summer reading list? what a great idea!

We're halfway through summer already and I can't believe I haven't written anything since, um, May?

Actually, I've written tons of stuff - about 3/4 of the way through. Juicy topics such as: "Which is More Important: Diet or Exercise?", and "Does Your Core Really Need Strengthening?", and "The 'Technological Fix vs. Holistic Medicine."

Fun, right? So, look forward to those once I flesh them out.

In the meantime, I'm stealing/borrowing this idea from someone else to share a summer reading list! That's easy enough, right? (And, please, share yours with me, too!)

Maybe your summer reading time is over already, in which case, you can save one books or two for the next snow day.

But - as of this day in July, this is what's on my night stand:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

(Yes, I know I mentioned this book a couple months ago - I'm still reading it. See, I have this problem that I find and dive into the next amazing read before I've finished the first. Am I alone in this...???)

Select quote (from an interview with Cain on Amazon):

Q: Why did you write the book?
A: "For the same reason that Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Introverts are to extroverts what women were to men at that time--second-class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent. Our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions are designed for extroverts, and many introverts believe that there is something wrong with them and that they should try to “pass” as extroverts. The bias against introversion leads to a colossal waste of talent, energy, and, ultimately, happiness."

(A yea, and amen, anyone?)

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church by one of my favorite blogger/authors, Rachel Held Evans

Select quote:

"As Barbara Brown Taylor puts it, 'in an age of information overload... the last thing any of us needs is more information about God. We need the practice of of incarnation, by which God saves the lives of those whose intellectual assent has turned them dry as dust, who have run frighteningly low on the bread of life, who are dying to know more God in their bodies. Not more about God. More God.'"

(Bold face mine)

The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, by Robert O. Becker, M.D., and Gary Selden

Select quote:

"No one who's seen the effects of pneumonia and a thousand other infectious diseases, or has seen the eyes of a dying patient who's been given another decade by a new heart valve, will deny the effects of technology. But, as most advances do (referring to what the author calls, the "Technological Fix"), this one has cost us something irreplaceable: medicine's humanity. There's no room in technological medicine for any presumed sanctity or uniqueness of life. There's no need for the patient's own self-healing force nor any strategy for enhancing it."

And then finally...

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine (in which I've only just now gotten the irony of the subtitle), by medical doctor turned Acupuncturist, Daniel Keown. I plan to do a more in-depth review of this one when I finish it...)

Select quote:

"The genes are like a great library, but a great library needs organisation (yes, the author is British :). The story of this organisation is also the story of Acupuncture, explaining how the body creates and maintains order out of chaos. For the story of Acupuncture is the story of life itself, and it is only now, as modern medicine unravels the interactions between cells, that we understand what the ancient Chinese physicians knew: that the space between cells is as important as the cells themselves."

Yeah, I'm not a big novel reader, but, you know, when you're into something, a well-written non-fiction tome can be really inspiring and exciting when it's a subject you're passionate about.

And, of course, I'm known to cycle through Katy Bowman's many books - mostly as a review, but also because I want to be able to articulate some of her concepts as well as she does.

So, I keep hoping her way with words will seep into my brain via osmosis if I read them enough times.

If you're curious about her work, I can highly recommend her pièce de ré·sis·tance:

Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement. (You can find it here or get it from me directly.)



If that sounds a little heavy for you (though I will say it is illuminating, graspable and witty), check out:

Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology and the Nature of Movement

... especially if you consider yourself ecologically minded. It may change the way you think about how you move affecting the planet as a whole. (Again, you can find it here, or at my office.)

So, what's on your list, or which book (or two) blew you away enough to to rant and rave about it?


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