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Apex Favorites: Books and Podcasts

At Apex, we’re all about taking time to recharge, continuous learning, and sharing knowledge and ideas. We recently asked our team “What are your favorite books?” and “What podcasts are you listening to?”

Team responses ranged from career, professional and inspirational topics to genres such as romance, suspense, fantasy and children’s books. We are indeed a diverse team with varied interests.

Read on to learn about some of our team’s favorites. There are some good ones that you might want to check out for yourself!

Favorite Books

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins; The Bible — Stephanie DiBlasio
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand — Stan Jackson
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom — Tara Moeller
  • Do Better Work by Max Yoder CEO of Lessonly. It is an easy read but brings a lot of value to your work life. — Nate Spangle
  • Books for young children – Richard Scarry books. There are several but the ones with “Goldbug” are great. Susie Browning
  • The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman; Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow — Brooke Salazar
  •  Carry On Warrior and Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle are my all-time favorites along with Daring Greatly by Brene Brown! — Ali Harris
  • The Shack by William P. Young. It was a very powerful book and touched my soul.  Julie Pruitt
  • I love Mustache Baby and the series. Really any kids book, it’s just the season of my life.  Julie Hawes
  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. If you think the TV shows are good read the books!  Jim Harenberg
  • Drive by Larry Bird; Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath — Scott Long
  • Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood – It’s not what it sounds like!  And 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell. — Kassee Lamm
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. — Stefanie Warren
  • The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. Each chapter is an individual story about a different ordinary American doing extraordinary things.  Ron Maines
  • On vacation I love to read John Grisham novels. — Amber Chittenden

Favorite Podcasts

  • The Bill Simmons Podcast (sports podcast)  Jake Eckert
  • Detective Trapp; Save America — Brooke Salazar
  • Stuff You Should Know is an all-time favorite! It takes deep dives into random topics you didn’t even know you wanted to learn more about.  Grace Bennett
  • NPR all the way!!! Quick, short, mellow sound that never drags on but keeps you interested long enough to learn things hear and there without interrupting life. Tara Moeller
  • Well, I listen to murder podcasts. The one I’m listening to now is called Cold.  It’s about the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.  Very chilling…and sad.  Julie Pruitt
  • Focus on the Family — Stephanie DiBlasio
  • Ted Radio Hour; Hidden Brain; Short Wave; Joe Rogan; Benefits Influencer — Julie Hawes
  • I’m listening to a number of sermon series and am especially enjoying Pastor Dave Williamson at Zionsville United Methodist Church. In this season of Advent, they remind me of all that is truly important.  Jim
  • The Point by Apex Benefits; The Advanced Selling Podcast by Bill Caskey & Bryan Neale; The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferris; Earn Your Edge by Cameron McCormick — Scott Long
  • NPR – Fresh Air which is sometimes motivational or educational and often inspiring and entertaining. Rhonda Seegers
  • I’m listening to a number of sermon series and am especially enjoying Pastor Dave Williamson at Zionsville United Methodist Church. In this season of Advent, they remind me of all that is truly important. Jim Harenberg
  • Currently listening to the Dave Ramsey show. I’m on a debt free journey and it is helping keep me on track and I’ll be leading a Financial Peace University class in 2020. Alma Shireman
  • Absolutely Not-Heather McMahon; Serial; Sworn; Heal Thyself — Kassee Lamm
  • Last Podcast on the Left (true crime); What’s the Tee? (RuPaul) — Stefanie Warren

So what’s at the top of your book/podcast list? Go to our LinkedIn page to share your favorites.

Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk and Triumph on the Path Less Traveled. “This autobiography written by Rebecca Rusch is all about her journey to become a World Champion adventure racer, ultra-runner and mountain biker. Even if you aren’t that interested in endurance sports, this book has tremendous lessons of courage and perseverance!” — Grace Bennett


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt “It’s a beautifully written book with great character development, mystery and intrigue. Much of it takes place in NYC and involves the sometimes shady business of buying and selling art and antiques. The story follows the life of a young boy after an explosion in an art museum that takes his mother’s life but leaves him unhurt and holding a small, priceless painting of a Goldfinch which he tucks in his book bag before climbing out of the rubble.  I strongly recommend taking time to read this gem of American fiction over seeing the recent film which lacks its humor and fails to develop its rich characters.” Rhonda Seegers


Alma ShiremanAnything by Max Lucado. “He is my favorite author.  His books are very inspirational and he writes as if he is sitting right with you talking with you.”  Alma Shireman


How I Built This with Guy Raz. “It is a podcast about entrepreneurs and how they built their companies. They tell stories when they faced hardships and what they had to do to overcome.”  Nate Spangle


Ali Harris

Trust and Believe with ShaunT. “He’s the guy most people know for creating the Insanity workouts, but I’ve listened to him live, read his books, and always listen to his podcasts. He has truly changed the way I think and approach situations in the best way possible.”  Ali Harris