Is there a book you still think about? Perhaps a book that made you challenge your beliefs, attitudes about life, work, politics or culture? Has there been a book that deepened your convictions or broadened your worldview? These are among the questions we asked some thoughtful members of our community recently and we’ve shared their responses below.

Caitlyn Scaggs | Social Entrepreneur & Blogger

One of the most important books I have read is, “Be you. Do good.” by Jonathan Golden, CEO of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee. In this book, Golden fuses his personal journey, from counselor to minister and ultimately to a successful social entrepreneur, with takeaways for all of us. I loved reading about how he saw a major problem, the need for restoration and healing in Rwanda, and figured out how to use business (and coffee!) as a key strategy in this important work. Read more>>

Jennifer Johansen | Artist/Crafter

I recently read ” Didn’t See That Coming” by Rachel Hollis. This had a huge impact on me because I just recently lost my mom this past April. My mom was everything to me. My biggest fan and supporter. This book helped me realize that I need to feel all the grief and work through the emotions but also to not lose myself in it. “Show Up” was one of the chapters an it hit home because it made me open my eyes to what kind of wife, mother, friend an overall person I am being as I go through the roller coaster of grief. Not that I’m not showing up at all but bringing to my attention that I need to be more present. My mom would want that so that’s what I’m trying to do. Day by day. I’m on the hunt for another helpful book to help with this process. Read more>>

Maddison Gaffney | Biz Credit Guru

The book that I have read that has really changed my mindset and helped me reach my goals is “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind written by T, Harv Eker. This book allowed me to understand the principles of what it really takes to create wealth and become a Millionaire. It all starts in the mind and you have to be truly committed to creating wealth, or else chances are it will not happen. It allowed me to gain insight on the power of affirmation and sacrifice. The impact it had was guiding me to see the potential in others that they may not see in themselves. It shaped my overall vision of helping thousands of people create wealth through Business Creation and Formation. The book set the tone in my mind that ” I have a millionaire mind, and I will use it to create other millionaires”. Read more>>

Marci Symington | Freelance Writer & Photographer, Food Blogger

I am drawn to books about strong women who have accomplished amazing goals despite the odds and the expectations that society placed upon them. West With The Night is an incredible autobiography by Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from England to North American in 1936. She was also an accomplished horse trainer and rider in Kenya. In 2015, Paula McLain wrote a historical novel about Beryl called, Circling The Sun, which is a wonderful read as well. Beryl Markham is an example of someone who never let anyone define her, an inspiration I think about almost daily. I push myself to follow my passion and to ignore any negativity. Read more>>