“Can you recommend any books?”
After being asked this question so often amongst other reasons, I have finally found the time to address it.
In the last two or three years, I’ve been seeking out, reading, and taking notes on books that can teach me things. How to live. How to learn. How to find happiness. How to understand the past. How to prepare for the future. How to succeed. How to manage relationships. How to be a good person.
So, I thought I would pay it forward by putting together a list of the books that have shaken up my life and that have helped make me the person that I am today. It’s a list that is new but it’s definitely growing!
Each book has a short review along with connections to similar or related books and a thought or two on why I felt the book is important.
The following three books are simply ones that I loved, made me think in new ways, and kept me up reading long past when I should have gone to sleep hence I would love to recommend them.
I imagine that only a few of you will end up reading maybe one or two of them. Don’t worry, that’s on me and not on you. But there is no question though that these books are worth reading and your time, whether it’s on a plane, in our gardens, on a beach or even on the toilet seat! Without further ado;
Luckily for most, the first book on the list isn’t paragraphs upon paragraphs on how to improve grammar or tips on writing a good intro (albeit I have been reading books about this lol) – it’s an interesting looking, colourful fiction novel.
Elizabeth Gilbert is one of those authors who ‘had me at hello’. I read Eat,Pray, Love last year which basically preached personal satisfaction as the highest goal, through her own personal narrative. Loved it! So I bought Big Magic, on the basis of how brilliantly she wrote Eat, Pray, Love. And I wasn’t disappointed. At all!
Every single human being is creative, no matter what we do for a living. She draws such a clear romantic relationship between our ‘professional’ side and our ‘creative’ side and encourages the reader to link the two more vigorously. Something I have been trying to do for years!!
If you want to write or act or paint, this book wants to help you do that. But if you want to take figure skating lessons, learn to draw or build model airplanes, this book wants to help you do that too. She basically tells us the secret on how we can live a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear! Big Magic inspired me to write, write and write!
NO fiction writer made a bigger impact on me this year and there was no book I enjoyed reading more (or read faster) than Gilbert’s books.
Osho was quoted by the Times as the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ. As a Christian, a quote like this forced me to take notice of this so-called man, so I bought this book! Osho talks about what freedom really means and how we can experience it in everyday life.
I’ve never encountered pages that took me so far and removed me from my own way of life and way of thinking the way Freedom did.
It helps us to identify the obstacles to our freedom, both circumstantial and self-imposed, to choose our battles wisely, and to find the courage to be true to themselves. His insights are truly inspiring, and it changed my life completely! Such an easy, easy read! I finished the book in two days 🙂
Shit, this book is good. Just shit. It is definitely worth reading even if it is just to read about the main insecurities that women face so that we can overcome them.
I have mentioned in my Scripture Sundays that I want to have a closer relationship with God and amongst meditating on the word more and more, I have started to read more things relating to advice on how to build that relationship. I needed this book, I really did!
Beth explores a lot of the challenges we face not only as Christians but also as women and I could relate completely.
I read it in one day, LOVED it and subsequently read almost everything by Redman I could get my hands on! This was someone I knew little about before the year began, and by the end of it, I found myself referencing and thinking of her constantly.
So there you have it, the first of #Asklycheereads. Let me know what you think and if this is something you want me to continue to do going forwards. Enjoy reading 🙂
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