Retirement Guys: Summer reading listWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | email@example.com
Spring is here and before we know it we will be in the middle of summer. I (Mark) have been enjoying our weather here lately since the perfect day for me is sunny and in the mid-70s. It has been beautiful and I have been taking advantage of it by riding my motorcycle to work to enjoy the nice breeze.
Hopefully, as you read this column things are going well for you and you are enjoying life. Spring typically brings a feeling of fresh new hope. The grass turns green, the flowers bloom, the sun comes out and it is time to enjoy a new day, a new season. Myself being a baseball fan and a dyed-in-the-wool Detroit Tigers fan, I enjoy taking a few days off here and there and going to a ballgame to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells at the ballpark. Unfortunately, my Tigers have so far been disappointing. The acquisition of slugger Prince Fielder got everyone all excited about the possibility of winning it all this year. So far Prince and almost everyone else are not hitting the ball too well. The good thing is that it is a long season and things can change quickly. Many times as the weather heats up, so do the batters. Only time will tell.
As summer approaches I hope that you have some fun things planned to do this summer. Go to some ballgames, go sit on the boat at the lake, go on a cruise or some other vacation to an exciting place you have never been. Lisa and I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate her birthday. While on the cruise she was reading a book that when she was done she had enjoyed it so much that she bugged me to death about reading it. I finally gave in and picked it up and could not put it down. To that end, if you go on vacation, it is always nice to have a good book to read. Here is a brief list of a few books that Nolan and I would highly recommend that you check out:
“Same Kind of Different as Me” (the book Lisa was reading) by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This is a true story about a man who grew up in virtual slavery picking cotton in the South, an international art dealer, and the inspirational woman who bound the two together. Great, captivating story that is a very easy read. I would highly recommend this book while you are on vacation and so would Lisa.
“The Success System That Never Fails” by W. Clement Stone. If you like motivational reading, this is the rags-to-riches life story of a man who started out peddling newspapers on the street corner to becoming a very successful businessman and author. The Retirement Guys have taken concepts from this book and applied it to our own business. The book shares the formula for success.
“The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks. OK, I have to say I (Mark) typically do not read romance novels (kind of like a guy watching a “chick-flick,” which you probably only do because your wife or girlfriend makes you), but Dana Nehren here in our office highly recommends it, says it is an easy read and it is in theaters as a movie (Dana says the book is much better). Check it out.
“Heaven Is for Real” by Todd Burpo. A little boy’s astounding trip to heaven and back. Ron Hall, who co-wrote “Same Kind of Different as Me” recommends it.
“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. The story of the Joads, who were forced off their land in the Great Depression and their journey to California in the hope of finding a new life. Deals with the issues of equality and injustice in American society. Was first published in 1939 and is considered an American classic. I love anything by John Steinbeck and I would also highly recommend the old black-and-white movie starring Henry Fonda.
Be sure to enjoy the rest of the spring and summer and we hope to see you soon at one of our educational workshops. As always, when you think retirement, think The Retirement Guys.
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