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Required Reading for My Three Sons

Charles Runels Md "research physician & father of 3 sons"
The list author says: "As a father, I usually feel inadequate. So much in the world and so little time to teach my sons how to make it. When they were younger, I started this list with the idea if I fell off a cliff, where could they find the most essential wisdom that I would want them to know in order to have a good life. I've added changed this list very little over the past years. But, I do tweak it occasionally as I discover new a better ways to say the lessons I'm still trying to learn at age 50. I hope you find wisdom in these books as helpful as have I."
Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives
"For the first chapter on Stupid Chivalry (probably the number one reason for the demise of decent men).  I'm all for chivalry, but it took me a few body slams to discover stupid chivalry."
Osler's  A Way of Life  and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations
Osler's A Way of Life and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations
"He started Internal Medicine at John's Hopkins many years ago.  His advice to graduating seniors is still the best I've read."
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)
"The classic book on how to read intelligently and with purpose."
The Management of Time.
The Management of Time.
"This classic from about 50 years ago should be studied for theories on energy found in Chapters 7-9.  Nothing else like it anywhere I've read."
The Richest Man in Babylon
The Richest Man in Babylon
"Essential reading for wealth accumulation."
The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
"Excellent instructions on how to think and how to use a notebook to improve thinking."
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
"Because men should celebrate physical strength.  First section autobiographical and good study of determination.  The last section is an excellent introduction to weight lifting."
A Testament of Devotion
A Testament of Devotion
"Excellent book on finding peace and direction within the turbulence of a busy life."
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
"For the last chapter:  thought by some to be a most powerful call for goodness (you'll never get this from any movie version of this book)."
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
"Classic book on salesmanship.  We're all selling something: as an ER doctor I had to sell the idea of painful procedures to people who just met me; this a.m, I sold my 3rd grader on eating breakfast."
The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation
The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation
"Fasting--A Health/Spiritual Practice since a few thousand years before Christ.  This is the best introduction to the practice I've read."
How to Win Friends & Influence People
How to Win Friends & Influence People
"There's a time to plant feet and fight enemies.  But, here's the classic on how to make friends (sometimes of enemies)."
Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido & Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation
Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido & Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation
"For the way to manage, preserve, and best use sex drive to improve intelligence, productivity, & health.  Also, good introduction to sexual relations that go far beyond what most experience."
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
"Because sometimes I just need to laugh.  I think this is the best cartoon ever-not only for the humor but because it reminds me to protect my valuabe, small, remnant of childhood imagination."
How to Speak How to Listen
How to Speak How to Listen
"So few ever learn to really listen (average doctor waits 10 seconds before interrupting the patient on the first visit according to good research) or to make the spoken word count."
Coping with Job Stress (A Spectrum book)
Coping with Job Stress (A Spectrum book)
"Another Classic that helped me through Med School and 12 Years  as ER physician."
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
"For the "unschedule" and it's power to end procrastination."
Complete Audio Holy Bible: King James Version
Complete Audio Holy Bible: King James Version
"More heard than read for  centuries (hence the audio version).  A steady tasting changes the flavor of life."
Man's Search For Meaning
Man's Search For Meaning
"This story of a German war camp and the ability of people to chose the response to any situation has helped me stay strong in times of trouble."
Power of Positive Thinking
Power of Positive Thinking
"Norman Vincent Peale...lived to be almost 100 years old, inspired millions, made fortunes...this book defines him and a philosophy that works."
Stress for Success: Jim Loehr's  Program for Transforming Stress into Energy at Work
Stress for Success: Jim Loehr's Program for Transforming Stress into Energy at Work
"How to thrive with stress rather than run from it.  Taught me how to usually leave refreshed and calm after a busy day in the emergency room."
Art of Money Getting AND The Science of Getting Rich
Art of Money Getting AND The Science of Getting Rich
"These two classics will continue through time as a powerful distillate of how to make and to keep money.  I pay every time I ignore this advice and profit when I follow it."
Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity
"Excellent explanation of Christianity by brilliant former atheist C.S. Lewis (who also inspired Tolkein)."
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
"You'll see "The Management of Time" (see #4) listed in the Bibliography.  This one for the call to personal responsibility for one's life."
Halley's Bible Handbook: An Abbreviated Bible Commentary (Bible Handbook Series)
Halley's Bible Handbook: An Abbreviated Bible Commentary (Bible Handbook Series)
"Classic guide to the scriptures."