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Books of the Summer

Everything gets better when I read. My awareness. My marriage. My health. My joy. My energy. All of it gets an uptick in a better and more beautiful direction.

Here’s a few of the books I’ve enjoyed over the last couple months.

The Third Plate – Dan Barber

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You may recognize the author, Dan Barber, from one of the episodes of Chef’s Table on Netflix. You’ll find it packed with incredible stories and if you’ve never awakened your inner foodie this will do it.

How To Be Here – Rob Bell

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All too often we hold on to our yesterday’s and prematurely jump into our tomorrow’s. Rob wonderfully unpacks just how electric our present moments are with the wonder and awe that we are truly after. Rob joined us earlier this year at Let The Music Play Podcast to talk about How To Be Here.

Biocentrism – Robert Lanza

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You know the world isn’t flat and, hopefully, that finding meaning isn’t linear. But wait until you learn about consciousness.

Becoming Wise – Krista Tippett 

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Krista’s work at OnBeing is truly one of my most cherished gifts I’ve experienced over the last few years. In Becoming Wise she takes the gold gathered from many of her interviews over the years and couples it with her insight and personal alchemy. Krista, from all of us, thank you.

Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist

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From the author that brought us Bread and Wine, comes a lovely memoir that is mapped full of roads to more peace, fulfillment, and simplicity. PS – She may be joining us at LTMP Podcast soon.

Enjoy.

Ashton

 

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What’s the last book you read?

Have you noticed what it has given you eyes to see?

Have you seen how it gave you something to give someone else?

And isn’t that what we all want???? To see reality more clearly and to somehow be a gift in our world?

Seems like the reading, triggers remembering, that triggers responding.

Pass it on.

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Reading By The Fire

I’m always in about 10 different books at a time. So I thought to share some the latest ones that have been interesting and fun!

Here’s a few that you may enjoy unwinding 2015 with….

Beauty: The Invisible Embrace – John O’donohue

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I read from this book in my last podcast and have journeyed further into O’donohue’s words since then. If you’re looking for deeper and calmer presence in your days a way to increase your awareness to the depths of beauty that surrounds you, this is something you should read. But please, read it slow…sip it and then live it. If you haven’t checked out LTMP Podcast, we would love to have you join us and check out the last episode by clicking here.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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I’m late to the ball on this one. Nevertheless, I learned about the Broadway Musical, Hamilton, on 60 Minutes a couple of weeks ago. Today I started to listen to the soundtrack for the musical that is unlike anything I’ve experienced in a long time. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius shines so bright here…Story and music, I’m all in.

Franklin BBQ: A Meat Smoking Manifesto – Aaron Franklin & Jordan Mackay

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You’re now getting a glimpse into the randomness of my library. But let me say, if you’re an artist or a foodie, you’ll love this. And if you’re neither artist or foodie or from Texas, at least you’ll have a new appreciation for the religion that is Texas BBQ.

Dark Matter and Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe – Lisa Randall

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This book kept crossing my path in all kinds of ways. First, I listened to Lisa’s interview at On Being with Krista Tippett. Next, I received Maria Popova’s weekly newsletter from Brain Pickings and noticed she posted a review in this week’s in The New York Times. Congrats Maria! As always, thank you Krista! And Lisa, I’m thankful for wonderers like you!

Ok friends! I hope you get to sit still by the fire with one of these before 2016 arrives. Really, do you need anything more than history, beauty, dark matter, and barbecue?

PS – Don’t forget to check out my Project November, December: Gratitude to Joy on Instagram.

 

 

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Old Books

Ask someone ahead of you in years what they have read in their lifetime that changed them for the better.

You’ll find out a couple of things in the book(s) they share…

  1. If they’re saying that it has stuck with them then time has tested it to be true. Sticky words are good words that always linger around those who’ve had an encounter with them.
  2. Whatever they recommend, they’re looking to save you from something, align your interior world, or to take you somewhere beautiful. Thank them in advance for the bridge, the keys, or the door they have shared with you.

Always Faithful > The Latest & Greatest

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Holacracy

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, is one of the guys that I’m always taking notes from. Back in March, I read an article in Fast Company about his decision to move the company to adopt Holacracy. Holacracy is “…a new way of running an organization that removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across clear roles, which can then be executed autonomously, without a micromanaging boss.

Today, the book came in.

If you or anyone you know has implemented Holacracy, I would love to hear about the experience and learn whatever you can teach me.

I started reading it tonight and as the book reads – ‘change can be elegant’.

Sounds fun.

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