Spy Games – 5 Spy Skills Books You MUST Read

Spy Games – 5 Spy Skills Books You MUST Read

Spy Skills… do you dream of being James Bond? Or do you feel like Jason Bourne some days?

Or are you just interested in protecting your privacy today.  With these 5 Spy Skills Books you can learn from the experts to read people; protect yourself or just get a better job.

1. 100 Deadly skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide – Clint Emerson

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What skills can a retired Navy SEAL teach you that are practically applicable to your daily lives? Apparently a lot of useful stuff to keep you safe! Emerson covers tips for staying safe. From avoiding vehicle theft, burglaries, and home invasions to protecting yourself while traveling. All the information is presented in an easy to read format. Each skill is discussed in a double page with a takeaway message and clear illustrations.

2. Spy Secrets that can Save Your Life – Jason Hanson

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The world is a crazy dangerous place, but no worries! Hanson has you covered with a guide packed from cover to cover with life-saving information from the secret world of spies. This is not a book written to indulge your childhood spy fantasies; it a practical guide that will actually change the way you think of safety, your environment and daily actions.

3. How to Become a Spy: A Guide to Developing Spy Skills and Joining the Elite Underworld of Secret Agents and Spy Operatives – Maxwell Knight

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Want to learn how to become a super spy? Of course you cannot learn all the spy skills from a book, but you can certainly learn about what it takes if you aspire to become a spy. Knight’s book outlines the physical, mental and various skill training required to join the intriguing world of espionage in a generalised way. This book is probably not to be taken too seriously if you have real career aspirations to become a secret agent. However, if you want a peak into the world of spies – perhaps you aspire to be a espionage and crime fiction writer – this book is a reliable resource.

4. The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s guide to Influencing, Attracting and Winning People Over – Jack Schafer

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Reading people is a key spy skill. There is a lot of information to be gauged from body language and non-verbal cues. Schafer’s book is a valuable reference for anyone who has to conduct interviews of any kind, whether it is for investigative work, journalism, hiring or simply to be a better communicator. Basically, this book guides you on adopting FBI techniques for handling various verbal and non-verbal communications in your day-to-day life.

5. Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers teach you How to Detect Deception – Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero & Don Tennant (writer)

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Being a human lie detector is an impressive spy skill many people dream of having. This book by three former CIA officers is a handy guide to learn how to detect verbal and body language cues that indicates deception. Is also guides in identifying the barriers to accurately detect lies. We have seen it in fiction; the secret agent with a knack for mining truth from a criminal suspect just by observing body language and asking a few questions. In reality, as you will learn from Spy the Lie, deception detecting is not magic, nor is it infallible. But with practice, you can minimize the chances of being deceived by learning this spy skill.

If you prefer your spies to stay safely between the covers of a good book, then you can always read a good novel.

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

Many people dream of being able to quit their day job and gain some financial and personal freedom. The idea of leaving your day job, travelling the world, working from anywhere you please, and feeling great about the work you do every single day is, for many people, a great life. That’s why we’ve compiled 5 essential business books for anyone wanting to grow personally and professionally so they can live a life they only dream about.

These books aren’t a short cut or make your dream life easy to achieve. There is inevitably going to be a lot of hard work, many failures and plenty of struggles along the way, but these books give you the blueprint. You’ll have to provide the courage and the strength, but in return, you’ll get to enjoy the sweet prize at the end of this beautiful journey.

5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job

1. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime – MJ DeMarco

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This is an honest to goodness “Get Rich Quick” book. But you must understand two things. First quick is 5 to 10 years. Second quick does not mean easy.

An excellent book with a cheesy title. A perfect first book for a budding entrepreneur, this will really help you to understand your own definition of “rich”, what your actual goals are, and whether or not you knew the steps involved in getting there.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

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(As featured in 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs)

A very well-known book for budding entrepreneurs, The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute must read if you want to learn how to have “full time” pay on a part time schedule. It has so many potential uses. The author used it to travel the world and streamline his businesses to require as little hands-on time as possible.

3. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

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This book is a bible for new business ventures. Regardless of the business you build, this will teach you the mindset of creating quick “minimum viable products” and using the feedback loop to quickly change your product based on user input. Many successful new businesses operate like this.

4. Rework – Jason Fried

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A really interesting read into corporate counterculture. This company hates meetings and other time-wasters, and offers many new and unique work-changing practices that keep people productive. It makes fun of the typical hour-long meeting, and dives into the practices of a company that operates with primarily remote employees.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey

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As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits. Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life.

Best Books To Read When Feeling Down

Best Books To Read When Feeling Down

A common question which gets asked by people who are feeling down or going through a difficult phase in their lives is: What are some good books to read to when you’re feeling down?  

There are many books that have been recommended by doctors to people who are suffering from depression.  Reading these before any treatment begins has been shown to help – See 10 Self Improvement Books Recommended By Doctors.

But what if you want just a feel good story to read when you are feeling down, not a ‘how to’ type book?  A book you will come back to time and time again to pick you up like a warm blanket & hot cocoa (or bowl of chicken soup?) and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

These books are entertaining and uplifting and will definitely make you feel happier than before.

1. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K Jerome

A humorous and comic novel about three hypochondriac young men (to say nothing of the dog, Montgomery) who discover the “joys” of roughing it on a boating trip along the River Thames. Funnier than Mark Twain, a 19th Century English predecessor of National Lampoon’s vacation; its a tonic best re-read regularly.

2. These Old ShadesGeorgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer writes humorous, witty and warm-hearted British Regency period novels. Whilst at heart a romance story, you will also enjoy the historical detail and strong characterizations. With much more depth than a typical ‘Mills and Boon’ romance; These Old Shades and it’s sequel, Devil’s Cub, will cheer you up with its witty dialog, pure romance and beautiful passionate characters.

3. Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark

With hundreds of books of short, real life stories in the series, there is a Chicken Soup book for everyone. We love the original book, as well as Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul: Real-Life Stories by Real Teens (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul) and the sappy Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul. Read anytime for a figurative dose of chicken soup guaranteed to pick you up and make you smile.

4. A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L’Engle


Not quite a superhero story, yet not fully science fiction, this timeless children’s classic has the typical battle between the forces of good & evil, as the characters travel through a magical universe. If you didn’t read this as a child, treat your inner child now. Allow your adult self to enjoy the breathless wonder of a kid discovering a life long favorite.  Read regularly for best results.

8 Books That Will Enrich Your Vocabulary And Train Your Thinking Mind

8 Books That Will Enrich Your Vocabulary And Train Your Thinking Mind

One of the best ways to learn new vocabulary and to improve your grammar is to read books which push the boundaries of your language skills. By embracing new words and language styles, you not only improve your own linguistic competence, but you also train your mind to handle it.

The books on this list will challenge you to keep reading, teach you new words and sentence structures, and with the quality of their writing, force you to push yourself to a new level of language competence.

8 Books That Will Enrich Your Vocabulary And Train Your Thinking Mind

1. Ulysses – James Joyce

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Reading the Ulysses is a mission and a hefty challenge, but when you decide to embark on this journey, you have to fully commit to completing it, no matter how you feel. After the first few chapters, as you struggle and grapple with the complex language, it will click and you will attain a new level of understanding. Ulysses is filled with words, some of which Joyce, like Shakespeare, coined himself—words that vocabulary buffs will revel in.

2. The Apology – Plato

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This book examines the argument and reasoning as laid down by Socrates in his trial and is one of the most well reasoned arguments to this day. When a book has been around for 2400 years, you can be pretty sure it’s good and worth reading. This one is no exception. There are a dozen lines worth remembering, and by the end, you can hear the ironic desperation in Socrates’s voice:

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways–I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.”

3. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

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This book will not only challenge your thoughts and your vocabulary, but it will make you question your own morals more than any other book on this list.

4. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

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(Featured in 5 Best Dystopian Novels Ever Written)

The book takes place on a future Earth where human beings are mass-produced and conditioned for lives in a rigid caste system. As the story progresses, we learn some of the disturbing secrets that lie underneath the bright, shiny facade of this highly-ordered world.

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

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In Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created one of the world’s best known and most fully realized literary characters. The stories are some of the best mysteries in the English language and fun to read as a picture of life in the Victorian era. In general, you’ll be amazed at Doyle’s ingenuity and his convincing portrayal of life in many different sectors of society.

6. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas R. Hofstadter

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(Featured in 10 Books That Will Broaden Your Life Perspective)

This book really teaches you about logical thinking and logical vocabulary in an entertaining way. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid debates, beautifully, the question of consciousness and the possibility of artificial intelligence. It is a book that attempts to discover the true meaning of “self.”

7. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

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The book is beautifully written. Steinbeck’s style flows so smoothly and is accessible as well as being challenging. Each descriptive chapter has little gems of vocabulary you are reminded of or introduced to, which help fuel your own verbal repertoire.

8. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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(Featured in 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read)

A great book about the dangers of holding on to vanity and pride, The Picture of Dorian Grey is a remarkable book filled with moments of great self-reflection, we see Dorian Grey go on a sensual quest and the outcome of that is the final twist in the book.

New Book Releases: 5 Best New Book Releases In Business & Money – October 2014

New Book Releases: 5 Best New Book Releases In Business & Money – October 2014

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The world of business books is a dynamic one. Every month, new business leaders and innovators publish a new book to share their success secrets. In an environment where you need to keep up to date, reading the most relevant books and business magazines in the entrepreneur genre is essential. These new book releases are the best of the books released this month, based on user and critical reviews.

5 Best New Book Releases In Business & Money – October 2014

1. Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business Imitation Leather – Gene Simmons

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Gene Simmons has one philosophy. The philosophy of ME. His book is a hard-hitting discussion on how to make lots of money. Focus 100% on ME. Not your wife, not your children, not your friends. Just ME.

2. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution – Walter Isaacson

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We already features this book in our non-fiction new releases for this month. Here is the review from that post.
The Innovators‘ is a serial biography of a number of highly creative scientists and engineers since the 1840s who gave us the Third Industrial Revolution – transistors, microchips and microprocessors, programmable computers and their software, PCs, and the graphic interface.

3. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

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Zero To One is full of unique, practical insights, and discusses success in terms of human nature and culture. Along with business strategy, Thiel outlines how successful innovation shapes society and shares an intriguing vision.

4. MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom – Tony Robbins

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The newest book from Tony Robbins, his first for over a decade, is a guide about money which is useful for everyone. Whether you’re a regular investor or you want a guide on how to handle your day to day finances, this book will have some useful insights.

5. Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders – Steve Shallenberger

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A great guide on time management. You can run a successful business and enjoy your free time as well. Steven Shallenberger has more than 40 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, and in this book, he shares his experience.

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

What Is Leadership?

Being a leader and the skills you need to lead effectively has been important for as long as humans have worked in groups to achieve a goal. The characteristics of effective leadership forms the basis of most business books. Having a strategy to run a successful business is intertwined with leadership skills, not just to lead a team but to manage and lead yourself in a successful direction.

There are many theories on the best leadership methods. Some leaders made people to do terrible things, and other leaders have left a tremendous positive legacy behind them. As we move forward and evolve, leadership has never been more important.

Do we need more leaders, or do we need to empower everyone to become their own leader?

6 Essential Books On Leadership

1. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell

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John Maxwell breaks down leadership strategy into 21 laws. With each Law, he describes the theory behind the law. For example, with the Law of Sacrifice, he explains that a leader must be willing to sacrifice in order to achieve. He expounds upon his point by explaining that a leader gives up more rights – in exchange for more responsibilities – the higher the leader rises.

2. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin

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This isn’t a book that teaches you how to lead. Instead, Tribes is meant to inspire people to lead rather than teach them to lead.

3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us –  Daniel H. Pink

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The ability to motivate others is central to leadership. By studying how people are truly motivated, Daniel Pink explains what drives people to do what they do.

4. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box – Arbinger Institute

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One of the most damaging habits which inhibits success is self deception. This book explains that to be a good leader, you have to allow yourself to question your beliefs and allow new attitudes and knowledge to influence you.

5. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – Spencer Johnson

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People usually turn to a leader in times of change and confusion. This book is about dealing with change and being able to move ahead with passion instead of anxiety.

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

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Brene Brown writes, “Vulnerability is the the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.”

She argues that you have to be willing to fail to be able to lead. By making yourself vulnerable, you open yourself up to being hurt, something which most people try to avoid, but Brene argues that we should be doing the opposite. Without vulnerability, there can be no love, there can be no achievement, there can be no greatness.

Psychology Books: 8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

Psychology Books: 8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

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A good understanding of the fundamentals of psychology is essential to living a happy and successful life. As an introduction to psychology and neuroscience, we’ve compiled 8 books which are recommended as a primer to all modern psychological research.

These books cover everything from clinical psychology to consumer psychology, and everything in between. The study of the functions of the brain is fascinating and illuminating for anyone interested in why we do what we do.

8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales – Oliver Sacks

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The man who mistook his wife for a hat is probably the most interesting clinical psychology books ever written. It is utterly fascinating to know that, as a result of a neurological condition, a man can actually mistake his wife for a hat and not realize it. In reading this book, you come to respect and appreciate the human brain as well as those who are struggling to deal with one of the conditions which Sacks explores.

2. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature – Steven Pinker

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This book deals with evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics. Its probably most interesting from a Freudian perspective as it deals deals with many of our unconscious instincts.

3. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely

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A great psychology book which covers unconscious decision-making, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology. A fun read.

4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini

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This is the most popular psychology book covering the science of persuasion. Its popular among business professionals and entrepreneurs.

5. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships – Daniel Goleman

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From the author of Emotional Intelligence, we get his follow up psychology book, Social Intelligence. It covers social neuroscience, mirror neurons and empathy. Its mainly packed with practical content mixed with easy to understand science.

6. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind – V. S. Ramachandran

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This is an easy to read book with some very helpful illustrations. Ramachandran has written a book that is both valuable to his peers and fascinating to everyone. This is a psychology book which will catch you up on all the major advances in neuroscience in the last 30 years.

7. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science – Norman Doidge M.D.

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This book covers neuro-plasticity which explains how experience shapes our brains. It includes some really remarkable case studies that make you wonder how powerful our brains really are.

8. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D., M.D. Burns

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This book is based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of the most prominent evidence-based treatments for psychological disturbances ranging from low self-esteem to schizophrenia.

Entrepreneur Book List: 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Book List: 5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

If you were going to get a business book recommendation, you’d want to ask the top entrepreneurs what they read. If you’re a budding entrepreneur and you want to take your game to the next level, here are 5 books that will undoubtedly bring a bit more success into your life.

5 Best Business Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

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Good read, with good experiential examples.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

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Amazing book with life changing insight.

3. Rework – Jason Fried

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This book is filled with some great advice for those who want to start their own business, have their own business, or are just interested in the subject.

4. Mastery – Robert Greene

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Great analysis of the path to perfection in your passions by analyzing the lives of the greatest masters in history.

5. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

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Gary clearly lays out a plan to use the best tools available to succeed in your own space. There are no shortcuts, but Gary provides the map.

Guided Meditation: 3 Essential Books On Guided Meditation Techniques

Guided Meditation: 3 Essential Books On Guided Meditation Techniques

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is a form of meditation where an individual is verbally guided into a state of consciousness by a recording or an internal monologue.

Although there are a many popular CDs and Audiobooks on guided meditation, WhytoRead has found some incredible books which give you the scripts and tools you need to internalize the guides, so you can utilize them wherever and whenever you want.

Here are:

3 Essential Books On Guided Meditation Techniques

1. Creative Visualization: 33 Guided Visualization Scripts to Create the Life of Your Dreams – Louise Stapely

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This book will teach you the steps to take in order to visualize correctly. There are 33 scripts provided, divided into financial abundance, career, family, relationships, love, health, peace of mind, and addictions. Each script will show you how to engage your senses to boost results and manifest successfully.

2. Guided Meditation Scripts for Beginners – Amy Meyers

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This books, as it claims in the title, is great for anyone new to guided meditation. Written in a clear and easy to understand way, it sheds new light on guided meditation for the newby.

3. The Blooming of a Lotus: Revised Edition of the Classic Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness –  Thich Nhat Hanh

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If you are going to read one book on this list, make it this one. Thich Nhat Hanh manages to convey wisdom with the clearest of words and most insightful examples, with a collection of step-by-step guided meditations. They are arranged generally by topic and each has a prose introduction that expands on a spiritual idea.

Wake Up! 3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

Wake Up! 3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

Wake Up!

In today’s world, you can be consumed by the monotonous and doing the same things as everyone else, without ever stopping to think about what you want to do. Its time to wake up and live YOUR life, and the books below will help you do just that.

So, without further ado, WAKE UP!

3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

1. Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment – Deepak Chopra

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At the beginning of the book, the author tells us that he has added fictional sections to the story of the Buddha, to fill in blanks of what we know. But don’t let that put you off. Its been done well and the story of the Buddha (literally meaning the awoken one or the enlightened one) is one may can relate to.

2. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris

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This book is a guide to meditation with the backing of neuroscience and psychology. Sam Harris is a neuro-scientist and with the knowledge he gained, he explores the scientific underpinnings of spirituality and waking up to who you are.

3. Wake Up! Your Life is Calling: Why Settle for Fine When So Much More is Possible? – Mike Jaffe

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More about the monotonous coasting through life which most people consume their lives with, Mike Jaffe explores what it is to produce the extraordinary life of your dreams by over coming your fears and waking up!