9 powerful reads to inspire the woman who leads in 2020

In this audio and visual age, there is nothing like taking the time to unplug and unwind with a soft or hard cover book. Reading is a relationship with self that should continuously be nurtured.

According to selfdevelopmentsecrets.com, a few benefits of reading includes, sharpening your mind, increases you vocabulary, lowers your stress and decreases depression and improving your memory and focus.

Going into 2020, which also marks a new decade, here's 9 books every woman should arm in her reading arsenal.

1. Dr. Michelle Obama - "BECOMING"

Becoming is on track to become the best-selling memoir in history. If you have not read it, this is a must for 2020. Dr. Obama goes into course like detail on all aspects of life, from marriage and family, to self-confidence and self-patience. She takes you on a journey where you can envision part of yourself in her lessons. The new decade of your life will thank you. https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama-ebook/dp/B079ZYWJJ8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=becoming&qid=1575575853&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

2. Dr. Pauline F. Furman- "When God Shows Up on the Couch"

"This is NOT your momma's book on counseling." Dr. Pauline J. Furman is on a mission. She wants to shout her message from the rooftops: There is no shame in seeking help from a therapist. And there is no contradiction in seeking that help if you are a person of faith.

This book will walk you through the most intimate details of the lives of Christians in crisis. You will step into their pain and travel with them as they move through from trauma to victory. And you may just find yourself in one of these stories. Come on this journey, and see for yourself how God can meet a person at their deepest need, and show them a way out...and yes, with the help of a therapist.*


3. Ann Doyle- "POWERING UP!"

If you believe you're leadership material and have already "leaned-in," POWERING UP! is your graduate work. Discover the 7 Skills high-achievers must master next to make the leap to leadership. Meet the three, unique generations of educated, ambitious women women in today's workplace, and learn how to support one another to reach leadership critical mass. Explore how to engage men as gender allies.*


4. Juliette Okotie-Eboh- "10 Things I Know: Secrets to Getting the Most out of Life"

Discover 10 things you can start incorporating into your daily life today that will change your life tomorrow! Native Detroiter, Dr. Juliette comes from a hardworking family that instilled the principles of honesty and hard work as the foundation for success.

She learned many of those values while helping her father with his small business. Those life lessons have given her the drive and determination that has led to a rewarding career serving her community.* https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0767HF72P/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

5. Elaine Welteroth- “More Than Enough (Claiming space for who you are no matter what they say)”

Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.*


6. AJ Williams- "#KICKASS"

#KICKASS: A CHICK'S GUIDE TO LIVING A KICK-ASS LIFE is a guide to connect women with the foundational steps to living a #KICKASS life by realizing that success isn't about how it looks but how it feels. Living a #KICKASS life begins inside because real success is based on the most important relationship in your life...your relationship with you.*


7. Danielle Hughes - “Always Make Your Bed”

Danielle believe there is a science behind having a morning routine, and consistently doing the same things…” Do you have big dreams, but struggle with execution? Or maybe you’re having trouble identifying your purpose and passion? You’re not alone.

No matter who we are, where we come from, or where we’re headed - we can all benefit from having a strategic vision for our lives. Always Make Your Bed is a practical resource for individuals ready to make a change, move forward, and maximize their impact throughout the marathon of life.*


8. Lauren Clayborne- “What’s In Your Purse”

We all know it's possible to learn quite a lot about a woman based on what she carries in her handbag. What's In Your Purse dives into the different items we might find in your purse and examines the parallel between those items and your everyday life. What's In Your Purse will examine how, as women, we're impacted by the things we carry. You will also take a look at how the things you've picked up from others, impact how you walk and talk as you navigate through life. Lauren brilliantly and practically reminds you that carrying your handbag like you carry your faith is not only necessary but vital to your success. (except and book found here: https://www.whatsinyourpursebook.com/product-page)

9. Jenifer Lewis - “The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir”

In the audaciously honest voice that her fans adore, Jenifer describes her transition to Hollywood, with guest roles in hit films, Jenifer cemented her status as the “Mother of Black Hollywood.”

When an undiagnosed mental illness stymies Jenifer’s career, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations, her quest for wholeness becomes a harrowing and inspiring tale, including revelations of bipolar disorder and sex addiction.

This gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: “Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes.”*


*excerpts from Amazon.com.

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