This is the time of year where it just seems like you should be reading inspirational books. Here are three new books, all of which can be read by teens through adults, that are inspirational in their own different way.
1. An Invisible Thread – Both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of the lifelong friendship of a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy that begins when she takes him to lunch after she sees him panhandling at age 11 on the streets of NYC. They continue to meet and change each others lives.
An Invisible Thread is a true story of Laura Schroff and Maurice. Maurice’s life is not always so easy to read about, and there is only so much that Laura can do. Yet she opens Maurice’s eyes to a world outside the only one he ever knew, that of poverty, crime, drugs and violence. He came to love simple things such as having a bagged school lunch made for him and eating dinner with a family. So many of us donate money or even our time to charitable organizations, but Laura Schroff directly saved a human life with her kindness.
2. Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a simple Act – Smile is based on a TED talk by Ron Gutman that has been viewed by millions. It is a short digital book that will inspire you to do just what the title says – Smile. Smiling is a language we all Share. It is universal. We feel happier when we smile. Smiling is the first expression that babies learn to control. We smile at smiling people. Scientists have even found health benefits to smiling. Smiling people are more pleasant to look at.
You will learn much more about smiling in Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, and in a much more interesting way. Everything you learn is told in a story with many, many pictures to go along. Ron Gutman is a fascinating speaker and writer and this is a fun and inspiring book to read. I would love if everyone in the world read it. Wouldn’t it be great if everywhere we went we saw only smiling faces?
3. Laughing at Wall Street – Do you ever feel like only Wall Street insiders can make any money in the stock market? Well think again. Chris Camillo tells his story in Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can, Too. Camillo is not a stockbroker, analyst or hedge fund manager, yet he made a few million dollars in the stock market from 2007 to 2010, not booming times.
Chris Camillo lets you in on his everyman way of choosing investments – look and listen to the world around you. It is a fascinating, yet practical read that inspires. Whether you plan on investing or not, it is worth reading to see another very interesting real world way to look at investments. I always thought of the stock market as extremely dull, yet Laughing at Wall Street made it three dimensional and fully alive.
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