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Motivating and wonderful books
« on: April 05, 2003, 07:08:34 AM »
Hi!

I love to read and was wondering if we should gather some great reading possibilities.  I think the all-time inspirational read has to be the Bible--but I know there are others out there.

I just read a small book with a lot of punch called "Who Moved My Cheese?" by (I think) Dr. Spencer Johnson.  He also wrote "The One Minute Manager" and some others...

There are some great picture books out there as well--they aren't always written for kids.  One of my favorites is called "The Wednesday Surprise" and another is "Alexander and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day."  

Please help to build a great list of good reads!  Sylvia  
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Re: Motivating and wonderful books
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2003, 01:39:14 AM »
Hi Sylvia,

I find stories about people overcoming adversities very motivating and inspirational...I got a book in Australia during my last visit called Never Tell Me Never which is very uplifting and gives me a boost everytime I read it.

It's about a cross country skier on the verge of reaching the olympics who is run down by a drink driver and ends up partially paralysed. The story follows her recovery, the emotions of coming to terms with her situation and what she has lost and her determination to walk again and make a name for herself in a new field - namely aeronautics.

It's immensely inspiring and honest and helps lift my spirits when I feel low or start dwelling on the past and the things I've lost rather than focusing on all I've gained and putting me efforts and energy into new, different goals.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2003, 03:05:07 AM »
A really inspiring book that my daughter loaned me is George Dawson and Richard Glaubman's colaborated effort in writing about George's amazing life.  Get hold of "life is so good", it has lots of lessons about the resilience of the human spirit and finding happiness.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2003, 03:13:41 AM »
Who is this George Dawson?  My surname is Dawson!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2003, 09:35:44 AM »
Lizzie, George Dawson was the grandson of enslaved Afro-Americans.  Sadly the wonderful old bloke passed away last year but he caught quite a few folks' attention when he learned to read at 98.  One of those amazing people who manage to live a good life in spite of bad things happening around them.  You really have to read the book, I don't do him justice.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2003, 08:01:46 PM »
I almost forgot a picture book that I'm sure was written for adults--and if you get the chance, it is a really appropriate book to consider during the war.  It is called "Terrible Things" by Eve Bunting.  I could NEVER read that book to children, but it is a picture book.  Sylvia
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2003, 09:14:22 PM »
I find the books by Dave Pelzer totally awe consuming,
for anyone who'd not heard of him try going to amazon and searching & you'll find his books, right from his abused childhood up til his self help books.

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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2003, 05:06:26 AM »
Another wonderful author is Torey Hayden.  she writes books about students---but they pack a punch when they deal with love and acceptance of someone who is a bit "different."

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2003, 08:02:57 AM »
I personally find all of Sylvia Browne's books to help me feel more positive and work with what I have and concentrate on what I'm learning from my difficulties.  

LoL- Sylvia I remembe Alexander and his bad day.  He he he, I remember having that book read to me all the time as a wee one.  

Good topic.  Nothing like a good book to distract one from one's troubles.

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2003, 02:19:07 AM »
hi,

i  just got a gift from a friend of mine--and there was a wonderful  little book in the package called, "A little book of encouragement."

there are a couple of really good quotes in it:

"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal line."(Vince Lombardi)

"Bad things are not the worst thing that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that cah happen to us."  Richard Bach

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall."  Confucious

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