In this April 2019, there are tremendous good books and outstanding authors that inspire us with their writings. However, in the frame of this article, we will just mention top 5 books of this month you must read.
A Wonderful Stroke of Luck, Ann Beattie
This is the 21st book of Ann Beattie, an experienced author with an attractive writing style. It tells the story about Ben, a new student in Bailey Academy, a boarding school in New England, from when he has just entered this school and started be receive impacts from his teacher Pierre LaVerdere , to when he goes to college, meets the teacher again and has chances to see how the lessons he has been taught during his lifetime can shape his own life. This is the book to tell you the story about the real life, under a veteran view of an experienced author. You can learn something useful from the story of Ben.
The Tradition: Poems, Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown is a poet who is famous for the awards he has received during the career. If you have never read any of his poems, then this is a suggestion to start with. This book is a collection of his latest poems. They mention the painful history of the USA with racism and discrimination. Brown expresses how regretful he is to realize that the US past can still affect the present of this country. After reading this book, you can sympathize with him when the safety and the true definition of freedom are still vague.
Women Talking, Miriam Toews
This fiction is based on a haunting story with the setting in Bolivia in the early 2000s. It was a tragedy for 130 women in Mennonite to be forced to use drug and raped by men in their local living place. They were told that they have to restrain all of this because they are punished by Satan for their sins. Among the weak women, there were still some people who knew that they still had another choice, besides staying and accepting, that is to fight.
The mentioned books are all good choices as gifts for your soul. You can really learn from them, and once you understand the stories behind, your life will be more meaningful with the values you have taken.
1. “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino
After serving in the Second World War, Og Mandino suffered from severe alcoholism as well as commercial trafficking. When his wife and children left, he had committed suicide, but he saw some self-help books before deciding to end his life. It was he who said, what he read then changed his life completely, and it also helped him get rid of alcoholism. He later became a great author and he also produced the masterpiece “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (self-help book) in 1968.
“The Greatest Salesman in the World” is a long journey of Hafid, a poor camel boy, in ancient Jerusalem. The young man learned some secrets from a wealthy businessman and succeeded to become a great salesman.
So far, “The Greatest Salesman in the World” has been translated into 25 languages and has sold over 50 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in the world.
2. The Road less traveled
M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist, known for his 1978 “The Road less traveled “. In this book, Peck talked about how to improve one’s life, giving a lot of thought to love and relationships. Peck says that the common misconception of people is that they always see love relationships as the means to “achieve” rather than trying to understand them to “give”. The love that he wants to convey is to nurture and understand others. Peck also emphasizes the importance of self-discipline and in order to achieve success in life, we need to solve our own problems as well as seek to overcome the challenges ourselves. He wrote in his book, “Only through problems can we mature intellectually and mentally.”
3. “I dare you” by William H. Danforth
William H. Danforth founded Nestle Purina (before merging with Nestle in 2001 Purina mills) in 1894. He thought that life was just like a game. Danforth emphasized that four important elements (or “squares”) are: intellectual, physical, social and religious; Always be balanced to be successful in life. All his thoughts and ideas are summarized in “I dare you” published more than 70 years ago. He encourages all readers, at any age, to seize the opportunity and trust in their own potential.
4. “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill
This classic self-help book was first published in 1937 – the peak of the recession – and has so far been one of the best-selling books of all time. To write this book, Napoleon Hill studied the life and work of 40 millionaires to discover the secret of their success. From there, he learned about their decades of accumulated experience to introduce to the readers.