Les Brown - Live Your Dreams
First, I must say I'm a little bit biased since Les Brown is by far my favorite motivational speaker. In Live Your Dreams Mr. Brown talks about the challenges he faced - especially as a child and adolescent - and how he conquered those challenges and became the great public speaker he is today.
I absolutely love the book. Mr. Brown tells his personal story and while relating his own tale of personal triumph he teaches us how to take on the challenge that is life as well. The only minor criticism I have is that he takes a small dig at his own twin brother toward the end while trying to make a comparison. He could have easily found another example or left the comparison out altogether.
The key point of this book, in my opinion, is that in order to be successful in whatever it is you want to accomplish in this world "You have to be Hungry!" as Mr. Brown likes to say.
A Return to Love - By Marianne Williamson
The world seems to be a dichotomy of fear and love. If you turn on any TV today it seems that fear is currently winning the war. Ms. Williamson's goal seems to be to turn the tables on fear, in favor of love. In this book the author mainly talks about her experiences with a book/self-study course called A Course In Miracles which apparently talks in a very different way about both Christ and the ego.
If you've listened to any of my podcasts you will have likely noticed that I close each podcast with a quote from Marianne Williamson. The quote I close with is in this book (pg 190-191 of the paperback) so you can guess where my opinion lies. I learned a lot about Williamson's (and the course's) opinion of what the purpose of the ego is. This book is very spiritual but, towards the end becomes a little too focused on the metaphysical.
The ego is an illusion and ultimately the only true enemy.