Each month Diwan Bookstore delights us with book reviews and recommendations of the season. To end this year on a good note, we’re reading some self-help and coaching books and a little on the history of the world.

1. Radical Alignment

By Alexandra Jamieson

With Radical Alignment, top-level life and business coaches (and happily married couple) Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower share their potent method for helping groups to stop clashing and start working together—to jump from “we can’t” to an enthusiastic “hell yes!”

A four-step approach to communication designed to increase clarity, minimize miscommunication, honor each person’s individuality, and build a shared sense of trust and respect for long-term success.

2. The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life

By Tara Swart

Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and executive coach with a background in psychiatry, is convinced beyond all doubt of our ability to alter how our brains work – and transform our lives. In The Source, she draws on the latest cognitive science and her experience coaching highly successful people to reveal the secret to mastering our minds.

With a four-step plan to awaken the power of your brain, this unique guide to life combines science and spirituality in a way that is open-minded and practical.

Discover how to:
– Challenge ‘autopilot’ thinking and rewire your brain’s pathways to fulfill your potential
– Manifest the things you want by directing your energy towards your deepest values and ambitions
– Harness the power of visualization to prime your brain into grabbing opportunities and taking control of your future
– Attack life with confidence, dispel fear and avoid negative thinking

3. The Evening and the Morning

By Ken Follett

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett’s masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

It’s 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages in England and one man is attempting to make his abbey a center of learning while others are fighting, manipulating, and using corruption for control.

Who you marry is hardly ever a choice, but an arrangement, there are power plays, wars, corruption and greed. There is also a sense of family, love, hope, survival and friendship.

4. Guinness World Records 2021

All aboard the 2021 edition of the world’s best-selling annual book! With this year’s fully updated edition, you are invited to “Discover Your World” by taking a tour of the most astonishing, surprising and inspiring achievements from across the globe and beyond.

Everything from amazing human bodies and awe-inspiring animals to the latest entertainment and videogame achievements!

5. Think Like a Monk

By Jay Shetty

This book is an effortless guide on how anyone can think like a monk: courageous, compassionate and determined; and why it isn’t a choice but a necessity in our fast-paced, stressed out and disconnected world.

Discover how Jay Shetty rebelled against the norm to find happiness and meaning through self-awareness and deep work, in this book you’re invited to take that journey with him.


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