Summer “Reading”


Guest Writer Paula Sangeleer, Middays on Cool 101.3

There’s a confession I’d like to make here. I don’t read. I can read, I just don’t. I think about reading, talk about reading, dream about reading. Just somehow it does not happen. When I try, I fall asleep, instantly, then there is drool in my book. Sometimes I feel guilty about it. Thank goodness for audiobooks! That is my current favorite way to read, or I suppose I’m just read to. It brings me great joy, who doesn’t love being read to? Now we are able to simply pay for the privilege. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, and I’m still able to discuss books with my friends. Thought I’d share some recent favorites as you plan your own summer “reading”, however you like to do it.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Narrated by Jeremy Irons. Wild that I just discovered this book. It’s a great adventure story with ribbons of life lessons woven throughout. I’ve given it as graduation gifts since I discovered it, thinking that if I’d found this book earlier in life I may have had an easier go of it. This is an easy read, or listen, perfect for a day at the beach. And I don’t think I have to mention the delicious voice of Jeremy Irons, it does not disappoint.

The PMA Effect by John Joseph Narrated by John Joseph. I just finished this one. Blew me away. John is an amazing person to say the very least. The forward to this book is by Rich Roll whose podcast I listen to religiously, there’s a bonus recommendation for you, he’s a great interviewer! You must be wondering what PMA is. Positive Mental Attitude. My husband was in fact the one who told me about PMA. I’ve always been positive in my life and have learned that having a positive attitude is key to getting through life, however this book and John’s techniques sure level it up. John talks like most people do, with very colorful language choices, and being a New Yorker, there’s just a touch more of that. He is so real, and super entertaining. Personally I connect with him on many levels, from spirituality to diet. You may or may not connect in those places but if you don’t, I’m sure you will in others. John reveals trauma and pain he has overcome, things that would kill most people. I could go on and on and tell you about it, but suffice to say, if you feel stuck, and need some PMA, I dare you to give this one a try. John so selflessly and humbly shares lessons he’s learned and offers simple techniques to help anyone who needs it. We all need to build our PMA muscles!

Finally, I recommend Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks. This one is kind of “out there”, so you’ll need an open mind to start. This was full of possibility and hope. There are things you can try that may ease some emotional pain should you have any. It offers a different way to think of things. You may or may not connect with the idea of channeling spirits, but try that open mind and enjoy their story. I sure did and it was fun to exercise my dreaming and wishing muscles, I definitely saw some positive results.
All three of these books came to me by recommendations from the Rich Roll Podcast, The Alchemist and Ask and it is Given were featured in Rich’s interview with musician Mike Posner. John Joseph was on Rich Roll’s podcast too however we tend to follow him at our house since my husband is a fan of his band the Cro-Mags and I like his recipes from his YouTube Channel, search Hard Truth with John Joseph.

So have some fun and let me know what you think of any of these. I’d like to know your favorites too.

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