Local Author Reading List: Jonathan Hewitt

Jonathan Hewitt, Founder of Life Ki-Do


It’s hard enough for us parents to find time to read, let alone to decide what to read. Head to the library and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stacks upon stacks of interesting-sounding titles (who can blame us for judging a book by its cover?). Just keeping up with book lists can seem like a chore. That’s why we here at LiveMom are introducing you to local authors, who will be giving you the skinny on what’s on their reading lists…because who better than a writer to turn you on to new and interesting books?!

Jonathan Hewitt, Founder of Life Ki-Do

For years now, I’ve been hearing parents rave about Life Ki-Do martial arts classes. One thing these parents mentioned which really stuck with me was the idea that we need to foster internal motivation in children, rather than relying on sticker charts and other incentives to produce desired behavior. At a blogging event, I received a copy of Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out, which was written by the founder of Life Ki-Do, Jonathan Hewitt, and his wife, Lana (you can read more about Life Ki-Do here). Since we had never been able to make it to one of Life Ki-Do’s free trial classes, I was excited to read more about the philosophy behind the program. The tools described in the book really resonated with me, as someone who has read a lot about mindfulness and who is interested in translating these techniques to my child. Life Ki-do Parenting is available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com as well as at Book People here in Austin.

We’re thrilled that Jonathan accepted our invitation to recommend books to our readers. Here are five of his favorites, and why he would recommend them:

peaceful warrior

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

I was introduced to this book the summer I graduated from college and reading it was a pivotal moment that changed the direction of my life. Growing up I believed that I needed to look outside of myself for my validation and self-worth. Reading this book was the beginning of my life-long journey to look inside myself for happiness and true fulfillment.

god changes brain

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist

Since I have been interested in personal growth for decades, I loved reading a book that shows the science behind what can most positively affect your brain. Fascinating information about specific practices that have been proven through brain scans to most improve quality of brain function and overall well-being.Advertisement

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

I loved this business book because it encouraged me and showed me ways to systemize my business without losing the integrity and heart of what we do.

whole brain

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

I always appreciate when science and studies of the brain support what we know in our hearts to be truthful. This book gives science-based practices to parent with more awareness, effectiveness and connection.

Bounce Back!: A book about resilience (Being the Best Me Series)

This is one of a series of books I read to my four year old daughter about important life lessons I wished I had learned at such a young age! The lessons in Bounce Back are a great reminder about how to use challenges to grow and be “the very best me” instead of feeling beaten down by life. We can never hear enough that it’s OK to make a mistake – the secret is learning how to flow with life.

Looking for more ideas on what to read? Take a look at our past Reading Mama Recommendations here.

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About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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