CS Lewis Personal Library

CS Lewis

CS Lewis Personal Library - The Shaping of a Mind Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis), was a writer, critic, Anglican scholar and theologian. As a boy, he read voraciously, wrote about an imaginary world,  called Boxen – “Animal-Land”, which was inhabited by talking beasts. At Oxford, CS Lewis studied the classics, philosophy and English. Between 1925 and 1954, he was the fellow of English language and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. Close male friends – his brother Warren, JRR Tolkien, English scholar Hugo Dyson, novelist Charles Williams and philosopher Owen Barfield – … [Read more...]

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind Although we  are celebrating Banned Books Week September 21−27, 2014, I have decided that I would present Oscar Wilde's personal library because his play Salome was banned and he had to remove parts of his book, The Picture of Dorian Gray because it was considered homoerotic and suggestive. Over 120 years later, Harvard University Press published the original text of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think the version of the book I read is probably the version where chunks of the story were removed. If you have not read The Picture of Dorian Gray, read The Picture of Dorian Gray (The … [Read more...]

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell – Book Review

How Successful People Think

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell - Book Review I purchased How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C Maxwell based on the title and the author. I did not flip through the book or look at the table of contents. If you are looking for a book with how-to advice nicely laid out, this book is not for you. As someone who reads a lot, and process large amounts of information, the content of this book is not new to me. Despite this, How Successful People Think is useful because I need reminders of things that I should be doing. How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell is a small book in … [Read more...]

Were you born to blog?

Born to Blog

Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer and Stanford A Smith – Book Review If you have been performing in a role for five years, are you an expert? Would you know all the fundamentals? Or is there room for improvement? It is hard for me to believe, but I have been blogging at The Invisible Mentor for over five years. With the rate at which technology is changing, it is difficult to keep up with all the information on effective blogging. Recently, while I was in Indigo bookstore I noticed Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time because the last copy was literally bent out of shape, and hanging off … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson Personal Library

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Personal Library Working on the series, Personal Libraries of Successful People, has been a good process for me because it allows me to see the shaping of the mind. of a very successful person. Like I have written before, from what I have observed so far, these successful people read books to improve their craft, and they read broadly. This is also true of Emily Dickinson, who was an American poet. She read the works of other poets, classic literature, fiction of her time, and various other genres. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson received a very good  education. She loved going for long walks, … [Read more...]