Books

talking God I had never read a Rob Bell book before. Quite frankly, I was a little apprehensive when I learned he was a pastor of a large Christian church. But in What We Talk About When We Talk About God, I was pleasantly surprised with Bell’s relaxed attitude and ease with which he talks about a pretty heady subject. I mean, what could be headier than God? This book came at a time when I was about to right-off Christianity as a viable path to spirituality. Christianity is his faith, but this book isn’t written in a way that says if it’s not your path your screwed. It’s filled with good stuff.

 

dying-to-be-meI read this book after hearing Anita Moorjani speak. She had a near death experience and miraculous recovery from cancer. The gist of what she learned after nearly dying was that there is an existence after death, which is fantastic, but in the mean time she had to to live her life without fear of judgment. That’s what I took away from it. It was a lesson I needed to hear. What I found even more remarkable, was that someone was so incensed by her story; believing it wasn’t aligned with his Biblical interpretation, that he wrote a forty page rebuttal.&

 

I enjoyed this book so much I read it twice.  It’s a little drip of wisdom on a daily basis.  It was perfect for me because too much information at a time doesn’t sink in deep, down into the places it needs to go.  You read a little at a time a paragraph or two, morning, noon and night; giving you the opportunity to reflect on what you’ve read and practice what you’ve learned. Panache Desai is a fun energetic speaker, if you have the opportunity to hear him speak, I recommend it.

 

love yourselfThis book is only sixty-eight pages.  I can’t say I really enjoyed it, but it happened to come along right at a time when I was trying to shift my thinking.  I had spent a lifetime nurturing a really bad habit of saying ridiculously mean stuff to myself.  I assume this is universal human condition, but some are better (or worse) at it than others.  This book was to me like what a pencil or a nicotine patch or chewing gum, might be to a smoker.  Whether it was the simple book, or the fact that I was ready to quit, I don’t know.  But replacing my mean-spirited, self-messaging with a little kindness has opened up a whole new world to me.  One in which I can breathe easier.

 

anatomyThis is one of the first books I read when I began my quest to learn more about my own spirituality.  I had heard the term chakra before without giving much thought to what it really was.  This was a great resource and still is, in respect to understanding the seven chakras or energy centers within the body.  The book is written by a highly acclaimed medical intuitive, Caroline Myss.  Much of what she wrote was over my head, especially at that point on my journey, which is why a continue to revisit the book.  Each time, I learn something new.

 

sacredIf your spiritual/religious tradition doesn’t allow for the possibility of your soul choosing specific lessons to be learned in this time or the next, you should probably skip this one.  I, however found the concept fascinating.  I read it right after Anatomy of spirit.  It introduces the not new, but new to me, concepts of archetypes.  I struggled with how to know what archetypes you are working with and how you can have just twelve primary archetypes and that we all share four archetypes in common.  Still I found it essential reading.