May 2012 book recommendations

Each month we ask our followers for their book recommendations.

Please see this month’s selection.  Enjoy.

Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven – T.D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes, New York Times bestselling author of Reposition Yourself, Making Great Decisions, and more than a dozen other titles, now presents this book on forgiveness, demonstrating once again why he is called “a spiritual genius,” a “master of meeting mankind eye to eye,” and one of America’s best preachers.

He understands that he and fellow Christians share spiritual truths “that transcend time and culture and reflect a universal understanding of human nature.” The spiritual truth he explores in Let It Go concerns forgiveness and why it is important for those on the receiving end of wrongful behaviour as well as those who commit acts of wrongdoing.


The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness – Deepak Chopra


‘The Soul of Leadership is an invaluable resource, demonstrating how we all can become enlightened leaders in our own lives’ –Arianna Huffington, Co Founder and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post

‘At a time when the world desperately needs love-based leaders, this guide is a godsend’ –Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager

‘Undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time.’ –Mikhail Gorbachev

‘The rock star of the new spirituality.’ –Guardian

Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi

In these times of increasing cynicism about the quality of leadership we can expect to aspire to, Keshavan Nair offers a pragmatic guide based on the concepts of Gandhi exemplified. In simple and direct language, Nair explores how businesspeople can make decisions, set goals, and implement actions that are guided by the spirit of service.

From Superman to Man – J A Rogers

From “Superman” to Man
Rogers’ first book From “Superman” to Man, self-published in 1917, attacked notions of African inferiority. From “Superman” to Man is a polemic against the ignorance that fuels racism. Its title is a twist on contemporary works, both George Bernard Shaw s Man and Superman and Nietzsche s idea of the “Superman.” The central plot revolves around a debate between a Pullman porter and a white racist Southern politician. Rogers used this debate to air many of his personal philosophies and to debunk stereotypes about black people and white racial superiority. The porter s arguments and theories are pulled from a plethora of sources, classical and contemporary, and run the gamut from history and anthropology to biology. Many of the ideas that permeated Rogers later work can be seen germinating in From “Superman” to Man. Rogers addresses issues such as the lack of scientific support for the idea of race, black historical vindicationism, and the fact of intermarriage and unions among peoples throughout history.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think about Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey

A funny, honest and foolproof guide to all women who really want to know what men think about love, sex and commitment from Steve Harvey, one of the most popular entertainers today.

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down – Alice Walker

In this splendid volume we encounter a whole range of characters: the guru who preaches that ‘nobody’s anything’; the rich white lawyer who wants a teenage sex slave; the old comrade in anti-sexist struggle who reveals that the feminist she most admires is Scarlett O’Hara; the expert lover whose virtuosity depends on the stimulation of pornography; and the ‘Emperor of Rock and Roll’ whose failure to understand the songs he sings – the songs of a black woman – haunt his gold-plated but empty life.

The years of Lyndon B Johnson – Robert A Caro

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered. In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process.

Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The 5 love Languages – Gary Chapman

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, which can both be heard on

The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller – with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages.  This book is a sales phenomenon, with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running!

Includes a promotional code to gain exclusive online access to the new comprehensive love languages assessment.

Hungry for Love – Yvonne Douglas

Yvonne lives in constant fear and finds it complicated to make sense of her world. Always fearful and bewildered by the experience that make life so difficult for her to comprehend Yvonne develops an obsession for food and a characteristic sense of humour. Unconscious to what’s lurking around the corner, following her every move, she becomes oblivious to her true emotions but always knowing there is something deep within that tells her she is not truly happy. When Yvonne’s first marriage fails she simultaneously ventures into the world leaving behind the security of the religion and her extended family. However, she puts on a brave face and starts to enjoy her freedom. She develops a rebellious spirit alongside several addictions and seeks love in all the wrong places. Courageous as this may seem anxiety comes knocking again louder than ever before as she starts to uncover her issues one by one then embarks on her journey of self discovery, one that challenges the very essence of who she believes she is…

The Alchemist – Paul Coelho

This is the magical story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of traveling the world to seek the most wonderful treasures known to man. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and, from there, into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.

Conversations with God – Neal Donald Walsch

Conversations with God started when the author in the midst of a frustrating low-point in his life wrote a letter to God and was replied to. The book takes the format of the author questioning and God answering him. The theme that runs continually through the book is to remember our divine origins. Walsch’s book makes God accessible in an almost secular way, different to our Bible-based one. An immediate, humorous, “guy next door kinda God” reminding us of basic truths. The book is written for Westerners and is practical and daily-life oriented, with answers on sexuality, money, relationships and health amongst many others. Conversations with Godhas the potential to reprogramme you to see the divine and spirituality in a totally new light.

The question to be asked is “is this really God?” and indeed Walsch asks it and is replied: “What difference does it make? Even if everything I’ve said is ‘wrong’, can you think of a better way to live?” “No” replies Walsch and if you are searching for spiritual answers and have not found your traditional distant God helpful, then this book could be for you. —Peter Lloyd

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Healey

“Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, and important book.”
If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the result of a unique collaboration between Alex Haley and Malcolm X, whose voice and philosophy resonate from every page, just as his experience and his intelligence continue to speak to millions.

The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) is the greatest of African-American intellectuals–a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation’s history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk, in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work; its insights into Negro life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.With a dash of the Victorian and Enlightenment influences that peppered his impassioned yet formal prose, the book’s largely autobiographical chapters take the reader through the momentous and moody maze of Afro-American life after the Emancipation Proclamation–from poverty, the neoslavery of the sharecropper, illiteracy, miseducation and lynching, to the heights of humanity reached by the spiritual “sorrow songs” that birthed gospel and the blues. The most memorable passages are contained in “On Booker T Washington and Others”, where Du Bois criticises his famous contemporary’s rejection of higher education and accommodationist stance toward white racism: “Mr. Washington’s programme practically accepts the alleged inferiority of the Negro races”, he writes, further complaining that Washington’s thinking “withdraws many of the high demands of Negroes as men and American citizens”.The capstone of The Souls of Black Folk, though, is Du Bois’ haunting, eloquent description of the concept of the black psyche’s “double consciousness”, which he described as “a peculiar sensation….One ever feels this twoness–an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder”. Thanks to WEB Du Bois’ commitment and foresight–and the intellectual excellence expressed in this timeless literary gem–black Americans can today look in the mirror and rejoice in their beautiful black, brown and beige reflections.

The Doorway to Distinction – Onyi Anyado

The Doorway to Distinction contains 200 of Onyi’s self-made quotes, and covers goals; excellence; distinction and vision. Each quote has a summary that will assist you with your vision; aid you with your goals; inspire to new levels of excellence and challenge you to become a person of distinction.

The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy – Steve Stoute


I picked up this book because of a recommendati. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which hip-hop and urban sensibilities have shaped American and westernized culture as a whole. Steve Stoute brings a level of professionalism and authenticity, coincidentally two very important topics outlined in this book, to tales of the struggles of early hip-hop and the trials of its artists to be recognized as such. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a fresh, unbiased opinion on the history of marketing and culture as well as the effects of “tanning” on American and the world as a whole.

The Intern – Dillon Khan

A great insight into how hard it is to be an intern at a music television company (Trevor Nelson BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra )

A brilliant insight into a world I know all too well. A real page-turner (Reggie Yates BBC Radio 1 )

A revealing and engaging account of taking those first steps into music television. Jay could be any number of people I have worked with. The Devil Wears Prada meets Entourage (Laura Whitmore MTV )

An amazing read. The Intern was so reminiscent of our earlier years trying to make our way in the TV industry. It’s a brilliantly told story about getting ahead in the media world and would serve anyone aspiring to a career in this field. Dear intern, Rickie and Melvin salute you (Rickie H-Williams & Melvin Odoom Kiss FM and T4 )

A blast from the past. Takes me back to the good old days (Lisa Snowdon Capital FM )

This serves a brilliant reminder to my own turbulent, terrifying, exciting, overworked and underpaid beginnings as an intern. But whether you’re in the industry, want to be, or just fancy a nose into the life and times, this is a page-turner of epic proportions. A fascinating read that stirs sonic memories of the early 00s, The Intern is a sharp insight into the world of work experience (Hattie Collins RWD magazine )

The topic of internships is so current and Dillon has brilliantly captured the voice of a generation. I myself started out as intern, it’s the best way to get your foot in the door and a really great way to learn how to make an awesome cup of tea! (June Sarpong )

The Intern was like a time machine for me. The way Dillon has brought that era back to life and in doing so reminded me of what it was like to be an outsider looking in, hoping to hustle my way to the centre of the game is amazing. After reading it I wish I’d partied even more. (Nihal BBC Radio 1 )

Narcissistic Lovers: How to Cope, Recover and Move on – Cynthia Zyan

In a revealing study of relationships where partners love themselves first, last, and always, Cynthia Zayn and Kevin Dibble help readers determine whether their partner is over the line and has narcissistic personality disorder. The book draws on the authors’ research and interviews with a variety of men and women who’ve been narcissized. Featuring compelling stories and scenarios, “Narcissistic Lovers” helps victims understand the pain brought on by their abusers, shows why these self-loathers can’t change, and offer hope for healing from their “N-fliction.”

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – ckolle

Ekhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. —Gail Hudson

A New Earth: Create a Better Life – Exckhart Tolle


If there is only one book you read this decade, let it be this one (The Mother Magazine )

Winfrey’s decision to include self help book A New Earth in her book club, and embark on a global promotional campaign, has turned it into this year’s publishing sensation (The Observer )


Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British – Jeremy Paxman


The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers’ decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we’re good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way we trade; the hopeless losers we will on, and the food we hunger for, the empire is never very far away.


In this acute and witty analysis, Jeremy Paxman goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers (‘intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever’) the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer’s wife (‘the challenge with cooking meat was “to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable”‘) and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves.

The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance – Michael Perino

This book will be interesting and engaging to historical buffs, those interested in finance, and, quite frankly, any Scott Turrow or John Grisham fans. The second half especially unfolds as a courtroom drama, with twists and turns that will surprise you, even though you know the end result from reading the introduction. And besides, at just a few hundred pages, it is a remarkably slim volume for so much information. I’d give it six stars if I were able.

The Hellhound of Wall Street is a very well written and penetrating look at one set of congressional hearings held in 1933, examining the role of National City Bank (now CitiBank) and its president Charles E. Mitchell, in the cause of the 1929 crash and its aftermath. It tells the tale using the story of the fantastic lawyer who did the research and asked all the right questions in order to expose what was subsequently called the “banksters” role in manipulating stocks, bonds, and the public without the least hint of moral or ethical considerations.

Who Are We – And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? – Gary Younge

What does it mean to call yourself British in the 21st Century? If Obama was raised by his white mother, why is he the first black president? Why do Muslims feel more at home in America, which invaded Iraq, than in France, which opposed the invasion? Who are we, and why does it matter?

I Do Not Come to You by Chance – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani


‘poignantly funny’ (WATERSTONE’S BOOKS QUARTERLY )

‘sparklingly funny debut novel’ (WIRED MAGAZINE )

‘In this touching tale, the Nigerian author traces a “419” plot back a generation – a generation full of hope and promise.’ (PRIDE MAGAZINE )

‘[Nwaubani] not merely explores a side of modern existence that touches millions every day, but does so with wit, warmth and insight.’ (Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT )

‘[Nwaubani’s] pointed and poignant first novel is a lively, good-humored and provocative examination of the truth behind a global inbox of deceit.’ (THE WASHINGTON POST )

‘This is a fast, fresh, often hilarious first novel, by one of the remarkably talented young African writers who are rapidly making everyone else look stale.’ (THE TIMES )

‘Nwaubani does a great job of detailing the frantic pulse of urban Nigeria’ (TIME OUT )

‘beautifully written… More than just a brilliant read, it also turns the whole idea of Nigerian 419 scams neatly on its head, using wit and warm humour to bring to life the stories of the email recipients themselves.’ (SUNDAY HERALD)

Book Description

A vivid, warm and very funny debut novel set against the colourful back-drop of modern Nigeria.

Weep Not, Child –Ngugi wa Thiong’o


Tells the moving story about the effects of the Mau Mau war on the lives of ordinary men and women in Kenya. In the forests, the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government, and two brothers, Kamau and Njoroge, and the rest of the family must decide where their loyalties lie.

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