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Empowering Reads (31-40)

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#31 Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Champion Recommends: Present Over Perfect

This remarkable collection of essays will inspire you find simple ways to let go of the need to prove or earn your worth and create a more peaceful life.

About the Book

In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.

“I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.

Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”

Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

Categories: Self-help; Spiritual Studies

#32 Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity

Champion Recommends: Rhinoceros Success

In 100 easy-to-read pages, this books helps you view life from the perspective of a 6,000 pound rhinoceros charging onto the road of success.  Alexander writes that pursuing real happiness in this world requires a rhinoceros mentality. As explained in the book’s third chapter How to Be the World’s Happiest Rhinoceros, “Cows are happy watching television or surfing the Internet. Rhinos are happy when they are charging at their goals.” You may not have recognized yourself as a rhinoceros in the past, but if you instantly relate to the happiness just described when you pursue your life goals, a rhinoceros is exactly what you are!

About the Book

Go get the life you want. Be a Rhinoceros! There is something dangerous about this book. Something big. Something full of power, energy and force of will. It could be about you. You could become three tons of thick-skinned, snorting hard-charging rhinoceros. It is time to go get the life you want!

Categories: Business & Money; Self-improvement

#33 Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion: Revised Edition

Champion Recommends: Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion

Persuasion is tricky. How do you know what the right level of pressure is? How can you engage other people to help you? Read this classic from Napoleon Hill to discover the best methods and get over 700 action-packed mind conditioners that will stimulate your thoughts and get you onto the path of success.

About the Book

In this remarkable book, Napoleon Hill, whose world bestseller, Think and Grow Rich, has shown millions of people the way to success, reveals the most potent and practical part of his famous formula: the art of persuasion.

Categories: Business & Money; Self-improvement

#34 The Alchemist

Champion Recommends: The Alchemist

This masterfully-written allegory of the  hero journey has inspired over 150 million readers worldwide to follow their dreams. Read it to recover and reignite your latent dreams.

About the Book

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Categories: Fiction

#35 The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

Champion Recommends: The Gift of Fear 

This book acknowledges the natural sense of apprehension people have just before a violent attack and explains how to honor those gut feelings before it is too late. In a world where violence is ever-present, this book helps you learn to identify the danger signals many miss or ignore.

About the Book

True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.

A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation’s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger—before it’s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including…how to act when approached by a stranger…when you should fear someone close to you…what to do if you are being stalked…how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls…the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person…and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.

Categories: Self-help; Abuse

#36 The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Champion Recommends: The Opposite of Spoiled

With student loan debt climbing to over 1.5 trillion dollars, it is evident that one of the most important things we can do for our children is make sure they are smart about money. This book will help you get started on the right track and give you ideas to implement with your own children to help them succeed.

About the Book

For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model the basic financial behaviors that are increasingly important for young adults but also to imprint lessons about what the family truly values.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic.

But The Opposite of Spoiled is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.

Categories: Education, Parenting, Self-help

#37 The Science of Success: The Secret to Getting What You Want

Champion Recommends: The Science of Success

This classic book is the perfect companion to Think and Grow Rich.  A century ago, Wattles had the big picture on how a positive attitude attracts success in your life that is STILL relevant to our lives today. This is like a workbook that helps you to become the best version of you!

About the Book

Why be poor when you could be rich, mediocre when you could be great, sick when you could be healthy? You have within you the ability to get whatever you want! Prosperity guru Wallace D. Wattles reveals how to tap into this secret power to channel the abundance of the universe and make all your dreams a reality. His method is simple and straightforward, yet it opens up a world where opportunity is limitless, where we control of our own destiny, and where there are scientific answers to life’s great philosophical and religious questions. The Science of Success contains three prosperity classics in a single volume, and all in color, including Wattles’s most famous, The Science of Getting Rich, featured prominently in Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling The Secret. Together, these life-changing books reverse many accepted ideas about attracting wealth, and guide readers along a path to health, success, and fulfillment.

Category: Self-help

#38 True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit

Champion Recommends: True Balance 

This book is an awesome, grounded introduction to the seven energy centers of the body, and how to manage your energy so that you have the energy to allow your creativity to bloom.

About the Book

How can we balance our time and energy when our days are so hectic? How can we find harmony in mind, body, and spirit? In True Balance, renowned intuitive and spiritual healer Sonia Choquette presents a step-by-step workbook for finding balance within our seven essential energy centers, or chakras. Drawing upon her deep personal experience and practice, she offers a wise and down-to-earth guide to achieving harmony. With supportive questionnaires, practical advice, and many specific remedies, Choquette leads us to a balanced life filled with creativity and blessings.

Category: Self-help

#39 Who Moved My Cheese

Champion Recommends: Who Moved My Cheese?

This is a kids book, a motivational fable for adults who want to learn how to deal with change and become more successful. This book helps you frame changes as exciting growth opportunities that are NOT to be dreaded… but to be craved!

About the Book

A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze.
If the same old routines worked.
If they’d just stop moving “The Cheese.”
But things keep changing…

Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don’t have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.

Category: Business; Motivational

#40 You-nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love

Champion Recommends: You-nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love

If you feel like your life could be better and more focused, but regular self-help books aren’t your thing, YOU-NICORN is the book for you. Kirkus calls it “A frank, funny self-help book perfect for those who view the genre with a healthy bit of skepticism.” This is one of our General Manager’s favorite books!

About the Book

YOU-NICORN is an illustrated 30-day, step-by-step program to help you get a better perspective on your thoughts, build healthy relationships, clarify your goals, and find the path to get there. It’s full of no-nonsense practical tools that will help you wherever you are in your awesome journey of life — tools that you can start using today to make every tomorrow better.

In a little under an hour every day for just 30 days, you can uncover the life your heart wants for you. You’re worth it.

With the help of the book, you’ll work through common blocks like limiting beliefs, but also compassionately touch on some territories like depression and substance abuse, all while having fun in an irreverent book that’ll have you scribbling in the margins with revelations about yourself and others. You’ll read about the lives of dozens of inspiring people (including Bob Ross!) who have struggled and succeeded where you can, too!

Give you-nicorn magic a try today!

Category: Self-improvement

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