Welcome to Part 2 of my Top 7 Favourite Books of all Time! I hope you had a chance to read the books I shared with you in Part 1- life-changing right? It was fun writing this series- it gave me a deeper view of who I am. So, I suggest that you do it too- if not for personal introspection, do it at least to share the good reads please!
Part 1 generally encompassed books with spiritual undertones to nurture your soul. In this segment we look at books that provide personal insight juxtaposed to real life circumstances. So get your cup of tea and get comfy…
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
This book is relatively short. In fact, it wasn’t intended to be a book at all. The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote this essay as a letter to his friend Paulinus to share his views about life and the nature of time. Seneca posits that time is a matter of perception and that people waste a lot of it in meaningless pursuits as nature provides enough time to what it really important. This books really makes you stop and think- is spending hours on end watching the Real Housewives of wherever really a valid use of my time?
“You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.”
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Growing up I was a pretty sheltered- I was taught and lived by the Golden Rule of Life which was to treat people how you wanted to be treated and the universe would grant you the same kindness. Well…life doesn’t always work that way.
Written in 1998, this book became and instant top seller for obvious reasons. We all at some point feel less than powerful. We see some persons with such an air of confidence and boldness and wonder what’s their secret- I know I did. Everything seems to go well for those are powerful. Being powerful is being able to see circumstances for what they are and behaving according. I admit that I cannot follow some of Greene’s rules even though I see where they can work- I don’t have the patience or pretense. Nevertheless, this is a great book to become wiser on real world circumstances. It’s great for history buffs as each chapter provides keys to power and transgressions of each law with historical accounts of great men and women like Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Hallie Selassie, and Machiavelli, to name a few.
LAW 4: Always Say Less Than Necessary
“When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”
― Robert Greene,
The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer
This book was published in 2002 and I recently read it. It was the first of my Read One Book a Month New Year Resolution. For a 276 page book it’s jam packed with soul stirring pointers that enable women to reflect on their present circumstances and the choices they’ve made and how to navigate to a blessed future. It’s not easy being a woman- we are all things to so many people. That is the hard reality. We tend to give and give till we are often but an empty shell. Society also perpetuates the thinking that a woman being the ‘weaker sex’ means that they are inferior to men and not partners.Now, even if most of us do know this, we tend to forget and in my opinion this phenomenon of low self confidence can stem from comparisons and bad relationships with other women in our daily lives. This book is a great pick-me up with lasting results.
“I believe confidence is all about being positive concerning what you can do — and not worrying over what you can’t do.”
–Joyce Meyer, The Confident Woman
Before reading this book, the only awareness I’ve had about Joyce Meyer is that she was a television evangelist. Now having read this book I believe that she is indeed a strong example of a woman as well as an excellent writer. Upon reading this book you get the feeling that you are in a one on one session working through the areas of your life that may need some fine-tuning. Obviously she uses various references to God and the Bible as well as personal accounts of her own life- the good, the bad and the deeply painful. This make readers admire her perseverance and relate it to their life thinking ‘Hey…she went through a lot and is still a confident and successful woman so I sure can make it too!’ Trust me…you can!
THANKS FOR READING!
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