Good a course in miracles twitter show their standing through high sales figures and high search figures on the internet. The 5 most popular categories based on these criteria (in descending order of importance) are Children’s books, Management books, Fiction books, Books on Business and, Sales books.  

Children’s books are a popular choice as gifts. They are valuable as they help develop the child’s reasoning and imaginative abilities and expand his/her vocabulary. They also aid in instilling sound moral values.  

But choosing the right book for a specific child can be a challenge and the following guidelines should help.  

Children can be grouped into categories according to their approximate age and a useful grouping is that of preschool, junior school, high school and young adults. This broad grouping should allow the preliminary elimination of certain books.  

Next, any book with sensitive content can be eliminated. This would include all books which would not be in line with the family’s values e.g. those which promote a specific religious point of view and those which require maturity to handle such as gratuitous violence and sexuality.  

The gender of the child will further eliminate additional types of books.  

Management books relate to the effective and efficient activities involved in the operation of a business. They cover the common activities of  Business Intelligence Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Marketing Management, Production Management, Service Management and, Strategic Management,  

It should be noted that most of the books are either heavily skewed towards theory, which makes it difficult to put their content directly into practice, or are based on case studies of organisations which were successful in the past.  

Case-study based books are also normally those which make the bestseller lists but suffer from two basic defects. Firstly, their content reflects the author’s definition of success and success factors. Secondly, they use the past to suggest future “success” managerial actions. These two defects are reflected in the fact that the majority of these so-called successful companies used as examples are usually no longer so successful when looked at today. Further, that the application of these identified “success” factors in similar organisations rarely result in the required improvement.  

Management books are nevertheless important and serve a valuable function as long as the reader realises that their content has to be adapted to his/her unique situation and uses their content as broad guidelines.

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