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The Giving Tree:
A Monthly Book Exchange

Our members share four books they recommend you read right now

by Emily Sause

October 30, 2018


From novels to compendiums, page turners to plot twists, we all have one or two pieces of literature that have changed our lives in some way. Whether they’ve opened our hearts or expanded our perspective, there are some books that just beg to be shared! Each month, we invite our members to gift their favorite to our library. In an open-forum sharing circle, we unravel the mysteries of story and inspiration, narratives and motivation, deepening our connection with each other through our shared pillars of insight.

Below are our recent community recommendations:

Member: Daniel Roth
Book: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Overview: The best-selling author of Eat, Pray Love writes about our personal relationship to creativity, digging into her own process and journey to share wisdom into developing and nurturing our passions. Gilbert highlights her beliefs about the source of creativity, how to live an inspired, curious and courageous life. She guides the reader through common obstacles that block us from unlocked the wonder that exists within each of us.
Member: Ryan Morey
Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Overview: A tesseract is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
Member: Maxine Sitkowski
Book: Beliefs by Robert Diltz, Tim Hallborn, Suzi Smith
Overview: Do you know how your beliefs came to be? Can you identify your own limiting beliefs? This book explores the processes—re-impriting, conflict integrations, belief/relief strategies, visualization and criteria identification—to reimagine the scripts we tell ourselves. From undoing habits like overeating or smoking, these processes provide a framework for shifting our negative beliefs into healthy ones that support our mental and physical well-being.
Member: Trent Rhodes
Book: Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
Overview: Originally published in 1975, Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics encapsulated his mission to illustrate the relationship between eastern mysticism and western physics. His premise presents the similarities in spirituality and science of principles on energy, awareness, space, mind, consciousness and organization in the universe. His chapters commit balanced attention to each side, illustrating the hard, concrete scientific principles and eloquently inserts philosophical ideas grounded in mystic revelation, showing how the two perspectives represent the intuitive right-hemisphere and the logical left. Fritjof successfully shows how the ancient mystics and today’s scientists seemingly arrive at the same conclusions. This book will support readers’ understanding that they are speaking the same language with different words.

Would you recommend any of these books?

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