Remikit's 100 in 2009
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I'll start my list with the following:
1. Eight Habits of the Heart - Clifton Taulbert.
I gave this book 4 stars because he eloquently explained something in 113 pages that I have been trying to understand for a long time. He says that community building occurs when people follow 8 habits of the heart: Nurturing Attitude, Responsibility, Dependability, Friendship, Brotherhood, High Expectations, Courage, and Hope.
I wish the book had been longer.
1. Eight Habits of the Heart - Clifton Taulbert - 4 Stars
Great book written in devotions sized sections to provoke new thinking about the subject of serving
3. Jim Henson's Doodle Dreams: Inspiration for Living Life Outside the Lines by Jim Lewis
More of inspiration/ quote book
Victorian Ghost Story. Good read.
I wished the library had had this book. It is probably a useful book for someone looking to become an entrepreneur.
I don't know how to explain my feeling or lack of feeling about this book. This was easy enough to read - but nothing really happens. Like life. At the end of it I didn't feel moved as I did with Stegner's book Remembering Laughter. I need to think about why I felt so blah about this book.
She provides a quick overview of most of the popular career/ self-help gurus of the past century. This was a very useful and insightful book. I recommend it. I wish I'd had this book before I started working.
This is a good book. I love books that help me get leverage and work issues. This book had a couple of great ideas (tools) that helped provide more direction and help rather than just "you're backsliding". He describes the spiritual life as a journey that we experience as cycles that will continue until we leave this place (Purgation/ Illumination/ Union/ Stagnation - and so on). His concept of being stagnated helped me greatly.
- Good book. As usual, I learned a lot from reading about how Buddhism treats the mind and our thoughts.
- This was an interesting mix of a manga and light - very light young adult novel. I would not read this again. There promises to be more adventures with the three protagonists, but I'm not interested in reading them. The book reads in the style of "A Series of Unfortunate Events", but the book is too long.
13. Power Networking: 55 Secrets for Personal and Professional Success - Donna and Sandy Vilas - 3 Stars
Both books have numerous useful tips on networking and presenting yourself.
Great book. I want to buy this for reference once I find another job. %)
Highly enjoyable. Funny. I love her books. Part of a Christian romance series of four Chinese/ Japanese american cousins who fall in love in spite of the manipulation / schemes of their Grandmother. For those looking for a great romance without all the bodice ripping, but a lot more humor - this is the series. Grandma kills me. lol.
Interesting book. I wish it had been longer so he could expand on some of his ideas.
Excellent book. He has a lot of great advice and a number of several useful tools / techniques to refine your goals, identify next steps and draft a workable plan towards achieving them. Recommended.
Good book. I will try to use his system, but I'm horrible with keeping my curiosity under control, which always results in multiple projects and books piling up around me.
I loved this book. I love the Stoics. If you don't have a Philosophy of Life - please read this book. If nothing else, it will make you think about what is the Good Life and whether you should have a Philosophy of Life. I think everyone should have one. Recommended.
This is a great series about a history professor who also happens to be a martial artist and the mysteries he gets caught up in.
Recommended. I love books that talk about how to achieve "the good life."
Great book to own and reread frequently. I love books on creativity.
29. Do What You Are - 3.5 Stars - Paul D. Tieger
Was eye-opening to see my personality explained to me when I thought I was so original. %). Personality quirks, likes and dislikes all laid in gory detail and projected future development based on Myers Briggs. Quite lovely. It also suggested that you design your job search to suit your personality. I will be taking advantage of its insights.
Both books are highly recommended.
31. Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the five key roles used by effective leaders - 4 Stars - Esther Cameron & Mike Green - Another good book.
Great explanation of how teams and individuals lose confidence in themselves and their abilities and how they can rebuild and face future losses. Good read.
Very good book. Several useful exercises to dig up the lessons learned and how to get beyond some of the hits in your life.
34. The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Foundation as an Exemplary Leader - Richard Strozzi-Heckler - 3 Stars.
35. The Lathe of Heaven - 3 Stars - Ursula Le Guin
I liked the way the story ended with the world left in a marred state - and our hero agreeing to actively participate in changing it - on a personal level in his own life.
37. Muse of Fire - Dan Simmons - 2 Stars. This book tweaked my nose. I didn't like the abrupt way it ended and I didn't like all the left over questions I had.
Good book - provides insight into Colin Powell's approach to leadership and many great principles
40. An Altar in the World - 4 Stars, Barbara Brown Taylor
Amazing book. I would buy the book if I had the money so I could reread it every year. I highly recommend this book.
Fun comic book about a Bodyguard drawn as a Rabbit.
44. Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 - 3 Stars - Stan Sakai. Same as above.
45. Upbeat: Cultivating the Right Attitude to Thrive in Tough Times - 4.5 Stars - Rajesh Setty. Although this is a very short book, the amount of actionable and useful information about managing your attitude and driving your life in the direction you want it to go in - in spite of the situation - makes it well worth the the money and the read.
"between dissatisfaction and transformation is vision."
Recommended. A thoughtful look at the three key commitments of our lives that in order to live well, we need to work at (Marriage to our Work, Marriage to Self and Marriage to your Mate - or in the case of single people - to that idea or calling that we've married ourselves to - thinking Queen Elizabeth here). I love the fact that he did not leave single people out.
Recommended. 140 characters does not seem like a lot of space, but this is a book you'll want to read and reread to spur additional thought, prompt action and provoke change in yourself and others.
56. Napoleon Hill's Golden Rules - 4 Stars - Napoleon Hill - Good book. Recommended for advice
57. The Life of Prayer: Mind, Body, and Soul - Allan Hugh Cole, Jr - 3 Stars - Good book on prayer - how to, practices and styles of prayer.
This is the most realistic book on how to be happy I have ever read. He gives you the first 7 of his 8 tips on how to be happy and then lays on the most important piece of advice in the book. He essentially tells you what few other books tell you outright: Happiness takes work. It doesn't fall in your lap or hit you in the head while you're not looking. I highly recommend that you read this.
60. A Simple Path - 3 Stars - Mother Theresa
Good book. Great Prayers. Good view of Missionaries of Charity, their work and their heart.
I enjoyed parts of the book and many of her quotes from the Analects, but felt in the end only marginally closer to understanding who he was. Maybe that's actually closer to the truth anyway - how close can you get to understanding someone in a biography without oversimplifying. A good sign is that I want to read the Analects. Good read.
Good book. For someone who was turned off by the format of the Art of War, it was a great introduction and explanation of even some of the more difficult passages. I will have to buy this book as I will definitely want to reread it and refer to later.
It can be a little depressing and humbling to realize that the stuff you worked your way through to reach a place of temporary rest is completely common to the human experience and not unique in any way. This book is a good read. It is not another self-help book.
It does not have lists of things to do. It is a discussion of how one might try to live a more considered life. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer the how tos, but this book spoke to me about my own experience and answered and raised questions that are useful. If you are interested in continuing to grow and change, it is a very useful book.
As usual, Dr Cloud has written another great book. I recommend anything he writes if you're interested in personal growth. Be prepared to get to work because this scalpel cuts deep.
A bit off topic for me, but I was dragged into the book by the true stories of students who were inspired by their teachers. As a former speech and debate student, some of those stories brought back memories.
Will be rereading this. Good advice
Good book full of suggestions on how to increase and encourage the use of your imagination.
Great book. Don't read it unless you're going to do the exercises. Lots of tools and insights to earn a recommendation. Ignore the title if it's making not want to read it. This is an extremely practical book that helps you define what that means to you, identify your values, goals and tools to help you get there.
This book is great at explaining a problem that we all understand: we are a divided society. Truth is something that people we agree with tell us. It does a great job in explaining that. Unfortunately, it does not fulfill its promise: that we will learn his thoughts on how to live in a post-fact society. In fact, the only words spent on that subject seem to have been the last 5-10 words telling us to choose our sources of truth wisely. I wasted 3 hours on this. Don't read it.
Very good book of thoughtful essays. She's definitely walked through what she writes about.
76. Deep Church - 3 Stars, Jim Belcher
I like people who try to find the middle way. I'm tired of division. Good book that attempts to explain each side to the other and find the good in both.
I have to admit, that I did not really connect with anything beyond the first third of the book (focus on making the right decisions in our careers). The rest was written for someone at a higher level than myself.
Great book. This goes into the permanent collection. Not overly Christian, not overly Buddhist, this is a book that can speak to anyone who has lost anything. Which is just about everyone.
"If we can stay conscious through the losses, we stand to win a little slice of reality - a reality that may not be what we wanted it to be, that may not be of our choosing or our preference, that may conceivably be that which we most feared or dreaded, but a reality that is....well, real. Objectively real. Real in God's world. Real in the world of Truth. And that reality is worth all failures, and can and will unfold into untold possibilities."
Surprised me. This is a book about risk management - how to assess the risk associated with your decisions and make better decisions.
This is too far out there for me, but there are some useful bits on engaging your emotions and getting in synch with your body.
Useful advice and tips learned from following Peter Drucker's example. It's always cool to learn from people who have successfully done the most with their time and their talents. Excellent book - like reading a similar book about Benjamin Franklin. Rich in ways to improve your effectiveness.
86. Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair - 3 Stars -Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
I think I've read this before. I still don't understand the 'wow' factor here (reaction from others), but I can appreciate the story.
Don't be scared off by the title. An interesting book, but depressing. It recommends a direction, but the solution seems so far out of reach that it's really just a hope.
Great book. Don't accept limitations without questioning them. Wish I had known this earlier in my life.
Excellent book. Explains how people bounce back from disintegration to re-integration. Redefined the meaning of morale for me.
I'm beginning to hate reading his books. Good book.
Laugh out loud wisdom and hard truths.
Interesting, but not very useful for me.