Books are keys to wisdom's treasure;
Books are gates to lands of pleasure;
Books are paths that upward lead;
Books are friends. Come, let us read.
- Emilie Poulsson -

Thank you for your interest in Reading Mentor.

The value of knowing how to read effectively cannot be overstated. Carlyle goes as far as to say "all education is to teach us how to read." To make the most of ourselves, not only must we read but we must learn how to get the most out of all that we read. James Hosmer Penniman tells us:

Whatever your purpose, books will help you to accomplish it. They make the knowledge of mankind our own if we know how to avail ourselves of them. Only the wise can get the best out of books, they refuse to deliver their message to the ignorant.

And he says:

There is probably no subject on which there has been more advice given than on that of books and reading, but there are few upon which advice is more necessary. For even a wise man as Goethe said, "I have been fifty years trying to learn how to read, and I have not learned yet."

Reading Mentor will teach you the skills required to get the most out of all that you read. It has "that something" which will bring the best out of you. You will become a wise reader.

The best way to learn about Reading Mentor is to download a free trial and try out all its features. Once you see how it will advance your life, the value it will add to your life, buy it and continue to "read with delight!"

Read in order to know more, be more, and do more
for these things make up the sum of life,
here and hereafter.
- James Hosmer Penniman -


Reading Mentor is dedicated to my family. It never would have been possible without all their support and sacrifice.

I am grateful for all that they have done for me and what they have gone through to make this dream of mine a reality. They are the ones who have had to deal with the difficulties, my job has been comparatively easy.

Paraphrasing the words that Edgar Guest once wrote:

Never a sigh for the cares that they bore for me;
Never a thought of the joys that flew by;
Their one regret that they couldn't do more for me;
Thoughtless and selfish, their Master was I.

Borrowing the words of Henry Sherin, I am happy to say Reading Mentor is also dedicated to:

Those who want a hope that cheers,
And banishes their doubts and fears
Of being able to succeed
In getting everything they need.

Special Thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the authors from whom I have learned so much in the past few years.

Specifically I would like to thank Wallace D. Wattles, James Allen, W. W. Woodbridge, Napoleon Hill, James Hosmer Penniman, Richard L. Sandwick, George Fillmore Swain, Edgar Guest, Guy Montrose Whipple, Henry Sherin, Dr. Henry Senders, George Matthew Adams, Orison Swett Marden, Catherine Ponder, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Emilie Poulsson, Steve McConnell, Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey, Jim Rohn, Thomas Fansler, Robert Murray Bear, George R. Crissman, Fernando Sanford, Edmund C. Berkeley, William A. Quayle, and countless others who have been my "mentors" including "Steve and his dog named Blue" with their "handy dandy notebook" and "thinking chair."

I thank them for sharing their thoughts with me and it is with great joy that I share with you many of their books and articles. I hope you profit from them as much as I have.

Lastly, I would like to thank that most wonderful of man's creations; known as a book, for making the thoughts of these authors come alive even when many of them have long since passed on. Through their pages I have had the privilege of meeting these great men and women and to think the thoughts that they once thought. As Spenser said:

For deeds doe die,
however noblie donne.
And thoughts doe as themselves decay;
But wise words, taught in numbers for to runne,
Recorded by the Muses live for ay.

I can just feel the smile that must be on the faces of Mr. Quayle, Penniman, Guest, Bacon, Ruskin, Wattles, Carlyle, and others as we take delight in that miracle of miracles:

A Book

"Now" -- said a good book unto me --
"open my pages and you shall see
Jewels of wisdom and treasure fine,
Gold and silver in every line,
And you may claim them if you but will
Open my pages and take your fill.

"Open my pages and run them o'er
Take what you choose of my golden store,
Be you greedy, I shall not care --
All that you seize I shall gladly spare;
There is never a lock on my treasure doors,
Come -- here are my jewels, make them yours!

"I am just a book on your mantel shelf,
But I can be a part of your living self;
If only you'll travel my pages through,
Then I will travel the world with you.
As two wines blended make better wine,
Blend your mind with these truths of mine.

"I'll make you fitter to talk with men,
I'll touch with silver the lines you pen,
I'll lead you nearer the truth you seek,
I'll strengthen you when your faith grows weak --
This place on your shelf is a prison cell,
Let me come into your mind to dwell!"
- Edgar Guest -

I thank you once again for your interest in Reading Mentor and simply ask you to download a free trial and try out all its features. Once you see how it will advance your life, the value it will add to your life, buy it and continue to "read with delight!"

Books need loving. That is all they need.
They need reading that is what they need.
We need to read them--that is what we need.
- William A. Quayle -