What are you reading?

I've got a stack a mile high of books to read but among them are two of my favorite personal growth classics that I'm hoping to re-read soon and one is a new-to-me favorite of a cousin of mine who recommended it to me.

First is The Value in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant. I tried an exercise suggested by Stephanie at Back in Skinny Jeans where you pick a book at random off your bookshelves, open it to a page at random and read what you find. This was the book I landed on and the passage was from the section titled "The Valley of Courage." Which was great to read at that moment.

Second is Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher. I particularly love her brainstorming technique. The examples she gives of how it works are fantastic, inspiring and really quite magical. I want to brush up and get a brainstorming group together.

Third is The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. This is the one recommended by my cousin and who found some of the affirmations in it particularly useful and effective. The book is old enough to be in the public domain so you can download it for free in several places (check your favorite search engine for links and just a friendly warning: practice safe downloading) or you can purchase it inexpensively . The paperback will cost you $4.95 at Amazon or you can download it to your Kindle, iPhone or iPod Touch for $3.95. The Kindle version includes an updated interpretation specifically for women. And I found iPhone apps that offer it for $0.99.

I'll warn you that The Game of Life is written using Christian language so if that's not your cup of tea this might not be the book for you.

What are you reading? What would you recommend as great titles for a personal growth library?


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