Alot of us who blog often mention or recommend our favorite gardening books. I have frequently wondered what other types of books gardeners enjoy reading. So, I decided to pull out a few of my faves (that are not gardening books) and share them with you. I chose three that I consider to be ‘friends’: those books that I return to time and again. Here’s the list:
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book was given to me by my brother who said that if I read it and really tried to follow the behavioral changes it suggests that it could make a significant difference in my life. I am always suspicious when someone makes a statement like that, but how right he was. The Four Agreements is an easy read: yet it is filled with wisdom and advice that you will return to time and again as a reminder of how to live with integrity within yourself and towards others. I have given a copy of this book to several of my friends.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Now considered a classic written by a psychiatrist who was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. Frankl often quoted Nietsche who said: ” He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how”. Frankl is a first rate writer whose words will leave an indelible imprint on your consciousness. He weaves in his personal circumstances within the concentration camps along with his philosophies of the potential of an individual’s transformation in such a situation. Man’s Search For Meaning is heartwarming, courageous and a great philosophical and psychological treatise.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
This is a book of ancient Chinese wisdom believed to be written around 500 B.C. by Lao Tsu. When you first open its pages, you may find the words to be simple. But if you continue to read the verses within, its timeless poetic beauty and wisdom will be revealed to you. It is the second most widely read book after the Bible. There are dozens and dozens of translations of the Tao Te Ching. This version is one I that I particularly like. it is a wonderful gift to give to anyone.
Would love to hear from you with a list of your non-gardening favorite books. It will be fun to see who is drawn to what books!! Send links to your blog if you want to display photos.