Tell us about the last book you read (why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?) to go further right a post based on it's subject matter.
The last book I read was recommended by another blogger, Jasmine. When I started following the blog of 20 year old I never thought I would gain any type insight. That being said she was adorable and high energy and I loved her spirit. Then on day she mentioned that she was reading “You are here” by Thich Nhat Hanh. As of late I have been trying to find a new perspective on things, so I figured why the hell not.
I have claimed Buddhism as a religion for a long time, but I have let up on reading about it the past few years. I could claim that I'm too busy or whatever, but there really is no excuse. I'm only Buddhist because I found it was where my mind already was. I was raised by parents who are (or were) Christian but I just never found the guidance that so many do. I have nothing against Christianity, it just doesn't speak to me.
The weirdest coincidence with the timing of Jasmine recommending this book was that I had recently finished (in tears) watching The Life of Pi. When the book came out my mother had read it, and immediately told me that I needed to read it. I did, and I loved the book, but only after watching the movie did I understand why she thought I should read it. My mom had always been aware of my struggle with religion (much like Pi's struggle) I didn't dislike religion I just struggled with it. Oddly enough some of my best book recommendations have come when I need them the most.
When the book Life of Pi came out I was a pregnant teenager that was bound and determined to be the best mom ever. I was angry at the time, not at anything in particular just normal teenage angst compounded by my impending mother hood. Oddly enough I was never angry about being pregnant, but everything else weighed on me very heavily. Of course many thought my heathen behind should get to church and find some religion so that I may never go down the path of single, unwed mother again. The only thing that bothered me was the mention of religious ramifications of having my daughter. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! I may want to strangle the ever living snot out of my daughter from time to time but I cannot believe that she wasn't a blessing from somewhere. Thankfully while pregnant I had time to do a lot of reading and because I was taking a psychology class at the time “compassion” came up a lot.
Fast forward sixteen years and while I'm not angry or misguided I have been a little foggy lately. Then along comes Jasmine's book recommendation, and not a moment too soon. These days I don't need to read about someone who is as lost as I am, because I think I know where I am, I needed to stop waiting for “someday” to come. I have so many reasons to be happy each and very moment and I need to stop waiting them. That is what “you are here” is all about. It was full of reminders that I need to focus on the present because the future is a long way off and the past is a long way gone.
Would I recommend it? Of course I would, and with much enthusiasm too 🙂
P.S. for the nook and kindle folks, the digital version is quite inexpensive.