I don’t fully remember how I discovered THE library. All I know is that I did.
At about the age of twelve, this became a favored spot. Most Saturday mornings found me, library card in hand, in the magical world of books.
I loved seeing rows and rows of books, old and new alike.
There was a heaven and it was full of books!
The Library of my Childhood
I was dissapointed to find out that the library of my childhood was no longer. A huge ultra modern building has been build to replace my old stomping ground. While I understand the need for a bigger, newer building (which is amazing in its own right), it cannot never hold a candle to the musty and historical building of my childhood library.
“My” library was built in the 17th century (1600 to be exact) and has now become an art museum. It was a magical place probably much grander filter through my loving memories than it really was.
The old library was transferred to the new one in 1998, not many years after I left my home town.
My Love of Books
Books are magic, I am fully convinced of that fact. Through books, you can travel to foreign countries even mystical ones. You can time travel to time pasts or maybe times not yet here. You can be young or old, male or female. You can be a princess, a pirate, or an FBI agent.
You can learn anything from a book. Books opens up your world to so many new dimmentions.
Since infancy, I have never been without one book (or more) to read.
I used to read a lot more than I do now…mainly because of time.
While I still love the feel of books, I also enjoy my Kindle Paperwhite. I was actually surprised that I do. I no longer have to haul a bunch of books in my suitcase when I travel, I can have hundreds of book in one little Kindle.
In the Spring, I also became an Audible member. I now listen to books on my walks or when alone in the car. I love it!
I wanted to share with you, the non-fiction books I read over the summer.
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Non-Fiction Books I Read over the Summer
The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce H. Lipton
This was a bit dry – as in you really had to pay attention. When my mind wandered I had to rewind for the narration to make sense.
Overall, it was still worth it. It is a fascinating subject and well worth the read.
Stunning new scientific discoveries about the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts. Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a renowned cell biologist, describes the precise molecular pathways through which this occurs. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter, and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.
The Neurodharma of Love: Rewire Your Brain for Healthy Relationships by Dr. Rick Hanson
I really enjoyed this book and the practices. The book is narrated by the author who has a warm and caring voice. I plan on buying more of his books in the future.
With The Neurodharma of Love, this well-respected clinician and teacher shows us how brain science, practical psychology, and Buddhist meditation practices are now converging to help us experience greater intimacy and fulfillment—in our intimate relationships, with family and friends, and in our larger circles of work and community.
The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel
You can read my full review of this book on this blog post.
The Telomere Effect is the groundbreaking book with a scientifically based approach to living with vitality and health throughout life.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, MD
A wonderful book about trauma and its effect as well as some effective therapies.
A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy – and a way to reclaim lives.
Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Dr. Mark Hyman
I don’t diet (at least now anymore) but I do enjoy reading what’s out there. Moreover, this book was required for one of a course.
Even though I did not agree with everything, I did enjoy the book and I found it well balanced with a focus on wholesome foods.
Drawing on cutting-edge research about nutrigenomics—the science of how food talks to our genes—Dr. Hyman, author of bestsellers including The Blood Sugar Solution, The Ultra-Mind Solution, UltraPrevention, and The UltraSimple Diet has created a method for losing weight by eating the right foods to detox and manage food allergies.
Healing Myths, Healing Magic: Breaking the Spell of Old Illusions; Reclaiming Our Power to Heal by Dr. Donald Epstein
Another book I had to read for my curriculum, I liked it very well. It was a very enjoyable read. I highlighted many parts and it gave me food for thought.
We each have our myths about how our bodies heal. In this text, Donald Epstein divides these myths into four categories – social, biomedical, spiritual, and new age – and engages in individual discussions of each, revealing the limitations imposed by old beliefs.
The 20/20 Diet by Phil McGraw
My first book by Phil McGraw….keep in mind I have heard of him but I have never even seen one of his shows. It was okay. He does focus on healthy wholesome foods and he has a pretty no-nonsense approach.
In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identiﬁes seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feeling of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results or plateaus. Then, he addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. Dr. Phil and his team have created a plan that you can start following right now and continue working for the rest of your life. In this diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, called the “20/20 Foods,” which theories indicate may help enhance your body’s thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that’s just the beginning. This book explains why you haven’t been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, social and nutritional tools so you can ﬁnally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results.
Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being by Marc David
Read my full review here. I loved this book!
Nourishing Wisdom revolutionizes the way we think about diets and nutrition. This book will change your attitude towards your body, and provide a foundation for developing a healthful relationship with food. Combining the principles of nutritional awareness, personal growth, and body psychology, Nourishing Wisdom provides practical methods for redefining the role food plays in our lives.
It had some interesting information and I am glad I read it. However, I will be passing it on as I probably will never read it again.
The body is magnificent but it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty, or an operating manual. You’re the result of millions of years of evolution, but many of the adaptations that helped your ancestors survive are now working overtime to accelerate the aging process. The assumption here is that we are our genes and therefore trapped by the past. The good news is that your genetic code—the DNA sequence that is the biochemical basis of heredity—can play a minor role in the way you age.
The Zen Diet Revolution: The Mindful Path to Permanent Weight Loss
It was an okay book with some good points.
Fad diets don’t encourage permanent change. In fact, they are extremely unhealthy to maintain over the long term. The Zen Diet is different: based on Kaizen and other spiritual principles from Japan, its focus is on small but permanent changes that you make to last your entire life. Each change works synergistically to transform your physical health, lifestyle, and mental outlook, profoundly altering your view of your self and your interaction with food.
The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain
It was interesting and had some good ideas.
The secret to sustainable weight loss isn’t counting calories or depriving yourself at the dinner table. Jean Fain tells us it’s about cultivating awareness and self-acceptance wherever you are. With The Self-Compassion Diet, this Harvard Medical School–affiliated psychotherapist prescribes a practical program for transforming the way you think and feel about food and your whole self—a shift that, paradoxically, inspires physical change.
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by
A wonderful book of poems/blessings for every occasion.
From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.
Most of the books I read on my kindle are non-fiction books.
When reading non-fiction, I often want to highlight pages or make other marks as well I refer back to the book. I find this process easier with an actual book. For books who are for pure entertainment value, the kindle version works well for me.
Erma Bombeck Collection: If Life Is A Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?, Motherhood, and The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank
I got this book on loan from the library. I wanted something to make me laugh. I read one chapter a day and I have giggled a few times. Erma was one funny lady who talks about life.
Buy the kindle version
How to Love (Mindful Essentials) by
A short interesting book. I want to reread it soon.
How to Love is the third title in Parallax’s Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.