Betty’s List

Betty’s Picks

As I mentioned in my “about” page, I have spent over 30 years studying what makes people tick and that means I have read hundreds of books. I still average almost a book a week. A book or magazine has to be pretty awesome to make my list!

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

the-slight-edge-coverI didn’t expect much when I bought this slim little volume at a convention but was I ever wrong!

Olson takes the reader step by step making small changes a little at a time. “Easy to do and easy not to do”. His book supports the power of incremental change using time to your advantage.

Jeff also has a Facebook page The Slight Edge and a great website,






The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

51kLln+uylL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This is an amazing little book written as an allegory, one of my favorite genres. It’s a quick read and packs a punch with its message that we are always in charge of our own attitude. There’s a kid’s version too.

I haven’t read anything by this positive, possibility-thinking guy that wasn’t awesome!

Check out his website and his Facebook Page Jon Gordon. Or, follow Jon on Twitter!






Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

41C2r7-HbkL._SX280_BO1,204,203,200_This is a new edition with a forward by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, a man whose work I also admire greatly. In my mind this should be read annually by everyone for the message of hope it contains.

Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.

Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.






Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly 

9781942611288_p0_v1_s192x300Matthew Kelly has been inspiring people around the world to live lives of passion and purpose for 19 years and has spoken before over 4 million people in that time. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, Kelly delivers a powerful and highly practical message that encourages readers discover the best version of themselves.

All of us have an innate desire to grow and get better at life and Kelly skillfully tackles the deeply human questions: Who am I? and What am I here for? Best of all he shows how it can begin right here, right now and not at some unknown time in the future.







Mindful Magazine

416381688_lgThis is a new-to-me and I’m hooked already but it but it began publishing as part of in early 2013.

From an article about their launch: “The practice of mindfulness—which generally involves meditation and self-awareness—is infiltrating the mainstream”. Early indications showed people want to hear the message. Most of us grew up knowing we need it although we may have heard it called “being present in the moment.” It’s an asset anyone can develop and learn to do better. Benefits include reduced stress, anxiety and that generally flustered feeling!