The Thankful Mama

I Just Finished Reading…

9/14/2011 The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

I have really neglected this portion of my blog. I admit I haven’t been tearing through books at my usual pace since having a baby, but not to post since April of 2010? Well, I finally finished The Master Key System and found it so enlightening I had to share a review. This book was originally written as a correspondence course with twenty four sections designed to strengthen and condition your thought process with an aim at achieving success in all areas of your life. Each section provides a specific visualization technique or tool to be practiced for one week before starting the next section. This process slowly builds your concentration skills resulting in a better ability to think and manifest your desires. This book has so much valuable information that I found one reading isn’t sufficient to absorb all it has to offer. I am sure I’ll need to re-read much of this book and to diligently practice the lessons to develop my power of manifesting thought.  I definitely think it has wonderful suggestions on how to just be a better person and to think better thoughts. It’s message is uplifting and positive. This book is also available in as a free e-book on several sites.


4/08/2010 Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

I found Mindfulness in Plain English to be quite informative on beginning meditation. Being a novice myself, I wasn’t ready to read an advanced dissertation on the art of being mindful. I have some of the basics, but it is still a foreign aspect to me that I would like to learn more about and develop. Gunaratana manages to put the lessons simply and, just as the book says, in plain English. I was able to grasp the abstract ideas presented and put some of the lessons into practice immediately. I plan to keep up daily practice. As with all things newly learned, repetition strengthens the mind and body’s ability to absorb the new information and turn it into habit. This is definitely the kind of book that needs more than one reading to fully gain and understand it’s full potential. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn techniques to calm the chattering mind and become more relaxed and aware of the beauty and greatness all around them.

1/08/2010 The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life by  Jennifer Worwick

This book is simply adorable. It has everything a modern prairie girl would want to make or do. If you have any love of Laura Ingalls Wilder books growing up, this book gives you the insight on how to bring Laura’s way of living to your very own modern day homestead.  This book includes not only a collection of recipes and craft projects for the aspiring frontier girl, but offers a nostalgic look at the more simplistic 19th century way of living. I plan to make several of the projects outlined in the book. They are conveniently categorized by areas of the house…bedroom, bath, kitchen, etc. I’m curious about creating my own lotions and soap and found the canning instructions so easy and straightforward, I believe I could have a stocked pantry in no time! This book is great for helping you capture the charm of homespun simplicity.

11/19/2009 It’s Not About the Money by Bob Proctor

I love this book! I absolutely love the way Bob Proctor thinks and expresses himself. This audio book is all about ways to get you thinking in abundance and realizing that nothing is holding you back from obtaining wealth except yourself. Creating a wealthy mindset is a key ingredient to success and Bob Proctor outlines how to develop this in a casual, truthful and easy to understand way. The audio book is narrated by the author and is very much like you are attending a seminar. It feels as if you are having a one on one conversation with him. The ideas are presented in several sections, which build upon each other as you progress through the book. It is a wonderful tool for creating inspiration and ideas so you can become self employed, do what you love and make money at it. I highly, highly recommend!

9/12/2009 The Attractor Factor: 5 Easy Steps For Creating Wealth (or Anything Else) From the Inside Out by Joe Vitale

I have to say I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is read by the author and written in a casual, conversational style tone that allows for easy listening and absorption of the ideas presented. Joe Vitale presents a 5 step process to enhance creating what you desire in your life using the principles of the Law of Attraction.  The 5 steps are easy to follow and implement and facilitate immediate results. I was surprised at how quickly, by using a few of his techniques, I was able to see results. I really appreciate this audio book and feel it could help anyone to change their way of thinking to the positive, feel more gratitude and in turn create the life they want. Thank you Mr. Vitale for such an inspiring and educational way of thinking!

8/21/2009 The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

The well known classic novel The Swiss Family Robinson, written in 1812, has been a favorite story of mine since I saw the Disney movie version as a child. What kid wouldn’t love the idea of living in a tree house on a tropical island? The movie is captivating and entertaining and the book is even more so.

The story is an account of a pilgrim family from Switzerland who become shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. Beingthe only survivors, they cleverly use the native plants and animals to sustain them from hunger and the elements. It is quite interesting to see how the family is able to recognize the useful elements and create food, clothes and tools for their everyday living.  The family themselves are just as endearing as the story and are like any average family. The Father is the head of the household, protector and model of manhood for his sons.  Mother is a dutiful wife and home keeper, constantly worrying for her family’s safety. Their four sons, each with their own distinct personality, are ever proving that “boys will be boys.”

This story also provides a wholesome message of the strength of family love and togetherness. Illustrated many times throughout are the virtues of faith, gratitude, hard work, cooperation and strong character. I think the book is summed up perfectly with the closing reflection from Father that, ” blessed are the results of faithful continuance in well doing, what benefits arise from the thoughtful application of knowledge and science, and how good and pleasant a thing it is when brethren dwell together in unity, under the eye of parental love.”

7/23/2009 Hearst Over Hollywood by Louis Pizzitola

This book is a study of the impact William Randolph Hearst had upon the moving pictures industry. It documents the often unknown side to the newspaper mogul, that of photography enthusiast and movie producer. The author brings to light many interesting facts of Hearst’s early involvement with the birth of cinema and it’s ultimate use as a media outlet. He also parallels the differences between Hearst and his fictional counterpart Charles Foster Kane,  in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. This book definitely shows a different and almost unknown side of W. R. Hearst, offering many detailed facts about a very well known and enigmatic personality. It’s highly recommended reading for any Hearst or biography fan.

7/16/2009 Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

I found this audio book at my local library, while perusing the shelves. After reading the summary I thought it seemed interesting and decided to give it a listen. Captains Courageous is the 1897 novel by Rudyard Kipling that follows the story of a wealthy, spoiled boy named Harvey Cheyne Jr. Harvey falls overboard from a transatlantic steamship at sea and is rescued by a group of fishermen. In spite of his pleas to be taken back and offerings of a rich reward, the captain declines, instead offering Harvey a job until the fishing season is over. Under the tutelage of the crew of the We’re Here and it’s captain Disko Troop, Harvey learns the fine points of sailing a schooner and earning one’s keep.

This story is a wonderful tale of a boy becoming a young man and the importance of hard work, honesty and cooperation. It is really enjoyable to watch Harvey mature from a over indulged little boy to someone who is more understanding and thoughtful of people and circumstances around him. He finds personal satisfaction in working and earning a living, and these traits ultimately shape him into a prosperous man. I highly reccommend this book for it’s endearing theme as well as the chance to  have an adventure on a fishing schooner in the Atlantic. I listened to Recorded Books Classics Library read by George Guidall

7/08/2009 Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

First published in 1873 , Around the World in 80 Days has been reprinted countless times in book form and made into many movie versions. It is a classic tale that definitely earns it’s enduring appeal.

This is the story of Englishman Phileas Fogg, his devoted French valet Passepartout and their whirlwind trip around the globe. Fogg makes a wager with his friends at the Reform Club, to the tune of 20,000 pounds, that it is possible to traverse the world in 80 days. The story that follows details his adventures and constant effort to stay on time, in spite of numerous obstacles. The characters are entertaining and endearing from the very first chapter, especially Passepartout’s antics and humor! Something I found most interesting about this story is the description of the world in the early 1870’s. It is like an informal history lesson seeing the exotic cities of India, China and Japan and even the familiar Old West of America, through Passepartout’s eyes.

This book is truly a delight. It has charming characters, captivating adventure and suspense…oh, and a happy ending! 🙂 I listened to this book in audio format by Brilliance Audio, read by David Colacci.

6/01/2009 Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things! by Mike Dooley

This book is a collection of inspirational thoughts and teachings, though it is far more than empty words of motivation. Mike Dooley does a great job of combining inspiring thoughts with why you should think them. Listening to this audio book is like having a caring friend telling you of all your virtues in a kind and uplifting way. He does a great job of reminding you to love yourself…and give yourself a break! The book is presented in short passages and poems making it easy to read or listen too. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a boost in the positive thoughts department!

5/26/2009 No Matter What by Lisa Nichols

I first heard Lisa Nichols on the audiobook The Secret and she definitely made an impression on me. Not only does she have a beautiful, soothing speaking voice, but she is well spoken. I found this book to be very uplifting and interesting in it’s concepts. She outlines a series of steps to overcome negative thoughts and feelings and how to take contol of them. The nine steps she uses to strengthen the “bounce back muscles” that we all possess is presented in a clear and easy to follow format. I like how she disperses the lessons within personal stories that relate to each chapter’s teachings. I was able to immidiately put to use some of her great ideas with successful results. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone looking to better understand themselves, their thoughts and feelings!


One response to “I Just Finished Reading…

  1. MO says:

    I too read this book, and I agree this is a wonderful read. We all need stronger bounce-back muscles.

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