Book Musings: Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens

Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens –

I listened to the audio version of this book with Thomas and Lillian about seven years ago. I’m not one to let books written for specific age groups deter me! HA!

I remembered loving this book back then. Recently, I had been having the urge to experience it again. I’m hoping Thomas and Lillian decide to read it also.

A non-fiction story of an elder man, Baba, whom Chopra encountered when he was 15 years old. Chopra shares, in his beautiful writing style, the lessons he learned from Baba.

Book Musings: The Secret of Saying Thanks

March 3 2019:

The Secret of Saying Thanks

“Perhaps you’d like to know a secret, one of the happiest ones of all. You will surely find it for yourself one day. You’ll discover it all on your own, maybe when you least expect it.”

Wonderful book about the secret of having gratitude and expressing gratitude.

We have enjoyed all of Douglas Wood’s books!

Book Musings: Touching Peace

Touching Peace – practicing the art of mindful living

Transforming our Compost – one of the chapter titles in the book. Sums it up! Specific, practical instructions ar given for extending our meditation practice into our daily lives.

I’ve not read a Thich Nhat Hanh book I didn’t love. Good stuff.

Book Musings: For the Right to Learn – Malala Yousafzai’s Story

For the Right to Learn – Malala Yousafzai’s Story

We are so inspired by Malala Yousafzai!! At 17 years old she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She almost lost her life for being outspoken about equal education in her home country of Pakistan.

“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.”

Book Musings: Old Friend from Far Away

January 27 2019:

Old Friend from Far Away

I first read, “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. I’d had it on my list to read more as I got so much out of this one.

Old Friend from Far Away was the second of her books I’ve read (on my 3rd now). I enjoy her writing style and the writing exercises included in the book. I’m slowly making my way through them.

This book encourages one to let loose with their own unique writing style along with teaching one how to remember and allowing forgotten memories to surface.

And, lastly it teaches one how to practice. As with anything we undertake, practicing is how we sharpen the pencil of our writing practice. I would love to attend one of her True Secret Writing Retreats. Sounds amazing! xoxo

Book Musings: Walking to School

January 20 2019:

Walking to School – A Story from Northern Ireland

A book inspired by happenings in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s major city, in the early to mid 2000’s. The conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland is centuries old.

A peace accord was agreed to in June of 2007. This is a fictional tale of what some children were experiencing during that time.

Book Musings: It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

January 5 2019:

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

In the year 1877 George Eastman took up the new hobby of photography. This wasn’t an easy hobby. It cost a lot for the equipment and it was bulky. But …. he changed all that!!

Loved the fun and interesting style this was written!

 

Book Musings: Wanda Gag – The Girl Who Lived to Draw

December 22 2018:

Wanda Gag – The Girl Who Lived to Draw

Wonderful story of the author of “Millions of Cats”. Wanda Gag’s childhood was filled with German fairy tales, musical evenings, and hours spent in her father’s painting studio. As soon as she learned to draw, she couldn’t stop and dreamed of becoming an artist.

This book is an inspiration … an inspiration for anyone with a dream! We ALL LOVED it!!

Book Musings: The Art of Miss Chew

December 15 2018:

The Art of Miss Chew

I loved, loved, loved this book! Another by Patricia Polacco and this one is based on the true story of how Polacco became an artist. It’s the story of her first real art class taught by the amazing Miss Chew.

This is a heartwarming story of discovering she was an artist and the wonderful teacher who helped her discover it!

Loved, loved, loved … Did I say I loved this book? xoxo