Each of these books I have read and would recommend to anyone who likes to read ( they are available on CD I am sure). I found them all altering on my view of the world. I have also included a favorite passage from each book. So you can get a feel of what they are about.
1. Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breathe we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
This small book is offered as a bell of mindfulness, a reminder that happiness is possible only in the present moment. Of course, planning for the future is a part of life. But even planning can only take place in the present moment. This book is an invitation to come back to the present moment and find peace and joy. I offer some of my experiences and a number of techniques that may be of help. But please do not wait until finishing this book to find peace. Peace and happiness are available in every moment. Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand.
2. Hidden Messages in Water – by Masaru Emoto
If you fill your heart with love and gratitude, you will find yourself surrounded by so much that you can love and be grateful for, and you can even get closer to enjoying the life of health and happiness that you seek, But what will happen if you emit signals of hate, dissatisfaction, and sadness? Then you will probably find yourself in a situation that make you hateful, dissatisfied, and sad.
The life you live and the world you live in are up to you.
3. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Why are you drinking?” Demanded the little prince. “So that I may forget,” replied the tippler. “Forget what?” inquired the Little Prince, who already felt sorry for him. “Forget that I am ashamed,” the tippler confessed, hanging his head. “Ashamed of what?” Insisted the Little Prince, who wanted to help him. “Ashamed of Drinking!”
4. East of Eden – by John Steinbeck
Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions:… Have I done well—or ill?
5. Hatchet – by Gary Paulsen
“He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. It wasn’t just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that—it didn’t work”
6.The Energy of Prayer: How to deepen your spiritual practice by Thich Nhat Hanh
“The energy of mindfulness is a real energy, and wherever energy is applied there is a change. For Example, the energy of the sun can change life on the planet Earth. Wind is Energy and our mindfulness is also energy that is able to change the situation of the world and of the human species. Therefor when we create the energy of mindfulness, we are able to pray.”
7. Swimming to Antartica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
About a woman with a passion and drive to do something special that she loves. It is a great book and inspiring story that I read to get a break from my text books in college.