I love books! In some of the darkest times in my life I chose to dive into the sanctuary of a book, escaping into the world that the writer had either created or captured and engrossing myself in the lives of the characters and people.
Discovering a persona, who had similar character traits to me, always gave me a sense of relief that I was not alone in my pain, and I would read feverishly hoping to discover that they finally overcame their problem, giving me courage that I could do the same.
I love how books “jump out” at me when I am looking for something I don’t know I want, always giving me an ah-ha moment during the reading of it, that it was exactly what I needed at the time.
Receiving a book as a gift is one of the loveliest surprises. There is that anticipation of finding a future time of quiet and solitude and uncovering something magical, as yet unknown but promising some delight to be discovered.
I thought I would do a book review for those of you who like to buy something special for your loved ones over the festive season.
These are the books that have delighted me – I hope that you will find something that resonates with you.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo – This enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom is lush, evocative, and deeply humane. The story of Santiago, a shepherd boy, is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak – A story about love and loss. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored. I love this book so much that I have read it three times.
Racing in the Rain – My life as a Dog – Garth Stein – A delightful book, definitely for dog lovers. If you have ever wondered what your dog might be thinking, you will love this. A story of an extraordinary friendship – one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield – This is a work that has come to light when the world deeply needs to read its words. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystalise your perceptions of why you are where you are in life….and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
Women who run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes – Filled with passionate creativity and ageless knowing, Estes calls back into life the wild, neglected places of the feminine psyche. A very inspiring and compassionate book.
Buddha in the Waiting Room – Paul Brenner, MD, PH.D – This is a physician’s poignant and insightful account of the mutual holy ground that both physician and patient touch as they encounter the mysteries of life and death together.