When I visit a persons home I like to look at the books on their bookshelves, their books tell me a lot about them. Sometimes I find things in common with them sometimes a book can become an ice breaker to get to know them better.

I would like to acknowledge a few of the authors and influential people who have inspired and helped illuminate my life.

They are listed in the approximate order in which I read them.

1.)          The Holy Bible

2.)           Eric Fromm — The Art of Loving

Fromm describes the different types of love that we can experience growing up and throughout our life.  The deep understanding of Gods love, agape, was the foundation for understanding my faith.

3.)            John Powell, S.J. — My Pilgrimage of Prayer

4.)             Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman — In Search of  Excellence,
Lessons from Americas Best Run Companies.

5.)          Reverend Dr Sun Myung Moon — The Divine Principle

To understand the life of Sun Myung Moon a tireless advocate for world peace, one needs to study the Principle or its counterpart Essentials of Unification Thought.   Both  provide a complete and practical perspective of Gods’ work of restoration throughout history.   By understanding our responsibility in this divine work, the student is able to transcend barriers to peace within himself and between oneself and others.

6.)          Malcom Scott Peck — The Different Drum

7.)           Malcom Scott Peck —  A World Waiting to be Born

8.)            John Whitmore — Coaching for Performance,
A Practical Guide to Growing Your Own Skills

9.)           Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in providing micro-credit loans that have helped millions in the developing world lead more productive lives.

10.)          Professor Edgar Cahn, the founder of the
Time Dollar movement in the USA

recognising the need for continuity of service for the elderly from one generation to the next, without reliance upon government, he established the Time Dollar system which now flourishes throughout the USA and Canada. This could become a model for provision of health services.

11.)          Malcom Gladwell — The Tipping Point

This book discusses many useful techniques that can be used for social action and community mobilization.

12.)          Malcolm Gladwell — Outliers – The Story of Success

13.)            Stephen Covey —  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

14.)          Chris

Martenson, a former Fortune 500 economic advisor, has produced an informative video called “The Crash Course” which makes clear for the unititiated, how our banking and monetary system in the United States works.    The urgency of the dangerous trends happening around us are easily seen and understood.

15.)          Dr Gordon L. Anderson Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Version 4.0

Dr Anderson draws upon the history of the founding of the United States Constitution and identifies five principles

16.)          Dr David C. Korten – The Great Turning, from Empire to Earth Community.

Dr Korten’s analysis of world history from 5,000 years ago, essentially parallel the history parallels in the Essentials of Unification Thought.    His description of the elitist culture of Empire and the cooperative culture of Earth Community essentially correspond to the Old World culture that many feel compelled to transform into a new world of partnership and cooperation.

17.)                  Phillip C. McGraw  — Life Strategies, Doing What Works, Doing What Matters

18.)                    W. C. Kim and Renee Mauborgne — Blue Ocean Strategies

19.)                   Daniel H. Pink —- Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

20.)                     Reverend Sun Myung Moon —  “As A Peace Loving Global Citizen

21.)                                                    — The Way of Tradition Volume I, quotations from speeches of Reverend Moon.

22.)                         Sir Isaac Newton —  quotations

As Sir Isaac Newton the father of modern science said,

“It is only by standing on the shoulders of giants, that I have been able to see further than others.”

The “giants” to whom Newton was referring were thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler.
Likewise today, in our quest to substantiate the dream of a just and equitable world we need to look
to the giants of today.

23.)                 Albert Einstein — quotations

24.)                   R. Buckminster Fuller — quotations

25.)                    Roman Krznaric  — The Wonder Box, Curious Histories of How to Live

26.)                   Roman Krznaric — The Seven Habits of Highly Empathic People

27.)                 Dr Bill Mollison — The Global Gardener

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