men, I’ve noticed they often have personality clashes. I believe that if they or I could development an improved sense of teamwork there would be less focus on the individual and more on the single focus of improving and growing the business together.

  14. “The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is change the focus from ‘project-based’ work to program/products.”

  15. The Business Devotional sounds like a great book for entrepreneurs or any business professional seeking personal growth. Thank you for sharing!

  16. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is how we help our clients and customers influence and contribute in meaningful ways to their personal and professional environments.

  17. The “one thing” I would like to improve in 2010 is my wisdom,this is the only thing I could improve with no cost and could help my Enterprise achive our objectives.

    I would like your help with this free edition….
    Fabiola S.

  18. Anita,

    I sure hope they’ve included one or two quotes from the late Jim Rohn. (He passed away Dec. 5th)

    He was a brilliant guy.

    The Franchise King

  19. Joel,

    Jim Rohn is included twice in this book. One of his quotes used is:

    “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”

    Good advice.

    – Anita

  20. Anita,

    Thank you for that!

    Jim Rohn was one guy I wished I would have met.

    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  21. The one thing I want to improve about my business in 2010 is to find the inspiration necessary to invite and recruit outsiders to help in the expansion of my business. I am someone who has run the business on my own since its inception in August of 2008. I am reaching a point where the business will fail to expand or truly become great unless I am effectively able to put my guard down and invite others to help. I’m hoping this book can not only inspire me to change (to trust others), but to motivate me to continue to reach for the stars.

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