My book review of The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood. This was a beautifully written and poignant story of loss, grief, hope, recovery and friendship through the therapeutic use of knitting.
http:// jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot. com/2011/11/knitting-circle-by-ann-hood.html
"Let's not talk high-sounding phrases. Let's not use old words, shopworn words, words like "glory" and "peace" without thinking exactly what they mean. There's no "glory" in killing. There's no "glory" in maiming men. There are the glorious dead, but they would be more glorious living.The most glorious thing is life. And we who are alive must cling to it, each of us helping." (John Pershing- from the book)
Pershing is one of America's unsung heroes. The first man to be promoted to General of the Armies, he's largely responsible for winning WWI but is all but forgotten today. John Perry does an admirable job of reminding the rest of us who General John J. Pershing was and why he deserves our respect and a place in history.
Please check out my latest book review of To the End of the War, a collection of unpublished fiction by James Jones, the author of classics such as From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. You can find it here: http://readabookonce.blogspot.com/2011/11/to-end-of-war-unpublished...
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is a fictional novel which takes place between two worlds. The book was originally written in Japanese and became a best seller almost immediately.
My latest review is of I'm Not Scared by Nicollo Ammaniti - an intense, fast pased Italian book that I would highly recommend.
|Inner Pilgrimage Ten Days to a Mindful Me
by Raji Lukkoor
Meet the Author
A profound human experience, a modern-day response to the primeval human
quest for truth and meaning in life. By engaging in the author’s spiritual
journey, readers learn about vipassana—a timeless, powerful, non-sectarian, and
non-mystical tool for transformation. They see how the practice of mindfulness,
nourished through regular meditation, can help anyone to live a life that is
fully expressed, affirming, connected, healthy, compassionate, and vibrant. This
book will appeal to all spiritual seekers and to anyone with an interest in
Buddhism or meditation.
Inner Pilgrimage in the hands of vipassana master His
Holiness S. N. Goenka
August 08, 2011
What you don't actually think about is what it is really like to participate on such a retreat for the whole period, spending every minute there, on the personal journey you have to travel to get to your destination. For anyone thinking of going on a similar retreat this is a great book to read, giving you an insight of what it genuinely feels like to the there, day by day, through the authors writings.
When I first saw this book, for some reason I was immediately pulled towards it and couldn't wait for its arrival. On opening the book two words struck out to me straight away 'inner war'. The description was so clear and so close to home that the book grabbed my attention as soon as it had began.
As well as explaining, in fantastic realistic detail, how living through the whole course felt - through the emotions, the ever so true worries the author felt, the pain and yet the enlightenment she felt, it also explains basic Buddha and meditation methods learnt. These are the parts where you may have to re-read certain pages to fully understand.
For me the main message in the Buddha teaching is that everything in life is impermanent and by not accepting this we create our own problems. "Why agonize over that which is I, me and mine? The body and the mind are mere wavelets of vibration and energy. Egoism is futile because if brings unhappiness, disappointment, frustrations, sorrow, anxieties, and worries. Happiness is to be sought not in the outside world where society judges you, but within the person, where eternal peace, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, joy and moral integrity flourish."
A fascinating read and I have so much respect for the author, travelling through her own journey.
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan is reminiscent of The Scarlett Letter and The Handmaid's Tale definitely worth read. Here's my review link http://asiturnthepages.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-take-on-when-she-wok...
The Fledgling Handbook by P.C. Cast and Kim Doner
Today's Book Review:
Thought provoking Australian YA
My latest review is Because of You by Cathy Maxwell.