Need a great book for spring break?

It’s March. Which in the Northern Hemisphere means spring. It’s time for us Northern Hemis to get out of the cold and into some warmth and sunshine before we become the inspiration for the movie Frozen 3: Cold and Pasty.

Spring Break is the perfect time for a great book. The right book makes time fly on the airplane. (Ok, so technically everything flies on an airplane. But you know what I mean.) If you are road tripping, a great book pairs perfectly with Funyuns and a Squishy.

Books are great at the pool because they can make you feel like you are doing something productive while you lie in the sun, doing nothing productive. Books are magical because not only are they great conversation starters, they also help defend you from unwanted conversations. And a good spring break book will send you home smarter and more motivated than when you left.

Need A Good Book To Pack?

What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? from Ripples Media is the perfect spring break book. It is a personal growth book that shares 80 valuable life lessons the universe is trying to teach you. Like the fortune cookies referenced in its title, the book offers a quick, positive and inspiring look at your future. The bite-sized and actionable insights will help you look at your life through a new lens of expanding possibilities. And you will be able to put the lessons you learn in the book to good use before you even have to reapply sunscreen.

Adam Emery enjoying What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? in Saint Croix. (If someone saint me there I wouldn’t croix.)

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is what other readers are saying About What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? I have linked the reviews below to the actual reviews on Amazon so you know they are totes legit.


Want to be motivated and inspired? Read this book!

‘How can I adequately describe this book other than I keep it with me at all times and send its special messages to friends and family. Adam’s gift of telling a story, making you laugh and possibly cry, but always encouraging you to be your best and do all you can to “win at life” is why this book is magical. Thank you, Adam!’ –Karri Schildmeyer

Karri took her book on a ski trip to West Virginia. Yes, that is really a thing.

 Brilliant!! A total game changer!!

‘If you’re looking for inspiration and humor, this book has it all! This will be my go-to gift for graduates! Relatable pearls of wisdom and funny anecdotes that will open your mind and your heart! Well done Adam Albrecht!’ –Amy Urowksy

Amy reading cuddled up with her book by Dam Albrecht! (Was that on purpose, Amy?)

 Great Self-Help Book Re: Moving Forward in Life.

‘I just finished reading this fantastic book written by Adam Albrecht, a local author near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is chock-full of excellent, thought-provoking, helpful, and inspiring, practical lessons for moving forward in life. It’s the best self-help type book I’ve read in a long time.’ –Heidi Hilby

Genie Sprau sent this picture of her book in Golden Canyon, Arizona. Which sounds like Golden Crayon to me.

 Thought-provoking, easily digestible

‘As an Olympian and Marriage and Family Therapist, this book checked all the boxes for me. Love the motivation and accountability this inspires, as well as the upbeat tone to the fortune cookie concept. Can be read straight through in the easy-to-absorb format, or flip through randomly for nuggets as you are able! Recommending to teammates, clients, and friends!’ –Kesley Card

2 time Olympian Kelsey Card with her book in Arizona by a non-Olympic sized pool.


 The new age Bible

‘I absolutely love this book. Funny, motivational, sensitive and grabs your attention from page one. A book you can open daily and reread to discover a deeper meaning of your life through your own interpretation of each chapter. You are able to rediscover your own connection to inner spirit through the messages. Canada truly needs this book in each home.’ -Rosie Patterson

Rose Patterson with her Canadian copy of What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say, Eh?

College Student Approved!

‘I’m currently reading What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? and it’s really good! It’s the first book I’ve read that wasn’t required for school since 7th grade and as a college student I’ve found it inspirational’. – Abbie Ravanelli

That’s Abbie on the left, nailing the selfie, which is an essential spring break move.

Key Takeaway

Spring break is a great time to catch up on your personal reading with a great book. So pick up a copy of What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? It will make you laugh. It will inspire you to do more with your free time. And the lessons learned from this book may be the most valuable souvenir from your vacation.

*If you know someone who could use a good spring break book, please share this with them.

+To order your copy today simply visit this Amazon link. If it is too late to order from Amazon before your spring break, and you are in the Milwaukee area, shoot me a message and I’ll get you a book for your trip.

Need some inspiration? I have two people I would like you to meet.

Hugh Hefner always had multiple girlfriends. I can relate to Hugh. I don’t have multiple lady friends. But I always have several books in motion, simultaneously. I wish I could commit to just one at a time. But once an intriguing new book catches my eye, I can’t keep my hands off of it.

In October I read two books with a unique connection. They were both about men who lost use of their legs. This was purely coincidental. It wasn’t as if I was browsing the No Leg Function section of the library. But they were both great, inspirational stories that demonstrated that a strong mind is more important than an able body.

Stronger

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The first book I read was Stronger, by Jeff Bauman. Jeff had both of his legs blown off in the Boston Marathon bombing. But instead of letting the loss of his legs destroy him, as the title indicates, it made him stronger.

He was the key figure who helped the FBI identify the bombers. Even days after the bombing nobody knew who was behind it. Except Jeff.  Following his life-saving surgeries he described Tamerlan Tsarnaev in amazing detail. He had stood next to Jeff, near the finish line of the marathon. They stared at each other for a moment. Jeff knew he was a bad dude. Tsarnaev soon disappeared, but he left his backpack at Jeff’s feet. Jeff noticed it a moment before it exploded, taking his legs with it.

Within just months of the bombing Jeff learned to walk again with artificial legs. He has become a hero in Boston. And his inspiring story was turned into a book (obviously) and a movie, in which he is played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer 

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The second book was The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer by Art Berg. Art was in a car accident when he was 21 years old that left him a quadriplegic. No one would have faulted him for living a small life after the accident. But Art had other plans.

  1. He got married.
  2. He had three children.
  3. He started several businesses.
  4. He played wheelchair rugby.
  5. He became a highly sought after motivational speaker, giving 150 speeches a year.
  6. He was inducted into the prestigious National Speakers Hall of Fame.
  7. He completed a grueling, 7 day, 350 mile ultramarathon from Salt Lake City to St. George, Utah, in July, despite the fact that he can not sweat to cool himself. Oh, and he set the world record in the process.
  8. He wrote several books.
  9. He won a Super Bowl Ring for his motivational efforts with the Baltimore Ravens

In the final pages of the book Art recounts a profound recent event in his life. He was on a plane with landing gear problems. As the plane circled to burn off fuel before attempting a dangerous landing, he reflected on his life and all that had happened since the accident. He realized that his accident had pushed him to become a stronger, more motivated person. He did more with his life because of the accident than he would have, had he not faced such a challenge (you’ll have to read the book to learn what happened when the plane touched down).

I loved his attitude. As I finished the book I noticed his website listed on the back jacket of the book (www.artberg.com). I typed the site address into my browser, but got an error message. So I googled Art Berg. The top result was his obituary. He died in February of 2002. The same year the book came out. He was 39 years old.

Conclusion

As you think about the obstacles that stand in your way, and the hardships you face, think about Jeff Bauman and Art Berg. I have faced setbacks. But nothing like losing my legs like Jeff did.  I have started my own business, I am married and have three kids. But I am not in a wheelchair with only partial use of my upper extremities like Art.

Both Jeff and Art used their adversity to make them stronger.  That’s what I am trying to do everyday. That’s why I started the advertising and idea agency, The Weaponry. I wanted to try something hard. Because the harder something is to do the greater the reward.

If life doesn’t throw any adversity your way, find it yourself. Take on challenges that stretch, test or torture you. They’ll make you stronger. They’ll keep you growing. Growth and progress towards your goals, even if there is significant suffering as a result, will lead to a happier life.