Books to Change Your Perspective

 These books are lighting a fire in my soul to not only share more about the good of those whose hands and feet are changing the world, but to be part of the good world-changing too.

Do you have a book or another great resource I should add to my list?  Email me using the form below…

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promise of pencilThe Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change  by Adam Braun

I want you to read this one if you’ve ever had a crazy idea for how to impact the world, however big or small your idea is.  Adam Braun shares his almost unbelievable journey as he takes the tiny idea of a pencil, a $25 bank deposit, and a backpacking adventure, and turns it into a world-changing story to bring education to some of the most vulnerable, poor children in the world through his for-purpose organization, Pencils of Promise.

I have to  say, Adam is one of the most understanding and kind businessmen I’ve had even the slightest bit of interaction with.  Having attended an online webinar he offered on starting a non-profit, for-purpose organization and working with him via multiple emails for further information, he has been more than generous and helpful.  Please, if you ever have an opportunity to learn from Adam, I ask that you take away not just his incredibly wise business savvy, but that you take some of his kindness, generosity, and understanding with you to share with others.  Thank you, Adam.


malalaI Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is now 18.  Two years ago in 2014, she was named as the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the coveted award earned after being shot in the face by a Taliban fighter who attacked her while she rode a school bus home with her classmates in 2012.  The Taliban had arrived in her city several years earlier and infiltrated the people of Swat behind the voice of one person whose words of such incredible anger and manipulation in the name of a warped view of religion incited such gut-wrenching fear by the Pashtun people of Allah’s eternal wrath upon mortal and immortal souls that levels of violence and terror rose unbelievably easily and quickly.  Eventually one voice on the radio caused beatings and killings in the streets, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto – the first female prime minister of Pakistan, and families to cower in their homes out of fear of walking on the streets.  Girls’ schools were forced into silence, doors closed, and buildings exploded by bombings.  And yet, the voice of one child, one young girl rose up against it all.  Malala would not be silenced.

While not written in a fanciful or even emotional way, Malala’s voice rings with simplicity and clarity as she retells the details of her life and of those around her in Pakistan leading up to the assassination attempt on her life by the Taliban.  This book should easily become a part of World Cultures and English classes for high school or college students.  It is definitely one to be discussed as to dispel much of the confusion and anger toward Muslims that are too broadly and wrongly stereotyped, to develop Women’s Studies projects surrounding the inequality of women’s education and opportunities on a global level, to define the power of one voice speaking against injustice and cruelty… Teachers, parents, religious leaders, I highly recommend incorporating this book into your programs.

On my to-read list…

half the skyHalf the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, winners of the Pulitzer Prize




pathA Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity  by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn




1456153249Preemptive Love: pursuing peace one heart at a time  by Jeremy Courtney, founder of Preemptive Love Coalition

*Buy directly from Preemptive Love Coalition as a love offering donation



lost innocenceThe Road of Lost Innocence: the true story of a Cambodian heroine who fled sexual slavery and now devotes her life to rescuing others   by Somaly Mam





nujoodI Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali





unafraidfind me unafraid: love, loss, and hope in and African slum by Kennedy Odede & Jessica Posner





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