September Book of the Month: To Be Told

September 4, 2012

When I first read To Be Told I felt like the author, Dan Allender, was writing directly to me. This book is worth reading because the journey to yourself is worth taking. We often overlook our own life story and the meaning it has for us and others. This book will help you recognize the power of your story.  

By understanding and giving meaning to your journey, you’ll live more boldly today and in your future. God reveals himself to you–and to others–through the story written in your life. In this insightful and compelling book, Dr. Allender shows you how to read the stories of your life. He helps you understand the meaning written into every detail of who you are. As a result, you can share your story with others and listen to their story with greater compassion. Ultimately these stories reveal the unique aspects of our own divinity.

Starting today, you can find deeper meaning in your story–a story To Be Told.

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August Book of the Month: The Success Principles

August 5, 2012

I refer to this book as the encyclopedia of success as it is full of useful and life altering ideas. The book,  The Success Principles , is written by Jack Canfield a cofounder of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. I’ve personally used the “template” in this book to write my life and professional vision statements. Canfield reminds us that only a very small portion of Americans have a clearly written vision of what they want to achieve in life.

The Success Principles will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, this book will give you the proven blueprint you need to achieve any goal you desire.

Enjoy!

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July Book of the Month: The Dream Giver

July 9, 2012

Published almost ten years ago, The Dream Giver, is another oldie but goodie. Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keeps you from living the life you were created for. Written as a compelling modern-day parable, Wilkinson gives readers practical keys to fulfilling their own dream, revealing that there’s no limit to what you can accomplish when you choose to pursue the dreams your designed for. Are you living your dream— or just living your life? Let Bruce Wilkinson show you how to rise above the ordinary, conquer your fears, and overcome the obstacles that keep you from living your Big Dream.

Enjoy!

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June Book of the Month: Traveling Light

June 4, 2012

This month we feature artist and storyteller Brian Andreas. I became fascinated with his art and stories in 2005 on a trip to Blowing Rock, NC. In my house you’ll find a StoryPeople sculpture and framed prints. Andreas’ seventh book, Traveling Light: Stories & Drawings For a Quiet Mind is filled with delightful and intriguing stories (actually more like poems or rambling thoughts than stories) accompanied by his unique artwork. At times I like to sit quietly and read these stories. No pressure. No plan. Simply read the wisdom that fills these pages and smile. Here’s one of my favorites, reminding me why I love to start my day so early: “I’ve always liked the time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind me who I’m supposed to be, so it’s easier to remember who I am.”

Enjoy!

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May Book of the Month: The Artist’s Way

April 30, 2012

I just completed a six week writing course at The Creative Center here in Greensboro, NC called: The Write Motivation. Our instructors were Chris Laney and Dena Harris. One of the books we often referred to was Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. If you’ve ever felt like a writer, artist, or creative spirit was hiding within you, this book will help unleash it. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from this book, “It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.” Cameron gives you permission to bypass perfection in order to jumpstart your creativity. I used some of her techniques to begin journaling in an imperfect stream of consciousness format. That led me to blogging and eventually writing my, soon to be released, first book. Here’s to releasing your innate creative self.

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April Book of the Month: Blue Like Jazz

April 3, 2012

It’s time to once again break from the tradition of recommending personal development reading and dig into a slightly different genre. In Blue Like Jazz, Don Miller offers us a thought provoking narrative of his personal spiritual journey. Written as a series of short essays on vaguely theological topics (faith, grace, belief, confession, church), and disguised theological topics (magic, romance, shifts, money). Miller is enjoyably clever, and his story is telling and beautiful, even poignant. The title is meant to be evocative. His subtitle, “Non-Religious” thoughts about “Christian Spirituality” indicates Miller’s distrust of the traditional institutional church and his desire to appeal to those experimenting with other flavors of spirituality.

Enjoy!

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March Book of the Month: How to Win Friends and Influence People

March 5, 2012

Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, conjures up thoughts like foundational, timeless, father of personal development and cornerstone. Those are powerful descriptors. This is a powerful book.

If I had to make a choice of recommending only one book to a friend this might just be the one I’d choose. Dale Carnegie’s timeless and fundamental principles will work for anyone, anywhere. Since it was released in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. It appeals equally to business audiences, self-help audiences, and general readers alike. Carnegie packed his book full of proven advice for success in life by valuing others and making them feel appreciated rather than manipulated. His book shares real life examples, which demonstrate how to apply his human relation principles.  

This book is as relevant as ever before: In the age of Steven Covey and Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure.

Enjoy!

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February Book of the Month: Leadership and Self-Deception

January 31, 2012

I read Leadership and Self-Deception eight years ago and it had a profound impact on me. It changed the way I lead and parent. Now that’s getting my money’s worth. Since its original publication, this book has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon. Rather than tapering off, it has sold more copies each year than it did in any of the first four years after publication. The book’s central insight—that the key to leadership lays not in what we do, but in who we are—has proved to have powerful resonances not only for organizational leadership, but in readers’ personal lives as well. Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the precise psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a “box” of endless self-justification. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out.

This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story more readable and compelling. And drawing on the extensive correspondence they’ve received over the years the authors have added a section that outlines the many ways that readers have been using Leadership and Self-Deception, focusing on five specific areas: hiring, teambuilding, conflict resolution, accountability, and personal growth and development.

Enjoy!

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January Book of the Month: The Power of Intention

January 2, 2012

Over the years, I’ve recommended The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer to more people than any other book I’ve read. Perhaps the reason is that it’s a good place to begin seeing the relationship between ourselves and a higher power within our universe. Dyer presents this somewhat touchy subject in a manner that’s both believable and palatable.

Commonly, “Intention” is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention—not as something you do—but as an energy you’re a part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.

Get yourself a warm cup of java and enjoy.

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December Book of the Month: Onward

November 29, 2011

I bought my copy of Onward while purchasing my daily half-caf, grande, no room, Americano at the local Starbucks. Although it was third in line on my reading list, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It has not disappointed me in the least! Howard Schultz gets it. Companies have souls, hearts, and minds. All three dimensions need to be addressed and lead.

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as the CEO eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company and became chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul. In Onward, he shares the remarkable story of his return and the company’s ongoing transformation under his leadership, revealing how, during one of the most tumultuous economic times in history, Starbucks again achieved profitability and sustainability without sacrificing humanity.

Onward represents Schultz’s central leadership philosophy: Business is personal. Business is more than the perfect cup of coffee…it’s about people. Get yourself a warm cup of java and enjoy this inspiring read.

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