I had the pleasure of attending a book signing event today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (which is actually two Army and Marine installations that have been joined into one base here in Washington, D.C.)
The point of the event was to highlight the “First Lady of the Marine Corps’ Recommended Reading List.” This is a list of books that Mrs. Bonnie Amos, wife of General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, recommends as helpful reading for Army families.
As the late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones (an author, sales trainer and inspirational speaker) said, “five years from now you’ll be the same person you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet.”
I absolutely believe this. It is true for fiction as well as non-fiction books. Have you ever read a book and felt yourself living vicariously through the characters? You almost wish those characters were part of your real life. And their actions and ways of thinking (if they were created by a skilled author) can affect your own ways of thinking. Non-fiction books do the same thing. If crafted by talented authors, these books can motivate, inspire, and help us to solve problems, realizing that we are not alone in our struggles.
I look at it this way: if someone has taken the time to write a book on a subject that I struggle with, obviously I am not the only one who struggles with this subject. And maybe, just maybe, someone has found an answer or at least a nugget of truth that I can draw on to help me in my own life.
This is why I believe in the idea of a Military Spouse Reading List. Even if your spouse does not intend to be in the military for a 20+ year career, it is important to learn how to navigate the unique culture that is military life.
If you are interested in learning more about Mrs. Amos’ Reading List, please follow this link: http://www.marineshop.net/page.cfm/FLOTMC.html
If you are wondering which book I purchased, it was Military Spouse Journey
I hope that you will take some time to look over this reading list, even if you aren’t a military spouse. There are some great pearls of wisdom for navigating change and transition.
Let me know what you think and please share your own list of favorite books in the comments section!