The Glorious World of Books

One book at a time is never enough for me!  One chapter from one book here, another chapter from another there…….jumping from book to book just like jumping from website to website.  I guess that’s a common behaviour in the ‘Internet generation’, considering just how much information is at our fingertips.  Here’s a little glimpse into what I’m currently focused on reading, and why:

The Lost Message of Jesus by Steve Chalke & Alan Mann.  I picked this one up at the library while browsing the religious section.  What grabbed me was recommendations from Brian Mclaren and Tony Campolo, as well as a genuinely captivating writing style. This book fits very nicely with a pull back towards Christianity.

Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick.  I’ve written a bit about it lately, and this is the definitive book explaining the purpose of loneliness in evolutionary development – pain as a motivator for social cohesion. Chock-full of research and VERY relevant in my current interest in evolution. Picked it up at the library today.

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  A beautifully written book, completely accessible and giving voice to the pains and throes of depression, as well as offering a scientifically-validated solution.  Combined with the CD, this is the best guide to developing mindfulness and overcoming the negative influences that precipitate depression.

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney.  I have finally found a reasonable explanation for the behavioural traits that have so far caused so much grief!  Page after page resonates with my experience, such that I have been able to develop self-acceptance, moving towards a health self-esteem.

Rapt by Winifred Gallagher.  The book that might just change my multi-book habit!  This one delves into the world of focus and attention, which I desperately need to incorporate in my life!

Each and every book here serves a unique facet of my experience, such that the information is complementary – much like a university degree combining several unique subjects that, although radically different, combine to create something of significance.  Here I am using my life as a scientific lab and experiment, using my curiosity and passion in an attempt to explore and grow.  And the journey is thrilling.

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