I love to read.  It’s my hobby.  I always have more books started than I’ll ever have time to read.

These are a few I think are worth reading (or at least looking through) right now:

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women do Differently by Marcus Buckingham

Buckingham is a Strengths Finder guru.  These paragraphs capture this book: “The conventional image of a successful woman today is that she’s a virtuoso juggler, somehow moving fast enough to keep all the many aspects of her busy life in the air at the same time. . . the core skill of juggling is throwing, not catching. To keep every object in the air, you have to get rid of each one as quickly as possible, barely allowing it to register on your fingertips before you toss it away. . . A Strong life is the opposite of juggling. Juggling requires you to keep everything at bay, up in the air, away from you.  The secret to living a strong life lies in know how to draw a few things in toward you.  It asks you to be discriminating, selective, intentional.  You can find energizing moments in each aspect of your life, but to do so you must learn how to catch them, hold on to them, feel the pull of their weight, and allow yourself to follow where they lead.” (Living Your Strongest Life, pg xviii)

Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within by Robert E. Quinn

I first encountered this book in my graduate school studies.  I’m reading (like really, reading it, not skimming it, taking notes, reading it!) it again for probably the third time. Quinn’s basic premise is that organizations and individuals are in the process of either “slow death” or “deep change”.  I’m going to be writing more on this book in the upcoming weeks on this blog.  The principles are timeless, and even through the book is written with an organizational/business perspective, the ideas and principles are profound and meaningful for individuals as well.  A really worthwhile read!

Last, but not least (for today)

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Woman’s Work” by Kathleen Norris

This book is another “reread”.  I love Kathleen Norris and this small 88 page book helps remind me of the honor and good in the Quotidian (ie: daily).  “Whatever you do repeatedly, has the power to make you over into a different person-even if you’re not totally ‘engaged” in every minute.” (The Quotidian Mysteries pg 80)

❧Have you read anything inspiring or challenging lately?