It is August, and the majority of us don’t know how we got here, I still have the paper I wrote my 2019 plans in January. It was just yesterday when we all gathered to stare Fireworks welcoming a new year, glorious 2019.
Yet here we are! 4 months before we call 2019 a Chapter! For some reasons, I find this the right time to profess on the 5 books that you may discover fascinating and more profound to read for the rest of the months! Including August I promise you can use 20 plus days on a book and be done with all of them before the 2020 fireworks!

It should be noted that not all the books from this list were published in 2019.

1. How to stop worrying and start living by Dale Carnegie.

I was first introduced to Dale Carnegie with How to Win Friends and Influence People. The number one most selling book worldwide. Yes, the book sounds like one made for loners who couldn’t stand up and make themselves friends, but in reality, it is actually meant to sit on the Business shelf. Although Dale Carnegie books were written quite a long time ago, yet all the lessons they provide are an important practise now. This is the legacy that I believe Dale Carnegie left behind and it is an experience you will be getting from his books.

Reading this book explained how among all the liars in the world, one that conquers most of the time is our own fears and worries. I know you’re already thinking of how the Author is meant to tell you to think positive and all. Alas, Dale Carnegie even provides the step to step on how our everyday fear and worries may be manipulated into growth instead of depleting you.

2. The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey

I’m sure at this point in life, we all know that a mentor doesn’t have to be someone you see physically on a daily basis. In the Digital realm, we have an option for a Mentor to be someone you follow through and get to understand how they act and how you can learn from them. Well, that’s Oprah to me. Through the years, I have grown fond of What I know for sure, and this book gave me all the Ahaaa moments I needed at the phase I was at.
Through Audible, this book was supposed to take me a maximum of 3 hours to finish, yet it took me more than a month to actually feel fulfilled from it. Let me explain, the book compiles several segments from lifechanging interviews that Oprah has conducted throughout the years in her show. Due to that, I found that legit to start listening Supersoul Podcast from the first episode, so that I could get the full version of the interviews from the book. I would say the time and intent made the book very important.
The life lessons that Oprah puts in place through her book is the amount of force I would use to make you read this book right now.
(I will be as well giving out a free book, or a free credit for Audible listeners for someone who will claim this and explain the exact reasons she/he is worth the giveaway)

3. The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

I completed the book with my all-time favourite saying “If you invest in a girl you’re investing in a whole society!”
I never knew such words could fill up a book, and it will be the best book explaining the impact of women in the society!
Melinda Gates compiles her years of experience in Africa and how impacting a lady empowers the whole community through farming projects, education and most of all, reproduction. Melinda made it vivid how most women in the society pleaded for a way to control their pregnancies. One of the stories from the Author exclaims a lady asking Melinda to take her child because she knew she could not provide well for the child as Melinda would.

Imagine a whole mother ready to give her child away due to circumstances that could be controlled.

Living in these countries that Melinda’s projects these problems from, you would think I had a clue of most of the problems that women go through in rural areas. Going through the stories in this book made me realize how important understanding and working for our societies really is needed for our own development as a country.
This was a five stars well written, easy to read and understand book that impacted me in 2019! Trust me 2020 fireworks will thank you for reading this beforehand.

4. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

I have developed personal respect for Don Miguel Ruiz, the Author of this book. It took me years quoting and referring to the four agreements of life. You could wake me up first thing in the morning and I would mention the four agreements of life being:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don’t take anything personally.
  3. Don’t make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.

Like those exams answers, we would crame back then, thats how familiar I was with these agreements. All this while I never took time to actually read the book until sometime this year, and Whoooooooa! it was worth it. I don’t yet know who told me or made me believe that not reading the book was okay, and I regretted all that time I took cramming things without knowing the exact source and explanations the book brought to life.
Just because I told you what the four agreements of life are, it still doesn’t make you not read the book and lose the exact gems I could have years ago. Thank me later and make your 2019 count from this book!

5. Messages to Young People by Ellen G. White

I still don’t understand what enchants me that whenever I get a hard copy of this book, I end up wrapping it as a present and offer it to someone. I still wish this to be at my Lapmstand so that I can wake up to it daily.
Well, I am a Seventh Day Adventist, and Ellen G White is among the very respectable and remarkable woman that her readings are among the highest teachings we have.
Through all her books, I have read this one still sticks with me. The book has practical lessons that you may want to refer to every day. Several generations of youth have been nourished by this uncompromising call to duty, purity, and service.

One of the reasons I love these scripts is because Ellen G White died in 16th July 1915 meaning during her lifetime from 1827 to 1915 is when she was prophesizing/writing her books. For some reasons, in the book, she proclaims the effect of ‘selfies’ and how they will affect the time of this generation. Selfies? Please explain to me how a person from 1820s could even imagine on this generations new invention, but well God has his way of pushing his messages out there. This book is a true definition of that.
Same applies to the practical guidance she provides on youth behaviour, what to stay away and how to conduct one’s self that I believe you will be at a safe side when you have these before 2020’s fireworks.

I hope I have made your 2019 count from these reads and please comment below on what books I should read before 2019 flips over.

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