What I’ve Been Reading February 2016
Love. Concrete, easy-to-follow examples for how to intentionally simplify your life. Fascinating case studies about the power of focusing on a limited number of “things”, whether those things are work, service, community or family related. Loved the insights into how and why to edit my life. I believe wholeheartedly in it…the hard part is actually following through. I think this book needs to be a periodic re-read as life circumstances change.
(Warning: Strongest language I’ve ever seen. Usually I don’t continue reading books with this many f-words, but I was completely drawn into this story and decided to muscle through).
It’s pretty incredible how engrossing it can be to read about a man trying to grow potatoes. I was completely drawn in from the first f-bomb packed sentence. Of course, the plot involves more than just a man’s attempt to grow potatoes on Mars. Themes like friendship and courage; intelligence, hard work and determination; and a sense of humor in the face of adversity run through this book. I can’t recommend it whole-heartedly because of the language, but I really liked it.
This is the non-fiction story of a fisherman lost off the coast of Mexico. He survived while drifting for 438 days (over 14 months!) on the ocean by catching fish and sea turtles to eat when he could, developing his own bird farm of sorts on the small ship, inventing intricate stories in his mind, and catching rainwater and dew to drink. A remarkable story of survival and the power of the human will.
Brene walks us step-by-step through her own journey to live authentically in her latest book, Rising Strong. Her use of personal stories to illustrate her points drove home the message and allowed me to see how I can apply these principles in my life. Brene speaks right to my soul, and I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read. Such inspiration for true connection in relationships is hard to find in this world full of comparison and competition. I am very much just starting out on my authenticity journey, but I long to connect with people in a deeper, meaningful way. To let my guard down and really allow people in. This book is on my list to re-read periodically to inspire me in that pursuit.
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
I read this with my daughter ( a re-read for me, first time for her) and it was even more wonderful than the first time I read it. I have no other words, except that I love Anne Shirley and the beautiful community of Avonlea that Montgomery created. My favorite line comes from the end of the book, and chokes me up every time I read it,
“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways… perhaps. . .love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath. ”
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