MARY’S FAVORITES

When I am dead
I hope it may be said:
His sins were scarlet
But his books were read.

 

– Hillaire Belloc –

The average person reads less than one book per year. According to a Gallup study of the most successful men and women, reading one non-fiction book per month will put you in the top one percent of successful people. Here are my favorite books for staying connected to what is important. (For your convenience, you may order from Amazon with just one click.)
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CAREER
What's Your Lane?

What’s Your Lane? Career Clarity for Moms Who Want to Work a Little, a Lot, or Not at All by Brenda Abdilla

A must read if: 1. You are considering any change in career status (such as re-entering the workforce, moving to part-time, working from home) or 2. You feel stuck with your current circumstances and feel guilty, overwhelmed and stressed out. ORDER »
Got Your Attention?

Got Your Attention? How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone by Sam Horn

Imagine if there was a process for pleasantly surprising decision-makers and convincing them you’re the right person for the job? Sam Horn’s innovative techniques have helped her clients close deals and raise millions of dollars and will be your “secret sauce” to getting funded, hired, elected, promoted, or referred. ORDER »
Ready To Be A Thought Leader?

Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success by Denise Brosseau

This book provides a step-by-step process for becoming a thought leader, allowing readers to create a long-term plan, and start putting it into action today, even if they only have 15 minutes to spare. ORDER »
Communicate To Keep 'Em

Communicate to Keep ‘Em: Enhancing Employee Engagement Through Remarkable Communication by Pam Jett

This little book packs a big punch. With a focus on practical application, language patterns, and specific “words to choose” and “words to lose,” you will discover communication tools you can put to use immediately. ORDER »
The Fred Factor

The Fred Factor: How to Make the Ordinary Extraordinary by Mark Sanborn

“The Fred Factor” recounts the true story of Fred, the mail carrier who passionately loves his job and who genuinely cares about the people he serves. Sanborn reveals the four basic principles that will help us bring fresh energy and creativity to our life and work. ORDER »
Celebrate: LEssons learned from the world's most admired organizations

Celebrate: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations by Scott Friedman

This practical handbook will tell you how celebrations, when strategically managed, can make your organization a fun place to work in, and also result in greater productivity. ORDER »
CONNECTING WITH YOURSELF
Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. ORDER »
Conversation With the Heart

Conversation With the Heart by Dr. Janelle

In this book, Dr. Lise teaches you how to reconnect to your heart, which is the conduit to your soul and the only means you have to experience joy, love, and a feeling of true success. ORDER »
Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson

Developed by Dr. Johnson over 20 years ago and practiced all over the world, EFT has been heralded by Time Magazine and the New York Times as the couple therapy with the highest rate of success. Couples who use EFT see a 75 percent success rate. ORDER »
CONNECTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE/PARTNER
When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

“When Things Fall Apart” outlines a deceptively profound idea based on Tibetan Buddhism: accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. ORDER »
The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman

Through a series of in-depth quizzes, checklists, and exercises, Gottman provides the framework for coping with differences and strengthening your marriage. ORDER »
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

Through a series of in-depth quizzes, checklists, and exercises, Gottman provides the framework for coping with differences and strengthening your marriage. ORDER »
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Get Out of My Life

Get Out of My Life But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony Wolf Ph.D.

This is a survival guide for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen. Wolf explains adolescent behavior in a way that’s bound to leave parents with a changed view of the plausible options. ORDER »
Parenting with Love

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. ORDER »
You Are My World

You Are My World: How a Parent’s Love Shapes a Baby’s Mind by Amy Hatkoff

By pairing lovely black-and-white photographs of infants with captions that reflect reality as seen through their newborn eyes, the book celebrates the continually miraculous interaction that occurs between babies and their mothers and fathers. ORDER »
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT
Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Think you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading even if you aren’t writing a book. ORDER »
The Artist's Way

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

“The Artist’s Way” is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. ORDER »
The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Personal and Professional Life by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

“The Art of Possibility” combines Benjamin Zander’s experience as a conductor of the Boston Philharmonic with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander’s genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment. ORDER »
CONNECTING WITH YOUR HEALTH
Activate Your Brain

Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work – and Your Life by Scott Halford

Combining research, anecdote, and inspiration “Activate Your Brain” shows you how small steps toward better brain function can eventually lead to success on a whole new level. ORDER »
the Beck Diet Solution

Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person by Dr. Judith Beck Ph.D

This book provides a six-week program that gives you the tools to train your brain to think like a thin person. This approach shows you how to make the behavioral changes necessary to lose and maintain weight loss for the rest of your life. ORDER »
Loving What Is

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

This book offers four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. ORDER »