It’s Fun Friday once again at Blogging for Fun.Topic: Fave Five Books. This is difficult because I cannot limit my favorites to five, so I settled for seven (hehe). I call these books: books by my bedside table. Technically, these are not always by my bedside but figuratively, they are good companions in life’s journey. I have a habit of re-reading books that I have already read and I rendezvous with the author and try to gain strength from their experiences and wise words.
My all time favorite (so far) is Max Lucados’s Facing Your Giants: This book was a gift from my husband last Christmas. We were faced with a ferocious giant in the form of cancer. I HAD cancer. It was a difficult time for us, and this book saw me through.
“Focus on your giant - you stumble.”
“Focus on God – your giant stumbles.”
This book encouraged me to take my focus out of the enemy and live the best way I can, and now, I AM cancer-free!
In no particular order, here are the books that I’m proud to call companions:
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron : Julia made a writer in me. I am NOT an expert but I have gained passion in writing.
“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living.”-Julia Cameron
Tuesdays with Morie by Mitch Albom : An inspiring book for teachers and those who we learn from.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren : A blueprint to living a life with purpose.
Lo-carb Meals on the Go : this book doesn’t just offer meals, it offers a lifestyle, and they mean it when they used that words “on the go!” It’s something I can make in a snap. My favorites are the veggie wraps and salmon recipes.
Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby : is small enough to carry around in my bag. It’s a daily devotional that gets me back on track. Pulls me back whenever I’m falling to pieces. The entries are short enough for people (like me) who are on the go.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz : Introduced by my friend, Esa, in 2002 and has proven to be a sturdy companion for all time.
In a nutshell, here are the four agreements . . .
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.