May Books

Way Of The Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman

I listened to this as an audio book. I was a bit skeptic with the subtitle of “A Book That Changes Lives” but I can say that it will (or should) change your outlook on life. Part fiction, part based on his life, Millman takes you on his journey as a young college student at UC Berkeley. As a varsity gymnast chasing his Olympic dream, he has everything a young person could want with his whole life ahead of him yet doesn’t truly feel happy. He meets a wise old man who makes a major impact on his life and challenges his ability to thrive. Watching his own death from a distance, Millman is able to get his priorities in line and become a warrior at peace.

Marley & Me, John Grogan

Are you a dog person? Follow along as the author and his young bride decide to buy a puppy to dip their toes into parenthood. As they navigate life and a growing family, their sometimes wild but always loyal canine is close by. Marley is a constant reminder of the saying, “a dog is man’s best friend.” This one had me laughing and crying. This book was later made into a movie starring Jennifer Aniston.

 

A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we as humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.

-John Grogan, Marley and Me