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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Read for Your Life

Motivational speaker Pat Williams has an important new book out called Read for Your Life: 11 Ways to Transform Your Life with Books. Pat is the father of nineteen children, a marathon runner, the senior vice president of the Orlando Magic basketball team, and a reader.

His book is designed to encourage people to read for an hour every day. He says, "Hey, if I can do it with nineteen kids, so can everyone else." Yeah, but does his wife read for an hour every day, too, or is she the one taking care of the children so he can read? :-)

(Cranky aside: Some of you may have noticed how similar his title is to my ebook, ROMAN Reading: 5 Practical Skills for Transforming Your Life through Literature. Not only is the title similar, but he basically wrote the book I was intending to write, and [grits teeth] he did it better. It was released just last month, and I couldn't believe it when I took it off the shelf to look at. It was one of the most demoralizing moments of my life. He even used some of the same quotes I was planning on using. Oh well, I have lots of other books inside me, even if I'm not the father of nineteen kids, or a marathon runner, or the vice president of an NBA team, or a motivational speaker with a crack team of researchers and ghost writers. And I'm not bitter at all.)

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posted by Nick Senger at 5:47 AM

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:21:00 AM) : 

Glad to hear you're not bitter. ;)

Thank you for thinking of his wife. That was my first thought to. I think her book will be titled "How I raised 19 children while my workaholic husband was writing a redundant book."


Blogger Nick Senger said ... (Friday, May 11, 2007 6:23:00 AM) : 

"How I raised 19 children while my workaholic husband was writing a redundant book."



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