Books and Reading

Recent Reads

Although I have not written about reading in a bit, I have still been reading. I am going to share quick reviews on my best recent reads.

The major theme of these books is introspection. I have been delving deep and considering how I live, most of these books reflect that.

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Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge- In this book, Erling Kagge reflects on silence and its implications in our fast paced world. Kagge traveled through Antarctica by himself. He considers the larger world effects of silence as a modern commodity only achieved by the wealthy, but also simpler ways we can rethink silence. I really appreciated how he incorporates work of other thinkers and helped me to be more aware of it’s role in my life.

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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty- I really enjoyed this book and considered how Hagerty’s relationship with God grew. Hagerty writes in a raw and authentic way about how dealing with many years of infertility influenced her idea of being blessed or cursed. She then reconsiders her relationship with God as transactional and learns to trust God through the years of struggle. I really found her book to be inspired and helped me to consider how my relationship with God works and to give me the push to consider a more personal religious relationship.

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Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty- I read this one prior to Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet. I enjoyed this one more. I found her idea of reconsidering our moments of hiddenness to be inspiring. I also personally saw connections between her being hidden to my work with meditation and finding God in the spaces that might not feel intentional or purposeful. I would highly recommend this one.

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Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner- I started reading this around the same time I started The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared and was surprised by how similar the covers were when placed side by side. I am sure this is coincidence and I might not have noticed it had my husband not pointed it out. In this memoir, Loechner describes how she shifted her life from chasing more to chasing less towards working on letting go of chasing at all. I struggled with the beginning because I found her unrelatable but as I continued to read I felt her story became more authentic and I was able to find points of connection. This book made me reconsider ways we interact with each other on the internet and elsewhere. I also found it useful to just give me a new lens for seeing the world around me.

Any reading suggestions? I am currently looking for more so any ideas would be great!

 

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