Do you have a favorite book that you read again and again?
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, is a tiny book that packs a powerful message. Like walking a long-distance trek, it reminds me what is important and helps chase anxiety away.
My mantra mirrors Ruiz’ words of wisdom. This is what I repeat:
“Speak impeccably. Don’t take things personally. Never assume. Always do your best.”
In a nut shell, those are the four agreements. I have just read the book again, reading some passages over and over as I go. As usual, I have found peace in Ruiz’ message.
I would love to hear how the book affects you. Also, please share if there is a book you read again and again.
I will present a Camino Sunrise book talk at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Medford, Oregon on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. As well as Amazon, my book is available through the Barnes and Noble website and in Ashland, Oregon at Bloomsbury Books and the Northwest Nature Shop. The ebook is offered at Amazon. Interestingly, I recently saw it on Powell’s Bookstore online store.
When I put on my backpack in Pamplona on my first day walking the Camino de Santiago, I worried that it was too heavy for me to carry across Spain. I worried about undressing in front of strangers in coed dorms and bathrooms. I worried about trying to keep up with much younger trekkers. It turned out I had no idea I was carrying things far heavier.
A favorite 2018 photo (by Sue Spittle) from the Oregon coast.
What were your favorite books last year?
These are two I enjoyed:
Nonfiction: Way Out There, by J. Robert Harris…backpacking adventures, mostly solo, that boggled my mind.
Fiction: Ready Player One, by Ernest Kline…scifi at its best.
I want to add a special mention of a book that resonated with me: Fighting the Inside Dragons, by Bogdan Ignat.
Let me know your favorites; I am always shopping for my bookshelf.