What’s on Your Reading List?

I love to read.

Always have.

via Flickr Commons, Lynn GardnerThe shelves beside my bed are filled with books. My wishlist on Amazon is three-pages deep. I usually have a couple books in progress at any one time. I like to move through them slowly, savoring and absorbing the story or information. That means it takes me a while to get through each book, but that’s okay with me. It’s the process of reading that I love.

If you don’t feel the way I do about books, it might look like reading is a solitary endeavor.

Au contraire.

The other great thing about reading is talking to other book-lovers. We share a common language, a common passion. We exchange recommendations and trade stories. In the process we get to know each other and develop deep friendships. Through it all, reading becomes the perfect blend of independence and community connection.

This summer I’ve got a couple favorites I’m spending time with. 

One of them is The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra. Unusual for my era, age, and profession, I have to admit that I had never read one of his books.  I’ve heard a few snipets of interviews and while I liked what he had to say, I’d just never picked up one of his books. Then I saw him on an interview a while back.  Suddenly I felt like I was listening to a mentor, a familiar guide. Needless to say, I went looking for a book, and this is the one that jumped into my hands. Okay – that sounds crazy, but that’s sort of what happened.

If you liked Martha Beck’s recent book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, then you’ll like this one too. In The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, Deepak brings his scientific and cultural background to the concepts Martha called Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination and Forming. His warm voice resonates through the pages and he offers a daily practice to reinforce techniques he teaches in the book. 

My other favorite at the moment is Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown. It’s required reading for a training program I’m participating in.  As evidence that it’s the perfect training for me, I’m smiling with recognition and delight at every page. It’s designed to provide tools that help reconnect people of all ages with the natural world around us and through that connection to know ourselves and our communities better. 

I’d love to hear what you’re reading – what’s captured your attention and imagination.  

And thanks for being part of my community!

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