I hope that you are all doing well. I have no heat here tonight and I’m getting very cold, especially my fingers. So, it’s going to have to be a short posting.
Back on the first day of this blog, I said that we would be looking at five aspects of wellness: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Nutritional and Emotional/Social. I use the word SPINE to help me remember these divisions. (Some folks analyze wellness into fewer divisions while others include more, such as financial wellness.)
We’ve talked about intellectual health several times, including the importance of reading. Some books have the advantage of increasing our intellectual wellness while at the same time helping in at least one of the other areas of wellness. Below is a list of recommended books to read for Spiritual Wellness (from “Solutions by Softonic”). As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog, I am a Christian and will recommend reading the Bible for your spiritual wellness every time. And that’s why I have it in first position in the list. (It’s not in the “Solutions” list.) Here is the list with links to some information about each book. I hope it is helpful, and that you find at least one book to read:
- “The Holy Bible” (two links, the first to “Bible Gateway” and its available online translations from Amharic to Vietnamese; the second to “Good Reads” and its nearly 5,000 results when you search for “The Bible”)
- “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice” by Shunryu Suzuki
- “The Seven Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton
- “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl
- “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
- “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
- “Stillness Speaks” by Eckhart Tolle
- “Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux” by Thérèse de Lisieux
- “Awareness: the Perils and Opportunities of Reality” by Anthony de Mello
- “The Story of My Experiments With Truth” by Mahatma Gandhi
- “Orthodoxy” by G.K. Chesterton
- “Kabbalah and Consciousness and the Poetry of Allen Afterman” by Allen Afterman
- “Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide” by Aryeh Kahttps
A scientific defense of spiritual & religious faith (Tony Jack) about 20 minutes:
In Christ Alone (BYU Vocal Point) about three minutes:
“Trust God First” (Charles R. Swindoll at Dallas Theological Seminary) about fourteen minutes long:
“Nearer, My God, to Thee” (BYU Vocal Point and BYU Men’s Chorus) about 3.5 minutes:
The Spiritual Life, Christian Audiobook, by Andrew Murray (over seven hours long):
Thank you for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.
See you Sunday!