Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

 

Ron and Mary Beshear are accomplished speakers, but they are also passionate about the written word. Both avid readers and adept writers, Ron and Mary are eager to recommend the following books on faith, family, finances, and planning for the future.

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Books by Ron and Mary Beshear

 

fallLoveFall in Love with Your Future

Fall in Love with Your Future delightfully describes the kinds of decisions and life skills that can lead to purpose and contentment. Practicing these principles frees people to catch a glimpse of who they really are and the God-given destiny that is open to them. Part of the Successories Power of One series, this book is for those who want to purposefully pursue the best their future can hold.

 

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The One HE Loves

This six session Bible study comes with a CD of accompanying scripture set to music. It answers the deep questions of identity many women secretly carry. Do I look OK? Do I have significance? Do my failures define me? Am I safe? Can I really be loved for me? It draws the reader behind the scenes of this physical life to see the realities of God’s passionate love and his tenderly made plans.

 

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Fight the Good Fight: A Mother’s Legacy Lives On

Ben Newman’s mother died of Amyloidosis when he was 8 years old. Fifteen years later, he was given a journal she had kept during the final years of her life. In it, he found a wealth of inspiration and wisdom for dealing with adversity and living each day to the fullest. In this book, Mary Beshear tells Ben Newman’s story of learning to live like a champion in the midst of hardship.

 

Books on Career

 

7habitsThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal.

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30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us don’t. His quest led him to speak with a thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five—many of whom can remember the Depression and World War II. While some of their tales reaffirmed timeless wisdom, others surprised Pillemer with the unexpected. Now with a new preface by Jane Brody, 30 Lessons for Living distills their moving stories and hard-won advice. To learn how to live without regret, persevere through hard times, find fulfillment, and age fearlessly and well, there is no one better to ask than the people who have done it themselves.

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Go Put Your Strengths to Work

Marcus Buckingham’s books have guided millions to become top performers in everything they do by focusing on their strengths. In Go Put Your Strengths to Work, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, Buckingham will show you how to hone and apply your strengths for maximum success in your career.

Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that by kick-starting the “strengths revolution” that began with Buckingham’s earlier books. Through a six-step, six-week experience, Go Put Your Strengths to Work shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss.

 

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Strengths Finder 2.0

Do you do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced Strengths Finder in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions discover their top five talents.

In Strengths Finder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular online assessment. With hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, Strengths Finder 2.0 will change the way you look at yourself—and the world—forever.

Books on Parenting

 

kidGiftsDiscover Your Children’s Gifts

Based on Romans 12:6-8, the Fortunes have created an eye opening workbook to help parents identify and nurture their children’s God given personality type and spiritual gifts.

 
wingsGive Them Wings

Author Carol Kuykendall explains the journey from childhood to graduation, including the dreaded first goodbye as your young adults leave home. Tracing her own family’s experience as three children left the nest, the author will help you let go and release your teen for the future God has planned.

 

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Guiding Your Family in a Misguided World

Pastor Evans shows how families can be a refuge of safety and stability in the confused landscape of today’s values. He also explains how to pass on Christian faith so that our children are prepared to stand on their own.

 

 

kidTeamHow to Keep Your Kids on Your Team

Dr. Stanley provides enlightening ways to demonstrate to our children that we love them unconditionally and that we believe in them…while encouraging them to do their best and helping them grow spiritually.

 

 

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How to Really Love Your Child and How to Really Love Your Teen

Almost all parents really love their children, but often we don’t know how to express it in a way they understand. Our love might be interpreted by our children as nagging, disapproval, or pressure to perform. In these books, Dr. Campbell details practical ways to express parental love so that children feel our love and are thus freed to grow in emotional wholeness.

 

Books on Marriage

 

42397_w185The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women

In this book, Gary writes to wives about the unexpressed needs in their husbands’ hearts, and Barbara talks to men about how their wives define intimacy. Humorous and highly insightful, this book provides an excellent guide to understanding the love of your life.

 
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Five Love Languages

People express and receive love in different ways. Dr. Gary Chapman identifies the different languages of love: quality time, words of affirmation, gift giving, acts of service, and physical touch. His book shows us how to identify our own (and our mate’s) natural love language and then how to communicate deep caring in a way our partner can receive it.

 

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6 Secrets to a Lasting Love

Together, the Rosbergs host three radio programs and coach families across the country on the principles of healthy relationships. In this book, they remind us of the hopes, promises, and dreams we each had on our wedding day… dreams that have often gotten pushed to the back burner in the challenges of everyday living. With a desire for restoration, the Rosbergs have dedicated this book to helping couples rekindle romance with their spouses and experience levels of commitment and intimacy beyond their wildest dreams.

hisneedsHis Needs, Her Needs

The needs of men and women are similar, but according to Dr. Harley, their priorities are vastly different. In this book, the reader discovers how identifying and meeting his/her spouse’s most important needs can deepen marital intimacy and satisfaction. (The book also contains a great questionnaire for determining each partner’s needs and great helps fro making the marriage relationship irresistible.)

 

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Love & Respect

Based on three decades of counseling, pastor and family ecologist, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs offers life-changing insights on how love and respect can deepen our marriage relationships. Eggerichs illustrates through research and experience that wives have one driving need—to feel loved. When that need is met, they are happy. Husbands have a different overarching need—to feel respected. Similarly, when that need is met, they are happy. The principles taught by Dr Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah in their books and seminars (see loveandrespect,com) provide wise counsel for bringing a couple closer together and helping each partner feel valued.

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The Second Half of Marriage

With wisdom and honesty, the Arps discuss how to let go of past disappointments and make the rest of your marriage the best, how to create a marriage that is partner-focused rather than child-focused, and how to build a deeper friendship with greater sexual intimacy and more romance. They show that if the first half of marriage is a response to circumstances and responsibilities, the second half offers a freedom to choose and to seek fulfillment together.

Mary’s Favorites

 

throneDestined for the Throne

Using Biblical insights, this down-to-earth handbook provides the reader with a rare glimpse into God’s eternal plan for believers. Bill Heimer also illustrates how God allows us to be trained on Earth for the most important role in the universe. This book will often surprise, challenge, and inspire the reader.

 

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Epicenter

A New York Times best selling author as well as a communications strategist for some of the world’s most influential leaders, Rosenberg provides explanations behind today’s headlines and exclusive interviews with top political, intelligence, business, and religious leaders. His research is so thorough, many people turn to his work for understanding of developing national and international politics.

 

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Sex and the Soul of a Woman

Counselor and author Paula Rinehart understands the high price a woman pays in loosening her sexual boundaries, as well as the unique role sex plays in forging a bond meant to last a lifetime. In this tenderly written book, Rinehart speaks to women about how to break free from the bondage of misused sexuality and how to create a whole new start with purity and healthy passion.

 

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Shattered Dreams

Dr. Crabb, counselor and founder of New Way Ministry, writes that our shattered dreams never catch God by surprise. The Holy Spirit always uses our broken dreams as chapters in a larger story, a story that helps us rediscover our desire for God and satisfy our highest dreams.

 

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Shattering Your Strongholds

Even in the healthiest of families, we can grow up with negative attitudes, wrong patterns of thinking, and false beliefs. Unintentionally, we protect these unhealthy “thought habits” with self-erected strongholds. Then, as Christians, we might spend years intermingling these false concepts with God’s genuine truths…and wonder why our lives seem stale and unproductive. The key to receiving spiritual renewal and freedom from our struggles is to recognize lies by which we may be living and shatter the strongholds around them…. with God’s help. Savard’s book is an excellent study in the spiritual renewal God offers His children.

Ron’s Favorites

 

book21212 The Extra Degree

212° The Extra Degree captures the essence of excellence in an unforgettable way… At 211° water is hot. At 212°, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree makes the difference.

This simple analogy reflects the ultimate definition of excellence. Because it’s the one extra degree of effort, in business and life, that can separate the good from the great. This powerful book by S.L. Parker and Mac Anderson gives great examples, great quotes and great stories to illustrate the 212° concept. A warning…once you read it, it will be hard to forget. Your company will have a target for everything you do… 212°.

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The Dash

When Linda Ellis wrote her poem, The Dash, in one afternoon ten years ago, it would change her life forever. In 239 words, she captured the “Simple Truths” of why we were put on this earth.

Since then, The Dash has been published hundreds of times in books, newspapers, magazines and company newsletters. It has also been read countless times at company meetings, graduations and funerals. In the last three years, Linda has received over one million e-mails thanking her for writing The Dash, and asking the question … Where can I get a copy?

Now you can! Simple Truths proudly presents this classic poem in a beautifully designed gift book along with nine simple truths from Mac Anderson about what we can do to make a difference with our lives. To your customers or your employees, give the gift of inspiration. It’ll be one that keeps on giving.

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The Simple Truths of Selling

This book and audio CD set truly captures what the essence of successful selling is all about. Its simplicity and clarity is powerful, and it should be a sales classic for many years to come.

Best-selling sales author Todd Duncan has created a small but powerful book and audio CD about the most important things you need to know about selling. Todd is one of the nation’s leading sales experts, and his recent book High Trust Selling was on the Wall Street Journal’s best-seller list. His books, audiotapes and sales seminars have inspired thousands of people around the world.

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The Strangest Secret

Earl Nightingale’s classic, The Strangest Secret, earned the 1st Gold Record for the spoken word, with sales exceeding one million copies. Nightingale, known as the “dean of personal development,” reveals how he discovered and lived the secret to success.

For the first time, Earl Nightingale’s famous words written in 1957 are presented in a beautifully designed gift book with a CD of his original recording. This inspirational message is as timely today as it was when first written. The book and CD set is a great gift to inspire anyone in your organization to truly understand how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

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To a Child Love is Spelled T-I-M-E

With beautiful photographs, heartwarming quotes and inspirational insights, this book encourages parents to make time for what’s most important in life.

Best-selling authors Mac Anderson and Lance Wubbels offer inspirational insights on what parenting is all about. It’s a little book with a powerful message. It will make you rethink life’s priorities.