My First Books in 2022

By Mansoor Limba

Yes, it’s my first time to do such a share.

As a Muslim teacher, translator, and writer, I always need to make myself relevant in my profession. That is what we call ‘lifelong learning’.  

Obviously, one way of doing so is to read relevant books. Yes, we are supposed to be a lifelong student.

The following is the list of my first set of books in 2022, and I will share with you why I purchased them:

* Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman,

As a person who is a bit time conscious, I was honestly intrigued by the title, “Thank You for Being Late”! As I got a closer look, I found out that it’s another book by the bestselling author of “The World is Flat,” So, I immediately picked a copy. (Of course, I checked its price first (P375 or roughly $8).)

* Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity edited by Paul D. Hutchcroft,

The book was published in 2016, yet as I scanned the pages, I believe that it is still an excellent reference about Mindanao and the issue of exercising the inalienable right to self-determination.

* The 12-Type Enneagram: Know Your Type Improve Your Life by Matthew Campling,

Huh, 12 types now? What I know is that Enneagram has 8 types. Well, enneagram pertains to a theory in psychology that makes classification of personality types. Hopefully, as its subtitle suggests, by knowing my personality type, I could improve my life to have a better relationship with others. That’s why I grabbed a copy.

* 7 Steps to Effective Time Management by Prem P. Bhalla,

Yes, I always want to know more ideas about time management. I really what the prolific Indian author, Prem Bhalla, said to that effect that time management is life management: “We should not manage time, but manage our own lives better to attain more, with lesser effort, in the same time.”

What are your 7 Steps, Sir?

* The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch on and Other Don’t by Carmine Gallo,

Here’s another book by the bestselling author of “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds,”!

Yes, I always need to hone my storytelling skills. In fact, this is the first book I have read, and I will finish it tonight, insha’ Allah 🙂

* Having It All: Achieving Your Life’s Goals and Dreams by John Assaraf,

Remember “The Street Kid” as featured in “The Secret” film and book? Yes, it’s the author. In his book, he promises to share “practical exercises and powerful lessons to help you achieve greater success and long-lasting happiness.”

Really? Let’s see.


Bo Sanchez, again? Yes. I have already many books by Bo. Aside from knowing his narrative in dealing with the concept of freewill vis-à-vis predetermination (your past or what happened to you), I always want to learn from the storytelling expertise of Bo, another bestselling author on the list.

* I CHASE MY DREAMS NOW by the Starlight Starbright Enterprises

It’s not actually a book, as we know it. It’s a daily version of a life coaching journal. It’s somehow connected to the approaches mentioned in “The Bullet Journal Method” by Ryder Carroll,

For almost a month that I have been using it, I find it a useful, effective, and entertaining productive tool. Let’s see until the end of the year 🙂

The last but definitely not the least in the list is:

* Negotiating 101: From Planning Your Strategy to Finding a Common Ground, an Essential Guide to the Art of Negotiating (Adams 101) by Peter Sander,

No matter how many trainings and workshops on mediation and negotiation I have attended, I do always need to improve my skills in negotiating with the entity tougher than ISIS to negotiate with – MISIS. (I hope my roomie will not be able to read this. 😀

Let me end my sharing here as I have to finalize the manuscript of my upcoming book, ‘MBAYUKA TANU! MAGUINDANAON BAYUK TRANSLITERATION, TRANSLATION, AND ANNOTATION, for sending to the printing house as soon as possible, insha’ Allah.  

Besides, as I have told you earlier, I want to finish reading The Storyteller’s Secret ( tonight. 🙂

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