It may come as a shock to many who know me, but I didn’t always love reading…
As a child I had minor dyslexia, which made reading difficult and frustrating. The only thing more frustrating and difficult was navigating the world of adolescence. I was desperate to live in a world not my own, so I pushed past my disadvantages in pursuit of the promised escape books would bring me.
I was not disappointed. Every page was filled with worlds far away, where I was not only accepted but a hero and center stage.
Although I’ve grown into my own being now and no longer need an escape from the world in which I live, my love for books never left. Today I’m still in awe of how words on paper can move us and bring us to understand ourselves and others better.
Below is my personal list of books I loved or learned a lot from. It is a live list that I will add to as I find new favorites.
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This unique story is nothing short of a masterpiece. Timed in the years after the second world war, Mary Ann and Annie artfully let you into the life of a young and beautiful journalist through the correspondence of her and those around her.
I have yet to find a book quite as captivating as this one right here. My mother and I have each read the story about three times and are always happy to refer it to everyone we meet.
By Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa TerKeurst journey through uncertainty and disappointment is enough to bring even the most resilient of us to our knees. In her book, Lysa talks about her journey in rebuilding her marriage in real-time and how her reliance on God was nothing short of the cornerstone.
I read this book at the very pit of life’s greatest disappointment. Reading the way Lysa chose to take steps forward fully trusting the Lord, even as He seemed to rip her life away from her, left me breathless and in tears. Her faith fed mine and taught me to walk through this world with my hands open not just to receive, but to give back with surrendering.
By Bob Burg and John David Mann
I don’t know if I will ever be able to thank my brokerage enough for introducing me to this wonderful little short story that has become a cornerstone of how I run my business.
In a world that seems to value hustler and big swinger more than everyone else; Bob and John introduce us to a way a business focused on giving more than you get and yet receiving more than you could ever imagine.
By Brene Brown
Before I tell you about this book I need to confess something… I’m a Brene Brown super fan. I don’t think I go more than a week without reading, listening to, or watching Brene Brown. I’ve got it bad.
You don’t need to be a Brene super fan like me, but I do recommend that you at least read this book. In Braving the Wilderness Brene tears apart our perceived mutual exclusivities and opens us up to the possibility of a far more diverse world.
By Richard Rothstein
As someone dedicated to self-betterment and being the change I want to see, I believe learning from the past is the best way forward. In Rothstein’s book The Color of Law, he thoroughly and comprehensively lays out the ways in which the government and overall real estate industry played a hand in the segregation of people of color. He explains the role of the government and the real estate industry in creating the financial separation we now experience between white Americans and their black peers.
As a Real Estate Professional, I believe it is my duty to know the role my industry played in this social discrepancy and to dedicate myself to be part of its correction.