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November 2, 2011 / mike54martin

Powerful Books: The Power of Books


The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones and this book opened me up to the concept that I am actually more than what I just think. That my thinking might in fact be flawed and driven by my ego, which really wasn’t my friend. And that all we ever have is this moment, right now, to live and breathe and wonder. Simple but oh, so powerful!!

The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruis

Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Four agreements to make with yourself that if you can live by them, they will rock your world and change your life. Just practice one for any period of time and see how much easier life gets.

Becoming Human

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the son of a rich and famous Canadian political family. His father was the Governor General ofCanada.Vanierleft fame and fortune to work with individuals inFrancewho had serious mental disabilities. What he found was that he learned more from them than he could teach them and discovered that in order to become human he had to rediscover love and compassion.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Written by a broken down stockbroker and a drunkard doctor who found each other and founded the Twelve Step movement this book has changed the lives of millions of people. If you or someone close to you has been touched by addiction, read this book, it might help. If you or your family is in the midst of the terror and agony of addiction, read this book, it may save your life and those you love.

The Art of Happiness

The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

My daughter, physical age 19, emotional age 100, gave me this book because it had helped me through a difficult period when she was away from home for the very first time. It came to me just at the right moment. I was sick, depressed and ready to give up. This book gave me hope in the simplicity and brilliant wisdom of what I believe to be a living saint. Compassion and love are always his answer.

What are your powerful books?

Mike Martin is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in workplace wellness and conflict resolution. He is the author of “Change the Things You Can” (Dealing with Difficult People). For more information about Mike please visit:


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  1. Kitty Kilian / Nov 3 2011 8:15 am

    Here again, I love the simplicity of Miguel Ruis. Since you don’t have a Facebook Sharebutton (no pressure here ;-)) I think I will share this post again on my FB page. It made two paople happy yesterday.

    I wonder what you think about my musings about authenticity in the arts the other day.. I happen to disagree with most artists I think..

  2. Kitty Kilian / Nov 3 2011 8:15 am

    Ugh, sorry for the typo’s.

  3. John / Nov 3 2011 6:06 pm

    This is a great blog with so much helpful advice.
    Will definitely follow you.

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