TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH ME

TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH ME
I don’t normally do these.
But I really do like books.

I decided to put my list down in the order I’d read them.

  1. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger – for helping us to realize one is not necessarily alone when feeling alienated.
  2. Malcom X An Autobiography, by Malcom X and Alex Haley - for introducing me to the concept of the zoot suit, and how Faith Evolves Over Time with an Open Mind.
  3. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho – for taking me on a journey to understand what it means to have a Personal Legend, and pursue it.
  4. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – for allowing me to find common ground with a vulnerable woman amidst her suffering – and join her as she strives towards re-birth by focusing on feeding the needs of the soul when they’ve been neglected for far too long.
  5. The Forty Rules of Love, by Elif Shafak – for taking me on a journey to 13th Century Turkey & Central Asia where my ancestor Shams of Tabriz wandered, whirled and collided with a scholar named Rumi and sparked the divine within him igniting his passion for poetry and mass love.
  6. Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick – for helping me see eye to eye with a guy named Pat Peoples, long for a Tiffany, and for showing me I can write too. And for leading me inevitably towards Haldol and Blue Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, by Melody Moezzi – which in turn helped me see more clearly what mental illness looks like, knowing that it’s OK to ask for help, and encouraging us to laugh through all the realizations and discoveries Melody made along her way.
  7. The Bhagavad Gita – for showing more clearly how similar all faith traditions are in their essence
  8. The Gift of Imperfection, by Brene Brown – for bringing back gratitude & joy and promoting Authenticity; and for being a simply Remarkable Book, which helped me adopt a new way of thinking, and a new vocabulary. And for leading me to Brene’s latest book – Daring Greatly.
  9. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio – for allowing me to hope that compassion in our schools might just be contagious?
  10. 365 days with Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks – because sometimes you simply need MORE than just one day with Rumi.
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