This selection of the BEST SELLING BOOKS to welcome 2014 explores the power of belief to INSPIRE change.
Freedom is gained when hope is strong enough to INSPIRE a community to believe in it. The BEST SELLING BOOKS at the beginning of 2014 talk about a community’s perception of a series of miraculous phone calls, a reflection on the american abolitionist movement and freedom from racial prejudice in modern times.
The best selling authors John Grisham, Mitch Albom, and Sue Monk Kidd, are most recently the top picks in New York Times and Oprah’s Book Club. Not surprisingly, they are also the top trending books over the web for the last several days. Is it because they are simply inspiring, or because they talk about social issues very pertinent in our well connected life? Whatever it is, these books deserve to be heard and their messages resounded.
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
As a sequel to John Grisham’s earlier best selling novel A Time To Kill, Sycamore row continues the story of lawyer Jake Brigance in another courtroom drama, this time about an issue with a rich man committing suicide and on his will leaving a majority of the estate to his maid. Similar to A Time to Kill (which was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed film), Sycamore Row speaks strongly against racial prejudices that still exist in our communities and how the legal system can alleviate them.
Grisham’s mastery of legal suspense is legendary, not only because of his extensive legal practice, but also because of his uncanny character development. He is also well known as a political activist, making a real contribution to the debate on death penalty and DNA evidence resulting in wrongful conviction.
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
The First Phone Call from Heaven is quite surprisingly one of the more fantastical works by best selling author Mitch Albom. Set in a small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the story begins when the community receives a series of phone calls supposedly from heaven. Since then, questions about hoaxes and miracles unsettle the town, along with the protagonist’s heart. The book tackles issues of community in the modern age of communication, as well as belief in the afterlife and how it affects us.
Mitch Albom, being a best selling author, journalist and all around swell guy, is in the best position to inspire people – and he does so quite eloquently delving in very personal issues while spreading the universal message of hope.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Notice the sticker on the book? That’s right. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd has been selected by Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 (2.1 is currently being beta tested). Similar to Kidd’s previous best selling book The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings is set in quaint South Carolina and has strong female characters on the struggle for freedom. The story talks about a future leader of the abolitionist movement and her relationship with her enslaved housemaid, and how the experience continued to inspire her life advocacy.
And here we have laid out a great set of BEST SELLING BOOKS to INSPIRE you through 2014 and beyond. We hope that you could share in our life journey by leaving a comment and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon.