Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
This is a true story of Marcus who is a Navy SEAL who was deployed to Afghanistan with his four member team. He tells us the horrific battle they encountered with a Taliban insurgent group in which he lost his three team members and he survived after being captured and eventually rescued and brought back to the US. There was a movie made about this as well. Why I recommend this book : Luttrell’s team engaged in a fierce firefight against a force of around 30 to 200 Taliban fighters. (the exact number is contested and varies in different accounts). It was the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. This is the story of the men who fought ferociously beside him to the end. I am embodied by this story of the determination, dedication and heroic efforts by this team and how Marcus is a survivor and he co-founded the Lone Survivor Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support and therapeutic retreats for wounded veterans and their families.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankel.
Frankl, is an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who tells us of his deeply personal account of his time as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. His firsthand experiences and observations, he describes a harrowing depiction of the suffering and dehumanization endured by prisoners during the Holocaust. There are five reasons I recommend reading this book: His perspective on the Human Condition, he explores existential questions and the search for meaning in life, is testament to human resilience and the power of the human spirit. and is very relevant to today for all people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, MD.
For the last few years, I have been playing mind games with my motivation to stay healthy. I used to race my bike on average of 70+ races a year and I finally found a book that has reacquainted me to do things to strive to keep living. The book primarily focuses on the idea that individuals can significantly improve their health, vitality, and overall quality of life by adopting an active lifestyle, regardless of their age. I recommend this book because it provides a combination of scientific research, medical advice, and practical strategies to help you understand the aging process and take proactive steps to live a more fulfilling and youthful life. Let’s hope!!