Some avid readers are only interested in fiction books and living vicariously through characters and stories and will never venture to the non-fiction shelves in the library or book store. However, for those of you looking for a little something uplifting or inspirational, sometimes a good non-fiction book is what you need. I personally alternate between reading both fiction and non-fiction books and I find it helps me balance a healthy imagination with my desire for continual learning. Recently, I have found myself gravitating towards books that make me think about how to change my thinking - at least in ways that are more effective or positive.
Change your thoughts, change your life by Wayne Dyer is a book about living the wisdom of the Te-Tao Ching(Tao Te Ching). Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Te-Tao Ching(Tao Te Ching) or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual and always concerned with working for the good. In this book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Te-Tao Ching(Tao Te Ching) and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today's modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne's researching of 10 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today.
Jessica Watts is co-ordinator of outreach programs and partnerships at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.