Books Spring 2020

Monarch books recommendations

Jim Kwik
Limitless: Upgrade your brain, learn anything

Jim Kwik will show you proven “mind hacking” strategies backed by scientific studies, ancient wisdom, and decades of experience working with CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, celebrities and students. You’re going to discover how to learn anything from marketing to music to Mandarin. And once you have that power, anything is possible.

This book will show you how to upgrade your brain to memorize more, read and learn faster and hyper-focus on your goals. When you activate your “superbrain,” anything is possible.

Walter Mosley
Trouble is what I do

In “Trouble Is What I Do,” Mosley weaves a tale that takes place back in contemporary New York City where Mosley delves into history and racial identity. The character Philip “Catfish” Worry, a 94-year-old African American blues musician from Mississippi, is hired to help deliver a letter to the daughter of a wealthy, ruthless and incorrigibly racist white banker.

Sounds simple enough, but this letter contains information about the banker’s hidden family secrets that he would like to remain in the closet. Due to this content the banker is desperate and willing to do anything to prevent that information getting to the daughter. This assignment takes Catfish on a journey where he clashes with all sorts of people who make him live up to the appropriately title, trouble is what I do.

William Least Heat-Moon
O America: Discovery in a new land

This novel tackles morality, friendship and the issue of slavery built on race. Nathaniel Trennant accepts an offer to serve as doctor on a ship carrying immigrants to America. Alongside some 200 émigrés from northern Europe is a contingent of wealthy British people who call themselves not immigrants, but colonists. With this imported cultural divide, Nathaniel begins a long journey into what he terms the American experiment, one already under the stress of social injustices and economic inequities. Trennant arrives in Baltimore and stumbles onto its slave market where he witnesses the horrors of slavery. Disturbed and angered by the selling of human lives, he offers to help the young man escape, a criminal action that will put the slave and physician into flight from the law and opportunistic slave hunters.

Beverly Jenkins
On the corner of hope and main

Set in Henry Adams’ Kansas, the town matriarch Bernadine Brown is dealing with problems both personal and professional. Bernadine is struggling to move forward with her lover, Malachi July, following a terrible betrayal, and she sees how the upcoming mayoral election is causing fractures and fault lines in families throughout Henry Adams. This series is filled to the brim with characters and subplots, and if it starts off with perhaps too much exposition about events from past books, the people are still compelling. Women prioritizing their own feelings and needs in order to forgive and move forward is the thematic and emotional core of the book. Of particular note is the focus on longtime married couple Sheila and Barrett Payne.

Jennie Allen
Get out of your head

Speaker and Bible teacher Jennie Allen hears all the time from women who feel stuck in patterns of frustration and defeat. In her search for a solution, she’s learned that the greatest spiritual battle of our generation is taking place between our ears. How we think shapes how we live. So, it’s crucial that we learn how to stop our spinning thoughts and refuse to fall prey to toxic thinking patterns like victimhood, anxiety and distraction. In this book Jennie draws on biblical truth and recent discoveries in neuroscience to show exactly how we can fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of who God is and who He calls us to be.