Eat, Move, Sleep Cover

Eat Move Sleep: How small choices lead to big changes (United States: Missionday, 2013)

Tom Rath, researcher, writer, speaker, scientist, Gallup advisor, cancer survivor and author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, has written one of the most practical books of all time. If your health and physical well-being are important to you, this book needs to be on both your bookshelf and your annual reading list.

Rath clearly lines out behavioral, physiological, medical – frankly every “al” you can come up with – reasons and data to support the need to eat, move and sleep well.

Whether you are a novice or seasoned connoisseur of information on physical health you will find this text easy to read and highly motivational. Rath writes short, pithy chapters that will compel anyone to want to live well, simultaneously providing a multitude of simple, practical steps to make good living a reality. As the subtitle describes, the author offers hard evidence to support how the smallest, most manageable of choices can create huge changes in any and every life.

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer that will position your loved one for their best year ever? This is the one!

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams: God’s unexpected path to joy (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2001)

Dr. Larry Crabb, renowned Christian author, speaker, teacher and psychologist, has written one of the most profound books ever. Drawing from his own story of shattered dreams, and unpacking Naomi’s story from the Biblical book of Ruth, Crabb brings to light God’s sovereignty in the midst of pain.

Although this text was referred to me almost 10 years ago, I have finally taken the time to dive in. It has become my number one recommendation for friends and clients who are struggling to understand why God allows suffering in our lives.

For many years, I did the right thing, believing that following the rules would result in blessings. But this was not to be. I have come to see clearly that life is about being IN the struggle. Remaining IN the tension. For that is where He lives. Waiting to bless us as we discover our incomparable need for Him. This is where joy resides. Crabb brings this to life as few others are able.

Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (New York: Random House, Inc., 2012)

Guest Book Review: by Colleen Robison @ www.colleenrobison.com

Back in February 2015, I had the opportunity to attend a week-long Caribbean cruise with a business group of close to 90 people, making up a small portion of the close to 2,000 total people on the ship. Unfortunately, halfway through the wonderful time that I was having I began to feel trapped, uncomfortable in my own skin and on the verge of a full body panic attack. The beautiful scenery, the wonderful people and the delicious (and abundant) food were not able to soothe my soul.

I am an introvert. A quiet, thoughtful introvert. An introvert who dislikes crowds, strangers, and small talk. An introvert who had willingly and excitedly signed up for a week long vacation of crowds, strangers and small talk.

Thankfully, I was also surrounded by understanding strangers, one of whom recommended the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

In a world that is loud, crazy and of the opinion that you too must be loud and crazy to succeed, Cain shows proof through her storytelling that there is a place and a need for the quiet, thoughtful, introverts of the world. She weaves fact and research through stories of introverts like Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Moses, Rosa Parks, Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, Charles Darwin, Einstein and Gandhi, just to name a few. She helps guide the introvert living in the extrovert world. She explains why you might struggle and stutter and flub an impromptu presentation, but if given a little time to prepare, you will rock the audiences’ socks off. She gives tips on how to get through a dinner party with your sanity intact and maybe even leave the party having made a new connection instead of having spent the whole time hiding in the bathroom (if you even got out of your car at all). Quiet explains the differences between the extroverts and introverts and provides proof that the world needs both.

I began reading Quiet as soon as I set foot off the cruise ship. By the end, I walked away with a deeper understanding of who I am and an acceptance that it’s okay to be who I am. I also walked away with skills to adopt an extrovert mask when necessary without being deceitful of my true, quiet self.

P.S. I salvaged that last half of the cruise by taking a little quiet time to myself everyday to recharge and had the most wonderful time! Just in case you were wondering!

“’Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling’, said Jung, ‘extroverts to the external life of people and activities. Introverts focus on the meaning they make of the events swirling around them; extroverts plunge into the events themselves. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone; extroverts need to recharge when they don’t socialize enough.’” – Susan Cain

“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” – Susan Cain

Powerful Words

Powerful Words (Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press, 2015)

My good friend and colleague, Dr. Clark Gaither knocks it out of the park with his inaugural book launch! Powerful Words is an inspiring and powerful read that testifies to the ability we each have in choosing the direction of our lives. Clark’s vulnerability in sharing his own story, struggles and triumphs is powerful in itself. I laughed, cried and mused my way through his manuscript. Not only, did Clark provide clear examples and moving testimonies to make his points, but he also, offers opportunities at the end of each chapter to give thoughtful application to the information just consumed by the reader. He does a wonderful job encouraging the reader to take up hope and move forward to the life he truly wants to have. Encouragement, exhortation and genuine care for others pours forth from the pages like the Powerful Words they are!

Hidden Food Allergies

Hidden Food Allergies (Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2006)

Several years ago, I was introduced to the idea of food allergies and intolerances. Not really understanding that foods could create symptoms in our bodies beyond those causing anaphylactic shock, I was to embark on a journey that would ultimately change my health and my life.

I had been living with various physical symptoms that I never thought could have a common cause or be healed until I read this book. Many of which I wasn’t even aware of until they were gone!

The authors have done a wonderful job explaining what food allergies and intolerances are. They clarify how an allergen creates inflammation in the body that causes symptoms like asthma, headaches, skin disorders, GI tract difficulties, fatigue and difficulty losing weight, to name a few. Finally, they complete the book by providing practical and necessary ways to promote permanent healing in the body.

I wish I had found this information many years ago and that I had read the book in its entirety when I started eating to heal. This book will remain a resource in my library and on my recommendation list for years to come.

Platform by Michael Hyatt

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012)

For the past 12 months, I’ve been hearing about Michael Hyatt everywhere I turn. And for good reason. Michael is former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, the largest Christian publishing company. So he knows books and platforms, inside out. Since leaving, Michael has developed his own platform that appeals to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Michael and learning from him about some of his basic platform building principles.

The dedication of Platform says it all: To all the authors, artists, and creatives I’ve met through the years who have been turned away because they didn’t have a platform. This book is for you. 

Platform is, as the subtitle states, a step-by-step guide for anyone with something to say or sell. This couldn’t be a more accurate title. Each of the 60 chapters clearly and concisely lays out what steps can be taken to launch your platform. Michael is a fabulous teacher and his generosity in sharing every nitty gritty detail of what has and has not worked for him is astounding. I could not have found a more comprehensive resource to help me start on what could be a long, arduous journey. Although the work is still mine, Platform gives me the tools I need to add to my toolbox to get the job done.

Michael Hyatt

Soooo excited to meet Michael Hyatt! Genius.

Tribes

Tribes: We Need YOU to Lead Us (New York: Portfolio, 2008)

Seth Godin’s bestselling book, Tribes, is about the fundamental message of essential leadership. Godin elegantly shares what it takes to lead well. Heretics, sheep, crowds, tribes, leaders, movements, fans, status quo… these are just some of the elements that good leaders understand.

So why a tribe? Godin states, “A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes… It’s our nature.” If humans are looking for a tribe to join, we need leaders to lead the tribe. Godin does a wonderful job of inspiring and calling us forth to be those leaders.

If you have a message to share and need a little encouragement, this is a great book for you, easy to read and powerful in message!

What message do you share with your tribe? What tribe are you following? Do you have another Seth Godin book that you love?