Book crazy

Someone stop me please! So, there was a charity book sale in a DIY shop I visited this evening and I just couldn’t help myself. Books, books and more books – those won’t make it to Zanzibar though, one has to stop somewhere 😉

So latest additions:

A Minor Adjustment – story of a 6 year old down’s syndrome radio star – I have always had a lot of affection for Down’s Syndrome kids/people, can’t wait to get started!

Young Adolf – Hitler came up during my psychosis, during the 24 hours I was in isolation at the mental health place…I haven’t made sense of why he came up yet as the memory isn’t so clear now but I do remember it was an extremely painful moment for me. Anyway, I wanted to find out more about the person behind the monster.

Then We Came to the End – “Story about sitting all morning next to someone in the office you cross the road to avoid at lunch. It’s a story of your life, and mine” – I have a fascination for work relationships these days.

The Rapture – Countdown to the Earth’s last days – Haha, had to be bought.

Blown to Bits – “How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy” – not sure why, it was only 50p anyway 😉

Behold the Man – Time traveller who meets Jesus and find him to be a drooling idiot and has to decide what to do.

A brief History of the Future – The origins of the internet. Love the internet so much, wouldn’t mind finding out how this magnificent invention came about 🙂

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole – Read it before some time back, Adrian Mole is always entertaining 🙂

The Passing of the Night – Story of a guy captive in the Vietnam war, with all the horrors that happened, more to the point, his survival, thanks to his courage and his faith.

Dead Famous – Ben Elton – not a clue what it’s about as the cover was missing (it’s a hard back), bought it because I quite liked the (free) book mark that came with it. And also the writing style.

I’ll need another holiday soon to be able to read all my books at this rate!

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My Book Selection for Zanzibar

I am not sure whether they will all make it with me, but this is the planned selection so far, in no order:

The loneliness of the long distance runner – Alan Sillitoe

“Brilliant and biting tales of working class life and morals”

Man and Wife – Tony Parsons

Man and wife stands on its own as a brilliant novel about families in the new century. written with all the humour, passion and superb storytelling that have made Tony Parsons a favourite author in over thirty countries.

The time of the young soldiers – Hans Peter Richter

Part of the Armada War Classics which are personal accounts of the bravery, endurance and foresight of ordinary men and women caught up in the horrors of the Second World War.

Snail-Mail No More – Paula Danziger and Ann M Martin

Long distance friendship via emails

Beyond Ugly – Constance Briscoe

Triumphing over a loveless childhood

Clara’s War – Clara Kramer

A miraculous story of one girl’s survival under the Nazis

Butterfly Brain – Barry Cryer

Currently 74, a third of his life has already passed and he invites you to enjoy this wonderfully funny account of it, a decorous orgy of nostalgia

Planet Walker – John Francis, Ph.D

17 years of silence, 22 years of walking

The Symposium – Plato

Plato’s retelling of the discourses between Socrates and his friends on such subjects as love and desire, truth and illusion, spiritual transcendence and the qualities of good ruler profoundly affected the ways in which we view relationships, society and leadership – and shaped the whole tradition of Western philosophy.

Dog Walks Man – John Zeaman

A six-Legged Odyssey

The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt

Putting ancient wisdom and philosophy to the test of Modern Science

I am waiting for:

Living in the Heart: How to Enter Into the Sacred Space Within the Heart with CD (Audio)

Melchizedek, Drunvalo
 
And a colleague suggested he lent me the Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy.
 
Wonder if I will have room for clothes!! 😉
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The Book that is changing my life

Similar to my previous post as to which piece of advice from my father has changed my life, I was always stuck with the question, “which book has changed your life?”.

I now realise I hadn’t found it yet.

A few weeks ago, as I was having dinner at a Church, a weekly ritual girl friends and I had started for no other reason that for the yummy home-made food they served very cheaply every Friday night, there was a display of “stuff” on a table. I went to have a look and a book caught my eye for its cover and its title.

It was a very simple cover, with grey fish going one direction and a bright Orange fish going the other direction and the title was: “Think differently, Live differently”. 

The reduced price was really appealing to me too. 

I picked it up, flicked through it to see whether it was full of bible bashing stuff, noted it wasn’t and put it down again to browse more items, stones had caught my eyes and I picked up one which said “Smile”.

I picked up the book again and decided, “what the heck, I’ll buy it!”.

As soon as I started reading it, I knew I had made the right decision.

Now, I have a problem reading books, usually my brain doesn’t switch off long enough to concentrate on words for a long period of time, hence why there is no way I could ever read the bible or why I prefer posters with simple sentences to learn. So I have since picked up and dropped this book many a time.

But every time I pick it up, I have awakening moments. This morning, the book finally revealed to me everything I have ever felt about the bible and more recently God.

This book is an affirmation that everything I believe is true. I am not learning it from any books, people, or anything else, I have learned it through my thinking. That’s the magic of this book to me, confirming I am right in my beliefs.

If you are struggling with your Faith, I would highly recommend this book.

I have also noticed that it comes in different covers on ebay, amazon etc, I would suggest picking the one which cover works best for you. Funny that, there is a saying that says “don’t judge a book by its cover”, well in this instance, I highly recommend you do.

And if you don’t find one that fits, don’t buy it, you won’t be ready for it.

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