I've never really been much of an avid reader, but it's always on my wish list of skills I'd like to pick up. So not surprisingly a few books ended up on the list and after hearing about my cousin's "read a book a month" challenge in 2014, the part of me that loves a good challenge to keep me on track lit up at the thought.
So here is my attempt so far. We're 5 books up on last year, which is huge for me! It hasn't been easy, but it is rewarding.
Have you read a great book recently?
I'm on the look out for new books that are not necessarily personal development ones either. I realise I have an affinity for these types of books, but I am open to anything inspiring. Let me know in the comments.
FREE TO FLY - Evelyn Douglas
Inspired by my friend Evelyn's commitment and dedication, not only to yoga, but the writing of her own story and self-publishing her own book, I purchased it as soon as I heard of it's release and it was my first book for the year. It's her story about a troubled time in her marriage, which lead to its end, and how she kept it together picking up the pieces supported by her yoga practice and awarenesses.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS - Don Miguel Ruiz
This book has been on my "To Read" list for eons, I think it could even be over 20 years! But as they say things will only happen when the timing is right, and it makes me wonder if these four powerful agreements would have landed in the same way as they did at this time in my life. Definitely a read I highly recommend. I will be reading it again and probably making a post about it at some stage soon. It deserves it, it is that good.
THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN - Kevin & Alex Malarkey
There was something about this title and the synopsis at the back of the book that drew me to it. It was a book my Dad had been gifted which I was reading as soon as he had finished. It's a true story about young Alex's horrific car accident and his recovery and recollections of his time in heaven with God written by himself and his father. Raised a Catholic, I must admit I always have my doubts about religion, however the strength of their faith was undeniable and the miracles that took place were compelling. So much so, I read this book in 8 days....this was a good thing as it gave me a much needed head start for April's read.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI - Paramahansa Yogananda
This book was another that had been on my "To Read" list for a long time, since I graduated from my yoga TT in 2009 really. But being an epic read with over 40 chapters, including side notes and huge words I had trouble pronouncing let alone understanding, it was a daunting book that I attempted to start without success on several occasions. However, this time I simply stuck to my guns, and I'm so glad I did. What an inspiring yogi Yogananda was. So many inspiring tales of yogis mastering mind, body and spirit and creating so much positive change in the world. It actually took me all the rest of March, the whole of April and much of May to complete this book, but synchronistically I found out in June that a movie about his life was being shown in early July, so it made the accomplishment even sweeter when I went to see it.
E-SQUARED - Pam Grout
Nine Do-It-Yourself energy experiements that prove that your thoughts create your reality. The subheading says it all really. It was a very powerful read, though I squeezed it into the tail end of May that was remaining after I finally completed my April read. So must admit there a few experiments I would really like to go back to test further as I have heard stories of people manifesting some amazing things whilst reading this book!
OVERCOMING UNDER EARNING - Barbara Stanny
A life coach introduced me to this book last year, but at the time I only read about 2/3 chapters. This was the sort of reader I was. But that's all changed now that I have actually completed 6 books in 6 months!!! I read this book as I really wanted to get on top of my finances. It isn't THAT sort of book though. Rather it really makes you look at your relationship with yourself and your self-worth and how this is reflected back in your relationship with money. Enlightening! Must say I am in a much better place financially now since reading it and I'm still implementing new tools from it all the time.