I love to read. And I love to encourage others to read.
Here is a short excerpt from my book, Which Old Woman Will You Be? from the chapter on Be A Reader.
Today, my top five novels are: Jane Eyre, Christy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Kite Runners.
From these, I discovered that …..
I actually can be a romantic.
I want my home to be a refuge and place of comfort.
I can enjoy fantasy, even though I am more naturally a realist.
There are unbelievable obstacles women can overcome.
Cultures are deep and full and very multi-dimensional.
I said five, so I won’t go on to mention Three Cups of Tea, The Lacuna, The Hobbit and George McDonald novels……or Grishom and Patricia Cornwell (Scarpetta) and Maeve Binchy or The President’s Lady and Mr. Audubon’s Lucy.
I have nonfiction favorites, too. Like any of John Maxwell’s books on leadership, One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni, When Fish Fly by Joseph Michelli and John Yokoyama. The Purpose Driven Life would be #1 on the non-fiction list if I had to choose.
BIG life-changing books for me have been The Dip by Seth Godin. That book actually was a catalyst for major adjustments for my husband and me. Including (but not limited to) changing jobs and relocating 11 hours away.
Younger Next Year (and Younger Next Year for Women) by Chris Crowley and Harry S Lodge, M.D. has prompted significant daily alterations for me and my husband. Moving from casual to intentional daily exercise and getting serious about our diet so that we can stay fit and active into our 80’s and beyond came from this book.
These books helped us imagine our lives differently.
One of the few regrets I have is that I have not kept a list of all the books I have read.
Be discriminate with your time. Read books that teach good lessons that are well-written.
Not to escape, but to explore.
Reading will keep your mind sharp. It will give you something to talk with others about. It can get you thinking about larger issues. It can make you smile and weep and empathize and wonder.
Some studies even show that reading reduces stress and can slow our heartbeat. Take a “reading vacation.” You don’t have to go anywhere or spend anything. Just block out some time to “go somewhere” by reading a book.
So…a short excerpt from Which Old Woman Will You Be? To encourage you to read!!!
What books are on your summer reading list?
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