Here's a few great books I've enjoyed recently.
Born to Run by Christopher McDougal
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. Amazon
The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
So many useful, tangible ideas to stir things up inside and outside the classroom with one result in mind - the success of children. I love chapters 9, 11, 12, 16...well just about every chapter is great because Ron Clark uses examples to get his message across and gives tips at the end of each to assist you in incorporating the "solutions" into your class/school/home. The parents section is a must read for every adult, teacher or not. Amazon
Skill Building Pick:
The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner
An in-depth look at leadership with practical and inspirational lessons for anyone. Filled with endless quotable take-aways, one that stuck with me is, "Success does not breed success. It breeds failure. It is failure which breeds success." Amazon
All-time great pick:
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
A life worthy of 630 pages. You won't be dissappointed.
Unexpected Surprise pick:
The Shack by William P. Young
Chapter 2 hits you hard and it never lets up. Unusual perspective that gives you new perspective. Amazon