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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. –Haruki Murakami

Shift Up! DeAnna Murphy with Lisa Dawn Gregory and Steve Jaffs

Have you ever wondered why you feel stuck or keep experiencing the same frustrations over and over? Are you wanting to experience a Shift Up! from depleting and draining relationships so you can live in high energy and performance every day?

Life-Changing Strategies. The authors of Shift Up! and the thought leader team of People Acuity™, a Minnesota-based Strengths Strategy® company understand that you cannot grow by focusing on your weaknesses. Knowing your strengths will never lead to living and working in optimal ways, but knowing and using effective Strengths Strategies will.

In her debut book, DeAnna shares some of the most successful Strengths Strategies that she and her colleagues developed and implemented with thousands of people across the globe. The strategies in this book are truly transformational.

Positive Effects. As you start applying each strategy, you’ll experience a Shift Up! and:

•know the power of enhanced relationships
•experience the excitement of being fully committed to your work and your life
•feel the joy of deeper fulfillment and purpose in your personal life and in your work
•watch your performance rise
•gain the ability to intelligently influence others to join you

Optimal Energy, Performance, and Relationships. Your greatest fulfillment and most outstanding performance have the same common root: the ability to apply your strengths to make a difference. With practice, you’ll find these Strengths Strategies accelerate your energy, performance, and relationships, enabling you to excel in all life areas and become the very best you that you are capable of being.

Doing Time by Peter Vundla

1948 was the year South Africa’s National Party came into power on 26 May under D. F. Malan and the abominable system of apartheid was born and institutionalized. It also marked the year that Bunguza Peter Vundla was born: a boy from humble beginnings who made it against all odds. Peter Vundla is not afraid of hard work; he is not put off by challenges. This is an invitation to join one of South Africa’s most revered pioneers and businessmen as he recounts his time spent at as a smart, successful black executive in a very white business world to founding the country’s first and most successful black-owned ad agency, Herdbouys, in 1991. With humor and deep insight, Peter Vundla weaves together an informative and reflective year-by-year, blow-by-blow memoir from an advertising industry veteran to being the chairman of New Seasons Investment Holdings and Starfish Greathearts Foundation. In this, his version of events, lies a story of dedication, focus, and commitment.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

I Ran for my Life by Kabelo Mabalane

Kabelo Mabalane, South Africa’s number one self-proclaimed ‘pantsula for life’, shares his journey and insights, from being a multi-platinum-selling musician, through the highs and lows of drug addiction, to finding hope and life again through running (eight Comrades marathons and counting) and his faith.  In I Ran for My Life, this ten-time SAMA award-winner, TV presenter, athlete and entrepreneur talks about growing between Soweto and the suburbs, the back story behind his phenomenal music career, and how getting into running literally saved his life. Along with his lessons for life, Kabelo shares his thoughts and advice on staying in shape, being prepared for anything and how to build a spirit of endurance in everything you do.

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