Must Reads - 29th December 2017

Here are my 5 recommendations to be added to your to be read pile for today:

What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
New York Times Bestseller!
Bronze medal winner of the Living Now Book Awards for Parenting!
In just a few years, today’s children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that “content is king,” neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.
Becoming Brilliant offers solutions that parents can implement right now. Backed by the latest scientific evidence and illustrated with examples of what’s being done right in schools today, this book introduces the 6Cs—collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence—along with ways parents can nurture their children’s development in each area.

Book 1 - The Magician
Benjamin Porter, a fifteen-year-old living in the suburbs of St. Louis, is fascinated by the spectacle of the Company, a motorcycle gang whose senior member lives across the street on his quiet cul-de-sac. In his freshman year, he’s given a chance opportunity to befriend one of their junior members, Craig Marse, and he rashly embraces the destructive, illegal, and dangerous lifestyle as Craig’s pupil. Ben quickly becomes enmeshed in the world of drugs and violence, deftly navigating the intrigues of this volatile subculture. As he builds his reputation, he embraces his notoriety—so much so that the true character of Benjamin Porter is at risk of being permanently altered. The Magician is the first of the 21-part series, and Ben’s first lesson is about the use—or misuse—of power.

A Daughter's Memoir
Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. This discovery sends her life spiralling downward. In this intimate memoir, Melissa details her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.
It takes a decade-long search for Melissa to locate her birth father. When she writes to extend forgiveness to him, she learns that he has died without answering her burning questions.
Melissa then becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues.
But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?
This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.

This book helps special needs children understand how they are wired. It also offers them a way to communicate without having to express themselves verbally. Written for children in early grades, it can be individualized and given to new teachers, coaches, or friends. These people will now be able to better understand who the child is and how they function. Most importantly, this resource teaches children how to advocate for themselves!

How to Change your Life by Changing the World
Want to be happier? The Happy Hero reveals the secret to feeling good by doing good. Packed with advice, stories and ways to change your life by changing the world.
 “As I read this book, my internal monologue ran in parallel, saying, "YES! That's how I do it." Fleur Britten - The Sunday Times
Everyday we are bombarded with fear and negativity from the media and have been trained out of happiness by these stories of doom. But there is a simple solution; stop worrying about the future and start making it better. Luckily, many of the changes we need to make to build a better world, we want to do anyway.
New research proves that making a difference, even in small ways, can extend your life, improve your love life and even help you recover from a cold...because, it turns out, saving the world is very good for you.

I hope you like the look of these books as much as I out for my full reviews coming soon.
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Happy Reading!


markpann said…
Thank you for your recommendation, it is greatly appreciated! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts you may have.

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