Inspiring books

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Charles W. Eliot

Every year, since 2007, in the August edition of my newsletter Inspire I recommend books that I have found interesting, inspiring and useful

August 2009 recommendations

Gift from the sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne wrote it in 1955 as a journal never meaning for it to be published, but the more she spoke to people about her ideas, the more they wanted to read it, so it was published and it is still in print. The book chronicles her thoughts on modern life in 1950s America. However, it resonates with many modern day difficulties, especially as the complexity of the 1950s ‘modern life’ that she talks about has increased perhaps a 100 fold in the 21st Century. Read the review here.

What I would have liked to have known at 18 by Daniel Gregory & Marty Wilson
What would you tell your 18 year old self, what words of wisdom have you gleaned in the intervening years that you would like to pass onto others. Read the review here.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey
If you liked Sean’s father’s book ‘The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People’ and you have children then this is a great book. Read the review here.

August 2008 recommendations

Success Intelligence by Robert Holden
Robert is Director of Success Intelligence and The Happiness Project. He was featured on Oprah and two major BBC TV documentaries. The book is full of thought provoking ideas and facts about our current way of living and working in today’s society. Read the review here.

Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly
Gene was the CEO of KPMG when at 54 years young he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and given months to live (as it turned out it was three months). Read the review here.

Moments In Between: The art of the quiet mind by David Kundtz
David’s first book ‘Stopping’. Moments In Between is a beautiful book encompassing lovely photos, inspiring quotes and a different topic each page. Read the review here.

August 2007 recommendations

Stopping: how to be still when you have to keep going by David Kundz
It is a book that I dip back into and re-read on a regular basis, whenever life seems to run away with me and I need to stop. It is easy to read and inspirational. Read the review here.

You Can Have What You Want by Michael Neill
I have been subscribing to Michael Neill’s weekly coaching tips for about 12 years now and they are a constant source of support and inspiration, therefore I snapped up his first book when it came out. Read the review here.

The Power Of Patience: how to slow the rush and enjoy more happiness, success and peace of mind every day by M J Ryan
I bought this a few years ago to give to my dad, and when I dipped in it I realised that I needed it so I kept it (sorry dad). Read the review here.

More books that you might find interesting...

Building the Happiness Centred Business by Dr Paddi Lund
A client of mine bought this for me for the 15th birthday of my own business. This book is based on Paddi’s own experience of running his own business. He says:

“My book is a story about mistakes – making them and learning from them. If there is one thing I have learned from all my business heartache and trials, it is that the greatest sin is to give up, or become paralysed with the fear of making mistakes.

As I look back I find that the successes were as much due to learning from failures as to the occasional great flashes of inspiration. Often the pain and suffering after a failure indicates that the price has been paid and now is the time to expect the rewards. Just keep going that extra few steps, put in one more little bit of effort, and it will fly.”.

Working It Out At Work: understanding attitudes and building relationships by Julie Hay
If there is one book to read about Transactional Analysis (TA) then this is it. Julie’s extensive experience of working within organisations and in applying and training people in TA means that this book is highly practical, easy to dip into and tells you everything you need to know to apply TA in the workplace. It can be purchased on Amazon or at a 15% discount direct from The new Chapter 6 from Working it Out At Work is available as a free download.

Listening The Forgotten Skill: a self-teaching guide by Madelyn Burley-Allen
When I first read the title I had to buy this as I love the idea that listening is seen as a forgotten skill, as most people forget that it is a skill that can be developed and enhanced. This is full of exercises you can use to improve your own listening. If your colleagues, team or family think you don’t listen to them take a look at this book.

The Dance of Anger by Harriet G Lerner
This is quite different from many of the books I recommend, but it had a profound impact on my when I read it about 15 years ago. It is easy to think of anger as an explosive emotion, rather than something most of us have within us. I remember making some changes, based on what I had read in this book, in how I interacted with a particular individual that had a profoundly positive impact on my life.

NLP At Work: the difference that makes the difference in business by Sue Knight
There are so many NLP books out there that it can be hard to choose, but this is a good starter book for someone new to NLP and who wants to apply it within the work context.

The Power of Intention: change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change by Dr Wayne W Dyer
I have to say that having discovered Wayne’s writings about 5 years ago I felt that I had come across a very wise and authentic mentor. If you are looking for some inspiration then get hold of one of his books.

Eat Mangoes Naked By SARK
I first came across a SARK book in Canada about 20 years ago and her colourful handwritten books were a revelation in those days. I have all her books so found it hard to decide on what one to recommend. You will probably love or hate them! Take a look at her website and see if it will appeal to you: