Winners Never Cheat by Jon Huntsman
This book by Jon Huntsman was really an enjoyable and quick read. It's basic tennants are to be honest and do what you commit to do, whether in personal life or business. He has lived his life this way and done some amazing things in the process. Amazing in his buisiness by making lots of money from an existance that started off with less than most of us, but also amazing in his philanthropy. He has made philanthropic commitments and kept them whether it be with paying his tithing at church or helping those that needed help. One thing that especially amazed me was that when he made commitments to help charities when times were good he kept them even when the economy did poorly and he literally borrowed the money to keep his commitments. Most of us would be unable to do that. A bank would say we were crazy. But his bankers, despite advising him otherwise, did loan him the money because of his excellent past of keeping his word and they were confident he would repay them. A good read with some excellent points in the book.
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
This is a good YA story about two competing groups of aliens that are living among us earth folk. The good guys (Lorien) look just like us, and the bad guys (Mogadorians) look like scary humans. The Mogadorians previously destroyed the Lorien world forcing them to send their last few young protectors here to this world. They were children and each one had an adult to raise them and teach them their heritage. So when they are teenagers their super powers, called legacies, start to emerg. A spell has aided the good guys such that they can only be killed in order. The first three are already dead and now it is number four that the Mogadorians are hunting. Number four goes from a regular teen to budding super guy within months and then has to fight the Mogadorians who have their own powers not to mention their killing beasties. So you get a good exciting story with a sequel coming in a few months and I understand a movie on the way as well. The story is enjoyable but the writing is not real smooth. Hopefully the author will improve as he goes. Oh, and one more thing, notice the authors name: he is a leader of the Loriens and is hidden on earth biding his time for the Lorien children to learn to use their powers.
Heaven is for Real: a little boys astounding story of his trip to Heaven by Todd Burpo
This was a very enjoyable and quick read about a family whose father is a minister. His son, when he was aged 4 came close to death and had a "near death experience" in which he visited heaven. The details of this NDE didn't come out immediately and took a long period for the boy to tell about it to his parents. This book is about that experience which is very interesting. For the most part I found it in line with revealed information about the spirit world. For me personally, the part that stuck out was that he met a little girl in heaven who claimed to be his sister and was there to meet him when he arrived. He only knew his one sister that was alive and well. When he asked his parents about her he found they had a miscarriage and that was apparently the sister. Worth reading.
Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood by Douglas Thayer
This is a very enjoyable book about a time about 20 years before I was born. Douglas Thayer has written about his boyhood in a time and status that we would call poor with simple pleasures. He talks about his growing up and learning all the little things that we learn, and all the questions that he had along the way. His is a normal life, one with nothing extraordinary except that he tells it so well that it is fun to see how a boy in Provo Utah would grow up in that day. It is told very straighforward and if you catch it, with a bit of humor. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and expect just about anyone else would too.
So there you are, another group of books that I've enjoyed and feel like that have added to me and not only entertained but taught me a few things as well.