Stimulate Your Mind—Read More


I believe in the power of mental stimulation, the art of increasing our intelligence, the need for heightened awareness and overall ecumenical education. Reading is one of the best forms of enabling all of those. Next comes putting into practice what you read. Fortunately, I have enjoyed reading from a very young age. Many don’t like reading; it is difficult for some, and others are insecure because they can’t read. There are many resources available to remedy this, thankfully! Reading opens the door to discovery, adventure, intrigue, growth and knowledge. The more knowledgeable you are, the more interesting you become and you can be part of more conversations that lead to great friendships and life experiences.

One of my favorite quotes, which I have shared before, is “I am a part of all whom I’ve met” by Alfred Lord Tennyson. I think it applies to the books we read, too. Everything I have ever read has contributed to my development, has shaped my beliefs and values and enlarged my capacity to understand more. I’d like to share several books, of the thousands I’ve read, that I still refer to regularly or that I am currently reading. In no particular order they are:

The 4-Hour Workweek
by Timothy Ferriss
Is any explanation really necessary? This book includes tips, templates, tricks and tools on living like a diplomat or millionaire—without being either. The author shares so much information on where and how to find things of value, saving you lots of research time; it’s full of ideas.

“The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.” — Rolf Potts

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Fabulous simplicity that describes life to a T. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Illusions — The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
by Richard Bach
“Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’”

Holy Bible
(King James Version)
So many stories and examples of life, choices, actions and consequence. Even if you don’t believe some of what you read is true, there is great inspiration to be gained. One of my personal favorites comes from Romans 12:2: “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
This book is filled with an unprecedented spiritual interpretation of the Bible and the National Women’s Book Association has designated it “one of 75 books written by American women whose words have changed the world.” Just a couple of my favorite quotes from the book: “to those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings;” “the time for thinkers has come;” “contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away.”

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — Shakespeare

Monster Producer
by Michael J. Burt
This author is a Leadership Coach. He believes everyone in life should have a coach. We all have mentors, guides and people we look up to. I found the value in adding a coach to my life and chose Coach Burt for his creativity, drive, principles, values and how he truly aspires to build up the best in individuals for the greater good! “Think of a monster as a ‘legendary creature who combines multiple skill sets and talents to win in any situation.’ The Monster has an X-factor that is hard to explain or pinpoint. It’s almost as if they have something in them you can’t put in or you can’t take out.”

Succulent Wild Woman
What a wonderful ride this writer provides. It’s an invitation to be authentic, real and juicy! The book is her glowing invitation to live a rich, succulent life! She explores love, sexuality, romance, money, fat, fear and creativity. It’s a little bit like reading her diary—with permission. Succulence is power-full! and so are we as women! On journaling . . . it doesn’t matter what you write in a journal. It matters that it is yours.

If you know me, you can probably see a glimpse of me in each of the books I’ve mentioned. If you don’t know me, you can find a glimpse of me in each of these books. Reach toward what you are drawn to. Read, explore and live! I’d love to know what books have had a part in shaping you! Enjoy.