The Books

For as far back as I can remember I’ve had a love for reading.  Books were my escape as a child.  Books filled up time on lazy summer afternoons.  Books replaced TV watching. Books filled shelves (and still do) in my house.  As an adult I devour books because I love the written word and the images and stories they evoke.  Louis L’Amour said, “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” I couldn’t agree more. 

~Personal Development and Business~

It’s important to take responsibility for improving yourself and taking your business to the next level instead of settling for ho-hum. Reading books like these will show you how to reach your fullest potential so you can stretch for bigger, better lives personally and entrepreneurial.

by Linda Kaplan Thaler

It is not native intelligence or natural talent that makes people excel, it’s old-fashioned hard work, sweat equity, and determination.

In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval tackle a topic that is close to their hearts, one that they feel is the real secret to their own success in their careers–and in the careers of so many people they know and have met. And that is the incredible power of grit, perseverance, perspiration, determination, and sheer stick-to-it-tiveness.

by Mark Scharenbroich

Nice Bike is a collection of stories based on making meaningful connections with others in both your work and in your life. It s about being a part of a community, knowing that contributions matter and experiencing a greater affiliation with others.

The premise begins at the 2003 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle company s 100 year anniversary celebration. Thousands and thousands of bikers throughout the world attended the event. As a Harley owner stood

proudly by his bike at that event, what two words from a passerby would have made their weekend? Nice Bike.

by Dale Carnegie

  • You can go after the job you want—and get it!
  • You can take the job you have—and improve it!
  • You can take any situation—and make it work for you!

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:

  • Six ways to make people like you
  • Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  • Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

by Steven Pressfield

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition

by Seth Godin

Everyone has an opportunity to start a movement. A chance to bring together a tribe of like-minded people and do amazing things. Yet too many people ignore the opportunity to lead because they are “sheepwalking” their way through their lives and word, too afraid to question whether their compliance is doing them-or their company-any good.

Tribes is for those who don’t want to be sheep and instead have a desire to do fresh and exciting work.

by Marie Forleo

Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, travel the globe or solve world hunger, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more creatively and positively-especially in the face of setbacks.

~Fiction~

Sometimes getting lost in a fiction book is good for your soul.  Escaping from reality every now and then is a must when you find life is getting overwhelming or you just need a break from the grind.

by Garth Stein

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope–a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

by Joe McGinniss Jr.

“A fearless novel about a family and a society on the brink…Harrowing but, against all odds, ultimately tender.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Fast…Foreboding…This couple will stop at nothing to keep their house and marriage afloat….McGinniss spins an edgy tale, often laced with a reporter’s eye for the little details that make characters pop.” —The Washington Post

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office…

by Emma Straub

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to reveal and those we try to hide, of the ways we tear one another down and build one another up again, and the bonds that bring us together. This book delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole. The book is funny and enchantingly warm.

by Gretchen Berg

What if you could listen in on any phone conversation in town? With great humor and insight, this book delivers a vivid look inside the heads and hearts of a group of housewives and pokes at the absurdities of 1950s America, a simpler time that was far from simple. Reading it was a delightful respite from a crazy world.

~Spiritual Growth~

Overwhelmed?  Worried?  In need of Peace?  Need to confirm where your help comes from?  A book on spiritual growth will shore you up when life comes rushing in.

by Mark Batterson

Quit playing it safe and start running toward the roar!

When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.

by Susie Larson

Are you worn out from life’s ought-to’s and should-do’s?

It’s so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God. We commit to something because it’s a good cause or there’s a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening.

by Louise Hay

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” 

by Bob Beaudine

In this world you will have trouble-you can count on it! It might be something small or something big, but you know you don;t have an answer. YOu’ve come to a realization there is a limit to what you can do alone.

2 Chairs asks three vital questions:

  • Does God know your situation?
  • Is it too hard for Him to handle?
  • Does He have a good plan for you?