I love a good read and this year was no exception, especially given a long overseas trip and the chance to devour a few extra books. My top reads of 2014 were mainly books that gave me tools to do better, be better and achieve more. They are a mix of spiritual, scientific and practical plus a surprising, beautiful kids book that was absolutely adorable.
- Wishes Fulfilled by Dr Wayne Dyer
I have read and listened to many of Dr Wayne Dyer’s books, lectures and courses and this year I enjoyed reading Wishes Fulfilled and listening to the audio book, I can See Clearly Now, his latest release.
Wishes Fulfilled is fabulous and provides great tools to manifest what you truly desire. An example of which is recognising what goes through your mind in the 5 minutes before you fall sleep and how your mind then ruminates on that for the next 6 – 8 hours. It really makes you think! Dr Dyer talks about the power of our imagination and coming from a place of already having competed what you wish for.
There are exceptional quotes throughout the book, a favourite for me is ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” (Albert Einstein).
- Supercoach by Michael Neill
Supercoach is about ’10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life’. I love Michael Neill’s practical approach, his words of wisdom and the way he leads you to a different perspective, such as giving up your career! If you weren’t trying to get anywhere, what would you do with your time? I loved that exercise. He talks about decision making, models of success, inner wisdom and my favourite – the ‘Thought Train’.
If you haven’t read this book definitely put it on the agenda for 2015.
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
One of the most beautiful and heart warming reads ever. I picked this up when I was choosing books with my 9 year old children on holiday in England. I read the back cover and was hooked, so regardless of whether they wanted to read it I bought it anyway. I have since bought several copies and shared them with friends, children and adults! Wonder gives you a precious insight into the life of August Pullman, a ten year old boy with a terrible facial abnormality who is going to school for the first time. Although Auggie is very different to the other kids he just wants to be accepted as a normal boy.
This book is full of surprises and will keep you hooked to the end. Buy it for yourself or for your children. Make sure you get the updated version with the additional Julian chapter.
- The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
This is similar in its practicality to Supercoach but different with its focus on what’s getting in the way of you stepping up and being all you can be – your ‘Upper Limit Problem’. Hendricks describes the 4 fears and false beliefs that are your hidden barriers – Feeling fundamentally flawed; a fear of being disloyal and abandoned; believing that success brings a bigger burden; and the crime of outshining. If any of these strike a chord with you pick up a copy of the book now!
- Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza
Dr Joe is another of my favourite teachers and I had the pleasure of attending a weekend workshop with him this year as well as reading this new release. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – ‘How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One’ is a science based book, full of new and exciting research, combined with fascinating stories and real life experiences. Dr Joe talks about overcoming your mind, your environment and your body and the book leads into his guided meditations which are the ‘how’ you can break the habit of being yourself.
A couple of other great reads from this year I highly recommend are: Work With Me by Barbara Annis and John Gray and The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio.
I love a good book recommendation.
What great books have you read recently that you would recommend?
To your success and happiness!