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Top 10 Business Books

By Peter Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 26, 2010

Here are ten brain-teasing, thought-provoking, self-helping books that I feel would be helpful to any Catholic in the workforce. If you don't have one of them, consider picking it up through using one of the links below. A portion of the sale (as much as 10%) will go to support I have not included Catholic titles because so many Catholic business books are either junk or not very helpful. If you have found a good one, let me know!

I threw Soccernomics in just for fun -- hey the World Cup is going on right now! And yes, I have read all or a good portion of each of these books.


These items are listed in no particular order. I have selected only books available through (most books are). Your browser settings must allow third-party website content to be loaded in order to see the list (powered by information from Disagree with the contents of this list? Have a comment or suggestion? Want to help build the next top 10? Leave a comment below this blog post using Sound Off!

Peter Mirus is a business, marketing, and technology consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with companies and nonprofits, ranging from start-ups to large international organizations. From 2004-2014 he contributed articles on the Catholic Faith, culture, and business to the website.
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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jun. 11, 2019 7:07 PM ET USA

    A new Fox News article by Juliet Linderman et al about clergy sex abuse quotes Michigan's AG: "Some of the things I've seen in the files makes your blood boil, to be honest with you," Nessel said. "When you're investigating gangs or the Mafia, we would call some of this conduct a criminal enterprise." Some prosecutors are considering the application of racketeering laws. "Such a move... would mark the first known time that actions by diocese or leader were branded a criminal enterprise..."

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 09, 2019 1:50 PM ET USA

    Sadly, this bears a lot of resemblance to what happened in Boston in 2002: reveal nothing about the shameful truth until the news media dig it up and force the issue. The Catholic Church’s hard-won reputation as a moral influence has been lost through a few bad men who lived off the Church even as they betrayed it.

  • Posted by: SPM - Jun. 08, 2019 3:54 PM ET USA

    I would point out that the timing of the release was not entirely a coincidence. It was released at the end of the "mandatory attendance" retreat for the priests of the diocese. (Usually, the diocese offers two retreats during the year and the priest gets to pick which is more convenient.) Most were expecting the release of detailed information at that time. So the timing of the letter wasn't NECESSARILY related directly to the impending release of the Washington Post article.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 08, 2019 11:13 AM ET USA

    "there was no evidence that any of the recipients had used the funds inappropriately or provided Bransfield with any sort of quid pro quo." There is no evidence that Archbishop Lori investigated that. Taking gifts from Bransfield and then investigating him is a HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST. This is the best example of why Bishops cannot investigate other Bishops.

  • Posted by: ml_callanan5009 - Jun. 08, 2019 4:29 AM ET USA

    It is a sad day for the Church laity when we have to wait for The Washington Post to come out with a story about a bishop who is paying off his counterparts rather than hearing from someone who has authority over him. The sheep are surely left shepherdless in today's society. The lone shepherds are being attacked themselves. We, the laity, in many cases only have Our Lord, the Good Shepherd to protect and defend us.

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jun. 30, 2010 9:28 AM ET USA

    I really like David Allen, too. His approach to productivity is extreme common sense and I like that he doesn't have products to jam down your throat or that he doesn't get into all the "California nah-nah, noo-noo" stuff, as he calls it. It's straight-up practical insights.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2010 7:17 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised that you didn't mention Austrian Catholic, Peter Drucker. His Effective Executive is required reading in my office once a year.