Undoubtedly many of you will be taking summer vacations. These summer getaways allow for an opportunity to get caught up on some tanning, family fun, relaxation and, if you’re anything like me, self-improvement.
Over the last few years I’ve been under major construction personally as I’ve been attempting to discover what it is that matters to me, what I am supposed to do about it and where it’s taking me in life. No, I’m not struggling or an emotional mess, thank you. But that’s just the thing. I’ve grown quite comfortable with my life and things are going great, and many would tell me (like my friends do all the time) that I am a fortunate fella.
Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the happiness and comfort that I’ve worked hard to attain in my life. But as News-Sentinel Editor Rich Hanner once told me, as I sat in his office at the wee age of 16, “Wade, everyone is a work in progress.” And I couldn’t agree more.
With this in mind, I share with you this summer reading list:
‘Choose Yourself’ by James Altucher
This book was written by a guy who has been insanely successful a dozen or so times — and also a big loser on the backend of those dozen or so times. From making millions to losing it all, James examines what it means to be truly happy in this day and age, and how you get to that destination is just as important as reaching it.
In his own loose cannon sort of way, James is kind of ridiculous. But that’s what makes reading this book a blast.
‘The Circle Maker’ by Mark Batterson
“Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers.” That quote, uttered by author Mark Batterson, is already a heck of a hook for an outline in how to harness the power within each of us to call upon the Lord in such a glorious way that the miracle of his response will not only meet our request, but well exceed it.
Citing several modern examples of his theory, Mark claims that “praying circles around your dreams” makes it very clear what it is you desire and why. If the reason is sincere and purposeful, then stand back and watch a spectacular things occur.
It’s changed the way I think about prayer and it might do the same for you.
‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman
A few years back I read this book and was moved to write a column about its message of how there are no ordinary moments and living presently is something we must all try harder at. The story of athlete Dan Millman as he struggles and soars with the help of his friend, a gas station attendant named Socrates, leaves you reflecting on spiritual truths you already well know but have buried over time or perhaps, chosen to ignore.
I am recommending this book again, because I myself think it’s worth reading once more.
‘Loving What Is’ by Byron Katie
This author claims “She had woken up without any concept of who, where, or what she was. She awoke to the fundamental, luminous state of being that is without any separation, that experiences itself as pure love.” Sounds like quite a gripping, uplifting concept to me and I am looking forward to diving in.
If there is one way of thinking I have grown more of an affinity for as of late, it’s the inner light that connects us all called love. We are each capable of changing the way we treat one another and thus, change the way the world is experienced. But that’s for another column.
Check out this book that declares it has four questions that will change your life.
‘The Law of Divine Compensation’ by Marianne Williamson
Speaking of changing the world, this beautiful manifesto boasts that “each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” “The Law of Divine Compensation” covers work, money and miracles and shares exactly how there is a universal energy working for you right now to help you achieve what it is you most need to be at peace with yourself.
If you can get this in audio book form, do it. Marianne’s voice is one of the most soothing, feel-good tones I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to, and just hearing her can further convince you that miracles and love are on your side if you so choose to put them into action.
All of these books can be found on Amazon.com.
Like I said, I’m a work in progress and each of these books are speaking to me. What sort of books are on your summer reading list?