The older I get, the more reading has become a daily habit, along with dying my grey hairs
(just kidding). Finding a book that suits your needs and/or current situation helps in more ways than you could imagine. After time spent in the hospital, reading became a positive outlet that allowed me to use my imagination, while expanding my mind. The following are my personal suggestions for some reads that you might enjoy. Some are entertaining, interactive and deep. These are great for when your feeling down, in need of some inspiration or just looking for a good read.
I take time every morning to sit in silence and read a page. Every time I flip the page I find a tip or quote that relates to exactly how I am feeling. Don’t self-medicate—self-meditate. In a book of thousands of entries, written in the abundant, winningly positive way that’s helped her books sell over 1.5 million copies, Barbara Ann Kipfer shows just how we can—and should—meditate anytime, anywhere, and reap the ever-growing list of mental and physical benefits associated with this practice.-Amazon
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, was the first book I read…I mean really read. My mom handed me the novel a few months after I returned from the hospital. I had two jobs, but was still struggling to find my place in the world. This book changed my life. I think every woman, young or old, should read this book. It is the story, told from the eyes of Dinah, a young women trying to find her place in a harsh world. It takes place in the time of the 12 Tribes of Israel. It is not a religious book, but a beautiful story about women, children, sisterhood and love. You will not regret this read!
I know this much is true…this is the best book I have ever read. It is hard to put into words, the impact this book has had on my life. How much? I have not, to this day, read the last chapter. Why? I do not want it to end. This is a great book for both men and women, at any age, especially if you are someone who has struggled with a brother or sister with a mental illness. I could not put it down. I would go to the gym and sit on the bicycle for hours reading it. On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable. . . .-Amazon
At first it seemed silly, but I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed these coloring books. Whenever I am stressed, or have a lot going on in my head, sitting down and reverting back to my five-year-old self is really helpful!
Add a little humor to your color. Ordered this one a couple days ago!
Its part of Oprah’s Book Club…enough said. She’s Come Undone gave me strength in overcoming my fear of failure, by looking through the lens of the main character, Dolores. It is great for women, whether your 18 or 80, that are struggling with their own personal battles. Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.-Amazon
Everything That Can Happen In a Day by David Horvitz Okay this is the only book I have not entertained myself with yet, but it is en route to my house. I have heard such amazing reviews. If you have read it, please let me know how it is. Artist David Horvitz knows how to transform the mundane details of everyday life into unexpected quirks that inspire people to action. Over the course of 2009 he posted a new initiative on his blog every single day, enjoining readers to follow his lead and insert some art into everyday life. The popular blog not only inspired people to act; they also documented their actions. Everything That Can Happen In A Day features some of Horvitz’s favorite ideas as well as an astonishing array of images that document people following Horvitz’s cues.-Amazon