Something good to read

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by luv2float, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. luv2float

    luv2float New Member

    Sometimes, to get my mind off my pain, I read. One of the best books I've come across is The Noticer, by Andy Andrews. I like inspirational books to keep me postive.

    I have shared this with other friends and family and they all loved it, it's a fast read.
    It will give you a new perspective.

    What books have you read that made a difference in you?
  2. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I have always been an avid reader. Sometimes reading will distract me, other times not.

    I am trying to think of what books I have read recently but the fog has hit. If I think of any I will add to the list.

    You might want to double post this on Chit Chat. They often discuss books and at one time there was a book discussion group. Great fun as we tended to get sidetracked which generated a lot of laughs.

  3. quanked

    quanked Member

    A Buddhist-inspired Guide For the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers" by Ton Bernhard.

    Just finished this a few days ago. I will be going back to it again and again. Easy reading about something I live with everyday. It is a bit healing to be so understood. I know it cost Ms. Bernhard a great deal to write this in terms of effort and choices and I am grateful that she chose to pass on this gift.

    What is noteworthy to me beyond the entire book is that it is published by a non-profit publisher. I was not aware of non-profit publishers.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone with CFIDS or other chronic illness as well as others that have experienced any kind of suffering in life that brings them a desire lessen their suffering.

    A book that I find I read over and over is "The Holy Man". It is very small but filled with tons of wisdom--"Traveling Mercies"; "The Gift of Fear"; "Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men"--Lundy Bancroft (best book on domestic violence so far) and I continue to struggle with "Pornified". I have many other books waiting for me to read them.

    I use to read, read, read. Since this dd it takes great effort and focus to read much of anything. This has been a great loss.
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I checked out the Los Angeles Library. It does not have "The Noticer", but it
    does have another book by Andy Andrews: "The Heart Mender" aka "Island of
    Saints." Have you read that one?

    Gap is right. We did have a book club on the chit chat board. The fellow who
    led it just got to ill to continue. But every now and then someone starts a
    book thread.

    I wonder if you've read any books by Miss Read, Jan Karon or Philip Gulley.
    They all write about village life. The books are quiet, non-dramatic (no earthquakes
    or murders). I find them very soothing.

    I just finished reading "I Married Wyatt Earp" by his widow Josephine. History is
    just around the corner. Wyatt was a key figure in the 1881 gunfight at the
    OK Corral. Wyatt lived so long he was still alive when my dad was young.

    His widow was still alive when I was a kid.

  5. harrysmom

    harrysmom Member

    I just wanted to add my endorcement to a reading selection mentioned by Rock and for the very reasons he mentioned. The Mitford Series by Jan Karon has at least 7 or more books and it is a series that will take you to such a peaceful place....a small town in NC.....and the characters are engaging and the story involving without being violent or upsetting. I have had CFS for 14 years and luckily I can still's my salvation, I think, and I thoroughly enjoyed these books.

  6. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    I starting reading this book Summer on Blossam Street by Debbie Macomber,, Good book--easy to understand and easy to remember the plot and character.

    I went to the library and got 2 more books by the same author
  7. artyreader

    artyreader Member

    As for inspiration, comfort, insight, I turn often to "Care of the Soul" by Thomas Moore. (Also, "Soulmates" by same author).... I find him non-preachy, original, grounded, yet somehow, in some ways, appealingly spiritual. (Though not conventionally 'religious', (which is not my thing)--just speaking for myself, and maybe others who want something thoughtful, inspiring and 'real').
    Another book I have been turning to lately again is the wonderful, wise and lyrical (despite its title, which I dislike and think is misleading) "Women who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
    Though it is skewed toward women, I think it's a book that intelligent and open men could benefit from, also.
    What I like about both Thomas Moore and C.P. Estes, is that
    they do not offer platitudes or easy answers to the real dilemmas we all encounter in life.
    Both authors (both have some training/practice as therapists, mostly in the Jungian tradition) recognize that in our often overly-programmed, go- go- go world that our deepest soul needs are often overlooked, squashed, maligned and this leads to not only personal suffering and dysfunction, but the whole world suffers as well because our culture, especially, only wants to see the sunny side, and is impatient and intolerant with the 'shadow' aspect of people, of life, etc.
    The neat thing also about these books is that they can be dipped into--you don't necessarily have to read them from start to finish--you can find a chapter or passage that speaks to you, and that may be just the taste you need at that time.
    We all have different tastes, of course, and not everyone may feel about these authors as I do.
    But I love their intelligence, their acceptance of human foibles, their respect for the mystical and mysterious aspects of our souls, our spirits, the earth, history,mythology, storytelling and various traditions and philosophies and the need for us to be open to what is around us, what is inside us, to treasure our idiosyncracies, and to come to a place of embracing it all, even, or especially, the troubling and painful aspects of life, as well as the joyful ones.