Three Good Books

I just recently went on vacation to the beach and one of my favorite things to do at the beach is read. It’s very relaxing to shut down electronics, lay back on a beach chair, and enjoy a good book with the waves of the ocean crashing in the background. If you enjoy reading, give these books a try and let me know what you think.

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

This book was recommended by my mother who is an avid reader so when she says something is good, I typically check it out. This book is about the survivors of the Bataan Death March and the Army Rangers who rescued them. It’s a heart wrenching account of how terrible human beings can be towards each other, the dangers of cultural misunderstandings and hatred towards another people group, the human will to survive, the deep seeded relationships amongst people who go through traumatic experiences together, and the American military machine that eventually lead to victory over radical evil in WWII.

Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler

A client of mine gave me this book to read the week before I left so I brought it along. It’s a very quick read and full of humor. It is the author’s account of the month he hired a Navy SEAL to come live with him and train him for an endurance race. The man he hired wasn’t just any Navy SEAL but one of the toughest and probably the best endurance racers ever to have lived. It shows the differences between two completely different lifestyles and mindsets. If you are looking for some motivation to push you to new physical and mental limits, I definitely suggest giving it a read. If nothing else, look up the SEAL, David Goggins, and read his story.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Our friends, Angie and Steve Foree, who joined us on the trip suggested this book so we listened to it on the way home. It is the story of a race car drivers roller coaster of a life from the perspective of his dog. The book is very well written and the author does an amazing job of entering the mind of a dog and explaining his thoughts. If you have a dog, it’ll definitely hit you in the feels and make you go up and give your mutt a big hug and kiss, especially after a week away. Give it a read.

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