Christmas break reading list…faith, family, grit…and health care

by | Dec 23, 2021

Reading is one of the most fundamental ways to grow, learn and think bigger.  Not only does reading enable critical thinking, it also empowers us to learn about the world, learn from history, learn about ourselves and about people…all in the palm of your hand. You’ll notice that all of these books contribute to strengthening my values and my personal growth in some way or another.

Below are the books I’ll be reading during my Christmas break.   I’m sharing my list to encourage you to read and to think of reading as an incredible tool you too can use for your personal growth.   Here we go:

  1. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice

Chief Warrant Officer Bob Hallinan recommended this book to me and I am LOVING it!   Devotion tells the incredible story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend.  A New Englander from Fall River and a sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot at a time when much of America was divided by racial segregation.  During the Korean War, LT Hudner risked his life to save Jesse Brown who was trapped alive in his downed plane behind enemy lines in North Korea.  LT Hudner’s courage and selfless devotion to Jesse Brown earned him the medal of honor.  Their stories teach us about faith and grit.  But they also remind us how people from strong families with strong moral values will always do good regardless of the obstacles or challenges they face.

  1. Abraham Lincoln, As Man of Faith & Courage

An American hero whose faith helped him to make some of the most remarkable decisions in our nation’s history…wow!  The book’s description captured me so I bought it!  “Undoubtedly the most revered leader in American history, Abraham Lincoln has had more books written about him than all our nation’s presidents put together. But for all that’s been written, little has focused on his faith and how this quality shaped the man who led our country during its most tumultuous years.”

  1. Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Health Care.

I am looking forward to reading David W. Johnson’s book. Interestingly, he and I share the perspective that innovation and people – not government – will lead the way to more efficient, more affordable health care.  I also agree with this observation, i.e. “Our long-term quality of life, standard of living and social mobility depend on converting America’s “sick care” system into a true healthcare system.”

Innovative disruptions and digital tools that promote prevention, whole person health, affordability and chronic disease management are part of the formula necessary to attain an affordable, people-focused healthcare system in America.

  1. The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights

I’ve made it a habit to give away copies of the United States Constitution to my friends, neighbors, and family as a way to teach or remind them of our Constitutional rights.  We are blessed to live in the most incredible country in the world where we are free to live, think, speak, love, fail and succeed with liberty and freedom of choice.

  1. The Bible – New King James Version

The Bible is my daily go-to.  Jesus was THE greatest leader to ever walk the earth.  His teachings and his ultimate sacrifice to save us continue to inspire and save millions of people around the world.  I read the bible every day…it’s where I go to for inspiration, truth, joy and to remember that we are here on earth for a bigger purpose, to serve as light bearers and to encourage others to seek HIS truth.  God’s word is THE source of truth.  In all that you do, put God first…HE will take care of the rest. 

#Faith • #Family • #Grit /

#Fe • #Familia • #Fuerza