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Here is a summary of the 28 books I read over the last 4 months

(Also - Checkout the first 34 books in our first edition)

A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard

Every book should be written like this one. Powerful, short, to the point. The moral of this story is to be independent and work hard to reach your goals. Stop asking for help. Get it done.

I will be buying this one for my bookshelf at home to read again. A tiny classic.

The Secret of Success by William Walker Atkinson

FINALLY! An excellent book in the Prosperity Bible. I immediately added this to my wish list so that I can own this book to read again next year.

Finally, a book that presents the Law of Attraction in a way that I can accept - using a scientific explanation as opposed to a metaphysical one.

My favorite part is that the foundation of success is Individuality. Individualism is something everyone has but it expresses itself differently. This is why you can't have a one-size-fits-all recipe for success. This is also why I recommend people work with life coaches one-on-one for customized strategies for their specific goals, strengths and weaknesses.

He also discusses the importance of energetic enthusiasm, which he calls "spiritedness."

I loved the concept of using willpower to find your mental second-wind. Work harder than you think you can and you'll unleash a latent, dormant mental power that you never even thought possible. Then, you'll begin to unlock third, fourth and even fifth winds!!! The potential is infinite.

Toward the end, he gets into exactly how to develop an attractive personality (AKA being a great listener) which is key to creating synergistic relationships with Master Minds. The concept of Master Minds was really the only thing I thought was missing from this book.

A 5 star read worth buying. Yay!
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This book is about the author who grew up the son of a highly educated college professor. He refers to him as his "poor" dad. His "rich" dad is his friend's father, an entrepreneur. I'm inclined to agree with the teachings of the "rich" dad over the "poor" dad 9 times out of 10.

The highlight of this book for me was the importance of financial literacy, and how much public education lacks this vital teaching. Public schools seem to pump out a bunch of people who can (maybe) calculate the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle, but they don't know how to file their own taxes. They don't know basic customer service skills that will be required by virtually any career they pursue. They don't know how to drive or fix their own vehicles. They (maybe) know how to write a lengthy paper using MLA format. What good is 90%+ of the information they teach us in these schools?

I know most people agree with me, but what can you DO about it? Take your education into your own hands. Do it yourself! Like the saying goes - "If you want something done right, do it yourself." - get a library card, invest in some books, classes, programs, etc that will teach you what you need to know to be successful in reaching your personal goals.

One thing I haven't yet accepted that they preach in this book is "Pay yourself first." HE says to invest BEFORE paying your rent and buying your groceries. Maybe it's because of my financial background of growing up relatively poor, but I can't see the point in that level of risk.

I think you have to "risk it to get the biscuit," but I don't think you have to push every risk to it's maximum. I prefer a little more balance than that. Pay your bills BEFORE taking risks.

I personally loved how the young boys reacted to learning what taxes are. They reacted along the lines of "WHY WOULD PEOPLE LET THE GOVERNMENT DO THAT TO THEM?!" and the "rich" dad responded, "Rich people don't." - Profound wisdom in those words. Protect your hard-earned money. Think outside of the box and take responsibility for your own knowledge and skills. Don't expect the government to teach you how to break free of the system that benefits them more than anyone else.

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

Pretty basic book for anyone who has been practicing yoga a while (5 years myself) - but the photos are nice. The recipes are great. The concepts are true and foundational. Good book for someone new to yoga or just looking for some fresh inspiration.

The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont

The 2 main keys to success he discusses are Perserverance and Desire. The removal and facing of all fear is also hugely important. I will be buying this book so I can read it again many times in the future.

It's PACKED FULL of practical exercises to hone your concentration. One example is to place a glass of water on your bedside table and stare at it as you lay in bed and relax to go to sleep. Focus all of your mental energy on the calmness of the water. Then, focus all your mental energy on becoming as calm as the water. Identifying with inanimate objects can be a useful technique for individuals struggling with insomnia. Remove all fear of insomnia, too.

The list of exercises could probably fill a lifetime! I have been actively practicing concentration since reading this and am fascinated at how much I move my body instinctively, as opposed to consciously. Take note of the powerful people you know - do they move around a lot when they speak or are they focused and mostly still? Become more aware of your hand and head movements - as well as nervous gestures. This will help you to show up in the world in the way that you want.
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White

Inspirational to see how much success one person can create from such poverty when their desire is strong enough. This was recommended to me by one of my musician friends. I skipped a lot of the specifics on the different labels and musicians he worked with, but there’s tons of info in here that the music buffs - and hardcore fans - would love!

The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum

I liked how concise and to the point this book was, however it didn't really contain anything profound or new. Reading the chapter titles alone is enough. I like how he talks about the importance of picking the right work for your skills and strengths. He also touches on the importance of avoiding debt, which I very much agree with. Being in a state of debt has become far too common.

All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat by Suzy Becker

    The illustrations were fun - I read this out loud on my live channel with my sister and her commentary about how "it's not always possible to avoid peeing on your shoes" cracked me right up. It's a silly book just for fun - a very quick read to bring you a smile.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

   I agreed with probably 65% of this book - which is pretty good considering it's length. I like the use of auto-suggestion - aka affirmations/mantras - to declare a clear, definite goal aloud at least twice a day. This helps for further clarification and helps to hone in on your desires. Focus is key. That plus clarity. 

I'm not big into spiritual and metaphysical explorations at this point in my life, which he seemed to dip his toe in here.

All in all, a fine guide book for someone entering the world of wealth accumulation and goal setting.

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

    This book was a lot better than most of the books in The Prosperity Bible, but it was longer than it needed to be and it focused far too much on Christianity, God and spirituality in general. Outside of those topics, I found myself in agreement more often than not. It's important to get extremely clear on what your goals, dreams and desires are. Remind yourself of them every single day and often as possible. Replace negative thought patterns with positive ones and you will find happiness and harmony in life.

Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

I don't really grasp the point of this book. He mostly shared anecdotes about people who missed opportunities that were right in front of their faces. For example - selling your land to go search for oil; then finding out there was a huge oil deposit on your land. There were a lot of stories of irony - I assume the message was to pay attention to what's right in front of your face, pay attention to the details. Stay vigilant. Look for opportunity right where you are today.
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

The first time around, in December 2016, I listened to this on audio, I do a lot better with information absorption in print.  I felt it was very repetitive and overly focused on blind faith and obedience.  It had some good concepts like figuring out what you want and then shaping your life around that every day.

I read this in physical book format a year later and felt the same. It's very "law of attraction"-esque and I think the most important point they made was the importance of focusing on creating over competing. Could have been said in one page or less.
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

More religious than I care for. Some interesting concepts, but nothing you can't find elsewhere.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

I read this entire book in about 3 days because I found it so interesting. Unfortunately, by the end I still found myself thinking - What just happened? What was that book even about? I really don't know what the purpose of reading it was. It was recommended by a friend.

It was about a society of people where young girls are treated as baby factories. Husbands and wives lay the girl between them and the man has sex with the girl while she and the wife hold hands. They don't have a relationship outside of these moments. The wives resent the girls and treat them poorly, as do all the members of the society. They are made to wear specific garments that identify their roles in society, and they aren't to have any independent or contrarian thoughts.

The compound is heavily guarded. You never find out who the authorities are or how this possibly came to be. It flirts with religious, but to me was mainly just a twisted fiction story that made me uncomfortable and confused.

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
 

This was a dramatic, emotional memoir about a boy who had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and his mother was mentally ill. His dad left and his mom eventually surrenders him to the custody of her psychiatrist. The psychiatrist is a complete fraud. He prescribes medications carelessly and runs a household of sheer chaos and scarcity. My assumption is he was on some of the drugs himself. He seems wildly apathetic.

The important thing to take away from this book is that the author went from living in a harsh world of poverty, drugs and sexual assault all the way to being a #1 NY Times best-selling author with a major motion picture based on his book (and therefore his life)

As a child, he always wanted to be famous. I'm glad he attained that goal. I wish he didn't have to go through all the things he went through to get there. Be warned of graphic sexual content and strong language.

The Conquest of Poverty by Helen Williams

This book was way too anecdotal and author-centric for me. Every chapter was at least 90% about the author, her life and the lessons she's learned from her own personal, subjective experiences. I think she's right on about the importance of facing your fears and embracing individuality. Not one I'd recommend, though. There are plenty of better books out there that teach a similar concept.
The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
 
I didn't understand what he was saying maybe 20-30% of the time, and the book is only 10 pages long. 

Although there was a lot of wisdom in the book, like the concept of self-responsibility, the dangers of laziness and the importance of saving your money, I really didn't like his defense of government taxation. He said people just needed to work harder and spend less to offset the taxation (which in my opinion is theft). 

Why doesn't the government work harder and spend less instead? Or, you know, cease to exist. That would be fine by me as well. ;]
How to Attract Success by F.W. Sears

Yet another book all about how we can think ourselves to health and wealth. Simply untrue. Don't waste your time reading this. I'm just glad it wasn't overly religious, like a lot of the Law of Attraction books are.

Creative Mind and Success by Ernest Holmes

    This is the 1919 version of The Secret. It's all about Law of Attraction and how whatever you imagine in your mind will come to you exactly as you picture it. Total BS - would not recommend this book to ANYONE. Don't waste your time. I wasted mine enough.

How to Grow Success by Elizabeth Towne

I always find it challenging to read old English terminology. (Thee, thou, hast, etc) There was more of an emphasis on God and the "I am" than I care for. I liked how she talked about the importance of smiling in relation to success - and just the fact that she was a woman in 1904 writing a book about how to get wealthy makes me happy. All in all though, the book kinda sucked. Hehe, sorry Elizabeth!
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
    
I'm shocked how many people enjoy and recommend this book. The 9th Insight idolized Jesus and his ability to walk on water, etc. Enough said. You're not going to learn anything from this book you can't gain elsewhere.
 

The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

    Extremely religious toward Christianity - I could barely get through it. There is nothing in this book that can't be learned from other books without the religious focus.

Prosperity by Charles Fillmore

    If I'm honest I really didn't read this, I skimmed it enough to know that I would never spend a minute reading it. Every single page referred to God, Jesus or some other Biblical reference. The advice was to trust God to pay your debt - chapter 8 is literally called "God will pay your debt" - Probably one of the most dangerous beliefs anyone could hold, in my opinion. Save yourself time you will never get back.

In Tune With the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine
 
This is one of the books in The Prosperity Bible, which I'm quickly learning is basically a compilation of books about the Law of Attraction - which I completely reject as a "law." Our thoughts do not effect the external world, they only affect our behaviors and decisions, which will always have consequences, positive or negative. This book was also heavily focused on God/Spirit/The Infinite. In the chapter about physical health, they talked nothing about the importance of what you consume. They talked only about the importance of thinking that you are healthy. They stated that it is a scientific fact that you can think yourself well. Think yourself healthy. That thinking happy thoughts is the cure to all illness. Um no. Focusing on positivity is good, but it's not going to cure disease without proper nutrition, immune system function and potentially even treatment.
The Mental Equivalent by Emmett Fox

I like how short this book is - but it's all about God and metaphysics which I totally abhor. Not necessary to read to attain your wealth goals.
Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier

Another book from The Prosperity Bible that was overly religious and wordy. As we have repeated so many times, it's important to get clear on what you want and stay connected to your goals every single day as often as possible. Take initiative every day toward your goals. One thing at a time.
The Prosperity Bible (19 books)

The vast majority of these books were a waste of my time and energy. There were a few that I added to my home bookshelf, but all in all I would not recommend anyone to read this. I read this at the recommendation of a friend. Check out my other reviews for the individual breakdowns of all 19 books.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I don't get the point of this book. I know it's meant to highlight the downsides of collectivism, but I also picked up undertones of Christianity and God being important. The ending caught me by surprise - I don't really know what the point was. It was a fast, easy and mildly interesting read, but it was a waste of time none the less. This was recommended to me by multiple people and now I'm just glad I can say I've already read it and move forward with my life none the wiser.
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