12 Books to Read in Times of Adversity
Books have been a great source of comfort and inspiration for me at different times in my life.
Here is a list of twelve books that may or may not change your perspective permanently during these times
ANTHONY RAY HINTON - THE SUN DOES SHINE
A remarkable story about a guy who spent 28 years on Death Row...for a crime he didn't commit
HENRY FRASER - THE LITTLE BIG THINGS
Inspiring story about a guy who was paralysed from the shoulders down following an accident when he was 17, but who is now a masterful artist, using his mouth to do so
WARD FARNSWORTH - THE PRACTICING STOIC
Stoic philosophy is great in times of adversity. So what better than all the great ideas and quotes from the Stoic thinkers compiled together in one comprehensive book.
Great cover too!
EDITH EGER - THE CHOICE
This was the book that inspired me to open up about my mental health challenges at the beginning of 2019. Edith survived the Holocaust along with her sister and became a psychologist afterwards. She realised she had buried her demons...so she returned to the lions den in Auschwitz to face them. Wow.
FRANK OSTASESKI - THE FIVE INVITATIONS
Frank is a Zen hospice worker, and has had thousands of conversations with those at the end of life.
Two questions came up time and time again..
Am I Loved? Did I Love well?
A reminder of what truly matters in life.
BESSEL VAN DER KOLK - THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE
One of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body. Most of us suffer some trauma in life; some unfortunately suffer trauma with a big T, and some with a small t.
DAVID WHYTE - ESSENTIALS
I used to write poetry to unload when I needed to. David Whyte is my favourite poet, here is a selection of his best. His work touches on the timeless relationship of human beings to their world. He also works with business leaders in their boardrooms. For those who don't like poetry check out his book Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words instead
DAVID NOTT - WAR DOCTOR
Poignant tales of a Welsh surgeon who has spent 25 years dispensing life-saving treatment in some of the most dangerous places in the world, and does so voluntarily.
WILLIAM MARTIN - A PATH AND A PRACTICE
The Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu is the second most translated book in the world following the Bible and was written over 2,500 years ago. This is a modern interpretation of it, and teaches us how to live life in a pure and simple way.
TARA WESTOVER - EDUCATED
A coming-of-age memoir that chronicles a young woman's efforts to study her way out of a tough childhood in Idaho with a fundamentalist Mormon family, by teaching herself through books. She didn't step foot in a classroom until she was 17 years of age. She ended up earning a Masters degree at Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard. A slightly different angle on homeschooling!
MICHAEL SINGER - THE UNTETHERED SOUL
It does get a bit repetitive by the end, but the first part of the book is right on the money. It describes how you can untie your self from your ego, harness your inner energy, expand beyond yourself and float through life instead of blocking or fighting it. The author practices what he preaches as during the writing of the book he himself as a founding CEO of a billion-dollar public company was embroiled in a legal battle , following an indictment on federal fraud, which was later dropped.
J.C AMBERCHELE - COMING TO NOTHING AND FINDING EVERYTHING
This one is a little more obscure and may be lost on some, but it details the tales of a guy in prison who wakes up to who he really is and his true nature, which is available to each of us right now, and is based on the wisdom and findings of the architect turned philosopher Douglas Harding and his Headless Way - a series of practical, user-friendly experiments to see Who you really are through the science of the first person.