My tiny iPhone Kindle is now the magical conveyor of more books than I want to count. It does feel like I’ve been reading one endless book that keeps changing topics, but how exciting to have so many authors available to me in the palm of my hand. Right now, I am half way through a long novel called Shantaram. It’s the autobiographical story of an Australian armed robber (named Gregory Roberts) who escaped from prison and went to live in the slums of Bombay to disappear from the world. What does this have to do with coaching? Nothing and everything. It’s about a man who has to build a life from scratch, cutting all ties to his social group and personal identity, and as such, it’s fascinating to watch how his beliefs create another version of the same life, just by drastically changed circumstances. Besides that, it’s a fascinating look into a culture – not just India, but one of the world’s biggest slums – that most of us could not imagine.
For those of you who like thoughtful philosophy/ social science, the poet Mark Nepo has written a number of wonderful books which I’ve been reviewing this month. My current favorites are: The Book of Awakening and Facing The Lion Being The Lion. Nepo’s insights which are often unexpected, and his use of the English language, are truly delicious. This is a great book to keep on your bed stand to help you feel comforted or inspired on a difficult day.