Books Read March 2008

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s new book presents readers with a look at how he sees the current state of humanity – namely that our reality has been created and continues to be ruled by the egoic mind. The good news is humanity is ready -- perhaps more than in any previous time --to create a new, more loving world.
I’m not saying I totally ‘got’ this book and I’m not saying I have suddenly awoken to my life’s purpose, but I found my breathe, and that’s no shabby start.

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho does it again! Although he writes a book just every two years – when he finds a white feather, it seems every book is a beautiful treasure well worth the wait.
The title of the book comes from London's Portobello Road, where Sherine Khalil, aka Athena, holds worship meetings, but this book truly spans the globe. The story recounts her birth in Transylvania to a Gypsy mother, her adoption by wealthy Lebanese Christians; her short, early marriage to a man she meets at a London college, her son Viorel's birth; and her stint selling real estate in Dubai. Once back in London, Athena learns to share her powers, which may lead to her demise. The Witch of Portobello is another masterful blend of religious-like miracles, moral principles, and the beauty, and difficulties of following your destiny.

Perfect Weight by Jordan Rubin
I’m not one of the majority of Americans who feel they are 29 pounds overweight. Actually if I could shed seven to ten pounds I’d be happy, but I’m not obsessing on how to do it. So, why a diet book? Well, it discusses eating less processed foods and that’s something I’m interested in. It doesn’t tell the story as beautifully as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, but it does get the message across.
However, if you are looking for a weight-loss guide, then this is a great book. Jordan Rubin debuted this 16-week program in Toledo, Ohio, one of the unhealthiest cities in the country. It was a success and showed remarkable results that even made national news. According to participants, you'll burn unhealthy fat, experience incredible energy, cleanse built-up toxins from your body, and learn steps for simple sustainability to take weight off our planet.


Books Read February 2008

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Susan Fletcher is a brilliant code breaker and works with the NSA – which some people think stands for “No Such Agency.” It seems a disgruntled ex-employee is trying to hold the NSA hostage by releasing a code so complex that if it was released world-wide would cripple US intelligence, and destroy the NSA. Fletcher, along with her fiancĂ© and co-workers work to save the agency, the country, and as it turns out her man.
O.K. I know this book has been out a long time, but I’ve just gotten around to reading it! It’s got a killer plot (in more ways than one) and I was really excited as I got into it especially after I got past the corny love dream. There are some interesting twists and turns but all-in-all it was disappointing.

Perfect Match by Jody Picoult
Nina Frost is an assistant district attorney with a great husband and equally wonderful five-year-old son, Nathaniel. She prosecutes child molesters and does a decent job -- that is until the victim is her own son.
Picoult writes about hot issues, intertwined with moral and ethical questions – usually things we don’t want to imagine are possible, but never-the-less, her stories are powerful and spellbinding. Desperate for something to read, I snatched this book from my Mother’s bookcase. It’s an older Picoult novel, but I must say it’s now one of my favorites!

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
Faye Travers is hired to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, and because the deceased is an ex-Indian reservation official, she isn't surprised to discover valuable Native American artifacts. However, when she finds a rare drum -- made from a huge moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, and finely ornamented – she knows she must return it to its rightful owner’s descendants. This is a beautiful story of the Ojibwa tribe and a drum so powerful some people can hear it sound with out it being touched.
Erdrich traces the drum's passage backward and forward in time, and we discover how powerful it is and the effect it has on the lives of those whose paths it crosses.
This book is as much about basic human relationships and how choices in life affect those relationships, as it is a beautiful narrative on Native American beliefs. Erdrich is a wonderful writer.