Book Pile – June

Book Pile – June

hildHild by Nicola Griffith (library book group choice)

A novel based on Hild(a) of Whitby (c. 614–680) is a Christian saint and the founding abbess of the monastery at Whitby. A well researched and well written novel, but can you add too much information into a novel, making more a history book than a novel? Personally I would say, Yes! There were parts of this book that i really enjoyed, the interaction between the characters for instance. However, this tomb of a book went on too long for me and when i found out it was the first book of a trilogy I decided to quit while i was ahead and never finished the book. Not for me! This was the generally feeling and thoughts among the members of the book group and i think only one person actually read the entire book.

spiritual journeySpiritual Journey by Susan Kapatoes (pre-release copy via Netgalley)

Although this book is beautifully and thoughtfully written as Susan Kapatoes shared her own personal spiritual journey through her own experiences. However, it could have benefited from a standardized chapter construction; so that each chapter would have been set out in the same way. After reading the write-up on Netgalley I expected more ‘Thought Questions’ at the end of each chapter, which only appeared at the end of two chapters. There is also some lovely, thought provoking poetry too.

 

when the shoe fitsWhen the Shoe Fits by OSHO

Osho – based on Taoism. Except for the odd google quote i have read little about Taoism and although Osho had been on my radar for some time, I have also been putting off getting stuck in. However, when this book came up on Netgalley i decided to give it a go and i certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Each chapter is based around a story or parable, which is then explained by relating the contents of the story as Jesus would have done. I found the parables thought provoking – do I really have a ‘monkey mind’ for instance? Even if Taoism is not your thing, this book is well written and will give you something to think about.

succulent wild womanSucculent Wild Woman by Sark

Osho – based on Taoism. Except for the odd google quote i have read little about Taoism and although Osho had been on my radar for some time, I have also been putting off getting stuck in. However, when this book came up on Netgalley i decided to give it a go and i certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Each chapter is based around a story or parable, which is then explained by relating the contents of the story as Jesus would have done. I found the parables thought provoking – do I really have a ‘monkey mind’ for instance? Even if Taoism is not your thing, this book is well written and will give you something to think about.

mindfulness in motionMindfulness in Motion by Dr Tamara Russell

This is a ‘dip-in’ book. It is the kind of book I can see myself dipping in and out of for many moons to come. Tamara Russell combines meditation and Thai Chi to create a connection between mind and body. There is a lot of technical ‘stuff’ in this book and it takes some getting through, however, if you skip to the Body In Motion part of the book the exercises are well explained and include pictures to help guide practice.

The one thing i found very early on with this book is how stiff and painful all my joints are at this time, but it is not about speed – let’s get it done – but more about feeling what your body needs and wants and working with your mind and your body together, (which is difficult when you have two cats or small children around you). Approach the practice as more of meditation than exercise and clear some quiet time on a daily schedule, but only do what feels right to you and no more, allowing your inner self move the exercises forward when it is ready to do so.

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