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  1. null

    Tao Te Ching

    9 months ago
  2. Maeve

    “Lord of the Rings” trilogy books (not the movies). They created this marvelous world for me and a classic good vs evil drama. Just loved reading these wonderful books as a teen, and still love re-reading them today.

    9 months ago
  3. Carla

    I’m not able to single out any one book. I am grateful for ALL the books that were my Way Out of childhood chaos. Books are still my ticket to cerebral adventures, recipes for inspirational cooking, and tools to broaden my spiritual mystical horizons. (and several stacks of clustered books along my bedside are part of the clutter that a recent post acknowledged. )

    9 months ago
  4. Ngoc Nguyen

    Tuesday With Morrie by Mitch Albom is the book that I am grateful for. Suddenly discovering that he had an unrecovered disease, Morries tried to live in acceptance and through his experiences, he shared with us the value of life.

    9 months ago
  5. Charlie T

    Books have always been a part
    of my life. Thanks to my parents,
    who were both “book people”.
    Some books have been more
    transformative than others, but I have
    gleaned something from all of them.
    I worked in a notorious bookstore,
    on and off from seventeen to my
    early twenties. It helped pay my rent,
    when I was patching together a
    livelihood at seventeen. I not only
    had access to all these amazing books,
    I worked with some amazing people.
    A few of them where beyond
    knowledgeable about books and authors
    and we’re happy to share and guide me.
    During the holidays, I worked at the
    front door, as a “security”/bag check
    person. This was in my hometown,
    and every person that I knew would
    walk through those doors. I was so
    young. It was wonderful and terrifying
    all at once.

    9 months ago
  6. Yram

    I recall we had this question recently. I do appreciate book ideas, my list is getting very long. This, too, is a good thing because list making is a hobby.
    The book I truly appreciate is the one I am reading at the time. That book often speaks to me in ways I don’t plan.
    The book I am currently reading is:
    EAT A PEACH. The message I am receiving is that the restaurant business is hard work. This is similar to my life.

    9 months ago
  7. Barb C

    I’m not being facetious when I say “all of them!”. I’m a lifelong devourer of books. They give me worlds to live in, images to savor, characters to care about, insights to ponder, knowledge to learn from, glimpses of people and places I wouldn’t otherwise encounter, poetry to sit with in the morning to start my day, reasons to laugh or cry or heave a deep sigh of satisfaction at a good ending. All of them.

    9 months ago
  8. Pilgrim

    The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (I learned much about monarch butterflies reading this)
    The Last Bookshop of London by Madeline Martin
    Winter Solstice by by Rosamund Pilcher
    Collecting Confidence by Kim Gravel
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

    9 months ago
  9. Carol

    So many books, too many to list so I will just share one: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I have an illustrated copy that Ii pull from the bookcase often because the wisdom within is pure, simple, direct and always life giving.

    9 months ago
    1. Charlie T

      Hmm, I had this book for many
      years and I never read it. I don’t
      seem to have it anymore, but
      now I will have to get my hands
      on it and give it a read. 🙏

      9 months ago
      1. Carol

        Charlie, here’s a passage from “The Prophet” My copy was copyright in 1970 and it includes Gibran’s drawings. I truly cherish it!

        Joy and Sorrow
        Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
        And he answered:
        Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
        And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
        And how else can it be?
        The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
        Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
        And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
        When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
        When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
        Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
        But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
        Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
        Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
        Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
        When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

        Kahlil Gibran The Prophet pp. 22-23

        9 months ago
  10. Laura

    Too many to count! Books are teachers, comedians, warm blankets, spotlights, sign posts, old and new friends, and cherished companions.

    9 months ago
    1. Barb C

      This!

      9 months ago
  11. EJP

    I am truly grateful for all books……they provide all things important to life.

    9 months ago
  12. Joseph McCann

    the Myth of Normal
    Trauma, Illness & Healing
    in a Toxic Culture

    Gabor Mate, MD
    with Daniel Mate

    9 months ago
    1. Charlie T

      Agreed. A neighbor gave me this
      to read recently. So good.

      9 months ago
  13. Michele

    All the Harry Potter books.
    I loved reading to my children when they were younger – we would go to our local library weekly – loved The Berenstain Bears, The Giving Tree, of course Dr. Seuss, Frog and Toad books. I’m sure there are many others I’m forgetting.
    Happy Friday everyone – I’m not feeling that great, out sick today.

    9 months ago
    1. Charlie T

      Hope you feel better soon,
      Michelle. I still have some of
      the books I read as a young
      teen. Just looking at them
      gives me such a good feeling.

      9 months ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Charlie.

        9 months ago
    2. Carol

      Take care, MIchele, relax and don’t forget to breath. Sending loving energy your way.

      9 months ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Carol.

        9 months ago
    3. Joseph McCann

      Loving Kindness your way Michele.

      9 months ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Joseph.

        9 months ago
  14. Don Jones

    I am with Kevin on this one – the Bible. I seem to be rediscovering the incredible way this inspirational literature impacts my life and speaks directly to the core of my very being. The patterns that show up in the first page and permeate the entire Bible, through to the last pages. The wisdom books and how they are incredibly unique. It is so easy to take it for granted, but it truly is profound when I have taken the time to fully immerse myself in its prose and mystery.

    9 months ago
  15. Kevin

    The Holy Bible
    Journal of George Fox
    Journal of John Woolman
    Anam Cara, by John O’Donohue
    A Book Of Hours, by Elizabeth Yates

    9 months ago

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