Books!

All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

I get so excited about books in hardback, paperback, on tapes, on cds. I love ‘em all!  There are not many genres in the “Books Genres” list that I don’t have a book to fit. I love to shop for books, I love to buy books, I love to read books. I love the smell, I love the feel, I love the texture, I love all the photos, I love all the pretty colors.  Love ‘em.

Then I discovered e-books. At first they held no appeal for me. A quick download - to read on my computer. Well, that’s ok. Convenient. I didn’t think that I would ever go looking for digital books. But I must confess that I’m hooked!  How’d that happen?

It began with the Kindle for PC application that Amazon offers,  free. Free is good.  Actually, these days, free, for me is great! So I thought that I’d have a look. I discovered that there are over a million (yes, over 1,000,000) free (royalty free) books  that I could download to my PC via Kindle for PC.  “Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional books available for Kindle”.  Did you know that there are 15 “Oz” books written by Frank L. Baum? I’m reading them for the first time.

In addition to the Kindle application, I’ve acquired an application by Sony and one for Adobe Digital Books. I’ve found so many interesting books or documents to download. Too many to list here, but, I thought that I’d blog about them and other versions as well.

The Return of King Lillian by Suzie Plakson

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Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.”  Hay House                    by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

First, I must disclose that I am relatively new to this-way-of-thinking or this train-of-thought, this spiritual path. Because I know how silly it may sound to some well-educated or well seasoned individuals when I say:

I read this book in a day. This was the first of Dr. Dyer’s that I could so easily absorb and I felt hungry and wanted more, so pushed through to the end. Again, please pardon the oh so common phrases but at the end, I felt that my experience was mind-bending and life-altering.

I have heard of similar events, that Dr. Dyer has personally experienced and writes about, but had not given them much credence. I feel that because this is reported by Dr. Dyer – this opens up a whole new world of thought and possibilities – as was intended.

I am deliberately being vague because I don’t want to spoil, for the next readers, what I thought were some amazing stories and events. They’ll have to choose for themselves if they are to be life altering.

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received this book, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.

Jesus, A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

This is one of three fictional tales by Dr. Chopra, about three of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders: Jesus, Mohammad and the Buddha.

I appreciate how Dr. Chopra depicts Jesus as the not so common young man who is struggling with the strife of his people while on a journey to understand their god.  In this tale, the reader gets a sense of what life challenges could have confronted the young Jesus and the actualizing life events and mentors that helped to shape “The Light of the World”. The best part of this book, for me, was the final chapter, “The Journey Home”  Dr. Chopra’s spiritual lesson.

I found this book entertaining, but I was a little thrown by the contemporary language and slang terms that were used to depict events that happened 2,000 years ago.

 

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

This is a list of the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for the last decade. I must confess that I’ve only read a handful of these. Some of these are not at all interesting to me, but I think I may have another book list!

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

This was an interesting and easy read.

The author presented the first part of his lesson by way of a fictional story of an executive team deemed dysfunctional, and forced into transition through the efforts of their new CEO. The reader becomes a “fly on the wall” in their off site and office team meetings to witness the processes of introducing the changes and their emotional impacts on the team members. I thought that this was well thought out and a very successful means to present the lesson.

The next part of the book is “The Model”.
Then an “Overview of the Model” & “Team Assessment”.
And finally “Understanding and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions”.

I found the Team Assessment section and the lessons on Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions the most interesting and informative.

Here are the Five Dysfunctions:

  1. Absence of Trust
  2. Fear of Conflict
  3. Lack of Commitment
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
  5. Inattention to Results

 

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Wholeliness – Embracing the Sacred Unity That Heals Our World by Carmen Harra, Ph. D.

Whole-li-ness \ HOL-lee-ness \ n. The condition, state, or quality of being healed, whole, and in harmony with the Divine and all that exists.
From the Old English word hal, meaning “healthy, unhurt, entire.” Hal is also the root word for holy, which means “saintly, godly, or spiritually pure.”
From: Wholeliness by Carmen Harra, Ph.D.

 This is a guide-book written to help the reader “integrate wholeliness” into their life. Part I teaches the reader to recognize the behaviors which block wholeliness. Part II teaches the reader to awaken overlooked connections. Part III teaches the reader to challenge themselves to make critical shifts in perspective. Part IV provides the reader with practical ideas for living a life with wholeliness. Each chapter has 3 exercises (Observe, Pray and Act) to help the reader develop their techniques.

I am fortunate that I have been able to read books written by various authors on the subject of The Source and Wholeliness, etc.  Each author brings a different perspective, and different  spiritual practices to help guide one on their spiritual path. Such a variety allows one to choose what practice best fits into their own lifestyle.  Dr. Harra, I believe, writes from a mystical perspective adding an additional dimension to one’s knowledge base, or learning experience helping to give a new comer a broader perspective than some of the other spiritual guide-books that I’ve read.

Link to info about the book: Wholeliness
Link to info about the author: Carmen Harra, Ph.D.

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received this book, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I have never thought of giving a book a “content suitability for certain audiences” rating before I read this one.  I would have to give this an “X: Adults Only” rating due to the explicit sexual content, violence and language which I found unnecessary for this story line.

This story tells a tale of two time lines in the life of a circus veterinarian. It begins as the elderly version of the man who is forced into memories of his youth. Throughout the story,  he is transported back and forth between the two time lines. This is the first dual time line story that I’ve actually enjoyed. With the exception of the “X” rated parts. This is a delightful easy read. The author has a talent for description which allows the reader to easily become absorbed by the story line.  She has done quite a bit of research into circuses of the past, which helps to make the story more authentic.

What is Your Favorite Place to Read?

Oprah is holding a contest: “Where’s Your Favorite Place to Read?”

This is my favorite place to read. It is my home office/library which has a huge window that looks out over a small court-yard. This a peaceful space  filled with books, plants, and symbols of everything that I hold dearly.  I not only read and listen to music in this room but do my research and social networking from here as well.

The Power of Your Spirit – A Guide to Joyful Living by Sonia Choquette

This paragraph, from the afterward of the book, best summarizes what the author wishes the reader to take away:

“Moving through the four stages of transformation as we come to embrace the authentic power of our Spirit is a dynamic and challenging process. Each phase demands our full attention, evokes our worst fears, challenges our limited beliefs, and demands relentless courage, as we’re asked to grow in ways that aren’t always comfortable or easy.”

This instructional guide is separated into four stages:

  • Awakening your Spirit
  • Discovering your Spirit
  • Surrendering to your Spirit
  • Flowing with your Spirit

I’ve found this to be some of the easiest to understand and implement instruction on Intention that I’ve read. Each chapter has short stories representing experiences of others who have taken this journey to help make it easier to relate to the content. Other categories in each chapter include “Making the Shift” which explains the process one would need to go through; “Asking the Questions” which is a list of questions for the traveler to contemplate and a section “Daily Practice” to begin learning the discipline of Intention. This is a good guide for the novice, but I also think that those who have been studying Intention for sometime will find this an interesting read that will churn up new inspiration.

Link to info about the book: The Power of Your Spirit
Link to info about the author: Sonia Choquette

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received this book, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.

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