Daily Archives: October 26, 2017

I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years AwayI’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book recounts Mr. Bryson’s culture-bound episodes he encountered in the States, where he returned after living in England for a long time. Mr. Bryson wanted to see if he could go home despite Thomas Wolf’s edict that one could not go home after being away from where he came from. That was a daring movement of him, willing to contest it even if it meant bringing his entire family to the land of his birthplace. Mr. Bryson’s ingenious wit combined with masterful craft of the English language is all the more enjoyable and scintillating. Despite the years of separation of cultural, social, and geopolitical separation from the States, Mr. Bryson was and would remain quintessential American to the core in the sense that his American go-aheaditiveness, respect for individuality and love of nostalgic junk food had entered into his soul and became part of him. So yes, this book proves that he could go home at last.

Magic and the Law of Attraction by Lisa Chamberlain

Magic and the Law of Attraction: A Witch's Guide to the Magic of Intention, Raising Your Frequency, and Building Your RealityMagic and the Law of Attraction: A Witch’s Guide to the Magic of Intention, Raising Your Frequency, and Building Your Reality by Lisa Chamberlain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book while searching for an effective read on constructing a new model of reality in which I can find my real hidden self and thrive thereon. It’s said that nothing happens by coincidence, so I like to believe that my finding this magical book is fateful. This book pinpoints out the dilemma you will find yourself in when your new positive mantra clashes with the real world and tells you how to overcome it with some simple magical methods. I have been using one of the simplest forms of the magic since I read this book whenever the hands of darkness are about to grip me. It makes a big difference when you actually act out your volition in voice and gesture. You should try it too.

The Mind of God by Jay Lombard

The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the SoulThe Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul by Jay Lombard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the context of Logotherapy, a school of psychoanalysis founded by Dr. Viktor E. Frankl whose academic and religious backgrounds are comparable to those of the author, this book tells the readers that our mind is indeed shaped by the way we see things around us and about ourselves, which becomes our models of representations, our own constructed reality. In fact, the theme of this book pertains to an attitudinal value in which we choose our attitudes or response to the things we think hardly changeable. The author emphasizes on the facts that (1) religious faith should be rejuvenated and scientific knowledge enlightened in the quest of finding a meaning of life and that (2) religion and faith should not be at odds with each other but in harmony, since the mystery of our life itself can be neurologically proved as discoursed by the author. In summary, this book is a book of hope that we can change our life if we really want to with the following motto: Dum spiro, spero.

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big HeartFinding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart by Dion Leonard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very interesting and enjoyable story that you can hardly stop reading for any moment. The author’s journey of life is well manifested in his search for Gobi, the running buddy dog whom he befriended during his marathon race in China. Gobi embodies both Hope and Humanity. In finding Gobi, the author encounters humanity in many different faces across the oceans and continents and ascertains the purpose of his meaningful life imposed on his task of locating the dog and bringing her into his life. This book’s got my two thumbs up.

Shadow by Aris Austin

ShadowShadow by Aris Austin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hardly able to shake away my tears while reading this story about a shelter dog named Shadow.The author does a terrific job of putting the voice of a helpless dog into the narrative that flows very naturally and flawlessly. But mind you that this is not an anthropomorphic story of a cute dog, but a testimony of humanity against the forced death on shelter dogs – especially old, aging dogs – that have lost chances of being adopted. Shadow by Aris Austin has contextualized the awareness of animal rescues in our society.