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AL CEO Cord Sachs explains the important difference between significance and success

Cord Sachs is a Birmingham-based leadership expert and the CEO of FireSeeds, a company that helps companies find and grow great leaders and “the company behind many of Alabama’s fastest growing companies.”

The full conversation with Mr. Sachs can be heard on the Yellowhammer Radio podcast or in the video above, and a lightly edited transcript of his interview with Yellowhammer’s Andrea Tice and Scott Chambers can be read below.

Subscribe to the Yellowhammer Radio Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Cord Sachs and Fireseeds at www.fireseeds.com


Scott Chambers:

Hey, welcome back to Yellowhammer Radio, super station 101 WYDE. You can tweet the program at yhnradio. Our guest today is none other than our friend Cord Sachs who was leveraging 15 years in leadership development experience. Cord launched a really cool company called FireSeeds to help recruit dynamic leaders and install leader development strategies in the world changing businesses. We’ve been talking about board room to family room. It’s how you can be better at home, how you can be better at work and really change lives, honestly. Cord, welcome into Yellowhammer Radio. How’s it going today, man?

Cord Sachs:

Going great, Scott. How are you and Andrea doing? Is Andrea in today?

Andrea Tice:

I am here and it’s good to hear from you too, Cord.

Cord Sachs:

Very good. Glad to be here.

Scott Chambers:

Well, we’re glad to have you here. Last week we kind of wrapped up talking about the midlife crisis and you ended with a thought. I will remember it was, “Our main goal in life, if it’s … If our main goal in life is to be successful, then we’re really destined for regret.” That’s where we left off. Kind of remind us and the listeners what that was all about, Cord.

Cord Sachs:

That’s right. If we’re just living for success, and that’s what the whole midlife crisis is about, we live for success and we get to the middle of our lives and we realize one or two things. Either we haven’t gotten that success, and therefore we have a crisis and we’re disappointed, or maybe we have gotten that success, but yet there’s still the emptiness and the void in our lives. And it leaves us at a place of crisis. That’s where we left off. That was the difference.

Andrea Tice:

Okay, and Cord, you mentioned the difference, that there’s a difference between significance and success. You were advising us to pursue significance, not success. Remind us again of the difference and why we need to do that.

Cord Sachs:

That’s right. We talked about how if we can live for significance instead of our main goal only being about success, then we have a shot at fulfilling that void. That early fulfillment that comes when we just shoot for success and either we don’t get it and we feel the void, or the unfulfillment, or we do get it and realize it didn’t fill us up. There’s a big difference between significance, which is the things in life that matter, which is ultimately people. It’s having a positive impact on people. Is that our goal? Is that what we’re living for? Or are we just living for success? Those are the things in life that money can buy. The main difference between significance and success is people or things and stuff.

Scott Chambers:

Things and stuff, I like that. Okay Cord, if we’re living for significance, then we have a shot at filling the void, or emptiness that really success couldn’t fill. Then, what will living for significance actually fill into that void? What should be the expectation that we’re actually going to get out of it?

Cord Sachs:

That’s an awesome question.

Scott Chambers:

That’s a loaded question, I’m sorry.

Cord Sachs:

It’s a loaded, loaded question and I love asking that question of a lot of different individuals over time. I’ll ask, “What do you really want? What was the definition of your success and did it give you what you wanted?” They always tell me no. “Well, what did you really want, then?” I will do a little exercise with you, Scott. And I know you’re not prepared for this. You’re just going to walk me … You’re actually going to walk me through the exercise.

Scott Chambers:

Uh oh. Uh oh.

Cord Sachs:

All you have to do is ask me … The first question is, “What is your definition of success?” And then you’re going to ask after each statement, so the next five little back and forths, “If you got that, what would it give you?” Okay? All you have to remember is the first question is, “What’s your definition of success?” The second question is, “If you got that, what would that give you?”

Scott Chambers:

Okay.

Cord Sachs:

All right. You ready?

Scott Chambers:

I’m ready.

Cord Sachs:

Here we go.

Scott Chambers:

Okay Cord, what is your definition of success?

Cord Sachs:

All right Scott, well, I really think my definition of success would be if by the time I’m 50 years old, if I had a million dollars in the bank that was freed up that I could spend, that would be my ultimate definition of success.

Scott Chambers:

Okay. What would that get you? If you got that, what would that get you?

Cord Sachs:

Yeah. If I got that, it would allow me to pay off my house, and I wouldn’t have a house payment anymore.

Andrea Tice:

And then what would that give you, Cord?

Cord Sachs:

There you go, Andrea’s picking it up.

Scott Chambers:

Yeah. I didn’t catch on as fast, Cord.

Cord Sachs:

There we go. Keep going. Yeah, if I paid off my house, that would free up money that I could know I could put all of my kids through college.

Scott Chambers:

Well, if you got that, what would that get you?

Cord Sachs:

Well, if I could put my kids in college, I would’ve known that I gave them the foundation in life so that they can be successful, as well.

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Andrea Tice:

And what would that give you?

Cord Sachs:

Well, let me see. If I knew that they could go to college and be successful, that would let me know that my sacrifices for traveling all the time right now and not being home would’ve been worth it.

Scott Chambers:

Well, if you got that Cord, then what would that get you?

Cord Sachs:

Well, if I knew my sacrifices were worth it and all this travel where I’m not at home, if I knew that that was worth it, that would really give me this feeling of worth because I provided for my family. I took care of them.

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Andrea Tice:

Okay, and then if you get to that point, what would that give you?

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Cord Sachs:

Well, wow, if I knew that I provided for my family and I took care of them, that would give me the ability to really rest and be satisfied.

Scott Chambers:

If you got that, what would that get you, Cord?

Cord Sachs:

Wow. If I could rest and be satisfied, I guess I would have peace.

Scott Chambers:

Peace sounds really nice. But if you had peace, then what would that get you?

Cord Sachs:

I don’t know. I think I would have peace. We’re kind of at the end, but I want to do that exercise with you because I’ve done that with a number of folks in all sorts of different economic backgrounds. Every time, if you keep moving, “What would that give you? What would that give you?” Do you know what everybody wants? Everybody across the board, what do they want?

Scott Chambers:

Peace. Love. Happiness.

Andrea Tice:

Harmony.

Cord Sachs:

They want peace. It comes back to this peace. And not just any kind of peace. THere’s a Hebrew word called Shalom. It’s an unconditional peace. It’s a peace that comes regardless of the circumstances in your life. I love this little definition, Shalom comes from the route verb meaning to be complete, perfect, and full. At the end of the day when we’re looking for our purpose in life, we all want to be complete, and full, and satisfied. Unconditional, that’s the key, unconditional of these circumstances around us.

Scott Chambers:

I think a lot of people … Some people might actually answer, “Oh, they want money.” I think really what they’re really saying by saying money is they think that that would give them peace in their life if they took care of their finances, money. My question is getting back to peace. How should we practically experience this peace? How would it play out? If we were to experience that peace, how does it play out?

Cord Sachs:

What we’re going to practice together … The next question is going to be around … Hey, I want you to take ask me, “How do we practically live for a significant purpose?” To know that that’s where we’re heading, we’ve got to be at peace in three places. First of all, we would say, “We want to be at peace with ourselves.” That’s really what we’re wrestling with. I’ve got to get at peace with myself and as soon as I have that peace of myself and I begin that process, I’m quickly learning …

Andrea, you said it last week. You said, “Cord, isn’t this significance tied somewhere into our faith?” And the answer is, “Absolutely.” We don’t have full peace, this unconditional peace unless we’re at peace with ourselves, which only comes from a peace with God. Then finally, peace with God allows us to live out our purpose and be at peace and then impact other people. Peace with ourselves, peace with God, and at peace with other people. That’s when we can align the three pronged approach, the thinking about our purpose that drives those three areas of peace. That’s what accomplishes this shalom that we’re talking about.

Scott Chambers:

Interesting. How do we practically build a purpose statement, then, for that peace?

Cord Sachs:

That’s right. We’re getting very practical here. We want to be thinking about legacies. As we think, “Yes, I get to everybody.” You want peace in your life. Well, you need to be intentional about how to go get that. Let’s create a purpose driven statement that you can begin to live around. I call it My Legacy Statement, Our Legacy Statement, Building Your Legacy Statement. It’s very practical. Think about the three to five things that you want to be said of you at your funeral when you’re dead. When you’re gone, what do you want the people closest to you to have said about you? Light your epitaph. Think about the heritage and the legacy that you want to leave behind and then write a purpose statement. Write a, I call it, a Legacy Statement.

Andrea Tice:

I would imagine that if somebody does that, no ones going to write down that they hope someone says at their funeral, “Boy, they had a loaded bank account.”

Cord Sachs:

Exactly.

Scott Chambers:

It wouldn’t hurt.

Cord Sachs:

Nobody ever includes in a dollar signal. Never about a what, there. Those statements are all about who.

Scott Chambers:

Exactly.

Cord Sachs:

Who did I have an impact on? Who was I close to? What were my relationships like? Et cetera.

Scott Chambers:

Exactly. Yeah, no one on their death bed says, “I wish I would have worked more. I wish I would have made more money.” It’s, “I wish I would have spent more time with my kids, my wife, my family, my mom, my dad.” Right?

Cord Sachs:

That’s right.

Scott Chambers:

Wow, Cord.

Cord Sachs:

There’s a joke, you don’t see a hearse pulling a U-haul on the way to the funeral. You can’t take it with you. The only thing you’ve got is the legacy and the heritage you leave behind.

Scott Chambers:

Absolutely. Man, great stuff today, Cord. As always, a pleasure chatting with you. If people want to get in touch with you and FireSeeds, how do they do so?

Cord Sachs:

Absolutely. FireSeed.com. Learn more about us and how we recruit leaders and then how we help really build in the culture of other organizations this intentional thought around leadership and developing people, having an impact on people. That being the core culture, so that you can attract great leaders and then retain leaders that are already there with you.

Scott Chambers:

Absolutely. I can attest to it. It’s good stuff. We take part in it with Yellowhammer. It really is good stuff. We’ve got ten seconds. We’ve got to run. Cord Sachs with FireSeeds, thanks for being with us today.

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Alabama figure skater-turned-coach back home after Olympic, World Championships run

John Zimmerman IV says he wears his emotions on his sleeve. They were never more apparent than they were recently as he spoke at the  Homewood Grown fundraiser for Homewood schools.

“There are certain trigger points that just overwhelm me,” the Homewood native said. “I hold dear to what people do, how they support you. I think about it as they do it and I appreciate it.

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“Being in this environment, seeing all the great work teachers are doing, you are impacted by watching them touch lives.”

The figure skater-turned-coach was most moved as he talked about former Homewood High School Principal Jack Farr, who adjusted Zimmerman’s curriculum to allow him to pursue his dream. He followed that dream, with skating partner Kyoko Ina, to a fifth-place finish in the 2002 Olympics in pairs figure skating and a third-place showing that year in the World Championships.

“I found a few old stories but the main impact was the vision the principal, Jack Farr, had for me in the mid-‘80s,” he said. “It wasn’t the norm, especially in the pre-Internet age, to have that vision.”

These days, Zimmerman lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, which is part of the Tampa Bay metro area. He and his wife, Italian-American skater Silvia Fontana, have two daughters, Sofia and Eva, and a son, John Luther, who’s known to most as Jack.

The couple teach and coach figure skating in Wesley Chapel but Zimmerman’s coaching has taken him to the same heights he reached as a skater.
He coached the French team of Morgan Ciprès and Vanessa James to a fifth-place showing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Shortly thereafter, the coach and his skaters were getting set for the World Championships in Milan, Italy. Their preparation for that event was complicated by a commitment to skate in an exhibition in Grenoble, France, for the French Federation.

Their dream of earning a medal at the World Championships took a hit when Ciprès hurt his neck, which kept him from performing any of the lifts in their routine.

“(They did) just enough to get through the obligation they had to do in France,” Zimmerman said. “When they got back, there were 2½ weeks before we had to leave (for the World Championships). He couldn’t move at all. My sister’s a massage therapist and we had the Tampa Bay Lightning chiropractor working on him for about a week. They finally got enough movement going so he could do a few lifts right before we left.”

The pair wound up placing third at the World Championships, coincidentally matching what Zimmerman and Ina had done in their competitive days.

“Now they plan to stay for another year or two, as opposed to retiring as they thought they were going to do,” Zimmerman said. “They are finally feeling their groove and they’re going to stick with it for a while. Maybe we can get the world title.”

The coach is pleased to continue his work in Wesley Chapel. But there was talk of him coming home to Homewood.

“The to-be-continued thing would be if we could get an ice rink built in Homewood,” he said. “We joke about it in conversations on nights like this, but I think that would be interesting to talk about in the future.

“They joke about trying to get me back,” he continued. “They need to build an ice rink to get me back. I’d help them plan that out.”

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

2 hours ago

VIDEO: GOP candidates debate without Ivey — Birmingham claims the legislature is racially discriminating — Donald Trump has a great week … and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Did any of Gov. Kay Ivey’s challengers damage her in the latest GOP Gubernatorial debate?

— Can Birmingham actually block legislation from the state legislature over perceived racial issues?

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— Is this the week they FINALLY nail Donald Trump? (SPOILER: No)

State Representative Will Ainsworth joins Jackson and Burke to discuss the his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor and his controversial bill that would allow trained teachers to carry in Alabama schools.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at Democrats who keep talking about Roy Moore after GOP voters rejected him.

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How Christians can deal with the challenges of technology

The longer I’ve wrestled with the challenges of digital technology in my life and in the lives of others, the more convinced I’ve become that the ultimate answer is not “no technology” or “more technology,” but “more theology.”

If we want a deep, lasting, and spiritual solution, we need to learn and teach deep, lasting, and spiritual truths. Digital theology is the answer to digital technology; the oldest truths are the best rebuttal to the newest challenges.

Here are a few ways that understanding more of who God is can change our digital habits.

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God is Three-in-One

More Trinity is more effective than more technology. “Seriously?” you might say, “You think the Trinity is the solution to technology?” Partly, yes. The three persons of the Godhead enjoy perfect relationship with one another and seek to share that relationship with us, inviting us into that sacred community.

Digital theology is the answer to digital technology; the oldest truths are the best rebuttal to the newest challenges.

The Father, Son, and Spirit’s relationships with one another are characterized by love, trust, openness, and communication. Isn’t that the model for our relationships, especially with our children, particularly when it comes to technology? Isn’t that what we want to cultivate and emulate? The healthier relationships we have with our children, the healthier relationship they will have with technology. Deeper relationships are more effective than more detailed rules.

Additionally, this Three-in-Oneness is not just a relationship to copy, but a relationship to be enjoyed. We are invited to enter into that communion, to live in that holy family. The more we do that, the more the Trinity will replace technology; or, at least, regulate it so that our relationship to it is more balanced and beneficial.

God is good

Sometimes we can view technology with such terror that we give the impression that it’s all “of the devil.” No, technology is a wonderful gift of God. We are blessed to live in such times and benefit so much from the role of technology in our daily lives. How many lives have been saved by cellphones? How many separated families have been kept together by Skype and FaceTime? How many sermons and lectures have been spread around the world by Christian ministries?

The devil didn’t create and invent this. God did, as the giver of every good and perfect gift. Sure, the devil abuses the gift; sure, we pervert it into sinful uses. But none of that changes the fact that God created the materials, the forces, and the brains that have produced so much beneficial technology. The more we recognize that technology is a gift of God, the more we will abhor taking his gift and using it against him; the more we will take this gift and use it as he intended.

God is all-knowing

Our parents or spouses can’t see everything or be everywhere. Accountability software can be circumvented and our accountability partners duped. But we can’t escape, circumvent, or dupe the all-seeing eye of God. He sees everything: every place, every second, every screen, every click, every tap. He has a daily report of all the sites we visited, all the messages we sent, all the Instagram accounts we follow. Remembering that he knows makes a huge difference.

The more we can remind ourselves of God’s omnipresence and omniscience, the more we will seek to use technology in a way that gives him pleasure and not in a way that provokes his wrath. Yes, our technology use can please God. He delights to see truth instead of falsehood on Facebook, to hear sermons streaming across the world, and to observe our online witness to unbelievers.

God is Judge

God’s knowledge of us is not being filed away in some dusty cabinet or distant server that will one day be lost or wiped. No, as Judge, he will one day call us to account not just for every idle word, but for every idle and idol click, for every second spent in pointless time-wasting. We may silence our internal judge, our conscience; we may outsmart our earthly judges, our parents and accountability partners; but we shall never escape the judgment of God. Let his discerning judgment help you make discerning judgments in your use of technology

God is Savior

Sometimes guilt stops sin; our consciences pain us and warn us to change our ways. More times, guilt multiplies sin; it leaves us hopeless and despairing. We’ve sinned yet again with our cellphone, failed once more on our iPad. We feel so condemned, what’s the point in trying anymore? We’ve sinned so much; what harm will another sin do?

Guilt also multiplies sin by creating distance between ourselves and God. It alienates us and separates us from God, making sin all the easier. That’s why we need to hear about salvation, grace, and forgiveness all over again.

Nothing deters sin like the forgiveness of sin because it not only removes guilt, it also multiples love for the Forgiver. The more we can embrace forgiveness, the more we embrace the Forgiver, the more love to (and from) Christ we will enjoy.

God is powerful

Sometimes we can feel like giving up the battle against the dangers of technology. We look at the forces ranged against us and our children and ask, “What’s the point?” What am I against so much?” We’re right, the forces are too many and too mighty. However, greater is he who is with us than he who is with them.

With God all things are possible, and he loves to demonstrate his possibility, especially in our impossibility. His power is made especially manifest in our weakness. When we feel and confess our helplessness, that’s when he moves in with his almighty power. He can keep us and our children. He is able and mighty to save. He can also give us and all our children the Holy Spirit to resist temptation and to do what is right and good. His Spirit is far more influential than the spirit of the age.

God is wise

Sometimes we might be tempted to think God did not foresee this massive moral and spiritual challenge, that he did not anticipate it, and, therefore, has nothing in his Word to help us. After all, the Bible was written thousands of years ago. What can the papyrus age say to the digital age?

Thankfully God did foresee, he did anticipate, and has put sufficient truth in the Bible to guide us through this minefield. Many New Testament verses on Christian ethics can be applied to technology, but I’ve found the book of Proverbs especially helpful as a source of divine wisdom for the digital age. Why not read through it asking God for light on how to apply these ancient wisdom principles to modern times. God is wiser than the wisest tech moguls and has anticipated every development in technology until the end of time. We will never reach a day when we say, “Well the Bible has run out of truth?”

I’ve only scratched the surface here, but I hope you’re persuaded that the ultimate answer to digital technology is a robust digital theology.

(Courtesy ERLC)

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Pearson Education’s latest AP history textbook says Christians and Conservatives are racists

An AP U.S. History textbook slated for distribution in 2019 reportedly contains anti-Trump bias and says Christians and conservatives are racists and xenophobes.

Radio host Alex Clark of WNOW’s “The Joe and Alex Show” posted photos of the book and its contents on Twitter after publisher Pearson Education sent samples of the book to public schools to encourage school administrations to purchase it, according to Fox News. The textbook features sections on the Black Live Matter movement and the 2016 presidential elections in which author New York University Professor James Fraser portrays Christians, conservatives, and President Donald Trump supporters as bigots who fear non-white ethnicities.

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“There are specific parts where it goes off the rails from a historical textbook toward an op-ed,” Minnesota Rosemount High School student Tarra Snyder told Fox News.

“It was really, really surprising to me. I really believe that learning should be objective and that students can make their own decisions based on what they’re able to learn in a classroom; and if the facts are skewed, then students aren’t able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe.”

A section of the book, “The Angry Election of 2016,” describes Trump supporters as “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white.” It also calls Trump supporters from Hillary Clinton supporters’ perspective “people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history.”

Clinton supporters meanwhile “worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation,” according to the book.

White Christians feared the increase of minority populations in the years after 2012, the author also claimed.

“Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust,” the book reads.

As for Trump, Fraser ascribes not only anger to him but also “not-very-hidden racism” and “extremism.”

The textbook was “developed by an expert author and underwent rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity” and it was “designed to convey college-level information to high school students,” Pearson Education spokesperson Scott Overland told Fox News. The textbook “aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides,” Overland also said.

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GQ condemns the Holy Bible: ‘Repetitive, Self-Contradictory, Sententious, Foolish … Ill-Intentioned’

In an article by “The Editors of GQ,” the men’s magazine blasts the Holy Bible, declares it a book you don’t have to read, and suggests an alternative.

“It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”

In its April 19 article, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read” (originally, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read Before You Die”), Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) trashes 20 books (“Huckleberry Finn” is counted twice, for some reason) it deems undeserving of their literary stature:

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“[N]ot all the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring. So we—and a group of un-boring writers—give you permission to strike these books from the canon. Here’s what you should read instead.”

GQ’s review of the Holy Bible begins with a snarky slight of Christians:

“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”

As for the content of the holy book, GQ’s contempt is summed up by this one sentence: “It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Instead, the editors at GQ would have you read a tale of two brothers “who have to get along”:

“If the thing you heard was good about the Bible was the nasty bits, then I propose Agota Kristof’s The Notebook, a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough. The subtlety and cruelty of this story is like that famous sword stroke (from below the boat) that plunged upward through the bowels, the lungs, and the throat and into the brain of the rower.”

Here is the complete list of famous books panned by GQ, and the magazine’s recommended replacements:

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Instead: The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – Instead: Olivia: A Novel by Dorothy Strachey
  • Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves – Instead: Dispatches by Michael Herr
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – Instead: The Summer Bookby Tove Jansson
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Instead: Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – Instead: The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy – Instead: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • John Adams by David McCullough – Instead: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
  • 9 & 10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – Instead: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Fredrick Douglass
  • The Ambassadors by Henry James – Instead: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  • The Bible – Instead: The Notebook by Agota Kristof
  • Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger – Instead: Death Comes for the Archbishopby Willa Cather
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Instead: Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – Instead: Angels by Denis Johnson
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Instead: The American Granddaughter by Inaam Kachachi
  • Life by Keith Richards – Instead: The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – Instead: Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
  • Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon – Instead: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – Instead: Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – Instead: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

(Courtesy CNSNews.com)