Four Books ..

I know these are not exactly romantic summer reads but they are some of my favourite books that I find heartening and helpful when one needs to stay motivated and harmonious at upheaval times.

The Key to Living The Law of Attraction

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetWritten by Jack Cranfield and DD Watkins, you’ll probably find it carefully stacked on the ‘Self help’ section. I’m personally not a fan of the term «self help». Instead, I would prefer if they called it ‘Self improvement’. So if you are seeking to improve yourself and start living a meaningful, rewarding and abundant life, this is probably your book. As an evolved Homo sapiens, one has an incredible ability to think. Thoughts are very powerful. Thoughts become things. Explained step by step with ample quotations from famous figures, the authors guide the reader on attracting positive thoughts through mediation, affirmation and so forth. As a huge skeptic who believes only in concrete evidence, I thought this was full of talk and no action, so American, so positive – I thought! But I was actually amazed by the results. A positive attitude coupled with all the tips detailed on the book could really change your life.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI simply love the philosophy of The Secret. ‘Like attracts like’.  It’s like a magnet. Try smiling at somebody – don’t they smile back? The book guides you on how you could attract anything that you want to obtain in life, including wealth, relationships etc. I personally agree with most of them, but at times the book can be somewhat repetitive. I think it’s a good book  to read if in doubt and in search of some profound sense in life. It is a self revelation journey where you will discover the power that lies within you and how you can achieve anything you want. It has been around for years so we must be many who find it useful. I certainly rely on a quote or two when I feel that I’m a bit out of track!

What I know for sure – Oprah Winfrey

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI don’t believe this woman needs an introduction. I whole heartedly respect her, having come from nothing to being one of the most influential women of today. A successful talk show host, I clung to her every word, hoping to get some wisdom and some tips on how to make it in life. It’s no wonder then when I heard of this book, I rushed off to Amazon to get a copy. In this book, she frankly talks of her real experiences. I love learning from first hand – show me how and I’ll do it in oppose to  – do as I say. Some parts might be somewhat repetitive if you already lead your life in such a way. Overall, I found it such an endearing read. I appreciate the useful tips on how to lead a blissful life through appreciation of simple things, clarity of mind and openness to receiving abundant blessings. A simple ‘Thank you’ will take you very far indeed.

Chinoises / The Good Women of China by Xue Xinran

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI borrowed this book from my French teacher even though at the time my French was just so-so. Anything concerning women struggles draw so much attention to me. So I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down. Translated into 30 languages, the Chinese women’s stories are so candidly told by the author Xue Xian. As a journalist in China, she invited them to her radio show and encouraged them to speak up about their struggles, without taboo. Needless to say, that was not easy to do. My heart ached as I read about each woman’s personal story from domestic abuse, rape, forced marriages to infanticide. It is not as if I was naive to the injustices but reading from the women who told them just made me appreciate even more the liberty that I have today.

I love a good read. My choices today were far from «read to escape» but rather «read to face» reality. I think its rather important to be clued in. I know there are plenty of review sources out there but some personal recommendations which have been a great help to oneself would not go a miss. So in light of that, if you have some recommendations for me, I’d appreciate it.

Happy reading ♠

Marie x

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