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Grab a blanket, a piece of cake, a cup of warm cocoa and bring this book to a window seat with some candles, and you’ll be ready to hygge. The Danish concept of “hygge” is having a moment in the spotlight; the Collins English Dictionary named hygge the runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in 2016. But what is it really all about? Well, to be honest, it’s a pretty basic concept. You light candles. You indulge in decadent cakes and nurse warm drinks. You hunker down inRead More
The Power of Meaning is a well-written and well-researched tale that expertly weaves the challenges western society currently faces with a solution. Author Emily Esfahani Smith starts off highlighting a very counter-intuitive relationship between the search for happiness and happiness itself. For example, the ‘happiness’ industry is growing: titles like The Happiness Project and 10% Happier and Hardwired for Happiness are regularly at the top of bestseller lists. And yet, studies continue to show that the happiest nations also have the highest rates of depression and suicide. So what gives?!?Read More
This month, in the space of our regular books feature, we are happy to share a special TV review for a new series that we feel is resonant in the positive possibilities. NBC’s This Is Us, now wrapping up its inaugural season, is a wise and compassionate gem of a show. It’s no wonder it has been nominated for a host of awards including the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, and has been named to the American Film Institute Award’s TV Top 10. In a television market loaded withRead More
I was first introduced to Courtney E. Martin via Krista Tippett’s podcast, On Being. If you don’t already have this podcast in your life, please stop reading this review right now and go find it on whatever device you use. You can come and finish reading this review once the podcast is all cued up. Seriously. Go. Intrigued and inspired by her perspective, I googled her and found her newest book “The New Better Off – Reinventing the American Dream.” In spite of the fact that I wholeheartedly identify asRead More
Shauna Niequist is a wife, mother, blogger, author, Christian, and workaholic. Present over Perfect is her fifth novel and in it she details how her desire to keep those around her happy lead to her own breakdown and breakthrough. She shares example after example of how she felt burnt out, disconnected, and unable to be the kind of mother, wife, friend, and ultimately Christian she wanted to be because she was too busy meeting (and likely exceeding) the expectations of everyone around her. She speaks of the stress and anxietyRead More
Kwe: Standing with our Sisters is not an easy read, since the issue of missing and murdered Indigeous women in Canada is not an easy topic. Most of us cannot comprehend the depth and layers that contribute to this issue. We may not even want to know. The alarming number of Indigenous women affected by violence is a concept that does not fit into our self-identity as a nation and can be too uncomfortable to have to consider. For a long time even the government seemed resigned to do nothingRead More
Glennon Doyle Melton of “Carry On, Warrior” and “Momastery” fame has returned with a new bestseller: the devastatingly honest “Love Warrior”. Melton takes the reader into her experience of understanding from a young age that it was not safe to be herself or to be in her body. She narrates her descent into bulimia, impersonal sex and addiction, and how close she came to losing her family and herself before a crisis happened that changed all her plans: she got pregnant, and decided to keep the baby and get sober.Read More
Most of us have likely never contemplated the idea of thanking our socks or handbag when we get home from a long day’s work, but Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo suggests we do just that. If you think that’s a challenge, how about achieving a state with your belongings where you no longer have to do daily tidying? For someone with lifelong tendencies to accumulate clutter, the second statement seems even more magical than the first. But it is magic we’re talking about here. Marie Kondo’s strong and enthusiastic clientRead More
Are you looking for a way to reconnect with your creativity? Do you consider yourself an aspiring writer, painter, or musician, but find yourself blocked on the very work that you most want to be doing? Do you feel like you could be an artist, if only you had more time, more energy, and more clarity? If so, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron could be exactly the tool you need to help you reclaim your creative life. Spirituality meets psychology in this beautifulRead More
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield may be best known for his book “A Path With Heart: A Guide to the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life”. But you might not know that eight years after “A Path With Heart” he published a book called “After The Ecstasy, The Laundry: How The Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path” that merits a place on the bookshelf of any devoted spiritual seeker – or, indeed, of anyone who has had an opening experience and has discovered that life doesn’t just become blissful afterRead More