What we read makes us. As the company we keep, the food we eat and the music we hear, books for some are the backbone of their souls. I have in the recent past months picked up on my book intake and wanted to share some of my current favorites. This list does not include the Bible, as I read it everyday. Nor does this list include, The Zen Teaching of Jesus, as I use this book as part martial arts teacher's guide and part poetic insight into the humor that God can have. From fiction to self help and poetry, here is my list to read. See you on down the road..
1. Messy Faith by A.J. Gregory. During my time away and darkest day, a friend sent me this brave book. Faith is not a freshly cleaned suit but often a stained and weathered shirt that you love.
2 The Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho. Daily reminders that you are warrior in all that you do.
3, One Year with Hafiz by Hafiz. Humor and spirituality was never more relevant in the word of one of our greatest poets.
4. Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Before he was "Che," he was an idealistic would be doctor. His trek across the Americas are chronicled here.
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru. I have a thing for tragic SiFi stories. Here, three lives grow up to be organ donors and lovers.
6. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. The first great novel of fiction about Hurricane Katrina. Pitbulls, teen pregnancy and family tragedies laces this amazing story.
7. The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba. All life is of value. Martial arts teaches us this, as does the founder of Aikido.
8. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Two people, one a math teacher and the other a high paid assassin, embark on a quest to find each other after twenty some odd years. The twist? There are two separate realities, 1984 and 1Q84.
9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. I remember this book in my Dad's collection back in the day. Dense, maddening and yet liberating all the while.
10. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Odd and addicting we follow two lovers over time. Thing is he is a time traveler which makes for the most unique love story you could read.
11. The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. Told through the eyes of many different characters. Never deny the female side of the divine.