The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley is such a powerful book. It ought to be a must read for everyone today. It tells about the powerfuThe Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley is such a powerful book. It ought to be a must read for everyone today. It tells about the powerful transformation that Malcolm X went through, from a criminal to a racist "Black Muslim" to true enlightenment and hope for a true brotherhood. It dispelled so many of my ignorant beliefs concerning Malcolm X. I had been taught that he was basically the "opposite of Martin Luther King", which, for a while, was true. But we are not taught about how he turned around, and were brave enough, to change his beliefs. Not many people are that brave, most will stick to what they know, go the safe way. Quite probably, Malcolm X's courage, were the cause of his assassination. He broke with the Nation of Islam, and by the end of his life he was not violent enough for some, and not pacifist enough for others. But, altogether, he was an amazing man, who we could all learn so much from, and his story deservers to be told and heard by everyone - his story NEEDS to be told and heard by everyone....more
I realize a lot of people found Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert rather self-indulgent and whiney, though I certainly can see their points in at lI realize a lot of people found Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert rather self-indulgent and whiney, though I certainly can see their points in at least part of the book, I for one still thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though I far from agree with all of the authors points, I did find other points to be both thought-provoking and inspirational. Though it might not be all it's been hyped up to be, I definitely do think it is worth reading, take from it what you can, leave the rest....more
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, written with David Oliver Relin is a book of enormous importance. It tells the story of how Greg Mortenson on a tThree Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, written with David Oliver Relin is a book of enormous importance. It tells the story of how Greg Mortenson on a trip to Northern Pakistan to climb K2, got separated from his companions, and almost died if it had not been from the help he received from the inhabitants of a small, isolated, poor village. In return for this help, and as a sign of his gratitude, Greg Mortenson promised to return to the village to build them a school to help them educate both the boys and the girls of the village. Not only did he return to build the promised school, he also kept returning and building schools all over the isolated region helping to promote education and peace, as the only way for the children to receive education outside the religious (often fundamental) madrasas (religious schools). What he has done is so amazing, and such important work, if the world had more people like Greg Mortenson, it surely would be a better - and safer place....more
I've waited for this book with bated breath for months, and even more so after it was published a few weeks ago, and I had to wait for the shipment frI've waited for this book with bated breath for months, and even more so after it was published a few weeks ago, and I had to wait for the shipment from the US to arrive. And then it came here. And I laughed so much. I laughed so much I cried. And then I cried at the sad parts. And then I laughed some more. And then I forced unwilling people in my surrounding to listen to parts of it. And then they laughed too. And then I decided anyone who doesn't like this book, can't be my friend.
*warning* Language is not suitable for kids (i.e., some swearing), and not everyone will appreciate this form of humour. Which makes me suspect you might not have a sense of humour. Because who doesn't like taxidermied animals and big metal-chickens named Beyoncé?
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) is written by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, author of one of the funniest blogs (if not the funniest blog) on the Internet. I've been reading her blog for a few years now, and she never fails to crack me up. This book is no exception. From the craziness of her childhood, to penis-stories from her time in HR, taxidermied animals, big metal-chickens, the danger of towels left on the floor, etc., Let's Pretend This Never Happened is laugh-out-loud funny.
But being funny doesn't keep The Bloggess from dealing with more serious topics, such as a series of miscarriages, and her battle with depression, general anxiety etc.
This book is for all of us, who are just a little bit crazy (and who would probably benefit from letting our crazy out a little more often), and for whenever you need a good laugh, a giggle, or to think "it's not just me then." Best book so far this year, and I'm very very happy to have a hardback copy, because it won't be the last time I'll be reading it (and I almost never re-read books.)...more
I find that stuff and clutter easily overwhelms me. I don't know where to start. Everything is all over the place, and it makes no difference.
I have aI find that stuff and clutter easily overwhelms me. I don't know where to start. Everything is all over the place, and it makes no difference.
I have a tendency towards perfectionism. If I can't do it perfectly, I might as well not bother at all. So usually I don't bother at all. Until I can't stand it any more, then I spend a couple of hours, and it looks great... until the next day, or the day after.
I'm tired of it, I feel like it drains me of energy, but I haven't really known how to change it.
Well, Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley, and the website that goes with it is starting to change that. No, my home isn't sparkling clean and tidy (yet), but it's getting a lot better. I've only had the book for a couple of weeks, and unfortunately have to return it now (but I've already decided I need to own this book for myself, so I'll be ordering it soon).
The author emphasizes baby steps, that doing things imperfectly still blesses your home, teaching you how to FLY (Finally Loving Yourself).
Some people are born organized. I'm not. I know many who aren't (hi sisters!), but this book teaches you how to spend just 15 mins in a place, and see how much you can achieve in that time. Moving through the house in zones every week, and slowly, but steadily getting through it all.
I greatly recommend it. As you know, I borrow most of my books from the library, I only buy those that I really really like, and that I want to return to again and again, well, this is one of them....more
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner is the amazing, incredible and TRUE story of Chris Gardner's life.
If you have seen the movie (which is pretThe Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner is the amazing, incredible and TRUE story of Chris Gardner's life.
If you have seen the movie (which is pretty good for an adaption) it only tells half the story. The full story, the background to his success on Wall Street and his time as a homeless father, is in this book and it is definitely worth reading.
This book is empowering, encouraging and so incredibly life-affirming. It is all about pursuing your happiness, working towards your goals and achieving your goals.
I would greatly recommend it to anyone and everyone, it is no doubt, one of the best books I have read in a long long time.
It IS a rags to riches story, the story DOES encompass the essence of the American Dream, but it is also a book that is impressively well written and it holds truths that are relevant to all of us....more
Inspiring! Everyone should read this book! Though Warrior of the Light: A Manual, by Paulo Coelho, is very different to many of his other works, it isInspiring! Everyone should read this book! Though Warrior of the Light: A Manual, by Paulo Coelho, is very different to many of his other works, it is no less inspiring nor any less thought provoking. This collection of short notes, thoughts, ideas and inspirations, should not be read all at once, but rather read and savoured over the course of several days or even weeks, in order to fully take in and reflect on everything that is written. Since we are all in different places in life, have reached different goals on our paths, we can all take something different from this book, what will feel true with us, is naturally gonna be individual and unique. But I do believe that everyone can take something from this book and use it in their own lives. I for one, will be reading this book again, because it is my firm belief that each time it is re-read you can take something new and valuable from it....more