Monday, December 29, 2008
Here are my three top picks for 2008 by category. (Click on the title to read my review.)
Book that touched my heart the most- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Book that inspired me spiritually- Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life
Most enthralling reading experience- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Happy new year! I hope that 2009 brings much joy, growth, and good books to read!
P.S. If you wouldn't mind sharing, I'd like to hear which books were your favorites in 2008.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Actually, I had to place a Hold on it and wait several weeks until it was available.
Now it seems fitting to make a plug for the local library. You can really find any book you want there even if it means waiting a bit or ordering it through the LINK+ system which connects lots of local and academic libraries in California. So get a library card or dig it out from your wallet and visit your library. It's really amazing. Plus, on winter days, it's warm inside and on hot days, it's cold!
Okay, back to the review. Once I had received an email saying this book was ready for pick-up, I checked it out and read it in two days. It's about Bella who moves to rainy Forks, Washington from sunny Phoenix, Arizona and falls in love with a vampire! And then we hear all about this family of vampires. Interesting, but also pretty two-dimensional and straightforward.
I can see what the hype is about...this one was definitely a page-turner. I've even placed Holds on the remaining three books in the series and am looking forward to reading them. But besides being a page-turner, there's not much else to say. Enjoyable, but it did not offer anything that complicated or deep, nor did it fascinate me in the same way that Harry Potter and the wizarding world of Hogwarts does.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is the commencement speech that the author, Ann Patchett, gave to a graduating class at Sarah Lawrence College. She discusses the question "What now?" which is a question that will continually resurface in our lives. She traces her own career path of working as a cook, going to graduate school, waitressing, and finally becoming a writer. A short, sweet book that is a bit different from the typical, super-inspirational carpe diem commencement speeches. Pick this up at the library if you can, it's worth the 30 minutes or so that it takes to read it.
Monday, December 22, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This book is delightful, minus a couple of crude scenes. Perry learns the true meaning of family, love, and what it means to be rich.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Unlikable characters, no emotion, flat storyline. There is nothing good about this book. Except for the cover...isn't it pretty?
To the author, Julia Glass:
I really liked your first book, Three Junes! Your last book, The Whole World Over, was okay. But really, your books are getting progressively worse and I don't want them to!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas with readings by C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey, Henri Nouwen, and others.
I find that these daily readings slow me down and prepare my heart during this season.
Thanks for the recommendation, Sandra.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This is a collection of fables that wizard and witches grow up hearing and it's finally time for us muggles to hear them as well. The fables are translated by Ms Hermione Granger herself! Also included is commentary by the late Albus Dumbledore who left behind notes on each story.
Delightful, but way too short! Again, I love Harry Potter so I'll take whatever J.K. Rowling has to write. It would have been nice though to have included an Introduction written by Hermione about her process of translating the stories.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
This book is beautifully written with great character development. However, I like it when the protagonist changes throughout the book, and Rose never did. The ending was painful and sad, but worth the read. In real life, sometimes people don't change and that is sad too...for them and for those around them who desperately need them to.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This book takes place during the summer before senior year. Macy is trying to be just "fine" even though she is still grieving the sudden death of her father and also reeling from a break-up with her seemingly perfect boyfriend (he's not!). She falls into a job working for a caterer where she meets a motley, but honest group of friends. Macy learns about telling the truth to herself and to others. She also learns that embracing the messy parts in life might easier than trying to be perfect all of the time.
There is a lot more to this book: thoughts on grief, characters who follow their hearts, tenderness and grace expressed between family members, and challenges to be real.
Some quotes that I liked:
"I am not a spontaneous person. But when you're alone in the world, really alone, you have no choice but to be open to suggestions."
"Maybe that's what you got when you stood over your grief, facing it finally. A sense of its depths, its area, the distance across, and the way over or around it, whichever you chose in the end."
"...it was okay not to fit in everywhere, as long as you did [fit in] somewhere."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This book is about 14-year-old Susie Salmon who is murdered by a neighbor. She narrates the book from heaven as she watches how her family and friends deal with their grief.
I found this book to be quite odd. It was definitely a page-turner, but the ending was super weird! My older sister warned me about that so I was prepared. Overall, the book was pretty good, but still, there was something weird about it. This is not a book that I would keep in my library and not one that I would buy. If you have the chance to read it, I would, but I'm warning you that it's weird!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I appreciate that Eldredge values the heart...listening to it, keeping it alive, following it. To some degree, that point comes out in this book. The rest of the book...well, it's okay and has some encouraging points, but by no means is this quality Eldredge. For that, we need to return to The Sacred Romance or The Journey of Desire (which I see is now being sold as titled simply as Desire).
This is one quote in which I appreciated the content, but not the form:
"And so, whatever else might be the reasons for our disappointments, there is no question that God uses them to draw us to himself. To wean our hearts from every other perceived source of life, so that we might come to find out life in him." --John Eldredge
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
What are the five most important/meaningful books that you would recommend? Your sister, Emily
Dear Emily, Thanks for teaching me how to read! I've been reading ever since you taught me that great word, PET. I wonder if that's why I love animals too. Hum! Now onto your question!
Important books are ones that have somehow changed the way I live or think about life. Here they are:
1. Finding Contentment by Neil Clark Warren
Before founding eharmony, Neil Clark Warren wrote a fantastic book about how finding contentment is based on living out of who you truly are. This book made me more intentional about getting to know myself and making decisions out of who I really am.
2. The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
This was John Eldredge at his best - challenging, new, and not quoting movies, but rather the primary texts! This book made me realize that God is after my heart...and not just some of it, but all of it.
3. He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo
I include this book not because it changed my life forever, but because it definitely made singleness much more managable and greatly reduced dating angst and anxiety. And if you've ever experienced dating and/or singleness angst (and I know I'm not the only one!), then you know how a little peace in this area of life is priceless.
4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
A story about being yourself. Hum, a familiar theme...and it might explain why my favorite movie is What A Girl Wants.
5. Take Time for Your Life: A Personal Coach's 7-Step Program for Creating the Life You Want by Cheryl Richardson
In terms of very practical daily living and self-care, this book prompted me to make a lot of changes in my life. It goes through figuring out what's important to you and re-arranging your schedule so that your life and how you spend your time reflects that.
And to my Faithful Readers (all four of you!) out there, would you mind sharing with me which books have been important to you?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I wish that our American culture recognized this instead of expecting somebody to attend a funeral and go back to work the next day as if getting on with life was the most normal thing to do...when really the world has stopped for you.
This book is the memoir of a mother whose first child is stillborn. It is a beautiful and powerful book.
Sometimes I don't have a lot to say about a book because the book is stupid and isn't worth describing. For this book, I don't have a lot to say because there is nothing else I need to say except that this is an important book and I think everyone would gain from reading it.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is one of the least daunting books on prayer that I have read. It is simple, yet inspiring. It not only made me think that I could actually integrate this practice into my life, but it made me want to as well.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Even though this book is in the "young adult" genre, it raises important questions for everyone. Is it important to win at everything? Or are the winners really the ones who are surrounded by good friends? What qualities do we really want to have?
I see this book as a tribute to all of those "nice guys" out there (you know who you are!). Crash initially sees Penn as a loser, but Penn actually turns out to be the most grounded, dynamic, supportive, and generous guy around. What else could you want in someone close to you?
P.S. This book is written by the same author as one of my favorites, Stargirl, which has similar themes.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is a short, pleasant book to read. The behind-the-scenes look at Starbucks is fun. It's neat how Gill tackles his new job with both fear and courage and how thankful he is for the chance just to be working.
I would not put this on your must-read list...and I would recommend checking it out from the library rather than buying it. But if you get a chance to read it, go ahead! It's a new perspective and has some good lessons.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The story follows Alice from her childhood through her years as First Lady in the White House. Alice grows up in a modest family in a small-town. She's a librarian, a Democrat, and is very thoughtful and intelligent. She meets Charlie Blackwell, a Republican who comes from a wealthy and well-known family. Charlie, although he attended prestigious schools and had a privileged upbringing, is a crude and demeaning goof-off who dapples in politics, but mostly lives off a trust fund. Charlie and Alice end up together, for better or for worse. Charlie winds up as president of the United States (not really because he had any political aspirations, but rather because he could so he did) and Alice, looking back at who she was, who she has become, and what she may have stood by and let happen, is trying to make sense of her life and who she is.
This book consumed me for two days. It is quality writing, not fluff or filler. I was a little disappointed at the end though because the first 500 pages were great and then the book got kind of boring, rambly, and unrealistic in the last 50 pages, as if the author was just trying to finish it up. Also, be forewarned: There are some explicit scenes that are really unnecessary.
This book was a BIG disappointment. It wasn't as nearly as charming or as touching as Because of Winn-Dixie.
So, don't read this book...read Because of Winn-Dixie if you haven't yet!
To read my short, but glowing review of Because of Winn-Dixie, click here!
Monday, September 15, 2008
The book was a page-turner, but looking back now, it really was just okay. I found it hard to believe that young Lyra was so intelligent in order to figure out everything that she did. In addition, I didn't find any of the characters endearing like I do in Harry Potter. Also, there was a grisly polar bear fight that was pretty gross.
This is the first book of the His Dark Materials trilogy. This one didn't get me that excited, but the story is good enough for me to continue reading the series. I've already checked out the second book, but I'm not feeling any pressure to read it right away and
I'm not totally sure that I'll finish the series. I'll see how it goes.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Dessen's books are always a pleasure to read and this one is no exception. I felt like the cast of characters almost bordered on too many, but I can't really imagine who the story could do without.
Some quotes I liked:
"...it's all right to have a little bit of regret every once in a while. It's when you feel it all the time and can't do anything about it...that's when you get into trouble."
"...I kept thinking about this, the idea of distance and accomplishment. The further you go, the more you have to be proud of. At the same time, in order to come a long way, you have to be behind to begin with. In the end, though, maybe it's not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all."
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Copeland recounts the discrimination directed towards him and his family in a way that conveys the seriousness and unfairness of it all. However, he tells the stories with humor which makes the book accessible and safe, I would think, for people of all different ethnic backgrounds to read. It made me more aware rather than angry.
This is the 2009 selection of the Silicon Valley Reads program. I am excited that people all over the county will read this book. I think it's an important book. Racism is still alive in many different forms and this book does a great job of opening up a discussion around a sensitive topic.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I loved this book! It is sweet, charming, and touching. I read it in a couple of hours and it has been the best thing about my day so far.
As I was browsing the other books (I was in the children's section), a librarian came up to ask if I needed help finding anything. This is how our conversation went:
Me: Have you read this book? [I hold up Because of Winn-Dixie.]
Me: Is Winn-Dixie the dog?
Me: Does the dog die at the end? Because I don't want to read it if the dog dies.
Librarian: No, I don't remember the dog dying, but let me check. [She takes the book and reads the last few pages.] No, it's okay.
Me: Okay, I'll read it then.
I continue browsing and I hear the librarian go back to the desk and tell another librarian our conversation. And I hear the other librarian say, "Yeah, we don't like books where the dogs die at the end."
Anyway, I share this conversation because 1) it's kinda funny and 2) librarians are a wealth of information and I encourage you to ask them questions!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is Christian fiction. My sister lent me this book, saying that it is all the rage in Christian circles these days. It's the story of Mackenzie Allen Phillips' experience of being invited back to the scene of his six-year-old daughter's murder and how God meets him there.
The feeling I was left with after reading this book was: Suspicion. I read it quickly and there were some truths in it. However, the writing was not that great and the theology seemed a bit questionable. Also, is this a true story? I couldn't figure that out either. Hum. The jury is still out on this one.
In a similiar way, the daily examen allows us to hold onto what gives us life. Through the daily examen, we identify the moments in the day that gave us the most life and the moments that drained us. The authors write that "the will of God is that we give and receive more love and life." Thus, noting patterns of life-giving and life-draining activities is one way that God can speak to us about who we are and what He might want for us.
Just reading this book was life-giving and inspiring. The daily examen is a practice that I can easily add to my life and already, just over the last few days of reading the book and asking myself the daily examen questions, I have found that it really does give me data about what is encouraging in my life and what isn't. Just being aware of these things is empowering. I can see how, after patterns emerge about what is life-giving/draining in my life, this practice will be helpful in making decisions or changing things so that life will be more abundant and joyful.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This book ranks among the few that I will keep in my personal library and re-read some time in the future. I think there's details that I missed during this first read, so I'm going to put this back on the shelf and pick it up again later. Overall, this book made for pleasant reading...and I always find Steinbeck's characters fascinating.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
But I am here to tell you to not read this book. It's more about Powell's year of work, friends, and politics than it is about cooking. It's like she just threw in some paragraphs about cooking into the story of her year. And the year was not even that interesting. Powell comes off as a very unpleasant, angsty woman with a potty mouth.
The cover of the book is nice though, isn't it?
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is a fictional memoir of a white family living in pre-World War II Shanghai. When the Japanese take over, the narrator and her mother flee to Los Angeles, but the father stays behind thinking that he'll be safe. The story switches between Shanghai and Los Angeles as the family deals with separation, war, betrayal, and heartache.
I found this story to be engrossing, but there were some gaps in the story that made me think, "Huh?" These gaps were distracting and kept the story from being fully believable and cohesive. The reconciliation at the end seemed a bit too sugary and unrealistic. I did appreciate the descriptions of Shanghai and what life might have looked like under Japanese-occupation and later, the Communist government. Overall, a pretty good read, but not a book that I'll re-read or need to keep in my personal library.
I do look forward to seeing what the 2009 Silicon Valley Reads selection will be. I like that whole idea of lots of people reading the same book. =D
Friday, August 15, 2008
"It is still so easy to forget that addiction is not curable. It is a lifelong disease that can go into remission, that is manageable if the one who is stricken does the hard, hard work, but it is incurable." --David Sheff
This book is the true story of a father dealing with his son's drug addiction. We read about the son's attempts at recovery and his many relapses.
I found myself very engaged in the lives of both the father, David, and son, Nic, and rooting for both of them - that Nic would stay sober, but also that his father would keep his boundaries when Nic relapsed and called for money.
I know very little about drug addiction and the recovery process, but this book gave me a very accessible introduction into the reality of addiction. An intriguing, heartwrenching, and honest book.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This book was magical and whimsical, but I considered it just average. It wasn't so bad that I didn't finish it, but not so good either that I want to rave about it. It was okay. I haven't seen the movie, but I've heard that it is better than the book. Can anyone confirm that for me?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are complex and there's a lot of deeper themes throughout the book. I wish that I had had Dessen's books to read when I was in junior high and high school. I think that they would have helped me put more words to my experiences and opened my mind to other ways of dealing with things. Alas, I still enjoy Dessen's books now because they still speak to me about the importance of being true to myself.
Some quotes from the book:
"...at the very least, you should tell yourself the truth. If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?"
"There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying."
Sunday, August 3, 2008
On the contrary, Craig's life begins to fall apart. Diagnosed with clinical depression, Craig is on antidepressives for awhile and starts to feel better. He then stops taking them and is soon thinking about suicide. He calls a Suicide Hotline and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital where he spends five days.
I found this book to be very readable, quirky, and real. There were a couple of sketchy parts that I could have done without. But overall, I think the book did a good job of tackling depression and raising the question of whether of not the so-called good life is really the life we should all be aiming for.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is the tale of Kate Reddy, hedge fund manager, wife, and mother of two young kids. Her life is crazy, hectic, guilt-ridden, and exhausting. She succeeds at work, but her kids miss her like crazy and her marriage is failing.
A funny, engrossing look into the life of a working mother. The character struggles with who she is and what she wants. This book is worth reading and would be a fun book to read while on vacation.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The little illustrations were the best part about this book. The story was a bit disjointed and even awkward at times.
The author writes on the back cover that "...this was the book I wished I had growing up." I can see how reading this book would be helpful to young Asian-Americans when there aren't many books with Asian-American protagonists. But overall, I didn't find this book to be very satisfying or encouraging at all.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sex and the Soul of a Woman: The Reality of Love & Romance in an Age of Casual Sex by Paula Rinehart
This book was written by a Christian counselor, Paula Rinehart. She discusses the toll that casual sex and intimacy takes on a woman's heart and soul outside of a marriage relationship. She offers ways of guarding sexuality while still retaining femininity. Rinehart also talks about what to look for in a man and what a man's struggle with masculinity might look like (this chapter seemed plagarized from John Eldredge's Wild At Heart, although she does footnote him once or twice).
I found this book to be a good argument against casual and premarital sex. But who hasn't heard that in high school youth group? Does not having sex until you're married guarantee a lifetime of fulfilling emotional and physical intimacy? According to the research out there and the stories of couples seeking counseling in some of my assigned books, the answer is Not Necessarily. In fact, dis-intimacy in all realms of the marriage relationship seems like it is more of the norm. My readings for class (especially David Schnarch's Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love & Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships) addressed better the various aspects of the relationship as a whole in terms of what affects the expression of sexuality.
And so, this book was okay. It did not offer me the more Biblical supplement to my class readings that I was looking for, but maybe this book was not intended to answer my specific questions. I will keep looking. Any suggestions?
I'd like to add that I have read an excellent book by this same author and her husband called Choices: Finding God's Way in Dating, Sex, Singleness, and Marriage. It was very helpful in thinking about dating and the chapter on Singleness was especially good.
Please do not read this book. It is awful and the main character is depressing. It's not even worth it for me to write a plot summary for you. This book might have been okay for a plane trip, but I wasn't on a plane when I read it. Why did I even finish reading it? I've already spent too much of my life on this book, so I'm not even going to try and figure that out. I'm just going to move on. Next book, please!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
1) From Loneliness to Solitude
2) From Hostility to Hospitality
3) From Illusion to Prayer
I found this book to be rich and a good addition to my daily Bible reading. It didn't hit me as powerfully as some other Nouwen books have in the past, but it was still helpful and encouraging.
"Being useless and silent in the presence of our God belongs to the core of all prayer. In the beginning we often hear our own unruly inner noises more loudly than God's voice. This is at times very hard to tolerate. But slowly, very slowly, we discover that the silent time makes us quiet and deepens our awareness of ourselves and God."
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Reading about their family was touching, sad, and heartfelt. Reading about their travels made me cringe because these men are NOT models of cultural sensitivity. Americans already have a bad reputation abroad. I highly recommend that we don't let these men out of the United States again! Someone, please confiscate their passports.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
This book was absorbing and very readable. It was touching and true enough at the end that I had tears running down the sides of my face (I was reading on my back but didn't want to stop reading long enough to get tissue). Highly recommended.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This book puts a personal face on war. Behind each "casuality" is a person with dreams, fears, and a family. This book is carefully researched and I learned more about the dynamics of the Southwest Pacific Theater of WWII. This book put me into a more subdued mood as I thought more about loss and war and how many men and women have been and are still being affected by war.
Just over dinner the other night, my friend and I were talking about how both of our fathers, who were both drafted and served in the Vietnam War, hardly ever talk about the war, but still watch documentaries and movies about this war. It makes me wonder what is still being worked out in our fathers' minds and what pain and grief remains unspoken and unresolved.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This book is written by a professor at my school and the flyer on the board was announcing her fall class titled Finding Your Calling. This book will be one of the course readings. When I read the flyer, it touched something inside of me. So, I looked around to see if anyone was coming up or down the stairs...and I took the flyer off the bulletin board and put it in my backpack. Yes, I lead a very wild life these days.
I brought the flyer home and stuck it on my own bulletin board above my desk. I ordered the book and when it arrived, I saw that the professor/author was one of my peers in a class I took on Aging last quarter. When I took the class with her, I didn't even know she was a professor, but I did know that she was writing a book. I guess this is what she was working on!
This book is about finding your calling. It combines examples of people from the Renaissance with concepts in the fairly recent field of positive psychology (focusing on what promotes wellness rather than always looking at what goes wrong with us). Twelve steps are covered with exercises throughout (Dreher suggests you keep a "Renaissance Notebook," but I just jotted some thing down in my journal).
Overall, a very inspiring book, making me think about living more intentionally and working toward my dreams. The exercises were helpful in getting to know myself better and also in helping me think of ways to take better care of myself. Some of the examples from the Renaissance were kinda boring and I skimmed them. Also, the font was a bit annoying until I got used to it. However, I would recommend this book, especially if you're going through a transition or just wondering what to do next. I will keep this one in my library since I'll probably want to go through it sometime again in the future.
Here is a list of the twelve chapters. Just the titles inspire me. =D
Discovery: Realizing your joys and talents
Detachment: Clearing the path within
Discernment: Embracing your values, living with heart
Direction: Turning your ideals into action
Faith: Trusting your life and your world
Daily Examen: Staying on course with your dreams
Community: Gaining support from mentors and friends
Contemplation: Finding your inner oasis of peace
Creativity: Making your life a work of art
Reading and Reflection: Exploring new worlds within and around you
Physical Exercise: Building strength and wisdom
Discipline and Dedication: Bringing your dreams to life
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman describes the year that Anderson took a sabbatical from marriage. Her marriage had grown stale and when her husband re-located for a new job, Anderson didn't go with him. Instead, she stays at the family's Cape Cod cottage for a year and rediscovers who she is after an adulthood of caring for everyone but herself.A sabbatical from marriage? Sounds pretty strange and unconventional. So the story doesn't end there. In the second book, An Unfinished Marriage, Anderson's husband retires and joins her at the cottage. After a year of his own growth, the two of them begin reworking and healing their relationship. It is hopeful and hard at the same time.
The third book, A Walk on the Beach, goes back to Joan's sabbatical year and talks about the friendship she cultivated with Joan Erikson, wife of the late Erik Erikson (the psychologist who came up with the stages of development). The two Joans hang out, play, talk, and support each other in becoming who they really are as individuals.------------------------------------------------------------------------I read these three books back-to-back this last week. I'm glad I decided to check them all out at the same time. My favorite was the first one. I'm glad it was followed by the second one because it provided some sort of redemption of the relationship. The last one, although full of wisdom, seemed a bit of a sell-out. However, all of them made for restful, thoughtful reading. They were all an encouragement to examine the expectations we have been living by and to determine our own standards and values.Some quotes that I wrote down in my journal:"The great loneliness is that most people don't know who they are." --Joan Erikson"...all I know is that I have spent the bulk of this year unlearning all the rules, the conditions and goals that were set for me by someone else. Finally I feel mature enough to recover myself - that person I was born to be." --Joan Anderson
Friday, June 13, 2008
"Reading in America, as in many rich countries, is down. A study by the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency, says leisure reading is declining, especially among the young. Since 1985, books' share of entertainment spending has fallen by seven percentage points."
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I found this book to be quite engrossing. It consumed the first day of my summer break. The descriptions about footbinding made me squirm. I don't know how accurate the descriptions of social conventions and rituals are, but overall, I thought this story was quite fascinating and also kind of sad.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So most of us didn't receive everything we needed as a child. And now it's time to take responsibility for ourselves and grow up and be adults. Easier said than done, eh? This book tackles what that might look like, including mourning and letting go.
This book starts with a section on Personal Work. The author discusses how our childhood experiences affect our later adult relationships. He also describes the characteristics of a healthy adult whose childhood needs were met. There are chapters on Assertiveness, Fear, Anger, Guilt, and Values.
The second part of the book is on Relationship Issues such as how to maintain personal boundaries and what true intimacy is like.
Lastly, there is a section on flexible integration and wholeness.
This was a very helpful book for me. It's one that I first checked out from the library, read a couple of chapters, and found myself copying lengthy passages in my journal. My hand was getting tired, so I ordered my own copy so I could mark it up instead of copying it all by hand.
"An adult loves to find out where his work really lies, so he can lay it to rest once and for all."
"Old feelings about betrayal, abandonment, and rejection are restimulated by contemporary versions of them. The strong feelings we have now show us where our unmourned issues are."