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Monday, July 13, 2020

TTT: Uplifting books

Top Ten Tuesday:  Uplifting books 

In these tough times we all need help finding ways to cope. Mine all include uplifting books, movies, poems, and inspirational words-to-live by.  Here are a few of my suggestions:



1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery...The Little Prince speaks to our better selves and encourages us to be loving and kind.

2. Cicada by Shaun Tan---Cicada works and works and isn't appreciated but in the end he has the last laugh. This illustrated story is a quick and hilarious book which will make you laugh every time you think of it.

3. God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant---Imagine what God would do and feel if he came down to earth. These poems all center around this theme and all of them, every single one, make me smile.

4. Playlist: Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes---Cue up the Spotify playlist designed to be played while you read this book by a classical pianist about his muses: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and several others. Allow the music to lift your spirit to a new plain.

5. The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy by Zoe Mulford. After you are done crying you will feel so much better. Plus it reminds you that there is good in the world if you look.

6. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans---The man loses everything. EVERYTHING. So he decides to walk and on his walk he begins to find himself. The message is very uplifting in the end.

7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman---An old curmudgeon finds solace in friendships. His evolution as a human is inspiring.

8. Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott---anything by Lamott lifts my soul and helps me keep things in correct perspective.

9. Devotions: Selected Poems of Mary Oliver---If I need serious uplifting, I reach for Mary Oliver poetry. They are always about nature and being at peace with one's self.

10. The Holy Bible---My soul must be fed and sometimes only the word of God will fit that need.

-Anne

23 comments:

  1. I'm dying to read A Man Called Ove - it's pretty high on the list. Just followed your blog!

    My TTT: http://theburstingbookshelf.com/10-books-that-made-me-smile-top-ten-tuesday/

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  2. I think uplifting books can be a real boon with all the negative stuff we're bombarded with. And yay for the Bible!

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  3. I haven't read that book by Shaun Tan but I have read and loved others!

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  4. I recently read The Little Prince for the first time, I love the illustrations.

    https://veebookishbooks.wordpress.com/

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  5. I'm definitely intrigued by this idea of God having a dog...O_O

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  6. This is why I always have to have my serious reading balanced with a distracting mystery. (Even though there is mayhem in those books, it's fiction) Thanks for your list! Of our BC books, I would definitely put "One in a Million Boy" on my own. Even now, when I re-read the end of that, I consider it incredibly beautiful. (although I always cry)

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    1. Yes, I've started reading a few mysteries trying to mix things up. I started VALENTINE today and I am afraid it will be very heavy. Have you read it, yet? It starts off on such a bummer.

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  7. I love Mary Oliver's poetry. Great choice there.

    My TTT .

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    1. I am determined to read all her books if I can lay my hands on them.

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  8. What a great twist to your list. These are awesome. I especially love The Little Prince!

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  9. This is an excellent list of books. I come away from reading Anne Lamott feeling hopeful. Little Prince reminds me how important it is to care for things in our world. I've read other Cynthia Rylant books, including Van Gogh Cafe and God Went to Beauty School, but I haven't read that one...I'll look for it. I'm reading the Mary Oliver book now.

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  10. CICADA is an unforgettable story. I loved it.

    Here's my TTT list this week.

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    1. I should double check that I've read all his books. I love the ones I have.

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  11. I loved A Man Called Ove! Fredrik Backman’s books always make me smile.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Gotta read the Bible. I try to read it once a year. It's a reminder that no matter what is going on in this world, God's got it under control.

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    1. I haven't read through the Bible in several years. I should do it again.

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  13. I like today's topic of happy books!

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  14. I even loved the movie adaptation of A Man Called Ove. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  15. I like your list and also think Rachel Joyce has a few uplifting books like : The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry etc.

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