You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero


Title: You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life

Genre: Self-Help, Inspirational

Page Count: 254

Publication Date: 2013

Summary: This is not your typical self-help book.  Sincero encourages you to stop living a mediocre life and start reaching for your dreams, no matter how far-fetched those may be.  She covers everything from spirituality to finances and thinking positively. In the back of the book, she lists a collection of similar books if you would like to continue reading more on the topic.

Recommended: Yes.  This is one of those books that I plan to read again because it sort of reconfirmed that even with all the stress I’m experiencing (grad school, teaching, GA work), the end goal will be worth it (a Masters degree). The positive vibe from this book is outstanding.

If You’re Offended: You may want to skip this one.  Lots of swear words and a handful of drug references.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone.”    “The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information.”

What Have You Got to Lose?


Author: Stephen Arterburn

Genre: Christian Self-Help

Page Count: 128

Publication Date: 2007

Summary: Based on biblical principals, this book offers suggestions on how to improve your life by getting rid of the things that weigh you down – unrealistic expectations, negative thoughts, resentment, etc.

Recommended: Yes, though I wish the book had contained more concrete suggestions.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Physical pain is necessary to our functioning. It is part of God’s design for our bodies because it signals there is a problem to which we should attend. Emotional pain is similar. It signals there is a problem God wants to heal.”    “Ask God for the courage to change and be transformed into what is God’s best for you. See what you can become and become motivated by the vision.”