Six Books for an Inspired Summer
I have always loved books. WhenI was younger, I was one of those rare children that got in trouble for reading too much. Mom would call me to help with chores or set the table and I would be curled up in a chair deeply absorbed in another favorite book. As I have moved, my love for my books has been strong enough to always reserve space on the moving truck and although I understand the convenience of electronic reading devices, to me the best smell in the world is still that of old books. As I was writing this and searching for a word to describe the smell of books I came across the word biblichor. It is a newly created word that combines the Greek words biblio (book) with ichor (the fluid that flows like blood in the veins of God). Is there a more perfect word to describe the smell of a book?
Anyway, I thought I would share with you the six books that have guided me along my journey and that I often suggest to the clients that work with me. It is no easy task to narrow it down to six because there are many more that have been guideposts along my way. I decided to share with you the books that I have read over and over and keep coming back to time and again when I hit some tough times.
The untethered soul is one of the first books I read in my early thirties. Michael Singer does a beautiful job of explaining how to separate our thinking mind from the core of who we really are. He gives plenty of real- life examples that will have you chuckling as he explains the lengths our mind will go to in order to keep us comfortable.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown is a book I often recommend to my clients in relationships. She gives clear examples, backed up by research of how our mind creates elaborate stories about other people and circumstances. Beyond that, she provides a clear path out of our lowest points in life through vulnerability and bravery.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle has for some years now been my most profound eye-opener. I remember back in the day, when Oprah had him on her shows as a regular, and I would listen to him and scratch my head in complete confusion. Nothing he said at the time made any sense. Now, reading his words reveal the truth as I have come to know it myself. Goes to show, that sometimes when we are ready, the teacher appears.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is ideally of you like your spiritual lessons in the format of a mystery. Following the journey of a young man as he is searching for what will make him truly happy. As he follows his desires, new opportunities and experiences find him. It is a delightful and easy read and has been required reading for my children. A wonderful book to read on a rainy Sunday.
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, is a wonderful little book if you are wanting to start a Gratitude practice. Gratitude can change your life in the most profound and unexpected ways. She guides you through 28 days of practices that are both fun and transforming. What better time to practice gratitude than during the summer months. Right?
My latest find is You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Written with great humor and "say it like it is"tone, it is an interesting and relatively easy read. Make no mistake though, she does hit all the points and talks a lot about our false beliefs. If you are sensitive to bad language, this would clearly not be the book for you though. Reader beware.
Are there any books that you have loved along your journey? An author that has inspired you? I would love for you to tell me about it in the comment section.