Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world. They are vessels that transport us to magical realms of fantasy and beauty. Books can help transform our way of thinking, our way of living, they can inspire and they can offer shelter. Books are physical forms of portable magic.
Neither I nor Mirka are super keen, fast readers and so we tend to linger through a 200 page book for a few of weeks or maybe even months. However, there have been books that just draw us in and once we start, we can't let go until the end. Some purely for the joy and laughter they offer, some for the information they present and some because they just open our horizons and give glimpses of a simpler life.
Books trigger the imagination, they bring to life dragons, kings and queens, flying brooms and carpets. They make us laugh, cry, they can inspire, they promote creativity and definitely help improve vocabulary as well as being great self development and mental stimulation tools. Here I'd wanted to list some of those books that hold a special place in our hearts and in many ways push and encourage us to be who we are!
I'd like to start with the one book that no matter how many times I've read, every time I go through it there's always a new part that resonates with me so much, as if I had somehow skipped it every time before. Its playful and natural approach on life somehow manages to always surprise me and remind me of the importance the simple (little) things hold in life!
1. The Little Prince (Originally Le Petit Prince)
By Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
2. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle
This book is much more than just a guide as the name might suggest. The eye and mind-opening abilities of this book go well beyond what words can express. It's by far Mirka's top suggestion and a book that can seriously change your life.
3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
By Jonas Jonasson
If you're looking for the ultimate laugh out loud book then look no further. Jonas Jonasson manages to inspire pure, endless joy and laughter through an -impossible not to love- character, a few dark undertones and some delightful dictator-satire.
4. The Wisdom of Insecurity
By Alan Watts
The Wisdom of Insecurity is a classic book which draws on Watts’ extensive experience both in Eastern philosophy as he was almost a Zen monk and Western religion because he was an ordained Anglican priest. As such, it represents his views, rather than any particular orthodoxy. This book underlines the importance of our search for stability in an age where human life seems particularly vulnerable and uncertain.
5. The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.”
Paulo Coelho has written over 30 books and even though I've only read 3 of his, I wouldn't be surprised if they're all as brilliantly written as "The Alchemist", "The Zahir" and "The Valkyries".
By George Orwell
This might not be the most uplifting book out there but it's a great wake-up call. It was first published in 1949 and yet, 71 years later it's still considered a contemporary classic. Somehow it presents a story that remains eternally fresh and current, and whose terms such as "Big Brother", "doublethink" and "newspeak" have become part of everyday currency.
A dystopian novel that will make you ponder!
7. Ask and It Is Given
By Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
To be honest we have not finished reading this book yet and there's a good reason why. It's not the kinda book you pick up and simply read through easily, it will make you want to read some pages over and over again and you should! We love Esther Hicks and Abraham, we've watched and listened endlessly to her talks and it's been, life-changing to say the least. If you don't want to check out this book, we would recommend more than anything to listen to some of her many youtube videos.
All of these books we recommend equally! We have learned much from them even if it is to not take things so seriously some times. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!
Love & Joy,