The Books I Love

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.

by Steven Pressfield

Do you ever find that you are not the patient, compassionate problem solver you believe yourself to be? Are you surprised at how irritated or flustered the normally unflappable you becomes in the presence of a specific colleague at work? Have you ever felt your temper accelerate from zero to sixty when another driver cuts you off in traffic?
Our reactions don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent. So often the environment seems to be outside our control. Even if that is true, as Goldsmith points out, we have a choice in how we respond.

by Brené Brown

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts” are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

~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.

by Celest Ng

A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

by Lisa Wingate

A new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah………a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

by Kate Morton

I listened to these book on Audible. The narration is fantastic and you “lose yourself” in the English accents and picturesque descriptions of England.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:

In the depths of a nineteenth-century winter, a little girl is abandoned in the narrow streets of London. Adopted by a mysterious stranger, she becomes in turn a thief, a friend, a muse, and a lover. Then, in the summer of 1862, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she retreats with a group of artists to a beautiful house on a quiet bend of the Upper Thames . . .

The Distant Hours:

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret

The Secret Keeper:

1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.

The Lake House:

June 1933, and the Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited.

The Forgotten Garden:

On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace.

~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?

by Bob Beaudine

You may have suspected all along that there is more to coincidence than meets the eye. These seemingly random events are actually signposts that can help you successfully navigate your career, relationships, and interests. By recognizing the “Godwinks” our Creator has placed in our paths, we can understand—and embrace—the journey God has laid out for us.

by Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead

What happens when we praise God? What are the benefits of praising Him? Do you know what praise actually means? In Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead share a fresh perspective from the worship practices of the ancient world. They take readers on a praise journey that answers questions and provides valuable insight. After reading Holy Roar, you will:

  • Grow an understanding of praise with Darren’s unique insights.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to worship.
  • Be inspired as Chris shares how those insights take shape in the stories behind some of your favorite worship songs, including “How Great Is Our God,” “We Fall Down,” and “Good Good Father.”

by Stormie Omartian

In 32 short, easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s life, from early childhood to adulthood. Learn how to put your child’s life in God’s loving hands in such areas as his or her

  • safety
  • walk with God
  • success in school
  • friends
  • family relationships
  • gifts and talents

It’s never too late to discover the joy that comes from being a part of God’s work in your child’s life. You don’t have to be a perfect parent. But you do need to be a praying parent. And you can do that. *I’ve also read the Power of a Praying Wife and Praying For Your Adult Children