08/09/2016 by Paula
A nossa convidada de hoje é Karen Henson Jones, autora de A Vida é Um Milagre . É fundadora do Malibu Beach Yoga, na Califórnia, e assistente do monge budista, é formada pela Universidade de Cornell e
A Karen enviou-nos um mail, depois de ter lido a nossa opinião aqui no blogue ao seu livro e eu, claro, convidei-a a participar na nossa rubrica!! Escolher um livro apenas foi difícil e então a escolha recaiu sobre dois dos livros mais importantes para Karen.
Thank you so much for asking me to contribute to your amazing blog. I am truly honored! OK, your question was: What is the book that marked you for life? That is like asking: what is your favorite flavor of gelato! However, I have accepted your challenge and have managed to narrow it down to two books. Both are about perseverance.
My first selection is The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho. This is such a well-loved and well-worn book of
It’s about thus guy, who is led through outrageous trial and tribulation. Everything he knows and loves is taken away from him. He is exiled, he loses his love. But all the time he is being guided, even though these awful things keep on happening to him. It’s so similar to life: we know we have an angel, we know we are being guided, so how come at times we find ourselves alone amidst the rubble?
For me, this book was about finding the meaning in the destruction and finding meaning in helping the people that are placed in your path by God. It teaches us that when God calls on us to rebuild our own lives from scratch, we learn how to do it, and are then called to help society rebuild and transform on a larger scale. One of the most magical books I have ever read because it teaches and liberates you in an underground way. Trust me!
My second selection is The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. A South African friend recommended it to me, and because I like political biographies and autobiographies, I was up for the 600 + page challenge.
First, it was obvious that this book was written be Nelson himself, and not a ghostwriter. It had so many personal details, and the tone was so specific, that you actually feel as though you are having a long lunch with Mandela as he recounts his stories.
The book starts with his childhood in an African village where he lived free and happy. As he gets older, his eyes are opened to the racism and the demented oppression of blacks in their own country and he becomes a freedom fighter. It’s not only a retelling of a fascinating history, but you also have a front seat of Nelson’s personal struggles as he sacrifices so much of his personal and family life to fight.
Many people know that he spent 27 years in jail. You would think that part would be boring, but it wasn’t. You learn all about the inner universe of the jail – Nelson even had his own garden that would feed the entire prison once a week. Because his prison was on an island, the prisoners would also collect seafood and make stew. One of the most touching details was when Nelson was preparing to exit jail he was sent to live in a halfway house where he could receive visitors, and he wanted to make sure that he had just the right wine to serve. When Nelson was finally released, my fist was literally in the air.
This book will really motivate you to do something with your life, to start to observe the oppression still present in the world today, and want to do something about it. If one man cannot accomplish so much while sitting in a jail, what is possible for you?
Karen Henson Jones