Having over 1,000 books (and yes, the number is growing!), I may find it challenging to pick a favourite, as I would with movies. To give you an indication of my current reality, my “yet to read” book pile will more than likely take me around 20 years or thereabouts, all things being equal, if I was to read a chapter a day!
Towards the end of 2013, I was knocked by a nasty chest infection and I took 7-8 weeks of time out to rest and recover. During this time of recovery, my energy was depleted and I struggled in air conditioning and the cooler late night and early morning air temperatures. Needless to say, during my waking hours, I found great delight in my books! Over the Christmas/New Year period alone, I read the following:
It Starts With Passion – Keith Abraham
How to ignite your passion, live with purpose, and succeed in life and business. No matter what you want to achieve in life, the secret to doing it is passion. For people to be happy, they need to find meaning in what they do and in the roles they play in their lives, careers, and communities. When we identify the personal passions that drive us, the byproduct is focus, satisfaction, and achievement. But it's not always easy to find our passions. This book shows you how to ignite the passion in your life, find out what's meaningful to you and pursue it with passion and energy. When you understand the "why" of what you're doing, the "how" becomes the easy part.
Time Management – Brian Tracy
More than any other practice in your career, your ability to manage time will determine your success or failure. The better you use your time, the more you will accomplish, and the greater your rewards will be. This pocket-sized guide reveals 21 proven time management techniques you can use immediately to gain two or more productive hours every day.
Escape to Ecclesia – Lisa Meredith Shah
In a world between worlds, Molly Grace, a very special teenage girl, struggles with her destiny to lead a journey of transformation. This adventure unfolds as an unexpected journey through the experience of an ever-expanding universe, highlighting the spiritual power of personal energy and focus. As told from Molly's point of view, the story brings new perspectives to certain significant moments of human history as their places in the big picture are revealed. This story offers a new look at some old ideas and proposes creative perspectives on the age-old belief of a utopian society of the future.
Over the past 12 months, while working with a Naturopath, I gained immense value and a deeper insight from the following books:
Body Ecology Diet – Donna Gates
If you're experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or other symptoms that won't go away no matter what you do or how many doctors you see, chances are you're one of the millions unknowingly suffering from an imbalance starting in your internal ecosystem, which can be a key factor in headaches, joint and muscle pain, depression, cancer, food allergies, digestive problems, autism, and other immune-related disorders. This book reveals how to restore and maintain the "inner ecology" your body needs to function properly, and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living.
Coconut Cures – Bruce Fife
Learn about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil, meat, milk and water and why coconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth.
Grain Brain – David Perlmutter
The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 4-week plan to achieve optimum health. Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. This book demonstrates how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.
Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
Provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more, including information on how to keep technology from dominating our time.
Organise Yourself – John Caunt
Many people find it hard to get on top of their workload. They constantly bounce from one task to another and struggle to prioritize, which can have a serious impact on productivity. This book helps readers develop effective organizational skills and dramatically improve the way they work, containing tips on seeing through complex problems, building positive workplace habits, avoiding information overload, overcoming distractions and interruptions, organizing work space and filing systems, making effective use of technology, and coping with the challenges of working from home.
I’m unsure what book I’ll pick up next, however, I can guarantee you, it’ll more than likely be a great read! :-)
I was recently gifted the book “Tracks”, based on the true life story of Robyn Davidson and her 1,700 mile journey across the Australian desert with only 4 camels and Diggity dog for company, and also "Y&M - An Essential Book of Good". Maybe these will be part of my Christmas reading!
I’d be curious to know …. what are some of your favourite books? And what are you looking forward to reading next?
I tend to get absorbed in books and reading for me can be entertainment, FUN, educational, inspiring, encouraging, supporting, heart warming, fantasy, fiction, excitement, adventure, new experiences, opening up the world through pictures and words. Whatever books are to you, to me they're part of living a life you love! :-)
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