The first month of the year is wrapping up! Age is certainly doing its part to speed up time! I asked my kids if the month went quickly and they all three said “NO!” I laughed because I used to feel the same way. Now, I am not sure if it is the busyness of adulthood or the age thing, but time is going at a nice clip.
I am keeping up with my reading and managed to finish two of the books mentioned last time. I am excited to be able to recommend both!
The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
This was an excellent book for those looking to read something for personal growth in regards to relationships. The best part of this is that it has more to do with business type relationships than personal. So, if you are looking to improve your communication skills in the workplace (from a leadership or subordinate standpoint) this book is for you! I was also easily able to apply the concepts of this book to my marriage. The premise of the book is about the 4 types of connections we experience with people. The fourth corner is the ideal place and I had a choice to stay it that connection with my husband this weekend. It required an uncomfortable conversation to be had (instead of stewing about the problem–something I would have done in the past).
Overall, a pretty quick read with good insight into anyone’s life. He concludes that high performance is based on relationship as well as our own ability to grow and be challenged by others. 4.5 out of 5 for this one.
Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne
I like to branch out of my typical genre with audiobooks. Sometimes I would lose interest in a storyline if it weren’t for the audio version. This was probably not one of those times! This book kept me coming back for more. I actually organized my kids entire playroom (for the hundredth time) joyfully because I had this book to keep me company. I am not 100% sure if I would have felt the same way reading it in written form because the audio was read by a gentlemen with a fun accent! He performed the voices so well that I found that to be a key asset to the book. Again, it was a great story so it is safe to say that reading this one would also be a treat. It took me until 80% of the book to put it all together. That is a sign of a great book in my mind. It gets a 5 out of 5 for me…with the caveat that I can overlook a lull in storyline or slow beginning (not that this book had them necessarily) when it is in audiobook form.
What are you reading? Have you read either of these two? Thoughts? Comment below!
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