The Highest In Us by Truman Madsen - you want a deep read where half the time you're not sure you understand the words much less the idea behind them and yet at the end of each section your like, "I get it!"? Read this book. Madsen is an extremely intelligent man and while reading this book I had a dozen light bulb moments...I love light bulb moments.
Born For Love by Maia Szalavitz & Bruce D. Perry - I will admit - I bought this book last year after a breakup. It did not help "heal my wounds" or anything but I found it a very interesting read. There are some good theories and interesting research. This book made me evaluate the way I treat people and the need for empathy in our lives. Of course - this book also like to do the slippery slope where if this happens, then this will happen, and then our world will end - maybe not that dramatic in words, but you get the idea. But that happens sometimes with books like this - they are trying to drive their point home. Overall though - a very good read.
Prepare Now for the Temple by Brittany Mangus - I bought this book for a friend who is going to be going through the temple later this year and I thought I should read it before I really recommended it. It was helpful (maybe more so to my friend who hasn't been there before) but it was definitely geared towards young women...from Utah....who plan to get married by the time they are 19. It talked a lot about how preparing for the temple and preparing for your wedding should be two different events. No problema for us east coast girls. But the basic information was still good and helpful.
Living Waters by Brent L. Top - I read this book so long ago I barely remember the highlights. But I do remember that I liked it. There was a chapter devoted to hypocrites and it really made me question myself and look inward to see what my motives are for the things I do.
That's it for 2012 so far - My goal this year was 16 - which seems so tiny compared to last year's. But we are half way through the year and I have halfway to my goal (and I still enjoy reading - couldn't say the same last year as I was scrambling to read all the Harry Potters). Hope you enjoyed.