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The Best Books I Read This Month (May 2012)

This month, I read a variety of books, but the one that stood out to me was The Fire Starter Sessions:  A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle Laporte.  I tend to read books quite quickly, but after a couple of chapters, I intentionally slowed down on this one, limiting myself to one chapter a day.  I found The Fire Starter Sessions to be one of the best books on helping you figure out the direction and passion for what you want out of life.  Instead of telling you to simply find your passion, she’s included a series of questions and worksheets at the end of each chapter.

Here’s a few of my favorite quotes:

  • “Genuine curiosity and sincere interest are burning coals that can warm you for a good, long time.  Your curiosity is your growth point.  Always.”
  • “The willingness to interpret and integrate the lessons of hardship is a key characteristic of forward-facing people.”
  • “Our dreams and desires define us, whether they are broken, scarcely remembered, on the verge of reality, or in full bloom.  Dreams pilot our choices and shape the landscape of our lives.”
  • “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be free?”
  • “Sometimes we resist giving because it hurts to meet others in their place of need and suffering.  Sometimes, it’s easier to make ourselves separate than to enter into someone else’s sphere of pain.”

And those are just a few.  This will be one of those books that I will read again.

Here’s some other books I read this month as well:

  • To The Last Breath by Francis Slakey-  This book is getting a lot of positive feedback.  The writer talks of how his goals of surfing and hiking all over the world challenged his “don’t let others get close” mentality, which he developed as a young child when his mother died of cancer.
  • Toxic Charity:  How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How To Reverse It by Robert Lupton- Interesting look at how we tend to get charity backwards, helping more than we hurt.
  • Breaking Up With God:  A Love Story by Sarah Sentilles-  This former priest-to-be details how she came to give up on the God that she once believed in.
  • Snow Angels, Lucifer’s Tears, and Helsinki White by James Thompson- I was introduced to this mystery/crime writer this month and enjoyed all three of his novels.  Looking forward to more.
  • 14 Minutes:  A Running Legend’s Life and Death and Life by Alberto Salazar
  • Eddy Merckx:  The Cannibal by Daniel Friebe
  • How Cav Won The Green Jersey:  Short Dispatches From the 2011 Tour De France by Ned Boulting
  • How God Became King:  The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by NT Wright
  • Imagine:  How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
  • Standout:  The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment by Marcus Buckingham

I’m also trying out the Goodreads website for more reading recommendations.

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