Summarising The ’52 Books in 52 Weeks’ Project

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The original concept for the ‘52 books in 52 weeks’ project started out as something that I just plucked out of the air. My greatest surges of learning have always come from books – as well as life – and so it made perfect sense to challenge myself by trying to read one book per week. But what started out, as a project has now just become a new way of life for me. That’s what happens in my life these days. I create very positive, healthy and useful habits whilst simultaneously placing my destructive, unhealthy and pointless habits into a locked cupboard.

There were two minor issues that I found hidden amongst the treasures that the knowledge brought me. You need to be selfish if you want to read one book per week. If you have a partner, or children, then you need to make it clear that you need your time and space to read – free from distraction. Some books need a good hour or so to complete your allotted ‘reading time’ in order to keep you on track; and with everything else that modern life throws at you it can be tough. If you think that reading is going to be a new way of life for you – and you should – then get serious about your reading time.

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Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert a Book Review

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Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert was the final book that I read during my 52-week project. I bought the book because my partner and I were falling deeper in love, and as a divorcee, the questions surrounding marriage were never far from the surface of our thoughts. My partner had read Gilbert’s first book, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and had already started reading the follow-up in her own search for answers about marriage. I thought it would be a great idea if we both read the book simultaneously, so we could widen our understanding of each other’s situation.

I was very ambivalent when it came to the thought of being married for a second time and this ambivalence was driving my partner crazy. My view on matrimony would change constantly and I was finding it difficult to explain my reasoning. Reading this book together with my partner really helped us wiggle loose from the mess we were in, and enabled us to move forward with a greater understanding of where we both stood.

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The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber a Book Review

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I found this wonderful little book when I was searching for some help with my fear of money. I searched the Internet without much success when I remembered that Tim Ferris had a collection of recommended books at the back of the 4hr-Work Week. I had a look, could find nothing on money, per se, but instead ordered The E-Myth Revisited and The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.

Ferris includes these books in his ‘fundamental four’. A collection of books on lifestyle design that he suggested to people long before he wrote the 4hr Work Week. How to Make Millions With Your Ideas: An Entrepreneurs Guide by Dan S. Kennedy and Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts, made up that quartet.

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This Year I Will…by M.J.Ryan A Book Review

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My life purpose is to use my experience, passion and drive to help others to excel in their work and family life. I created this life purpose statement shortly after I quit drinking and for four years I have dilly-dallied this way and that before finally finding my niche: habit change.

This was one of the books that was presented to me by Amazon when I did a search for books connected with habit change. Unfortunately, the book didn’t leave a lasting impression. By that I mean there is nothing that immediately springs to mind as I write this review – and that’s never a good sign.

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Drinking Water (A History) by James Salzman A Book Review

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A client of mine recommended this book to me. It was one of two books I was told to read as I discussed my paradigm shift towards a healthier eating and drinking lifestyle. The first book was Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, and this was the second.

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Book 48 of 52: Potatoes Not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons

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I stumbled across this book when searching for websites on the topic of wellness, and a maze of Google searches took me to the Radiant Recovery website, where I found the home of the books author Kathleen DesMaisons.

ARE YOU A SUGAR JUNKIE?

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Book 47 of 52: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit is one of the best books I have read all year. I loved the writing style of Charles Duhigg and it was full of interesting facts and stories. One such story even made me cry as I walked through Rome airport reading it on my Kindle, which is always a great selling point in my opinion.

We manage to wander through life on automatic pilot. Never really thinking about why we do the things we do. If we did stop to think, we would realise that most of our choices are just habits; automatic actions that have been instilled into our very being throughout our time on this bright blue planet.

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Book 46 of 52 – A Survival Guide For Life by Bear Grylls

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The first time I ever heard of Bear Grylls was when I stumbled across an episode of Born Survivor on the idiot box. At first I thought it was a wildlife show until Bear said he was desperate for something to eat and caught a frog. There I was waiting for him to start up a fire so he could roast the little thing French style, when instead, he put the head into his mouth and ate the thing raw.

My son watched every episode with me and so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when he bought me this book for Christmas. I assumed it was an autobiography until my son explained, ‘it’s all about the life changing stuff you love so much Dad.’

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Book 45 of 52: Fat Chance by Robert Lustig

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My 12-year old son was recently involved in a fight at his school. He had a black eye, but told me that it didn’t hurt and the ordeal didn’t affect him too much. I think he was telling a small white lie, but one thing for sure is the way that it affected me. I felt sick to the stomach, because that is my little boy who was repeatedly punched in the face. I think it was the sense of helplessness. Your children look up to you and demand your protection. It felt like I wasn’t there for him. It felt bloody awful.

So imagine how I feel after learning that I am responsible for slowly killing him? After reading Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Dr. Robert Lustig, I find it difficult to put into words, the sense of anger that I currently feel inside my body; anger at both myself, and the world in general, for creating a prison from which I am now forced to call my home.

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Book 44 of 52: The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz

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I had just finished speaking at an event when a young lady came up to me to ask how I managed to permanently quit drinking alcohol. Her interest was piqued because she had tried to quit on several occasions, but always went back to the booze after a period of abstinence.

So how did I manage to quit drinking alcohol permanently?

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