Here are the highlights from this month’s book pile!
“Strength in the Storm” by Eknath Easwaran:
This book is all about steadying your mind and being able to remain calm in the face of stress and distraction. That’s a fantastic skill to have and to work on throughout your lifetime. “Past injuries, whether real or imagined, gain their power over us from the attention we give them. Without attention, they have no more power than a ghost.”
“The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey:
I normally don’t read zombie fiction but I am in love with the characters in this book. If my book club hadn’t selected it, I wouldn’t have paid attention (even though I am a “Walking Dead” fan) but I’m so glad they did. From the moment that the book opened and I realized I was in the mind of a zombie child, I was hooked. (The POV does shift though, and that’s cool too.)
“A Year of Miracles” by Marianne Williamson:
It’s a message-a-day sort of book. All of the messages are short. Not every single one is fantastic, but some are home runs. Plus, it’s nice to start the day with a quick message to keep yourself spiritually centered.
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates:
It’s one of the hottest books this year for many reasons. Raw, emotional, bracing. If you want to see America through a different set of eyes and educate yourself on how it might feel to be a Black person living in America, read this one. It’s a short book, and yet I have to take small bites because it is thought-provoking.
“A World of Ideas II” by Bill Moyers:
One of the most thoughtful interviewers of our time talks with some of the greatest minds of our time. Fascinating.