- I LOVE reading.
- I read reallyyy fast (Tim calls me a Super Speed Reader).
- I have a distinct preference for non-fiction, but I also like fiction.
I reviewed my fair share of books this past year and quite a few of them were really wonderful, but I narrowed down my picks to two OUTSTANDING, AMAZING, YOU-WON’T-REGRET-BUYING-THEM books.
“How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life” by Pat Williams and Jim Denney
Don’t you just love people who courageously, industriously, and tenaciously pursue their dreams – no matter how “impossible”? Walt Disney has always struck me as a person like that – someone with a vision and the gumption to make it happen. When I heard about a new biography about his life, I was intrigued. “How to Be Like Walt” (published by HCI Books) did not disappoint. The book was fascinating and spell-binding and triumphant.
In my original review, I wrote: “It’s a journey through history, a motivational masterpiece, and – most of all – a practical guidebook about leadership. Packed with inspiring stories and memorable quotes, Williams’ tribute to Walt is anything but boring. This book should be required reading for university students and business people…and anyone who aspires to leave an unforgettable legacy.”
I stand by that statement. And, apparently, I’m not the only one. The book currently has a solid five-star ranking on Amazon.
“Too Small To Ignore” (published by Random House) is the autobiography of Wess Stafford, the President of Compassion International…but don’t let the word “autobiography” scare you off. This book is anything but boring or narcissistic. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I would go so far as to say that it is the most gripping and engrossing book I read all year.
Stafford shares about his childhood in Africa – his happy memories in the village, his terror and fear at the hands of abusive missionary teachers, and – ultimately – how these experiences taught him about the fragility and the importance of a child’s spirit.
Truth be told, I think about this book almost every day. It’s one of those stories that stays with you long after you close the book and set it on the shelf. His message rings loud and clear: “You can never stand so tall as when you stoop to help a child.”
Final Thoughts: Go. Buy this Book. Read it. Let Your Friends Borrow It. Be Forever Changed…as a parent…as a person. I highly recommend it.
WIN IT! One winner will receive BOTH of the above-listed books:
- A copy of “How to Be Like Walt” by Pat Williams and Jim Denney
- A copy of “Too Small To Ignore” by Wess Stafford
ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE OF PRIZE PACK: ~$20!
To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, January 12th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog, Tweet, or Facebook about my Best of 2009 series (or about this giveaway)…and leave a second comment telling me that you did.
*UPDATE* The winner is #48 Blessed. Congratulations!