The best books to answer the question "What am I living for?"

Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell Author Of Live Life on Fire: The Guide to the Ultimate Successful Life Full of Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment
By Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell

Who am I?

I have had the pleasure of exploring many career paths and businesses as an attorney, CPA, minister, life coach, media company CEO, publisher, international motivational speaker, and author. Yet it was not until illness from stage 4 endometriosis almost took me out that I realized that life happiness and success were not synonymous. I took the time to 1) figure out the difference and 2) create a pathway to joy. Joy is the step beyond happiness, and it ensures life satisfaction and longevity. And this is the answer to my question – and the topic – what am I living for? I am living for joy, peace, and fulfillment.

I wrote...

Live Life on Fire: The Guide to the Ultimate Successful Life Full of Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment

By Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell,

Book cover of Live Life on Fire: The Guide to the Ultimate Successful Life Full of Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment

What is my book about?

Live Life on Fire is the guide to the secret to life success – both personally and professionally. When most people think of success, they don't normally think beyond "stuff". But if we want the ultimate successful life, then we answer the question, "Who are you living for?"

This book answers that question through life and business stories that will make you laugh, cry, get mad, and release! Learn tools to build a life that is full of good health, great relationships, self-love, and worldly recognition. Not a perfect life, but an excellent one where you define your own standard of success and live it unapologetically for your family, friends, community, business, and your self.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Found My People: How Connecting To My Ancestral Roots Enriched My Life and Can Do The Same For You

Why did I love this book?

Walking with the author on his journey from successful African American businessman in Montgomery, Alabama to empowered and enriched Nigerian and Ghana American now living in Accra, Ghana brings the echoes of Dr. King's "dream" to life in the halls of our hearts: we realize that to walk equally with others first requires that we know ourselves, proclaiming proudly who we are and whose we are. Found My People gives us the tools, encouragement, and benefits to do so.

This book will challenge your concept of heritage, delight you with the serendipities of destiny, and inspire you to find your people! I was inspired to extend my DNA search and dig deeper into my heritage because of it.

Book cover of Transforming Lives Through God's Word: A 14 Day Devotional To Support Parents, Educators, and Students Through Life Challenges

Why did I love this book?

As a parent, I strive to create strong relationships with my daughter’s educational team, and this book is a wonderful tool to cultivate such relationships.

Transforming Lives has daily affirmations and scriptures that explore the challenges that your child and their teachers/administrators encounter in working to build students into strong leaders, responsible community members, and loving members of our families.  The author also included a list of best practices and advice from experienced educators that can help you support your child through crises and everyday living. 

It is a pocket-sized book, so it can go where ever you go, and there is ample room for journaling after every chapter.  Also, it is a 14-day journal, but there is a bonus day included.

By Carol Rhoden,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Transforming Lives Through God's Word as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The COVID-19 pandemic brought us face to face with the challenges of parenting, teaching, and encouraging young people to be excellent human beings. Challenges that had previously been swept under a rug designed to silence the actions necessary to restore our future leaders' confidence, self-worth, and self-respect: faith. Coach Carol Rhoden, FCSAA Hall of Fame inductee, championship-winning basketball coach, and veteran educator has boldly dared to proclaim the truth in this devotional!

Transforming Lives Through God's Word is a 14 day guided journey of prayers, scriptures, and instruction from Coach Carol's 17+ years experience educating and coaching athletes from elementary…

Management Mantras

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,

Book cover of Management Mantras

Why did I love this book?

I read this book on my way home from India about 9 years ago, after a women’s leadership conference in Bangalore at the Art of Living Foundation International Headquarters. 

It was the perfect supplement to the theme of the conference – supporting leaders. Management Mantras had a list of strategies and tips that I still use today, and greatly credit to my success. One of the best pieces of advice was the vacation schedule: 3-day weekend every month; 1 week every quarter; 2 weeks every 6 months. 

These breaks allow us to be rejuvenated and refreshed so we catch burnout before we burn up!  It is an easy read, very well written, and a great resource no matter where you are in your professional journey or industry.

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Management Mantras as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Organisations the world over today are paying more and more attention to how to prevent their workforce from getting burnt out due to an unrelenting pace of work. Views are radically changing on practices to ensure the employees perform consistently well over many years. In this book, Sri Sri offers valuable tips for managers and leaders to become more effective in their roles and also on how to delevop a conducive work environment so that both the employees and the organisation add value to each other.

H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader and humanitarian, was born in 1956…

Purpose in Your Pain

By Stephanie Davenport, Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell (editor),

Book cover of Purpose in Your Pain

Why did I love this book?

I have purchased and gifted this book through the years when I met someone in need of a reminder of how good life is and that pain is both part of the process of growing and a tool in becoming the strong person we were meant to be. 

It has wonderful illustrations of life pain that includes losing loved ones, jobs, status and position, and relationships; and how that pain may be turned into fuel to become stronger, wiser, and more compassionate in our life journey. 

By Stephanie Davenport, Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Purpose in Your Pain as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Purpose in Your Pain is an inspirational breakthrough for those who seek meaning in their lives. Evangelist Stephanie Davenport holds nothing back as she takes the reader through the reason God uses pain to strengthen us, gives tips and tools to face trouble head on, and shares her own struggles and resolution to motivate us to push on through crisis. This second book by Evangelist Davenport challenges traditional thoughts on how to face pain in our families, work lives, churches, and within ourselves - and provides scripture references and prayers for most situations. Purpose in Your Pain is a spiritual,…

Book cover of The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

Why did I love this book?

This book had me hooked in the introduction when the author discussed her personal experience realizing that the pursuit of happiness hamster wheel (my words) never ends unless we end it. 

I took it everywhere, and everywhere people saw me reading it, they stopped so we could talk about it – even in Wendy’s over hamburgers during lunch one day! My dog-eared copy was happily gifted to my college-freshman niece, who saw it in my car, and I am delighted that she is implementing some of the advice in the book to get off the hamster wheel and enjoy her life. 

While success is important, living a satisfying life trumps all, and this book does a great job illustrating how to do that. 

By Emma Seppala,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Happiness Track as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'This book is brilliant - read it and be prepared to reset your mood to happy. Your life won't be the same again' Daily Express Everyone wants to be happy and successful and yet the pursuit of both has never been more elusive. We are urged to craft careers that matter, to achieve more and waste no time on the small stuff, to be actively engaged in our communities and, while we are at it, to relish every second. Rather than thriving, all this pressure leads to declining wellbeing, relationships and, paradoxically, productivity. In The Happiness Track Emma Seppala explains…

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