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Birthdays and the new year: as these two days approach, we tend to do a self-evaluation. You may sit and reflect about the changes you want, you need or should make in your life both professionally and personally. However, once you have completed your list, you can likely get stuck on the method of making the changes. All of these books were recommended to me by various people to read. I started out reading these books for pleasure. Over time, however, these books have assisted me in overcoming some issues I was suffering from during different periods of my life.

The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person needs is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews
Perspective -- it's about how you look at things, how you look at life. In the book, The Noticer, Jones is his name. Not Mr. Jones, just Jones. If you had the opportunity to meet Jones, you would never forget him. He has a way of making a substantial impact on your life. He always seems to come around when you were at your lowest. Life can be difficult and you may not be sure how to keep going. But then you meet Jones. He calls himself a "Noticer", because he notices things that others disregard. He notices "things about situations and people that produce perspective. That's what most folk lack -- perspective -- a broader view". Reading through the pages of this allegory, the reader will discover how Jones can help bring perspective to their own lives.

Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Habits by Joyce Meyers
We have habits in our lives created consciously or unconsciously. Joyce Meyers’ book can help to separate the good from the bad, and gives practical suggestions on how to abolish those that are not helpful to us. We should focus on what we want to do, rather than obsessing on what we no longer want to do. Controlling our thoughts (reprogramming our internal computer) is a forceful tool to accomplish this. Other salient points are repetition of good habits, teaching you to be organized and being active in doing the right thing. The book is conversational and encouraging in tone. The author is a prolific writer, and involves scripture references and how to commune with God within her writings.
Act like a Success, Think like a Success by Steve Harvey
Many of us know Steve Harvey from his work on a variety of media platforms, including television, radio, and online. He is a global face in American media, and he also happens to be one of the most charismatic personalities around. He takes that charisma and sage wisdom and packages into Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success. As a successful African American today, Harvey certainly knows a thing or two about how to get things done. He also knows how to make you laugh along the way. This book is full of warm, funny, powerful anecdotes and advice that almost everyone can follow to achieve their dreams. Harvey is not a traditional self-help guru but his advice rings truer than most others. The reader will be able to develop techniques to add greater success to one’s life by following the action plan in this book.
Don’t Give it Away! by Iyanla Vanzant
The book is focused on women and self-esteem. I believe all women can find this very beneficial. It is written in a workbook format that can be read in a short period of time. The book provides inciting questions and exercises that take some time and allow one to view her life as it is and how she would like it to be. The self-affirmations are excellent, because many people do not know what or how to say them. The survival kits provide good practical ideas of what a person should do if she is going through a bad time or has negative feelings. Vanzant makes several interesting points about the role the Creator should play in a woman's life. I feel that the book is valuable for any woman.

Making Marriage Simple: Ten Relationship-Saving Truths, by Harville Hendrix
Making Marriage Simple is arranged in short, to the point chapters that describe a certain aspect or 'truth' in marriage and recommends techniques for improvements. After reading each chapter, there are specific exercises that couples can attempt to bring greater togetherness or understanding.