Book’s to Inspire

I love to read!  Reading inspires me, gives me courage, a holiday (without leaving the house!) and makes me creative!

I have been a ‘book worm’ for as long as I can remember.  I was 8 or 9 years old when I did my first M.S. Read-a-thon. Reading was a way to escape, have adventures, learn about life and the world around me.  I remember my Grade 3 Teacher sending me home with a book to read over night. The next day, she asked lots of questions about the story.  It felt like she didn’t believe that I had read it – of course I had!

I had a room of my own and would go to bed early, curl up with a book and enter this magical world I had discovered. At bed time, Mum or Dad would come in and tell me to turn the light off and go to sleep. Often my response was “Can I finish my chapter?”.  What parent would deny a child that option! When I heard their snores I would read many more chapters!  A book became my constant companion.

In my 30’s I discovered self-help books. Recently divorced and curious about my part in our relationship breakdown, I went looking for answers.  At that time, I would find the self-help section without asking anyone – it was a time when self-help books had a negative stigma attached to them. Thank goodness that’s changed!  These days I read both. Self-help books help encourage action and faith. They help my personal growth and inspire me to be a better person. Novels let my imagination run wild, are a source of escape from the normal day to day and furnace my creativity.

Have you watched the movie with Margaret Thatcher called “The Iron Lady”? There is a scene at the Doctor’s where she says –

“Watch your thoughts because they become your words.
Watch your words because they become your actions.
Watch your actions because they become your habits.
Watch your habits because they become your character.
Watch your character because it becomes your destiny. “

For me, reading encourages healthy thoughts, words, actions, habits, character and my destiny!

Every day I try to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday. This is not to say that I wasn’t awesome yesterday!  It’s just that today I can be better and tomorrow I can be even better.  Reading is the fuel for that to happen.

Listed below are some of my favourite books.

Ali Ayaan Hirsi Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilisations Your view of the world will be changed.
Andrew Leigh The Economics of Just About Everything: The hidden reasons for our curious choices and surprising successes Well written and ever so interesting.
Anita Moorjani Dying To Be Me Spiritual beings having a human experience
Anna Snoekstra Little Secrets Another Christmas gift from a wonderful member. Based in Australia – a great read if you can work through the use of American words like “soda” and “trunk”.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince A beautiful story about the Little Prince and his strange adventure.
Bob Brown Optimism: Reflections on a life of action After many years of being inspired by Bob, reading his story helped me further understand his decisions.
Bob Burg and John David Mann The Go-Giver A little story about a powerful idea
Brendon Burchard Life’s Golden Ticket A story about second chances and personal growth. Haven’t we all wanted a second chance at some stage?
Brendon Burchard The Motivation Manifesto This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Carol Dweck mindest The new psychology of success How we can learn to fulfill our potential
Cyndi O’Meara Changing Habits, Changing Lives This book literally changed my life!
Dan Ariely Predictably Irrational The hidden forces that shape our decisions
Dean Burnett The Idiot Brain The most amazing insight into why you think and behave the way you do!
Dr. Brett Hill How to eat an elephant Simple solutions for lifelong energy and vitality
Dr. David Perlmutter Grain Brain This literally changed the way I looked at grains forever!
Dr. Joe Dispenza You Are the Placebo – making your mind matter Proves that it is possible to heal with thought alone
Dr. Joel Wallach Dead Dr’s Don’t Lie The inspiration behind Youngevity with a section that tells you what vitamins and minerals are needed to fix aches and pains.
Dr. John Tickell Laughter, Sex, Vegetables & Fish Or as Dr. John wrote in his email to me – you can swap sex for rice!
Dr. Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life
Emily Ross and Angus Holland 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them The strength and determination of the 100 Businesses are inspiring.
Gabrielle Bernstein Add More -ing to Your Life A hip guide to happiness!
Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Jojo Moyes wrote that this book was “Funny, touching and unpredictable”. Sums it up nicely!
Graeme Simsion The Rosie Effect The sequel to The Rosie Project. Loved it!
Graeme Simsion The Rosie Project A beautiful story about living high on the spectrum!
Gretchen Rubin Better Than Before Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life
Gretchen Rubin The Four Tendencies Which tendency are you? How to make your life better – and other people’s lives better too…
Harry O-Brien It’s Cool to be Conscious Spiritual insight from a football player! He’s amazing!
Heather Morris The Tattooist of Auschwitz This topic is never a great read – but necessary to remember.
Heather Rose The Museum of Modern Love A quirky read that asks lots of questions about the nature of art, love, and life.
Ian Morgan Cron The Road Back to You An enneagram Journey to self-discovery
Jacqueline Pascarl Once I was a Princess A Melbourne girl falls in love with a Malaysian Prince. Her story is brave and courageous.
Jim Collins Good to Great This book came as quite a surprise! It looks quite unassuming until you get into the section on Level 5 Leadership. It is written for businesses that have gone from Good to Great. The message on leadership though is very empowering. We are all leaders in our life in some way – leaders in a social setting, at work, in the home, with friends.  If you think of leaders you will think of those who are extroverts, charisma, and a large ego. Not true says Jim – it takes a lot more and he has the evidence to prove it.
Jodi Picoult I love all of Jodi’s books. The Storyteller is my favourite. We talk about forgiveness as a way to move forward. Not necessarily accepting that what the other person did to you is ok. To move forward from the hurt and pain caused, you must first forgive.  This is a beautiful story about forgiveness. If a WW2 Jewish prisoner can forgive their Nazi captors than surely we can forgive? Have your tissues ready!
John C Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I love all of John’s books.
John Robbins The Food Revolution How your diet can help save your life and our world
Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson, Ethan Willis The One Minute Entrepreneur Easy to read – harder to implement.
Kristine Carlson Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women I had the opportunity to meet Kristine a few years back. She has taken Richard’s work and honoured him in the most beautiful way.
Laura Greaves The Rescuers “Incredible stories of life-saving dogs.” Read it and weep and weep and weep!
Liane Moriarty Nine Perfect Strangers A Christmas gift from a lovely member. I have read all of Liane’s books. The ending of this is a little quick but still a great read!
Louise L Hay A number of options to read and re-read time and time again. A fantastic reference tool. Every book is a reference tool that you will use time and again. Tap into the emotional trigger that is causing your physical manifestation of the emotional pain.  In a world that moves as fast as ours does, we need to take some time out when in pain and focus on the emotional issues that are causing physical pain. Soldiering on through physical pain is denying the emotional pain, which will then manifest and the cycle will continue.
Malcolm Gladwell Blink and literally everything he has written. “The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” – powerful!
Michael Gerber The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It Easy to read – challenging to implement.
Mike Robbins Nothing Changes Until You Do Enjoyed the writing style in this book. It’s pretty intense stuff but with examples, it’s interesting and exciting! We all have the ability to change and make changes to our future. It’s being “stuck” in past thoughts and present ideas that limit potential and the ability to move forward. This book will give you some tools to use that are both useful and effective.
Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich Almost 100 years old and still popular.
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist is one of my favourites. Paulo takes you to a magical place and will change the way you see things in your day to day lives.
Peter Guber Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story Changed my thinking about telling stories – it’s important to share them.
Richard Branson Love them all. Richard Branson has to be one of the greatest thinkers and proactive people of our time. He follows his passion and remains considerate and thoughtful along the way. He writes in a way that allows you to connect with him and the way he thinks. He’s just the boy next door!
Richard Carlson Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff And it’s all small stuff!
Richard Kiyosaki Rich Dad, Poor Dad Handy and helpful tips.
Roxanne Veletzos The Girl They Left Behind A Christmas gift from my gorgeous friend Mel – loved it!
Scott Pape Barefoot Investor Get on top of your finances with this simple and easy strategy.
Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage Want to lift your happy levels? This is the book for you! Beautifully written – happiness is possible!
Stephen M.R. Covey The Speed of Trust Following in the footsteps of his Dad. This book will change your life.
Stephen R Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The 7 Habits is the one book I keep going back to time and time again. It’s the most read book on my bookshelf! Each time I read it I discover something new. A fantastic book for continuous growth. I was encouraged to do my “Mission Statement” and it is a regular reminder of who I am and what I am seeking.
Steve Zaffron & Dave Logan The three laws of performance Surprising!
Susan Jeffers Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway Fear is quite a natural emotion to have. The more you care about something the more fear you will probably have. HOWEVER you can use that fear to halt what you are doing or you can harness that fear to propel you forward.
Tim Ferriss Tools of Titans The tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers
Viktor Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust We can all forgive those who have hurt us. Viktor could forgive – so can we.
Vintage Williams Stoner A Novel A wonderful story about truthfulness and compassion.