Book summaries

Here you can find the book summaries of our recommended books. Each of these books will help you gain a deeper understanding of our philosophy and values. From these summaries, you can find the books most valuable to you.

The Mountain in My Mind

Charlie Botting (2020), a note from the author, March 1st 2020

The Mountain in My Mind is my first book and I wanted to share with you a little of my story, some of the writing process and what the book is all about. 

Gerry, Get your Gun

Gerry Bracewell, 2016 reviewed by Charlie, UK Jan 26th 2020

Gerry, Get your Gun is a staple book for everyone at the ranch whether we come as students, community partners or guests. In 1945, Gerry Bracewell became the first female licensed hunting guide in British Columbia.

High Performance Habits

Brendon Burchard, 2017. Reviewed October 7th 2019 by Charlie, UK

This book is essential reading material for all of us at the ranch. It sets us on the path to understanding the philosophies we promote here and beginning our transformational journeys of  personal development.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey, 1989, reviewed by Charlie, UK, March 24th 2020

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the first books we read on arriving at the ranch. It sets the foundation for us to become empowered individuals who take initiative and responsibility for ourselves and our actions.

The Seat of the Soul

by Gary Zukav published 1989 (this edition 2014), reviewed by Charlie, UK, December 12th 2019

I was first introduced to Gary Zukav’s work through Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversation podcasts. From here, we knew this was something we needed to incorporate into our ranch culture.

Spiritual Partnership Chapter Summaries

by Gary Zukav, published 2011. Summaries written by Charlie

The Gift – a greater perception of the world into more than what the five senses can perceive. Heavily related to intuition, connection to others or the universe beyond what is immediately around you. This allows you to experience yourself as more than your mind and body. 


Dr Randy Ross and David Salyers, published 2016. Reviewed October 24th 2019 by Jasmin, Ontario

The core of Dr. Randy Ross and David Salyers’ Remarkable! is the idea that creating a value-centred culture, rather than monetary compensation, inspires elevated levels of performance among team-members in the workplace. 

Relationships 101

by John C. Maxwell, published 2003, reviewed October 23rd 2019, by Fenja, Germany.

Leadership Trainer and Motivational Coach John Maxwell has written a bunch of inspirational books about leadership, relationships and personal development. His books caught my attention after I read “The 5 Levels of Leadership” at the ranch.

Braving The Wilderness

Brené Brown (2017), reviewed by Jasmin, January 2020

Brené Brown, a social scientist and research professor at the University of Houston, is a five times #1 New York Times bestsellers author. Brown has spent the last 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy and discusses these topics in her books

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee, published 1960. Reviewed October 14th, by Charlie, UK

You may have read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. Since coming to the ranch, I’ve realized there are parallels between Atticus Finch’s wise words and our community philosophy

Live, Love, Explore

by Leon Logothetis, published 2017, reviewed October 31st 2019 by Charlie, UK

I came across this book in a bookstore while looking for something else, and maybe that’s how we always find the best things. It was first the title which drew me to this book, it’s similar to Brendon Burchard’s Live, Love, Matter motto, and I’d just finished rereading that book, High Performance Habits.

The Why Café

by John Strelecky, published 2003, reviewed by Marilen, Germany on November 5th 2019

I chose the book “The Why Cafe” written by John Strelecky to take with me for my time at the ranch, because it should encourage a new perspective of life and deal with the meaning of it. The book is the perfect introduction for those who feel the need to look behind the curtain.