Book Recommendations

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer

Michael A. Singer takes us on his personal journey of what he came to call a Surrender Experiment. He talks about the voice in our head that constantly talks, with its many preferences and opinions. Singer became aware of this voice and he made it his mission to quiet this voice and let go of himself.

A lot happens to Singer according to his accounts. A lot that, were it up to him, would not fully unfold the way they did. From dropping everything to live in the woods to pursue his spiritual practices to then becoming a builder, to then building a temple, to then becoming a programmer and building revolutionary software worth hundreds of millions of dollars and becoming the CEO of a huge company, to then the FBI raiding his company, this man takes you on a journey that makes you raise your eyebrows quite a lot. Like, HOW?

Singer shares experiences in the book that someone with a critical and cynical mind would not easily believe, like him passing university exams without really studying, or getting opportunities seemingly out of the blue, and how one thing kept leading to another. Like he writes in the book, “the right person would show up at just the right time.” As if some things were just meant to happen. He was experiencing the unfolding of things that were beyond his control but that were working in his favor. Continue reading…

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is all about creative living and working with creativity. And before you think it, NO, it’s not meant merely for writers, painters or “artists” as we know them. We’re all creatives. We’re all creators. If anything, Elizabeth Gilbert, Liz, explains in the book that, her definition of Creative Living is “living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” And loves, I can’t tell you how much I love that definition! Creative Living does not have much to do with our ability to create, but rather, our willingness to pursue our curiosity wherever it might lead us; you know, do things that set our Soul on fire.

The book is divided into 6 parts: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. Each part reads like a charm and connects wonderfully to make the whole. Liz is very personal in her approach, and quite comical, too. I read the book twice (because, well, it took me too long to finish it the first time and I felt like I forgot quite some information if I were to write a Book Recommendation), and honestly, dears, I am in love with how personal a writer can get with her audience. You feel like you’re having a conversation with her; like it’s two friends having a chat – only that one friend is more talkative than the other. Continue Reading…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist has been a classic for some time now. It’s one of the most read, reviewed, and recommended pieces I’ve read. Published over 30 years ago, this piece feels timeless.

Paulo Coelho tells us the story of Santiago, a young shepherd that had a dream about a treasure. He decides to follow this dream, and embarks on a journey to his treasure located across the desert. On his way to finding this treasure, he meets several people that will challenge him, teach him and help him in his pursuit to his “Personal Legend”. At a certain point, the boy wonders whether he had made the right decision as things are not as easy as before anymore; the closer he got to his treasure, the more difficult it all seemed. Whereas in the beginning things felt so smooth and in alignment, as he was being guided by the universe, at a certain point it didn’t feel like that anymore.

The different events, people, circumstances and consequently experiences Santiago goes through to fulfill his “Personal Legend somehow became relatable to me. The notion of a “Personal Legend” feels close to home. Trials and tribulations, people with bad intentions and who mean well, lacks and leaps of faith, insightful conversations with wise souls, reasons why to continue and reasons to give up… The whole narrative becomes personal. It is when things become relatable that we can come close to understanding what they mean. It is in the personal that we find ourselves. Continue Reading….

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

I’ve been looking forward to writing about this book. See, 300 pages can bring your awareness to a whole new level. I ENJOYED reading this book. It was also a reality check for me. To read how easy, fast, and routinely we identify with our ego is astonishing to say the least. At the same time, this book served as a reminder and guidance. Exquisitely written, I LOVED how spot-on Eckhart Tolle was with the range of topics he discussed. At the same time, because all that information was formatted in only 300 pages, I felt like the topics at the end of the book were not as elaborate as in the beginning. Also, language is ambiguous. Eckhart did his best to use language to the best of his abilities, but I felt that some parts of the book could be misinterpreted or misunderstood. This is something individual and personal, though. Nonetheless, still a beautiful art piece. Definitely in my top readings. Continue Reading…

Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu

The words have several layers of depth. One fascinating thing about this book is that even though it was written waaayy back in history, its principles are applicable in contemporary society. As Stephen Mitchell, the translator of this version explains, “Lao-tzu’s central figure is a man or woman whose life is in perfect harmony with the way things are … The Master has mastered Nature; not in the sense of conquering it, but of becoming it.” How can you master Nature? I recommend you read this book and come to your own conclusions.

Tao Te Ching is a beautiful, somewhat abstract, nonetheless inspiring compilation of philosophical and moral principles in form of poetry that can teach us important lessons. Should you want to extract lessons from this book, take some time to reflect on the words written in it. There is a reason why Tao Te Ching is one of the most widely translated pieces of literature in the world.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

There is a difference between eating and savoring something.. In the same way, I don’t like to read to finish a book, but rather, read to savor the book’s content. This book in particular, within a week, I was halfway reading it. But somehow I needed to take the time to really take in and process and savor the content I had read.

The book starts by questioning who we are. After some quite logical observations and explanations, it takes the reader to a different, more subtle reality: the reality of energy. After the introduction of energy, the book goes deeper into explaining the implications of closing ourselves from Life, and the consequences most people experience by doing so. Singer also explains why we do that. Then, of course, he offers solutions and recommends that we find the Tao. As the book reaches its final pages, both the concept of and experiences with God are discussed.

Ahhh… This book has become one of my favorite books. Using both Eastern and Western terminologies, The Untethered Soul is easy to read and understand. Singer also makes use of perfect examples to illustrate in simple ways what he means.

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

Focusing more on relationships, both the relationship we have with ourselves as well as the relationship we have with others, Don Miguel Ruiz shows us the importance of self-love. He covers domestication (or what people would call socialization) and how this influenced us since very young. He covers our idea of perfection and how we aim for this, whilst we are perfect already. Our emotional body and beliefs come in the text as well!

One of the most important things I learned from this book is that whomever I meet, wherever I go, I am responsible for my part of the relationship. Another important reminder was that I don’t need love.. I am made of love – I Am Love. This is something I know for a while already, but Miguel Ruiz explains this beautifully. I highly recommend this book!