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Monday, February 14, 2022

[REVIEW] Want to really make the difference in your community? Akbar Cook shows how to FOCUS ON THE LOVE

 

In the world we live in it is easy to have a title. We hear about people in leadership positions all the time, but are they really leaders Do they really have what it takes to motivate, inspire and push others to be their best selves? That is what Akbar Cook talks about in his book FOCUS ON THE LOVE.

Giving real examples, including that of his own, he shows us what it takes to TRULY be a leader, not in word but in deed. We have to understand the needs of those we work with and do our part to encourage them to see their own worth and value. Cook has been able to do this in the kids and community activities he has been a part of, but it has been reinforced by the words and deeds of others, too.

This book is great for those who are either already taking the lead in some form or want to see what it takes to be effective. The big takeaway for me is that love has to be the force behind all that we do. That will keep us focused and determined to not just win for ourselves but enjoy the satisfaction of raising up other winners and leaders.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

[BOOKS WE LOVE] Conversations' Top 100 Books of 2021

 


During 2021 there were hundreds of books that Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb was able to read and enjoy throughout the year, but this list represents the books he couldn't get enough of that he wanted to share with the world. 

Introducing Conversations' Top 100 Books of 2021!


Top Non-Fiction Books of 2021 (Listed in no particular order) 

  1. Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson  (Harper Collins)
  2. These Walls Between Us by Wendy Sanford (She Writes Press)
  3. Into the Deep by Robert D. Ballard (National Geographic) 
  4. Will by Will Smith with Mark Manson (Penguin Press)
  5. Leonard, Marianne, and ME by Judy Scott (Backbeat Books)
  6. Influence and Impact by Bill Berman and George Bradt (Wiley)
  7. Resilient Heart by Ruby C. Wight (Best Seller Publishing)
  8. Stronger by Cindy McCain (Crown Forum)
  9. Pops by Craig Melvin (William Morrow)
  10. What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron Books)
  11. Finding Forward by Jeffrey Morse (Brown Books)
  12. The Water Defenders by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh (Beacon Press)
  13. Transformation by Dr. Teresa A. Smith (DQ Consulting, LLC)
  14. Standing Upright in an Upside Down World by Dennis J.Perkins (Xulon Press)
  15. Uncle John's Hindsight Is 20/20 (Portable Press)
  16. Extraordinary Awakenings by Steve Taylor (New World Library)
  17. Identity Shift by Anthony Trucks (Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press)
  18. A Necessary Explosion by Dan Burns (Chicago Arts Press)
  19. The Burning Light of Two Stars by Laura Davis (Girl Friday Books)
  20. Big Brain, Little Brain by Kevin Thomas McCarney (O'Connell House) 
  21. The Marathon Don't Stop by Rob Kenner (Atria Books) 
  22. Checking In by Michelle Williams (Thomas Nelson)
  23. Feeding the Soul by Tabitha Brown (William Morrow)
  24. Permission Granted by Regina Louise (New World Library)
  25. The Joy of Being Selfish by Michelle Elman (Welbeck Publishing)
  26. The Demon In Disguise by Ashley Elliott (Koehler Books)
  27. Every Day Is a Field Trip by Jay Hummer (Sparkling Day Press)
  28. Committed by Paolina Milana (She Writes Press)
  29. No Spring Chicken by Francine Falk-Allen (She Writes Press)
  30. Unstoppable by Joshua M. Greene (Insight Editions)
  31. Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised by Carmelo Anthony with D.Watkins (Gallery Books)
  32. Blind Pony with Samantha Hart (Wild Bill Publications)
  33. The Division of Light and Power by Dennis J. Kucinich (Finney Avenue Books)
  34. Dance Your Dance by Laurieann Gibson (Thomas Nelson)
  35. My West Side Story by George Chakiris (Lyons Press)
  36. The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone (Alfred A. Knopf)
  37. The Redemption of Bobby Love by Bobby an Cheryl Love (Mariner Books)
  38. The Everyday Leader by Hema Crockett and Michael Crockett (Morgan James Publishing)
  39. Hadassah by Hadassah Lieberman (Brandeis University Press)
  40. You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine Klatzker (Stillhouse Press)
  41. Life Free by DeVon Franklin (William Morrow)
  42. Sinatra and Me by Tony Oppedisano (Scribner)
  43. Content, Inc. by Joe Pulizzi (McGraw Hill)
  44. Involuntary Exit by Robin Merle (She Writes Press)
  45. Red Cape Rescue by Darcy Eikenberg (Page Two


Top Fiction Books of 2021 (Listed in no particular order)

  1. Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal by Kris Clink (Spark Press)
  2. Under Color of Law by Aaron Philip Clark (Thomas and Mercer/ Amazon Publishing)
  3. As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  4. In  All Good Faith by Liza Nash Taylor (Blackstone Publishing)
  5. The Seer by Eva Shaw (Torchflame Books)
  6. Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell (Berkley/Penguin Random House)
  7. The Society of Intellectual Beings by Iris Bolling (Siri Austin Entertainment)
  8. If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy (Hyperion Avenue)
  9. The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  10. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley/Penguin Random House)
  11. Chess Not Checkers by Tony Lindsay (Golden Butterfly Publishing)
  12. Don't Make Me Turn This Life Around by Camille Pagan (Lake Union)
  13. Hello, Rest of My Life by Rick Lenz (Chromodroid Press)
  14. See Jane Snap by Bethany Crandell (Montlake/ Amazon Publishing)
  15. Infinite Stars: Chronicles, Book Two by Joe Pranaitis (Joe Pranaitis)
  16. The Receptionist by Kate Myles (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  17. Upstate Hustle by Tasha Goins (Tasha Goins Publications)
  18. A Gambling Man by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 
  19. Island Queen by Vanessa Riley (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  20. A Final Call by Eliot Parker (Publisher Page/Headline Books)
  21. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi (Mira Books)
  22. The Reluctant King by K'Wan (Akashic Books)
  23. False Witness by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow/Harper Collins) 
  24. A House Full of Windsor by Kristin Contino (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing)
  25. The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson (Poisoned Pen Press)
  26. Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa  Unger (Park Row Books)
  27. Wolf Point by Ian K.Smith (Thomas and Mercer/ Amazon Publishing)
  28. Choose Me by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  29. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite (Ink Yard Press)
  30. Lies We Bury by Elle Marr (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  31. Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  32. Her Name Is Knight by Yasmin Angoe (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  33. Until We Are Lost by Leslie Archer (Lake Union)
  34. Truth Is In the House by Michael J. Coffino (Koehler Books)
  35. The Umbrella Lady by V. C. Andrews (Gallery Books)
  36. Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  37. A Past that Breathes by Noel A. Obiora (Rare Bird Books)
  38. The Social Graces by Renee Rosen (Berkley)
  39. The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams ( Berkley)
  40. The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms (Lake Union)
  41. The Love Con by Seressia Glass (Berkley)
  42. The Good Lie by A. R. Torre (Thomas and Mercer/Amazon Publishing)
  43. Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  44. Lie, Lie Again by Stacy Wise (Lake Union)
  45. Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey (Berkley)

Top Books for Young Readers (Listed in no particular order)

  1. Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books)
  2. Shady Baby by Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade, Jr. (Harper Collins Children)
  3. What the Road Said by Cleo Wade (Feiwel and Friends)
  4. Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson (DisneyPress)
  5. Marcus Makes A Movie by Kevin Hart (Crown Books for Young Readers)
  6. Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Holiday House)
  7. Simon B. Rhymin' by Dwayne Reed (Little, Brown)
  8. Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia (Disney Hyperion)
  9. Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of the Auschwitz Twin Experiments by Joe Lee (Red Lightning Books)
  10. Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon (Peachtree Publishing)