Book It Forward is the coming together of several aspects of my life that collided in the summer of 2008. 1) I have always loved the movie and the concept of "Pay It Forward". 2) I read constantly, but rarrely reread a book (there are new and wonderful books being published faster than I can read them and I have a pile of about 20 that I am trying to find the time for - and this AR addiction is NOT helping). 3) coaching, helping, teaching and sharing has become my BIG Y, my passion, my reason (as John Maxwell says, "Be a river - not a reservoir.")
Carol Peyton, a fantastic leader and trainer (and also a huge fan of John Maxwell) was training in my Market Centre in the Toronto area. On a break, I gave her a quick tour, including my "resource room" which is where I put all of the various books, CDs, training resources, etc., that I am finished with or not using at the time so that others in the office or visiting can borrow. We were discussing a book that I thought she might really enjoy and offered it to her. As she is from 1000's of miles away, she wasn't going to be able to return it easily and "IT" just came together.
At various times during Carol's two day session, we had discussed John Maxwell and his books, other great books and the movie "Pay It Forward." I took the book "The 10 Commandments of Common Sense" by Hal Urban (which was the book that I thought she might find interesting) down from the shelf, wrote my name, my city and the date inside the front cover and ... booked it forward! I told her if she really liked the book she should go and buy a copy for herself, but rather than return this copy, she had to write her name, city and the date below mine and then "book it forward" in turn (to which she readily agreed.)
So there you have it! Since that day I have booked forward a dozen or so great books and I did start trying to keep track of them at BookItForward.com. (If you drop by there you notice that t's a little out of date, but I will try to get it caught up.)
Betina's post yesterday morning about "Pay It Forward" gave me the spark to start a Book It Forward group here on AR - so here it is and WELCOME!
Please take the time to post any books that you "book forward" and give other members a quick review of the book, if you have the time. I'm sure many of us are always looking for great books, whether to read and keep or share with others.
I do keep a select few books for myself that I read again and again (#1 is The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews which I have read a dozen times or more.). My library list (which also needs updating) can be foiund at www.rickslibrary.com.