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    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

    This book was recommended by one of AVON's top representatives, 
    Lisa M. Wilber, Platinum Executive Leader.  
    Lisa also wrote a recommendation at the very beginning of this book.


    Andrea Patten addresses the fact that everyone has always been told to hush the inner critic within you.  Her approach is to try to work with that voice so that it can work for you, instead of against you. 

    "Finding benefits hidden by annoyances is not an easy process.  It takes effort, energy and focus.  And creating a new, more peaceful relationship with your Inner Critic is complicated by the fact that, for years, experts have been offering advice on how to silence the Inner Critic."

    She believes that by trying to 'kill off' the inner critic brings it back to be "even stronger and naggier than before."

    What is an inner critic?  Patten describes it in this way: 
    "An Inner Critic is our brain's misinterpretation of stimulus or data that:
    amplifies harsh self-judgement, creates negative self-talk and, interferes with the confidence needed to take action toward personal goals and desires."

    The author also gives many ideas and skills to help "transpose the negative into positive."

    "Your Inner Critic can brilliantly detect threats but is none too bright about priority-setting." 

    Patten also recommends giving your inner critic a new name....something that "brings both comfort and confidence."  

    "Personal growth strategies are not Swiss Army knives: I can't think of a single one that works in every situation, that's why it's such a good idea to try them on for size."

    "Part of nurturing an inner ally involves deciding which messages to focus on and which ones to let go." 

    Some negative key words mentioned within the writer's vocabulary in this book are:  demoralization, enemy, flaws, faults, tension, bad mental habits, threaten, warning, shatter, permanent, worrying, harmful, dangerous, panic and undesirable,

    Positive vocabulary used in this book to counter-act the negative words above are: brave, honest, relax, soothe, energize, safe, forgive, strengths, peaceful, strong, partnership, healthy, powerful, brilliant, nurturing, honesty, acceptance, courage, flourish, opportunities, benefits, focus and energy.

    I wish I could say more and believe more about the topic presented in this book.
    I've tried many times in my life to turn things around by mental ability.
    I honestly think this is way to continue to motivate yourself to just keep moving on in life.  I don't think that just by 'thinking' about something that it will happen.
    I could post examples here, but will refrain because I do not want to drudge up old memories just to upset myself on a book review.
    Change takes action, that I believe.  But even sometimes with action and doing the best you possibly can do, that still isn't enough.
    It's discouraging, and unfortunately we learn to live with it.

    I do not totally disagree with the thoughts and exercises presented in this book.  Like the author said, it's not a one-size-fits-all type of thing.  Definitely read this book to get ideas to help yourself deal with your inner critic.
    Try to apply the mental exercises presented and
     choose the ones that are best for you!


    Book Review: The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace with the Noise in Your Head by Andrea Patten

    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

    This book was recommended by one of AVON's top representatives, 
    Lisa M. Wilber, Platinum Executive Leader.  
    Lisa also wrote a recommendation at the very beginning of this book.


    Andrea Patten addresses the fact that everyone has always been told to hush the inner critic within you.  Her approach is to try to work with that voice so that it can work for you, instead of against you. 

    "Finding benefits hidden by annoyances is not an easy process.  It takes effort, energy and focus.  And creating a new, more peaceful relationship with your Inner Critic is complicated by the fact that, for years, experts have been offering advice on how to silence the Inner Critic."

    She believes that by trying to 'kill off' the inner critic brings it back to be "even stronger and naggier than before."

    What is an inner critic?  Patten describes it in this way: 
    "An Inner Critic is our brain's misinterpretation of stimulus or data that:
    amplifies harsh self-judgement, creates negative self-talk and, interferes with the confidence needed to take action toward personal goals and desires."

    The author also gives many ideas and skills to help "transpose the negative into positive."

    "Your Inner Critic can brilliantly detect threats but is none too bright about priority-setting." 

    Patten also recommends giving your inner critic a new name....something that "brings both comfort and confidence."  

    "Personal growth strategies are not Swiss Army knives: I can't think of a single one that works in every situation, that's why it's such a good idea to try them on for size."

    "Part of nurturing an inner ally involves deciding which messages to focus on and which ones to let go." 

    Some negative key words mentioned within the writer's vocabulary in this book are:  demoralization, enemy, flaws, faults, tension, bad mental habits, threaten, warning, shatter, permanent, worrying, harmful, dangerous, panic and undesirable,

    Positive vocabulary used in this book to counter-act the negative words above are: brave, honest, relax, soothe, energize, safe, forgive, strengths, peaceful, strong, partnership, healthy, powerful, brilliant, nurturing, honesty, acceptance, courage, flourish, opportunities, benefits, focus and energy.

    I wish I could say more and believe more about the topic presented in this book.
    I've tried many times in my life to turn things around by mental ability.
    I honestly think this is way to continue to motivate yourself to just keep moving on in life.  I don't think that just by 'thinking' about something that it will happen.
    I could post examples here, but will refrain because I do not want to drudge up old memories just to upset myself on a book review.
    Change takes action, that I believe.  But even sometimes with action and doing the best you possibly can do, that still isn't enough.
    It's discouraging, and unfortunately we learn to live with it.

    I do not totally disagree with the thoughts and exercises presented in this book.  Like the author said, it's not a one-size-fits-all type of thing.  Definitely read this book to get ideas to help yourself deal with your inner critic.
    Try to apply the mental exercises presented and
     choose the ones that are best for you!


    Posted at 7:26 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR
    -->
    Hello Everyone!
    I'm back with a 2-in-1 book review because these two books are directly related. 
     I was very fortunate to be nominated and accepted into the Fall 2016 online course for the AVON Leadership Academy in partnership with 
    This was a 12-week online course and it was Ahhh-mazing!!!
    I started as an AVON Representative in July 2015.  I'm quite new. 
    I've never been a salesperson, never been in marketing or wanted to be a home-based business.  (I have always wanted to work from home, however.)  Becoming a representative for AVON was the right thing at the right time for me due to wanting to pay off the braces my daughter was about to have put on and the next goal was (is) to pay off my car loan (still working on this and getting closer!)
    Direct sales was not something I knew much about.  
    Yes, I had known people who invited me to home parties (not really my thing) and a few people who had been representatives, but I never really asked about how they worked.  Now here I was a part of the mother of all home-based businesses, AVON!!!!   (131 years old in 2017!!!!)
    Now before I go any further, I know what you're thinking.....home-based business?  You just show some brochures and put some orders together!!!!
    Yes, that's what a lot of people think it is, and what some people do, but it can be made into so much more.  There are personal shoppers, hobbyists, part-timers, full-timers and sales leaders.  There are many avenues you can follow in this business and you can do it all from home!  
    I was kind of in awe at the opportunity of being able to build a business all from home for such a reasonable price.
    (If you'd like to find out more, please visit this link.)
    When I was presented with the chance to take the AL Academy courses, 
    I was excited and a bit hesitant.  I hadn't attended a class in quite a long time and now I had to fit this in with my kids schedules, home-duties and my AVON  business.  It really wasn't that difficult to squeeze in, and there were replays I could listen to if I could not attend the webinars live. 
    The training was broken down into six parts: 
                                                      1-Visionary Planning
                                                      2-Creating Community
                                                      3-Team Building
                                                      4-Training
                                                      5-Coaching
                                                      6-Business Management
    One week would cover a topic, the following week would be a review and a coaching session with two chosen participants and plenty of time to ask questions and learn from the session.  Then the following week the next topic would be covered, followed by a coaching session for that topic and so on.
    Some topics I felt like I had already mastered, but many others I knew I could use a lot more training in.  
    I was given a  digital printable workbook and the two Build It Big Books for my Kindle as part of the course.  A few weeks into the course I decided it was worth buying both of the hard copies of these books because I could easily flip to a section and find information I may need to help a team member or myself.  In my opinion, these books are close to being Bibles for the direct sales industry.
    I will go over the general sections covered in each of these books and I hope you will consider purchasing them through the links provided if you are a part of a direct selling company.  Many, many, many thanks to the DSWA for creating this program and tailoring it to AVON Representative Leaders!  And to all of the contributors in these books (including my own sister, Pam Heller, which I didn't even know until I got to her chapter!) thank you for sharing your expertise and honest opinions, solutions and outlooks on what can happen in a home-based direct sales business if you have the right tools to aide you in your success!
    Published in 2005
    • Starting Your Direct Selling Business
    • Booking And Coaching Your Hostess
    • The Art Of Selling
    • Sponsoring And Building Your Team
    • Coaching Your Team
    • Developing Leadership Skills
    • Managing Business Finances
    • Integrating Home And Business
    • Building Through Technology
    • Strategies For Success
    Published in 2006
    • Direct-Selling Excellence
    • Sensational Shows
    • Networking And Prospecting
    • The Art Of Sponsoring
    • Principle-Centered Coaching
    • Managing Your Money
    • Home Business Excellence
    • Enlightened Leadership
    • Success Strategies


     Purchase the Build It Big books through the below links to help Elle raise  money for her vision of making this blog bigger and better in the future.                             Thank You!

        
    I received a leadership pin, certificate and I can proudly display the below seal for completing the AVON Advanced Leadership Academy training.
    The training has been invaluable to me and I know I will continue to come back to these two books as resources whether to help myself or my team members.
    Contact me @ colorsofavon@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about joining my AVON team and adding some extra income to your life!

    Book Review: Build It Big & More Build It Big

    -->
    Hello Everyone!
    I'm back with a 2-in-1 book review because these two books are directly related. 
     I was very fortunate to be nominated and accepted into the Fall 2016 online course for the AVON Leadership Academy in partnership with 
    This was a 12-week online course and it was Ahhh-mazing!!!
    I started as an AVON Representative in July 2015.  I'm quite new. 
    I've never been a salesperson, never been in marketing or wanted to be a home-based business.  (I have always wanted to work from home, however.)  Becoming a representative for AVON was the right thing at the right time for me due to wanting to pay off the braces my daughter was about to have put on and the next goal was (is) to pay off my car loan (still working on this and getting closer!)
    Direct sales was not something I knew much about.  
    Yes, I had known people who invited me to home parties (not really my thing) and a few people who had been representatives, but I never really asked about how they worked.  Now here I was a part of the mother of all home-based businesses, AVON!!!!   (131 years old in 2017!!!!)
    Now before I go any further, I know what you're thinking.....home-based business?  You just show some brochures and put some orders together!!!!
    Yes, that's what a lot of people think it is, and what some people do, but it can be made into so much more.  There are personal shoppers, hobbyists, part-timers, full-timers and sales leaders.  There are many avenues you can follow in this business and you can do it all from home!  
    I was kind of in awe at the opportunity of being able to build a business all from home for such a reasonable price.
    (If you'd like to find out more, please visit this link.)
    When I was presented with the chance to take the AL Academy courses, 
    I was excited and a bit hesitant.  I hadn't attended a class in quite a long time and now I had to fit this in with my kids schedules, home-duties and my AVON  business.  It really wasn't that difficult to squeeze in, and there were replays I could listen to if I could not attend the webinars live. 
    The training was broken down into six parts: 
                                                      1-Visionary Planning
                                                      2-Creating Community
                                                      3-Team Building
                                                      4-Training
                                                      5-Coaching
                                                      6-Business Management
    One week would cover a topic, the following week would be a review and a coaching session with two chosen participants and plenty of time to ask questions and learn from the session.  Then the following week the next topic would be covered, followed by a coaching session for that topic and so on.
    Some topics I felt like I had already mastered, but many others I knew I could use a lot more training in.  
    I was given a  digital printable workbook and the two Build It Big Books for my Kindle as part of the course.  A few weeks into the course I decided it was worth buying both of the hard copies of these books because I could easily flip to a section and find information I may need to help a team member or myself.  In my opinion, these books are close to being Bibles for the direct sales industry.
    I will go over the general sections covered in each of these books and I hope you will consider purchasing them through the links provided if you are a part of a direct selling company.  Many, many, many thanks to the DSWA for creating this program and tailoring it to AVON Representative Leaders!  And to all of the contributors in these books (including my own sister, Pam Heller, which I didn't even know until I got to her chapter!) thank you for sharing your expertise and honest opinions, solutions and outlooks on what can happen in a home-based direct sales business if you have the right tools to aide you in your success!
    Published in 2005
    • Starting Your Direct Selling Business
    • Booking And Coaching Your Hostess
    • The Art Of Selling
    • Sponsoring And Building Your Team
    • Coaching Your Team
    • Developing Leadership Skills
    • Managing Business Finances
    • Integrating Home And Business
    • Building Through Technology
    • Strategies For Success
    Published in 2006
    • Direct-Selling Excellence
    • Sensational Shows
    • Networking And Prospecting
    • The Art Of Sponsoring
    • Principle-Centered Coaching
    • Managing Your Money
    • Home Business Excellence
    • Enlightened Leadership
    • Success Strategies


     Purchase the Build It Big books through the below links to help Elle raise  money for her vision of making this blog bigger and better in the future.                             Thank You!

        
    I received a leadership pin, certificate and I can proudly display the below seal for completing the AVON Advanced Leadership Academy training.
    The training has been invaluable to me and I know I will continue to come back to these two books as resources whether to help myself or my team members.
    Contact me @ colorsofavon@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about joining my AVON team and adding some extra income to your life!

    Posted at 9:54 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR
                                                   
                                                  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

    This was not a 'planned' read for me because this past year I really haven't had much time to read like I have in the past.  When I learned at Thanksgiving that Elin Hilderbrand would be doing a talk at my local library for her third installment of her Winter Street series, I just had to go, even though I have met this author once before. 

    The talk was on Saturday December 10th at 2pm and I purchased Winter Street at the talk because I did not want to start with the third book in the series.  Elin began the talk with a bit of background from the 1st and 2nd books (yes, I heard some spoilers, but not enough for it to ruin anything in the series for me) and then she read an excerpt from Winter Storms, the third book in the series. 
    She told us she is working on the fourth book in this series called Winter Solstice and that it will tie together characters from other books she has done.  I have a feeling this one will probably be my favorite of this series!!!! 

    Elin then took  some questions from the audience.  
    Someone wanted to know if her characters are based on people in her real life.  She said some are a compilation of people she knows, but not enough for people to know who she is referring to.
    So no, only she truly knows who a character is based on.

    The characters of this series are as follows:

    Kelley Quinn - patriarch of the family and operator of the Winter Street Inn
    Mitzi Quinn- Kelley's second wife
    George- the Inn's Santa Claus who Mitzi has been having an affair with
    Margaret Quinn- Kelley's first wife and famous news anchor

                              Kelley and Margaret's adult children:

    Patrick Quinn- eldest son who is dealing with being an inside trader within his company

    Kevin Quinn- bartender and in a secret relationship with the inn's housekeeper

    Ava Quinn- school teacher hoping her long-time boyfriend proposes this Christmas

                                Kelley & Mitzi's son:

    Bart Quinn-the youngest Quinn who is stationed in Afghanistan

    The book's chapters are by character, so you get the point of view on the specific character's feelings and viewpoint.  Regardless of the dysfunction going on within the Quinn family, the story finally gets its 'Christmas-feel' towards the end of the book.  I will be reading the rest of this series as time permits, so look for those reviews in the future.



    Book Review: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

                                                   
                                                  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

    This was not a 'planned' read for me because this past year I really haven't had much time to read like I have in the past.  When I learned at Thanksgiving that Elin Hilderbrand would be doing a talk at my local library for her third installment of her Winter Street series, I just had to go, even though I have met this author once before. 

    The talk was on Saturday December 10th at 2pm and I purchased Winter Street at the talk because I did not want to start with the third book in the series.  Elin began the talk with a bit of background from the 1st and 2nd books (yes, I heard some spoilers, but not enough for it to ruin anything in the series for me) and then she read an excerpt from Winter Storms, the third book in the series. 
    She told us she is working on the fourth book in this series called Winter Solstice and that it will tie together characters from other books she has done.  I have a feeling this one will probably be my favorite of this series!!!! 

    Elin then took  some questions from the audience.  
    Someone wanted to know if her characters are based on people in her real life.  She said some are a compilation of people she knows, but not enough for people to know who she is referring to.
    So no, only she truly knows who a character is based on.

    The characters of this series are as follows:

    Kelley Quinn - patriarch of the family and operator of the Winter Street Inn
    Mitzi Quinn- Kelley's second wife
    George- the Inn's Santa Claus who Mitzi has been having an affair with
    Margaret Quinn- Kelley's first wife and famous news anchor

                              Kelley and Margaret's adult children:

    Patrick Quinn- eldest son who is dealing with being an inside trader within his company

    Kevin Quinn- bartender and in a secret relationship with the inn's housekeeper

    Ava Quinn- school teacher hoping her long-time boyfriend proposes this Christmas

                                Kelley & Mitzi's son:

    Bart Quinn-the youngest Quinn who is stationed in Afghanistan

    The book's chapters are by character, so you get the point of view on the specific character's feelings and viewpoint.  Regardless of the dysfunction going on within the Quinn family, the story finally gets its 'Christmas-feel' towards the end of the book.  I will be reading the rest of this series as time permits, so look for those reviews in the future.



    Posted at 7:19 PM  |  by Elle
    My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This was a fast summer read for me.
    Beware, there are a lot of characters to keep track of at first, but you will get the hang of how the story line jumps from present day, to the past and back by chapters explaining various parts of the main characters lives. 

    This light, summer read is focused around Deacon Thorpe, a famous celebrity chef, his three wives (Laurel, Belinda and Scarlett) and three children (Hayes, Angie and Ellery.)  I must admit that I liked Deacon's first wife Laurel the best and would've rather seen the story be about their life together minus the two following ex-wives.  But, this was Elin's story to tell, not mine.

    The Thorpe family is quite dysfunctional and full of drama to say the least!
    The book begins with a flashback of a very important day in Deacon's life. The last day he spent with his father on Nantucket.
    The second chapter starts with his best friend and agent John 'Buck' Buckley revealing that it is his duty to gather "Deacon Thorpe's entire family at the house on Nantucket so that they can spread Deacon's ashes and discuss the troubling state of his affairs."

    You learn about each of the key family members in Deacon's life and some secrets along the way.

    I could have done without the drug use and alcohol issues some of the characters struggled with.  I  wasn't expecting these topics at all.  
    There were some scenes I was not a fan of because of this.

    As always, there are some recipes throughout the book, which is always an enjoyable addition to Elin's books!



    Book Review: Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This was a fast summer read for me.
    Beware, there are a lot of characters to keep track of at first, but you will get the hang of how the story line jumps from present day, to the past and back by chapters explaining various parts of the main characters lives. 

    This light, summer read is focused around Deacon Thorpe, a famous celebrity chef, his three wives (Laurel, Belinda and Scarlett) and three children (Hayes, Angie and Ellery.)  I must admit that I liked Deacon's first wife Laurel the best and would've rather seen the story be about their life together minus the two following ex-wives.  But, this was Elin's story to tell, not mine.

    The Thorpe family is quite dysfunctional and full of drama to say the least!
    The book begins with a flashback of a very important day in Deacon's life. The last day he spent with his father on Nantucket.
    The second chapter starts with his best friend and agent John 'Buck' Buckley revealing that it is his duty to gather "Deacon Thorpe's entire family at the house on Nantucket so that they can spread Deacon's ashes and discuss the troubling state of his affairs."

    You learn about each of the key family members in Deacon's life and some secrets along the way.

    I could have done without the drug use and alcohol issues some of the characters struggled with.  I  wasn't expecting these topics at all.  
    There were some scenes I was not a fan of because of this.

    As always, there are some recipes throughout the book, which is always an enjoyable addition to Elin's books!



    Posted at 2:49 PM  |  by Elle
    Bread Winner, Bread Baker
    by Sandy Elsberg
    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


    This book is another gift from my sister (and upline.)
      Although I understood how multi-level marketing companies worked before I read this book, it helped me see MLM's a little differently.

    Most people look at MLM companies as a hobby (mostly for women); a way to make a supplemental income.  This book focuses on looking at MLM's as an opportunity to create a customer base, a team to mentor and a way to earn a full-time paycheck.

    I believe the author's approach of looking at an MLM as a way to help others is great, but what you must keep in mind is that not all people will want to work their business in the same way as you may work yours.  You can teach others to the best of your ability, but it is up to the individuals to decide how much work, time and effort they put forth.

    What I did not appreciate about this book was how 'easy' the author makes it sound to acquire customers and team members.  No matter what MLM company you are with, I believe it takes a lot of time, dedication, persistence and sacrifice to truly make wages that you can live off of.  This is why I believe most who are in MLM's do it as a part-time gig because they already have a full-time job and do not have the aforementioned time to make full-time wages.

    On the positive side, the author shows how when a mentor takes the time to train a new MLM representative how this helps the company, the leader and the new representative.  It also shows the new team member how to teach anyone that they welcome into the company.  Focusing on learning about the company's products, finding customers, learning business practices and teaching how to be an all-around good business person is essential to making things come together as well.

    I recommend this book for anyone who does not understand how MLM companies work or anyone thinking about joining one.   Most importantly, this book shows an inside view of how what comes of your business is solely up to you and the effort the individual puts forth into being successful.  Most of the outcome in this type of business is on the shoulders of the representative.  Being responsible for outcomes, whether good or bad.



    Book Review: Bread Winner, Bread Baker by Sandy Elsberg

    Bread Winner, Bread Baker
    by Sandy Elsberg
    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


    This book is another gift from my sister (and upline.)
      Although I understood how multi-level marketing companies worked before I read this book, it helped me see MLM's a little differently.

    Most people look at MLM companies as a hobby (mostly for women); a way to make a supplemental income.  This book focuses on looking at MLM's as an opportunity to create a customer base, a team to mentor and a way to earn a full-time paycheck.

    I believe the author's approach of looking at an MLM as a way to help others is great, but what you must keep in mind is that not all people will want to work their business in the same way as you may work yours.  You can teach others to the best of your ability, but it is up to the individuals to decide how much work, time and effort they put forth.

    What I did not appreciate about this book was how 'easy' the author makes it sound to acquire customers and team members.  No matter what MLM company you are with, I believe it takes a lot of time, dedication, persistence and sacrifice to truly make wages that you can live off of.  This is why I believe most who are in MLM's do it as a part-time gig because they already have a full-time job and do not have the aforementioned time to make full-time wages.

    On the positive side, the author shows how when a mentor takes the time to train a new MLM representative how this helps the company, the leader and the new representative.  It also shows the new team member how to teach anyone that they welcome into the company.  Focusing on learning about the company's products, finding customers, learning business practices and teaching how to be an all-around good business person is essential to making things come together as well.

    I recommend this book for anyone who does not understand how MLM companies work or anyone thinking about joining one.   Most importantly, this book shows an inside view of how what comes of your business is solely up to you and the effort the individual puts forth into being successful.  Most of the outcome in this type of business is on the shoulders of the representative.  Being responsible for outcomes, whether good or bad.



    Posted at 10:29 AM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR


    Og Mandino ~ Three Volumes In One
    Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This is my first book review at All Around The Circle.

    I hope you enjoy my book reviews and insights in addition to Elle's.

    This is a book I would not have chosen for myself.

    It was given to me as a gift from my sister, 
    who just happens to be my up-line with Avon.
    Why wouldn't I have chosen it for myself you may wonder?
    Well, I'm not a 'self-help' reader and definitely am intimidated when I see a big 'ol book like this one is!!!!  Granted, there are three books in one in this particular book, but none the less, it sat on my bookshelf for about eleven months before I decided to make myself read it!

    At first I thought it was going to be all about business.

    But really, this is one of those books that you can apply to life in general, so I would recommend it to anyone.  Also, there are religious references in this book (no doubt) but even if you are not the religious type, do not let that hold you back from reading this book to gain knowledge.

    The first book is called "The Greatest Salesman In The World."

    This story is the basis of everything.  I honestly found myself excited to sit down and read to find out what would happen next.
    The main take away from this book are 'The Ten Scrolls.'
    These are ten lessons for beginning anew; to believe in yourself, have faith, build confidence, control emotions and focus on what you want in your life.  If you follow the book the way the author wants you to read the book, you will be reading one scroll every month to ingrain these scrolls into your brain.  Well, I do not have that kind of time and as I said above, I was intimidated enough at the size of the book and just wanted to get through it! (Just being honest here.)
    So with that said, I know I will refer back to this book in the future when I need some inspiration.  I enjoyed the story of the salesman and in the life lessons each scroll touches upon.  This is one of those books that every senior in high school or freshman in college should be required to read.

    The second book was called 'The Greatest Secret In The World' and I felt it was just reiterating each scroll in more detail and dragging out the process of dissecting each scroll.


    The third book was called 'The Greatest Miracle In The World' and I really enjoyed this one.  I couldn't wait to finish it to find out what happened!

    Og Mandino is a tremendous storyteller and I often wondered throughout this book how much of this story was fiction and how much was non-fiction because it truly read like a non-fiction book to me.

    I know I did not give away what the story lines of these books are about.

    It is very complicated to explain, but just know that these books are like no other I have ever read.  I can truly say that.  

    If you do read any of these books, please don't hesitate to come back and visit me here to comment and talk about the books.  


    The next book I would like to read by Og Mandino is 'The God Memorandum' which was a part of the last book ('The Greatest Miracle In The World.')  I was thinking of reading  'The Return Of The Ragpicker' because I thought it would pick up where the story left off in 'The Greatest Miracle In The World', but then I read some reviews from others who have read it.  They said the author wrote it ten to fifteen years after 'miracle' and that it was basically a 'brag' book of the author's accomplishments and 'politically correct platforms' replaced his God-based inspirations.  Because of this I will probably not bother with the 'return' book, however I would like to read more of his early works because it seems to me that is when he was most 'humble.'



    Book Review: Og Mandino- Three Volumes In One



    Og Mandino ~ Three Volumes In One
    Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This is my first book review at All Around The Circle.

    I hope you enjoy my book reviews and insights in addition to Elle's.

    This is a book I would not have chosen for myself.

    It was given to me as a gift from my sister, 
    who just happens to be my up-line with Avon.
    Why wouldn't I have chosen it for myself you may wonder?
    Well, I'm not a 'self-help' reader and definitely am intimidated when I see a big 'ol book like this one is!!!!  Granted, there are three books in one in this particular book, but none the less, it sat on my bookshelf for about eleven months before I decided to make myself read it!

    At first I thought it was going to be all about business.

    But really, this is one of those books that you can apply to life in general, so I would recommend it to anyone.  Also, there are religious references in this book (no doubt) but even if you are not the religious type, do not let that hold you back from reading this book to gain knowledge.

    The first book is called "The Greatest Salesman In The World."

    This story is the basis of everything.  I honestly found myself excited to sit down and read to find out what would happen next.
    The main take away from this book are 'The Ten Scrolls.'
    These are ten lessons for beginning anew; to believe in yourself, have faith, build confidence, control emotions and focus on what you want in your life.  If you follow the book the way the author wants you to read the book, you will be reading one scroll every month to ingrain these scrolls into your brain.  Well, I do not have that kind of time and as I said above, I was intimidated enough at the size of the book and just wanted to get through it! (Just being honest here.)
    So with that said, I know I will refer back to this book in the future when I need some inspiration.  I enjoyed the story of the salesman and in the life lessons each scroll touches upon.  This is one of those books that every senior in high school or freshman in college should be required to read.

    The second book was called 'The Greatest Secret In The World' and I felt it was just reiterating each scroll in more detail and dragging out the process of dissecting each scroll.


    The third book was called 'The Greatest Miracle In The World' and I really enjoyed this one.  I couldn't wait to finish it to find out what happened!

    Og Mandino is a tremendous storyteller and I often wondered throughout this book how much of this story was fiction and how much was non-fiction because it truly read like a non-fiction book to me.

    I know I did not give away what the story lines of these books are about.

    It is very complicated to explain, but just know that these books are like no other I have ever read.  I can truly say that.  

    If you do read any of these books, please don't hesitate to come back and visit me here to comment and talk about the books.  


    The next book I would like to read by Og Mandino is 'The God Memorandum' which was a part of the last book ('The Greatest Miracle In The World.')  I was thinking of reading  'The Return Of The Ragpicker' because I thought it would pick up where the story left off in 'The Greatest Miracle In The World', but then I read some reviews from others who have read it.  They said the author wrote it ten to fifteen years after 'miracle' and that it was basically a 'brag' book of the author's accomplishments and 'politically correct platforms' replaced his God-based inspirations.  Because of this I will probably not bother with the 'return' book, however I would like to read more of his early works because it seems to me that is when he was most 'humble.'



    Posted at 10:33 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR

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