Reading books, unfortunately, doesn’t come easily to me, it requires effort. When I came across these books I couldn’t put down then I knew I had to share it on my blog.
I hope you like these 2 books as much as I have enjoyed reading it!
- 29 Gifts: How A Month Of Giving Can Change Your Life.
First of all, I apologize for not capturing the real picture beforehand of the first book mentioned. I forgot to take a picture of it, but I managed to track it down online.
Cami Walker was 35 years old when she had to face life challenges with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition. Ultimately, her quality of life was compromised. South African healer Mbali Creazzo awakened a paradigm shift in Cami when sharing the 29 Gifts a month concept. Looking at it in a logical way makes sense. What you put out into the world, you will get back. The experiment isn’t about giving in hopes of getting back.
The mindset you go into this is giving from a servent’s heart, not necessarily the most extravagant gifts, but a way of helping out a fellow human being, pet or anyone you come across in your daily life. It takes approximately a month for a habit to form. Once you start, it becomes second nature and that’s exactly what happens to Cami. In giving, it helps take away that there is more to this world than oneself. It might seem overwhelming at first to jump into something unknown, the best thing is taking baby steps.
I appreciated the book wasn’t a fairy tale. Everything isn’t happily ever after because life isn’t like that. Cami has to face her life with medical challenges she can’t control, but she has control over not letting it take over her whole life. When your energy is spent positively and being grateful, the universe has a way of rewarding us whether we asked for it or not.
After reading this book, I went to look at the website: 29gifts.org dedicated to this daily growing movement. If you are up for the challenge, you can share your experience and sign up to become a member for free. I haven’t signed up yet but from reading others journey from doing this, then there’s a sense of community bringing people together.
- Chicken Soup For The Soul: What I Learned From The Dog.
This book will resonate with all the dog lovers or animal lovers in general. All emotions wrapped up in a bow! Chicken Soup For The Soul books tend to evoke feelings deep inside us and that’s exactly what this book did. 101 short stories all from dog owners and what they learned from a dog. Regardless of the reason for having a dog, everyone can learn something from their pet or from a friend or family member’s 4 legged dogs.
The contents of the book talk about Learning about Family, Learning to have courage, Learning to listen, Learning to overcome adversity, Learning to heal, Learning to say goodbye, Learning to put things in perspective, Learning to be kinder and Learning about unconditional love.
After reading this book it made me reflect on the dog’s in my life and what I have learned from them. Recently what I have learned from my sister’s dog a 9 year old Jack Russell named Lucy is her zest for life.
She has skin problems, lost some teeth but remains excited about life. Whenever I take her for a walk, she runs fast and I find myself having to push myself in order to catch up with her. That energy is contagious and I would want to apply it to my life.
My sister’s other dog a 3 year old Siberian Husky called Anakin.
I used to be nervous around him, I never knew what to expect. He is huge like a wolf! I learned eventually he might be big and strong, but in reality, he is a softie once you get to know him. Which is why one shouldn’t write off someone easily without trying to get to know them first. Of course, we won’t get along with everyone, but the moment you start judging it becomes not about the person (or in this case a dog) it says more about your character as a person.
The last example what I learned from a dog is my late dog Jocky.
He taught me many things, but what is high above that list is unconditional love. I would have done anything for Jocky! Especially when facing serious health issues and not because I felt I had to, I wanted to. To be with someone through the hardships and not only through the good times.
Have any book recommendations you think I or anyone should read? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Thank you for reading! Until next time.