My Name is Leon (Penguin, 2017)

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Title:

My Name is Leon

Author:

Kit de Waal

Review…

Opinion in short:

This one is a beauty.

It’s about the journey of an 8 year old boy into foster care. It’s both a moving and uplifting book. It might be about “work stuff” for many of us – but it reinforces all the reasons why we do the job – to help troubled kids get through tough stuff!

 

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TRM-related books…

Easy access to books recommended during our training!

I’ve been training a lot on the Trauma Recovery Model recently and frequently get asked for further reading and pointers to good books…

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So I thought I’d put together a quick guide to some of the main ones so that folks can easily get through to them for a nosey – and buy them if you wish.*

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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds (Macmillan, 2014)

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Title:

Talk Like TED

Subtitle: 

9 Public Speaking Secrets From the World’s Top Minds

Author: 

Carmine Gallo

Review…

Opinion in short: Interesting, well-organised and full of illustrations. Not short on inspiration either. Best of all it’s eminently practical. If you train, present, speak or otherwise find yourself talking to groups of people publicly, you should buy this.

Star rating 5

 

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Small Great Things… (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016)

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Title:

Small Great Things

Subtitle:

N/A

Author:

Jodie Picoult

Review…

Opinion in short:

This isn’t a “work book” in the normal sense. But it’s a book that will certainly twist your dials and get you thinking. It’s a book about racism – but it rocks! It’s not technical or academic in the usual sense, but it has sooo much to say.

It’s a compelling story that tackles all the major issues…and then some. I read it in a couple of days over the holidays and loved it. Comparisons with “To Kill A Mockingbird” shouldn’t be made lightly. But they can be made here with some merit.

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The top 3 of 2016…

It’s the time of year for looking back, taking a break and getting ready for what’s to come in 2017.

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As part of my looking back I thought I’d share the top 3s from the website this year.

  • Top blog post
  • Most shared quote, and
  • My favourite read

Here goes…

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2013)

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Title:

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times

Subtitle:

Stories About the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager

Author:

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen – Edited by Amy Newmark

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 3.5

This one left me in a quandary. It’s not a fun read by any stretch. But there’s something extremely poignant about it – almost shocking. As an adult it’s so easy to dismiss much of what teenagers go through. To look down on it – just a little bit.

This book will challenge that. There are some heart-warming stories of genuine joy and some that leave you cold with dread – at what can happen. ALL of them underline the sense that we look down on teenagers and their experiences at our peril…

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Mindfulness for the Frazzled (Penguin Life, 2016)

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Title:

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Author:

Ruby Wax

Publisher:

Penguin Life

Review…

Opinion in short: An easy to read  beginners guide to a subject often made overly complex. Witty, practical, balanced and searingly honest. Fans of Ruby Wax won’t be disappointed!

Star rating 3.5

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How To Win Friends & Influence People… (Vermilion, New Ed. 2006)

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Title:

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author:

Dale Carnegie

Publisher:

Vermillion

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 5

 

I first read this book when I was about 18 or 19 years old. It really twisted my dials and got me thinking back then. Just finished another run through and it’s just as impactive today. If you want to connect with people better – don’t hesitate, just buy it. It’s a blinder and an absolute bargain at around £6. The audio book, though more pricey, is very well narrated and easy to listen to.

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Looking After No.1 – paperback version published!

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Photo courtesy of © 123rf/Ion Chiosea (adapted)

Lots of people have asked whether my latest eBook is available in paperback. Well it is now!

It’s available on Amazon here for the princely sum of £3.97

I hope you find it helpful.

(P.S. The audio version is on its way too!  :0)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Robinson, 2012)

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Image ©Robinson publishing

Title:

Mindset

Subtitle:

The New Psychology of Success

Author:

Carol Dweck

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 4

A book which lays out the notion of having a growth mindset. This is explained and contrasted with the fixed mindset. The author goes through how the growth mindset applies to parenting, education, relationships and business. Well worth a read – I’ve already changed the way I praise my kids…

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The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Harper Paperbacks, 2016)

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Title:

The Teenage Brain

Subtitle:

A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Author:

Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 4

A must-read book for brain info junkies. Not for those looking for practical “how to” solutions. Technical and accessible. A definite for those working with troubled young people – or those parents who want more info on the inner-workings of the teen/s they love!

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