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Two Great Books Recommend by Project Inspired Fan, Martha!

Hey readers! My name is Martha and I recently read two inspiring books that I want to share with you. The first is called Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver. As many of you probably know, Mrs. Shriver is getting a divorce from her playboy husband, Arnold. Anyway, Maria wrote this book (about 5/6 years ago) after she gave a speech at her nephew’s graduation.

She focuses on the topic that it’s not about what you will be when you grow up (dentist, teacher, painter, etc.), but who you will be and that who you will be is completely up to you. This is one of those small books that I found refreshing. Here are the different excerpts that I marked, hoping that you will also be given the courage to continuously learn, change and seek to better yourself.

..my father told students, “Allow me to challenge you not to think so much about what you will do or where you will go. Allow me to challenge you to think about…what you believe.” In other words, he was challenging them to look at what they believe, in order to find out who they could become.

…you have a choice. You can spend the rest of your life trying to measure up, trying to figure out and then fulfill other people’s expectations of you – or right now, you can make a decision to let all that go. And you can start by talking about what you know, what you feel, and what you think. You can start talking about just who you want to be…


…Just who did I want to be? The eternal fixes that had motivated me for so long – just didn’t work for me anymore…the true answer, I saw, is about my heart, my values, and my soul. Who I am, not what I am…not others’ perceptions and expectations of me either.

Maria filled this refreshing book with the lessons she’s learned. I think that everyone who reads Just Who Will You Be? will learn a lot and be reminded of what really matters in life.

The second book I read is called The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: 3 to 6 months of good health left. He gave an upbeat lecture titled, “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, It became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme which became a New York Times best seller.

Pausch lost his battle against cancer on July 25, 2008. The time he had left with his family he spent loving them, taking care of them and easing their transition into life without him.

This book has taught me a lot. It focuses on overcoming obstacles, enabling dreams of others and seizing every moment!

I strongly recommend these books and hope you will read them.

Thanks for reading,

Martha Fogleman

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  1. Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 21:05

    They’re not really in the same genre but the Sophie Series by Nancy Rue is a great, inspiring series. It’about a young middle school girl going though various drama like friendship, bullies, family, crushes, the like. She matures spiritually a lot in the books and grows closer to Christ. She also has problems with daydreaming, so she and her friends make her daydreams into videos, which is a big part of the series. It’s published by Faithgirlz. I really recommend it, especially for tweens.

  2. Posted by on June 4, 2011 at 04:15

    I’m reading The Last Lecture for summer reading and Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton was extremely inspiring as well!