Stepped out of my usual genre with this one … again. I was pulled in by the cover. It’s an incredibly beautiful cover. Truly enjoyed this tale of 4 women confronting life. It felt as if I were on the journey with them. Loved it. – Camilla
**Throwback to March 2016** – Have yet to read one of Pema Chodron’s books that I don’t find meaningful. So raw and real! Love, love, love!!
“We are being encouraged to remain open to the present groundless moment, to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. We are certainly not being asked to trust that everything is going to be all right. Moving in the direction of nothing to hold on to is daring. We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be. How many of us feel ready to interrupt our habitual patterns, our almost instinctual ways of getting comfortable?”
Dance of the Sacred Circle – A Native American Tale by Kristina Rodanas
**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily.
A tale of bravery and magic based on a Blackfeet legend …. “The old ones spoke of the Great Chief in the Sky, whose breath gave life all the world. They said he lived in a wonderful land far above the stars …. ” Another one we really enjoyed … –Camilla
Tomorrow to be Brave – A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion by Susan Travers with Wendy Holden
My interest in this book was due to having interviewed Wendy Holden on MeetingtheAuthors.com. I really enjoyed meeting Wendy and getting to know her, so went in search of any books my local library had authored by Wendy. They have several that I’m making my way through. I’ve also requested the library purchase her newest book!
A gripping true story that left me in awe of this courageous woman. An up close and intimate tale of what was endured by those who fought World War II, told through Susan Travers’ eyes about what she experienced.
Follow the link to learn more about Wendy and her other books …
I began reading this about 5 months prior to finishing it. At about 370 pages, it’s definitely not a quick read. I didn’t get finished with it the first time I checked it out from the library. Then it was lost within the library system for about a month. And, then it reappeared! HA! So … finally got to finish it!!
It was exactly what I needed to read at the exact moment I needed it! Unlike any I’ve ever read. Eye and heart opening. I did find myself getting irritated with some of the content; yet, it hit home for me. I would not have been ready for this content years ago. Specifically, the topic of spiritual bypassing, avoiding what calls to be healed within us.
Walking into my own shadows, darkness, and triggers is something I shifted to doing in 2016. This book reinforced the path I had been on since then. Incredibly happy that I requested the library purchase this one and that they did purchase it!
I pushed against reading this book as it’s not my usual and favored genre or style. I specifically chose this book, along with several others, to read with Thomas. He hasn’t read this one yet. However, I’ve let him know I loved it so hopefully he’ll give it a shot. This is another I found in my search for juvenile and young adult books that deal with mental health.
The journey of a young boy searching for answers, always seeing the best in all he meets. A young boy who innocently inspires and changes all he touches. An 11 year old way beyond his years who has an extraordinary adventure. I so much enjoyed going on this adventure with Alex. Loved it! – Camilla
Another novel by Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. I actually liked this one even more than the first novel. Perhaps due to the gemstones and their meanings that are woven throughout the story. I enjoyed learning about the characters as they travel this heartwarming, yet, at times, uncomfortable journey. And, loved the wee bit of mystery thrown in also!
I interviewed Phaedra Patrick on this website in June 2019. You’ll want to check that out too! –Camilla
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
Another great book! I always find such meaningful content in Pema Chodron’s books. – “Living Beautifully”
“Let the power of your emotions open you up … Take your seat in the middle of your home ground and rouse your confidence – your innate capacity to open to your experience.”
Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone’s favorite Buddhist nun, it’s even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground—and the secret is: the ground is always shaky. Pema shows how using a traditional Buddhist practice called the Three Vows or Three Commitments, offering us a way to relax into profound sanity in the midst of whatever non-sanity is happening around us. Just making these simple aspirations can change the way we look at the world and can provide us with a lifetime of material for spiritual practice.