Inspiring Books

As an avid reader, I get a lot of joy from books.  My choice of genre has changed over the years, as I find myself rarely reading fiction these days, choosing instead to enmesh myself in auto-biographies, spiritual life and memoirs that inspire me.

I love buying in bulk from Booktopia, as the books are so much cheaper, and it is a one stop shop for almost every title ever written. Currently there is up to 80% discounts on some titles.  Even though I recently transgressed to becoming a Kindle owner, it is good to have the choice, I still am drawn to the colour, the smell and the feel of hard copy books.

I will say that reading from Kindle has it’s benefits as pages do not get blown about by the wind, and instead of taking half a dozen books away on holiday, they are all available to read in one small, light kindle.  I have yet to experience glare problems and I can still make notes as my Kindle has a keypad included! Then there is also the option of having ebooks downloaded to your phone and iPad as well. Yahoo! So much choice.  What I love is that no matter which device you are reading from, it will update to that page on any device for you.  Don’t you just love technology?  Waiting for the school bus? Then read on your phone. At the Doctors? Read on your phone.

Whatever your preference, whether paperback, hardback (which I still buy) or a downloaded version ( Yes, I use my iPad too), here are some links (direct to Booktopia) to a few titles that I have found inspirational in the hope that may stimulate, motivate, encourage or influence you in some way.

BOOK OF THE MONTH:

I have just finished reading What if This is Heaven by Anita Moorjani

Another gem from this writer who knows all about limiting beliefs and the struggles we experience in daily living from time to time.  Throughout the years many of us have been led to believe many cultural and societal myths and now is the time to dismantle them. Anita gives plenty of examples of how to reach for  your truth and to come to a place where you can like yourself as you are, not for who others expect you to be.  She encourages and supports the reader into reaching for what enables them to connect with the most joy and passion.  When we can do that we are indeed in heaven!

 

Dying To Be Me is filled with potent gems of wisdom and certainly worth reading. This book has the potential to be life changing.

There have been many books about Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) written over the years, but this one takes the cake!  After a four year battle with lymphoma cancer, Anita went into a coma, her organs shut down and she left her body. Her desciption of feeling her spirit actually leaving her body and being able to listen and hear conversations between her husband and the doctors taking place outside her room, about 40 feet away down a hallway is amazing.

She later verified those conversations with her shocked husband. She shares her thoughts and feelings and communications after she actually ‘crossed over’ to another dimension.  This book has the hallmarks of being a Guide to Living. There are so many gold nuggets within its pages to being a whole and complete and awakened person.  Riveting reading and a real godsend to those of us who need to understand who we are and the potentials available for us to shine as the magnificent beings we already are!

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers – Annie Kagan

This is a great read.If it sows any seeds in the readers mind, about the fact that there is no such thing as death,(as we know it) then this delightful book has done its job. This gem allows us to open up to the fact whether we are physical or non physical, communication is at our finger tips with those we love and care for. All we need do is raise our vibration by choosing meditative silence to enable those no longer in a body to communicate. Loved this book and intend to buy another copy to lend out!

SPIRITUAL:

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Co-operative Relationship – Esther and Jerry Hicks

Take a journey into your relationship with the Eternal, Non-Physical Source that is really you….. again leading edge messages to enhance your appreciation of the planet; your body; your family; your friends; your enemies; your government; your systems; your finances; your food; your work; your play; your purpose; your Source; your Soul: your past; your future; and your present….

Peace Is Every Step; The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life – Thich Nhat Hanh

This guidebook is a gem. Mindfulness of breathing and awareness of small acts no matter how seemingly insignificant in our daily lives, has the power to transform and heal individual lives and the societal life we live in. When I was residing at Plum Village life was all about Peace in every Step.  I have never forgotten learning if we slow down, and stay mindful ….. a flower will bloom under our feet with every step we take.

Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life – Thomas Moore

This book is what I refer to as  “an oldie, but a goodie” and certainly has one looking at reality in a different way.  Another book I refer to often and reflect upon the messages.

 Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (6 Volume Set) – Baird T Spalding

I got this set of books 18 years ago and am still in awe of the experiences of the author and his account of the Masters and the Light, which prompted questions from deep within as well as deep reflection upon the subject of immortality.  As Baird T Spalding lived from this reality, it is cutting edge reading!

Novels:

Siddharta – Herman Hesse

I have lost count of how many times I have read, re-read and reflected upon this classic.  This book chronicles the ongoing search of the Brahmin Siddhartha for the conquest of fear and suffering. It is another read with subtle messages.  I love this book!

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Giving voice to the women of biblical history. I was fascinated with the intense and vivid  picture of the women and their lives in an ancient world with this amazing piece of writing. Thought provoking to say the least!

Current Affairs:

Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

When I read this book, I could not stand by any longer and remain invisible and unaffected by the cry of women around the world wanting education, access to health, protection from abuse and gender equality to name a few of disparities.  Time to stand up and counted.

Memoir:

Do They Hear You When You Cry – Fauziya Kassingja and Layli Miller Bashir

One can’t help reflect on how easy our lives are in comparison to those born in countries where age old customs and traditions dictate so much of one’s life.  This brave woman triumphed and gives the reader precious lessons about women’s human rights.

The Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal – Conor Grennan

What a great read.  It is moving, touching and left me wanting to do more and be part of the future of change for any child who has been trafficked. Each page brings either laughter, tears, amazement or appreciation for the work of many in helping these children. There are some amazing people in this world and Conor Grennan and his helpers prove that.

Biographies:

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One school at a Time – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

This man has made incredible difference to education for girls in Afghanistan – his story is a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit. We are capable of so much.

Stones Into Schools: promoting Peace with books, not bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan – Greg Mortenson with Mike Bryan

This man’s vision to promote peace through education and literacy is beyond commendable. A remarkable effort that is ongoing, which I am drawn to support.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an extraordinary woman. As always her writing is poetic and powerful and this story of her life, is both touching and moving.  Another remarkable journey that portrays how the author learns about love for herself, about kindness and most importantly about her own indomitable spirit.

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