If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that I am a big reader. There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a new book, especially if it’s highly recommended.
I actually have, and regularly use, a library card. Crazy, right?! Although reading on my phone may be more convenient, I am a big fan of holding a book in my hands and turning pages. Old school I guess.
Mark Twain once said that, “the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
I firmly believe that reading can accelerate our knowledge on any subject. Have you ever read a book on wealth, health, happiness, or any skill?
What better way to learn than from other people’s experiences and mistakes!
A few years ago, my family and I decided to swap out exchanging holiday presents for books. Since we are all avid readers, our new tradition was not only welcomed but a great success. Instead of gifting another sweater (with the gift receipt!) or more electronics, why not give a book that could potentially change a life?
Not a bad exchange.
I’m not suggesting this works for all families, I absolutely enjoy exchanging presents (and still do with my inlaws), but hey, books make great gifts too!
As the saying goes, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
On that note, I would like to offer a few book suggestions that have sculpted my life, and could potentially influence yours as well.
You may have already checked off everyone on your list this year, but don’t forget yourself- you deserve a gift too.
Nutrition & Health
Clean by Alejandro Junger– a simple and straight forward approach to healing digestive issues and a great program to follow to reboot your system. Perfect for the New Year!
The UltraMind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman– this was my first real look at transforming food into medicine. A great book for anyone suffering from depression or anxiety.
Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis– I think the title says it all. The author re-tells his own account of how he was on his death bed and reversed symptoms through changes in diet and lifestyle.
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss– go behind the scenes of the food industry with this journalist’s eye opening account of how we are being “hooked” on food. Super interesting read!
The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden & Stephen Sinatra– written by two doctors, this book shatters the myth that cholesterol is the reason for heart disease. I recommend this book to anyone with heart issues or on statin drugs.
Happiness & Wellbeing
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer– I’ve re-read this book about three times. They are so many gems in here, it’s hard not to highlight the whole book.
A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson– Ms. Williamson makes sense of this crazy thing called life. Simply put: change your perspective, change your life. This book points you in the direction on how to do that.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz– A simple guidebook on how to live a meaningful life. The laws are simple, but when practiced, are quite profound. A quick read and a perfect stocking stuffer.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – If you’ve never heard of this book, at one time, it was selling more copies than the bible. Oprah preached it through the rooftops, and there is a reason for it. The secret to happiness lies in the now and living in the present.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman– Relationships can be challenging, but it’s important for both partners to speak the same language. This author explains how to make relationships work. Plenty of “A ha” moments in this book.
The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida– Every man should read this, their woman too. Great insight on becoming the best man, father, husband person you can be, and ways for women to understand him.
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz– Another simple, amazing book. Poignant notes on not only bettering your relationship with others, but also yourself.
Motivation & Getting Shit Done
Essentialism:The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckewon– Learn how to be more productive in your life by doing less. This book helps trim the fat off your busy life. Game changer!
The One Thing by Gary Keller- Get your focus game on point by eliminating 80% of the BS in your life and focusing on the “One Thing”.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield– You know that tiny voice in your head that keeps you from getting started or even finishing? This author calls that “The Resistance” and explains how essential it is shut him up.
To the “gift that keeps on giving the whole year round!”. Happy Holidays!