As you know, one of my favorite things to be able to do on Self Help Daily is to recommend a great book. Since my last book review, I’ve actually read three books. The first two were as bland as unseasoned cafeteria food. In fact, I forgot about them before I even finished them.
But the third boook – wow! If, by some whacked out laws of literature, I had to re-read the two bores just to get to the third book again – I’d do it.
The third book is titled Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True and was authored by Gay Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks has written a perfectly delicious little book and I’m highly pleased to recommend it to anyone who:
- Appreciates a great author doing what he or she was born to do.
- Loves great Non-Fiction that reads like Fiction.
- Is always looking for ways to grow.
If any of the above describe you, this book will fit you like a glove.
Five Wishes is composed of an Introduction and six chapters. For the first time in my reading life (from Grimms to Grisham), I was profoundly inspired and motivated before I ever hit Chapter 1. How’s that for a powerful introduction?
There are so many life-changing lessons to be carried away from this book! With the most provocative and challenging Introduction imaginable, you hit the ground not just running, but running for your life…more to the point, running for the life you want. Momentum builds with each inspiring chapter as the reader lives through the author’s Five Wishes.
From the back cover of the book:
In my thirties I received the gift of a question that changed the course of my life. My decision to answer that question gave me a life in which all my dreams came true. Now I want to offer you this gift, so you can use its gentle power to create your own fulfilled life. – Gay Hendricks
From a “Self Improvement” standpoint, the thing I loved most about this great book was the bridge the author built from his past to his future. In order to attain his own personal five wishes, Gay Hendricks didn’t stare starry-eyed into the future hoping that the wishes would come true. He first looked at his present – to find out exactly where he came up short. If things were perfect, the wishes wouldn’t be wishes, they’d be bragging rights. He had to take a good, honest look inward to learn why the outward wasn’t what he’d hoped or wished for.
After determining that renovations needed to be done, he wisely took a good, long look at the foundation – also known as the past. By looking back, he found the information he needed to bring change and improvement into the here and now. He beautifully tells how each change came about and how, as a result, each of his five wishes came true.
Talk about motivation and inspiration wrapped up into one.
I really hope you’ll grab a copy of this book. If you use the links in this post, you can order from Amazon without ever leaving the house. If you don’t want to wait a few days, grab a copy at your favorite store. Whichever way, you go about it – be sure to get your hands on, eyes in, and mind around this book. If you’re one of the technological whiz bangs that has an Amazon Kindle (A Wireless Reading Device – the ultimate in cool.), you can be reading it within 5 minutes.
It would also make a perfect Christmas gift – it’s a beautiful little book in addition to being a motivational masterpiece. Stuck inside a stocking or gift bag, it’d be the ultimate Christmas gift. Who wouldn’t want to receive Five Wishes? Even genies just give three.