Nonfiction November: Week 3

For week 3 the topic is: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Julie @ JulzReads): You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (become the expert

I’m going to go with Become the Expert. You know the self-help section is filled with lots of books on how to be this and that but the three books I’m going to recommend while they aren’t the typical self-help, I think can help you find yourself. At least they certainly gave me a lot to think about!

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. A book that focuses on pursuing happiness even during trying times. I read this one shortly after my dad passed away. I felt so lost and this book reminded me that we are all going through difficult times but it is how we face them that we can move forward. Happiness doesn’t come just from external events but from within and to achieve happiness you must first practice compassion.

The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment by Isabel Losada. “I want to find out how to live life completely, abundantly, joyfully, stupidly.” The author goes on quest trying out different seminars, retreats and paths to achieve enlightenment. It was funny and didn’t necessarily give you the one thing that is going to bring you Enlightenment but just shows the sometimes crazy or odd things people will do all in the pursuit of happiness. More importantly, I think it gives you comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in the journey.

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman. When her marriage fell apart, the author travels to a village in Mexico to find peace and herself. What she found was the desire to connect with others and reinvent herself and she began the life of a nomad traveling around various countries always immersing herself in the culture and forming ties with her host’s community. I cannot imagine not having a base but I wouldn’t mind more travel in my life.

Have you read any of these? Would love to hear what you thought.

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