Friday Reads: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the first Friday of 2019. Yes, it is still weird for me to type “2019.” While I tend not to make a formal list of New Year’s resolutions anymore, I still have a set of goals I would like to accomplish this year. If you have some new goals or resolutions to work on this year, these books might be able to help you on your way. All of these are available at Danville Public Library.

51iBEEfHV4L._SX326_BO1204203200_The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard

“Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing between you and your wildest dreams? The Book of Mistakes will take you on an inspiring journey, following an ancient manuscript with powerful lessons that will transform your life. You’ll meet David, a young man who with each passing day is more disheartened and stressed. Despite a decent job, apartment, and friends, he just feels hollow, until one day he meets a mysterious young woman and everything starts to change. In this self-help tale wrapped in fiction, you’ll learn the nine mistakes that prevent many from achieving their goals. You’ll learn how to overcome these hurdles and reinvent your life. This success parable is packed with wisdom that will help you discover and follow your personal purpose, push beyond your perceived capabilities, and achieve more than you ever dreamed possible. You’ll find yourself returning again and again to a deceptively simple story that teaches actionable insights and enduring truths”– Provided by publisher.

51zLArqFdkL._SX329_BO1204203200_The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: Ten Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life & Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiana

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by conditioning and habit. And thus, most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything|love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more|which they inherit and pass on from generation to generation. But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past, and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?

13585768._UY630_SR1200,630_Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life by Phillip Moffit

“No matter how hard we try, life is often difficult, disappointing, and stressful. Consequently, we are often in the turmoil of emotional chaos resulting from a reactive mind that is grasping and fearful. But in this inspiring and prescriptive book, Phillip Moffitt shows us how to move from emotional chaos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind. This is what Moffitt calls skillful living and it empowers us to live more satisfying lives and move towards our goals without fear. Elegantly written with both precision and passion, Emotional Chaos to Clarity puts a finger on challenges experienced by nearly everyone. It’s uplifting message and down-to-earth advice speaks to readers of Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, and Byron Katie”– Provided by publisher.

41f4JxkVbrLThe 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. This third and final book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”–From publisher description.

51S8ZzYkYZL._SX326_BO1204203200_Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want by Martha Beck

“Oprah favorite and bestselling coach Martha Beck offers a transformative guide readers can use to become miracle workers, harnessing healing power for themselves and for the world. Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing–while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again. Beck shows how to put together an “inner team” and an external “tribe” of people with the same aims and outlines four simple Steps for Transformation: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Creation. With step-by-step instructions and guided reflections, Martha shows readers how to drop into the wordless state of communion with nature and self, how to connect with the oneness between self and the universe, how to be empowered by the spark of inspiration, and finally, how to take action and realize their creative potential to make a lasting impact in their own lives and the world around them. Heartfelt, inspirational, and filled with “a-ha” moments, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World provides the map for the unconventional life path that leads to miraculous change”– Provided by publisher.

61LKswsX2BIL._SX327_BO1204203200_Kidding: Childlike Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems by Laura Jane Williams

Consider this your permission slip to relax, laugh, and finally find happiness. At once hilarious, irreverent, and downright inspiring, Kidding shows you how to connect with your inner child to make your mundane, complicated adult life much simpler (and happier). It’s a book about using your imagination and creativity to find joy, and about being happier by being who you are-which is to say, by being a big kid at heart. Author Laura Jane Williams argues that you can be an adult but still embrace childlike (not childish) tendencies: you can own your own home and still want to build a pillow fort when the mood strikes; you can pay your bills on time and still snuggle something soft against your face because you’re sad; you can run a business and still take time to play. Divided into 40 short lessons, it’s an accessible, fun introduction to the self-help world that anyone can stomach. Laura’s experience as a nanny to three young, precocious children has transformed her view on life, and in this book she passes along the lessons she’s learned from them. Because kids live in the present. They lose themselves in what they love, they show off, and they like themselves. Kids are curious by default, and they don’t have limits because they haven’t learned they exist yet. Kids do whatever the f*ck they want, precisely because they want to. To put it simply, kids have the answers, man.

41XMCFFP56L._SX331_BO1204203200_Live Your Abundant Life:  Encouragement and Strategies to Create a Meaningful and Fulfilled Life by Aya Fubara Eneli

“Far too many of us are living empty and unhappy lives. Caught up in a rat race that was sold to us as a dream life, we find ourselves trapped and unsure of how to escape it all. We long for the desires buried deep within us, but we wonder if it is too late to pursue them. Aya Fubara Eneli contends that as long as we have the will, we have the power to create the lives we desire and deserve. ‘Live your abundant life’ provides heart-warming encouragement, solid teaching, and practical strategies for addressing everyday issues and challenges, no matter your circumstances. This book will inspire and motivate you to take control of your life. Find the courage to take charge of your relationships, your finances, and your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Live your abundant life; it’s yours for the taking”–Cover verso.

11974770reDESIGN, reCREATE: Reinvent Yourself and Thrive in the New Economy by Guillame Wolf

“How do you reinvent yourself in the New Economy? How do you keep up with an accelerating changing world? In reDESIGN: reCREATE, creativity expert Guillaume Wolf “Prof. G” challenges you to take back control of your career and your life with a bold proposition. He offers that the key to successfully navigating the shifting waters of today’s (and tomorrow’s) economy is in your capacity to use your creativity. Through a step-by-step process, reDESIGN: reCREATE invites you to get results by standing out and innovating — whether you’re new on the marketplace, working for a company, in between jobs, freelancing, or following the path of entrepreneurship. reDESIGN: reCREATE is the first practical guide to approaching your reinvention process through the creative perspective. Throughout the book you will learn “creative blueprints” and little-known strategies, illustrated with numerous real-life examples. With Nike’s CEO Mark Parker (business), Daft Punk (music), Karl Lagerfeld (fashion), Philippe Starck (design), etc., you’ll go behind the scenes for an inside look at the world’s best. You’ll also discover how everyday people beat the odds and create the life they want”–P. [4] of cover.

Note: Book cover is from Goodreads.

412BDz7KuODL._SX319_BO1204203200_Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Wayne W. Dyer

This book is dedicated to your mastery of the art of realizing all your desires. The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined. Wishes fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores, for the first time, the region of your highest self; and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible–and “all things” means that nothing is left out. By practicing the specific technique for retraining your subconscious mind, you are encouraged to not only place into your imagination what you would like to manifest for yourself, but you are given the specifics for realigning your life so you can live out your highest calling and stay connected to your Source of being. From the lofty perspective of your highest self, you will learn how to train your imagination in a new way. Your wishes–all of them–can indeed be fulfilled. By using your imagination and practicing the art of assuming the feeling of your wishes being fulfilled, and steadfastly refusing to allow any evidence of the outer world to distract you from your intentions, you will discover that you, by virtue of your spiritual awareness, possess the ability to become the person you were destined to be. This book will help you See–with a capital S–that you are divine, and that you already possess an inner, invisible higher self that can and will guide you toward a mastery of the art of manifestation. You can attain this mastery through deliberate conscious control of your imagination!

 

Note: All descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog and all book covers are from Google Images, except where otherwise noted.
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