Hi, my name is Lauryn. I am an Amazon Prime addict.
After all, the first step for coming clean is awareness, right?
In all reality though, I loveeeeee my Amazon Prime account! I am a book junkie, and I think an eternal student at heart (especially when you are the one who gets to decide what you learn!).
I love learning and reading books that expand my knowledge in areas and topics that peak my interest: Like entrepreneurship, nutrition, health, and spiritual health.
Translation: A lot of self-help books.
In particular, I am a self-help book junkie.
The art of self-improvement, self-betterment, is of course a life-long process—never fully attained, but behind the titles and pretty covers of books adorning the shelves of Barnes and Noble and the virtual shopping aisles of Amazon, you can get one step further in the process.
Recently, three titles I’d recommend to any entrepreneur out there include:
- The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Bernard
- And, Do It Marketing by David Newman
- The Art of the Start: A Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawaski
On the health and nutrition front, I won’t bore you with all the great reads I’ve picked up recently, but for really anyone wanting some more insight into the foundations of health and nutrition, you can’t go wrong with
- It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
- Adrenal Fatigue in the 21st Century by Dr. James Wilson was extremely enlightening
- And, Performance Paleo by Stephanie Gaudreau—a cookbook devoted to recipes for athletes and athletic peoples.
The uber dangerous thing about shopping for books online—specifically Amazon—is that when you peak at one book, the site gives you about 10-15 more titles of books that are similar or ‘recommended reads.’
Thus, like a trip to Target when you walk in the store for one thing, and walk out with a cart full of 10, Amazon’s shopping cart can add up.
Rarely, however, do I regret a purchase, and my ultimate goal: learning something new; self-improvement is typically achieved.
All this reading (and book collecting) I do got me thinking recently though as I was reading a passage of scripture one evening at the end of a long day from Matthew 8:23-27:
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
I have heard this story—the story of Jesus ‘calming the storm’ many a time in my day. But, what I LOVE about scripture is how any given day you read it, you can always learn something new—even if you’ve read it before. What really stuck out in this familiar passage to me, that evening, were the words:
Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
He spoke. The storm calmed. And the overly anxious, worried, striving little disciples were eased.
Translation: With the simplicity of words, God speaks GREAT things into action.
He has the power, at the drop of a hat, to make things go from “good to great” (a la Good to Great by Jim Collins); make you a more “highly effective person” (i.e. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey); get you “noticed in a noisy world” (i.e. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt).
Self-help books and learning is great! The One who can make bigger things happen—even better.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.-Philippians 4:6