We are all avid readers.  From fluff to philosophical, we read it all.  Here are some that have made us think and propelled us to action or to alter the way we think or believe.

Denise:   My choices may seem strange, but they both deal with my passion of making the memories and telling the stories.  Disclaimer:  Neither are written from a Christian perspective, but they both are written by experts in their fields and are chocked full of good stuff.

The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith

I loved this book.  I needed this book.  I felt like I had a personal cheerleader encouraging me to believe in the book I've been working on for far too long.  She confirmed everything I believe in and affirmed my message again and again.  Being a northerner, she's blunt and to the point--which doesn't bother me at all.  If you are a writer of anything, this book is for you!  It's practical in its approach and left me looking forward to finishing my proposal instead of dreading it.  

". . . we need to look to the small moments .  .  . It's the little stuff that matters.  Never disrespect its power . . . The goal of a good edit is for the piece to read like a sleigh ride:  smooth and fast."

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

I could not put this book down and plan on reading it a second time even though it dealt with some pretty horrific and disturbing accounts of traumatized children.  Perhaps it is because I have been an ill-equipped foster parent who is still trying to figure out what I could have done differently to help the children who were placed in our home.  Perhaps it is because my heart is still drawn to the orphans, abused, and neglected.  This book exposes what trauma actually does to the brain and how important healthy, loving relationships are to healing.  Dr. Perry also makes a strong case against modern day practices of child-rearing.  Disclaimer:  This book has evolutionary references. 

" . . . the research on the most effective treatments to help child trauma victims might be accurately summed up this way:  what works best is anything that increases the quality and number of relationships in the child's life . . . relationships matter . . . what maltreated and traumatized children most need is a healthy community to buffer the pain, distress and loss caused by their earlier trauma.  What works to heal them is anything that increases the number and quality of a relationships . . . "

Tessa:  I think I screamed when I was chosen--out of a very  large group--to be part of Dale Partridge's book launch team.  Dale is the founder of Sevenly and was one of the speakers at the Socality conference I attended in Portland in the fall.  I was intrigued by everything he had to say, and I could not wait to get my hands on his book.

People over Profit by Dale Partridge

This is one of the most incredible books I have read thus far this year.  It would go into the category of business, but don't let that label fool you.  Every word, every moment of this book has pushed me to intentionally love the people around me better, to show with every action that people matter more than anything.  Our world needs people, companies, and nations who live that message day in and day out, and this book is going to be so incredibly important in helping further that change here and now.  If you are an entrepreneur, you need to read this book.  If you are a customer, you need to read this book.  If you are a living, breathing human being trying to love people better, you need to read this book.  I cannot say it enough:  You need to read this book!


"No one has accomplished anything great without conquering fear and taking risks.  Every leader must choose which they value more: courage or comfort."

"I am constantly making sure I have enough margin in my life to be bold."

"What are you doing currently that is not you?  Murder it.  Wrestle it to the ground, strangle the life out of it, and bury it in your backyard.  Stop investing in things that are not you."

Kelly: I have entered the world of essential oils in the last few months, and I have loved reading about the benefits and ways to use them.  I am not a crazy-slather-you-up kind of oil user but an I'm-willing-to-try kind of user.  So far I have seen some great results.  If nothing else the smell alone takes me to a happy place. 

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy  by Valerie Ann Worwood

This oil book is brand generic, which I like.  Although I am a Young Living oil user, I like material that talks about oils alone. 

"Most basic needs can be covered with just ten essential oils." ~Valerie Ann 

I have read other books, pinned lots of info on my Pinterest board and have listened to podcasts and oil seminars, but I love the practicality of this book.  I am working on gathering the ten essential oils every household should have.  Click on my link and check it out!  

What books have you read recently that have propelled you to action or have altered the way you think or believe?  We'd love to know.  You can comment here or on the Facebook page!