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Summer Series 2 – Reading

August 10, 2015

summer reading 2

In our 2nd post as part of our summer series we turn to reading and books that might inspire us to live more simply, to Breathe more and pursue less ‘stuff’ and less drivenness and to ‘Breathe’ and seek out more ‘life’ in all its fullness. Here are 3 great books that will help us to ‘Breathe’ this summer.

Less is More by Brian Draper 

“The world of More, Bigger, Faster calls to us, and we respond by living in a way that’s burning us out, exhausting the planet, and creating an economy of greed. And yet, deeper within all of us, another voice whispers: there is more to life than this; there is a another way to go.” Brian Draper

This is a great book (and one we have reviewed before) that we keep coming back to at Breathe. The ‘Less is More Manifesto’ that accompanies the book is fantastic and is really akin to the Breathe Promise of Life.  Brian has also written some other great books and as mentioned last week, also leads some great seasonal retreats and on line seasonal journeys.

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown 

Brene Brown is well known and much respected for her research into Vulnerability and shame and her TED Talks.

“Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?” In her 10 guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

Brene Brown Gift

 

Free by Mark and Lisa Scandrette

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Why does chasing the good life make us feel so bad? We dream big and spend our money and time chasing our dreams—only to find ourselves exhausted, deeply in debt and spiritually empty. Mark and Lisa Scandrette realized at the beginning of their lives together that what they want, what they need and what they were being told to want didn’t sync up. In Free Mark (with a little help from Lisa) shares the secrets of how they bought a home and raised a family debt-free in the most expensive city in the United States—and how they’ve enjoyed good relationships, good adventures and good food along the way. Packed with helpful exercises for getting a handle on your money story, and designed for healing and generative money conversations with friends, Free gives you a path to financial freedom and spiritual flourishing that awakens your heart and energizes your soul.

There is a great link online to dig more into the book

We hope you are inspired by whatever you choose to read this summer. If one of these books makes it to your reading pile/list (and into your luggage) then do feel free to let us know what you think.

Happy Reading. Next week for part 3 we will be turning to listening (recommending a few podcasts and soulful tunes for your soundtrack to the summer)

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