Author: Richard D. Phillips
One of the greatest leaders I have ever studied is ancient Israel’s King David. Remembered as one of the most well-known leaders in the Bible, King David’s life offers countless powerful lessons on leadership and integrity. David started from humble beginnings as a Shepherd, and concluded his life as an infamous king. His story is one of many trials, failures and triumphs that we can all learn from as leaders.
More specifically, King David’ life gives us wisdom on themes such as preparation, achieving goals, leaving a legacy and training others to surpass one’s own accomplishments (as was the case with his heir Solomon). David had great vision for himself and his people. His faith, hard work and boldness set a standard for his followers. Despite experiencing challenges and setbacks, David remained true to his God and his people.
I believe the main lesson his life teaches is one of SERVANT LEADERSHIP.
Boundaries In Marriage
Author: Henry Cloud
If you are married or planning on getting married in the future, this book is a must-read. I would recommend you have an extra copy to have ready to give away also because it’s a great tool. To me, it gives a tremendous balanced definition of what love is and looks like in a relationship. Love isn’t just hugs and good feelings, love sometimes is telling the uncomfortable truth or standing your ground.
This book challenges the reader to take their power of happiness and peace into their own hands and not blame or make excuses. It shares how to remain firm yet respectful by setting boundaries. These boundaries are not selfish but instead see the more significant long-term pictures and protects the relationship as a whole so both sides can be themselves and free in the relationship.
This book does give scriptural backing to its’ principles, but religion is not the focus. Instead, the focus is centered on relationships. It takes our complex emotions and gives simple and practical examples and explanations.
Henry Cloud has published a series of “Boundaries” books and every one I have read has been a great read with real examples and solutions.
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Book: Relationship Breakthrough
Author: Cloe Madanes Robbins
As a Transformation Expert I am always reading and learning different things on different topics. Since I have been getting many clients coming to me about relationship problems I have been really focusing on the topic of relationships. The more I learn the more I can help my clients.
This book is a good read with good tools and methods. This book seeks to open the reader’s eyes on how to seek and understand the others person’s world. Whether your partner, friend, co-worker, child or parent it’s so important for us to learn to get out of ourselves and into their world in order to really understand them and from there you will become more effective in communication and love.
Although I don’t feel this book goes too deep into things it does give some good tips and tools that will work for any relationship. Here are some things Cloe goes over in the book:
– Overcome life’s inevitable losses
– Resolve long-standing family conflicts
– Synchronize their needs with those of others
– Create outstanding relationships in every area of their lives
– Expectation can create problems.
– Having a plan in relationships
– Don’t blame
Book: The Ultimate Power
Author: Dave Grant
This book seeks to reveal the power of love. The author reveals the power of fear and how it destroys our relationships but also shows the “Ultimate Power” of love and how it strengthens, builds and maintains our relationships.
This book gives 12 steps to become a healthier and more loving person, as I call it, a “Smart Lover”. This book break many false beliefs people have when it comes to love, which I believe to be vital these days. Love today has become more lust and pleasure and has so many conditions and constraints. These conditions and constraints hinders the power of love and even moves away from what love actually is and therefore the benefits of the power of love is not experienced. The 12 steps better’s you as a person therefore overflows into all your relationships.
This book was a refreshing and confirming book for me to read personally because I myself wrote a book on the topic of love and Dave Grant has many of the same foundational principles that I have written and teach on still today.
Author: Richard Carlson, PH.D
I really like about this book is how easy it is to read. Although Dr. Carlson is a PhD, he doesn’t write in such a way to sound more scholarly but rather very practical. The book gives simple ways to keep the little things from overtaking our lives and each chapter is no more than three pages at the most. Because it’s small and has many pearls of wisdom I recommendation is to keep this book in your car, by your toilet, at work in your drawer, or in your bag. You can easily pull it out when you need a few minutes to recharge and get your mind right.
There are hundreds of tips but here are ten to give you an idea.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Let go the idea that gentle, relaxed people can’t be super achievers.
- Don’t interrupt others or finish their sentences.
- Learn to live in the present moment.
- Become a better listener.
- Choose your battles wisely.
- Remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it.
- Practice ignoring your negative thoughts.
- Take up Yoga.
- Mind your own business.
This inspiring book tells us literally NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to stop the things that slow our progress in attaining a life free from stress.