It's that time of year when most of us are starting to think about gift giving. Christmas Day is just over a month away. Even thought I've scaled back a lot on gift giving I still have people I want to buy gifts for and the number one gift I love giving is a good book.
Over the next few days I'm going to go through some of the books that I read in the past year and that I recommend for you to read and to give as gifts. I'm not doing this in any particular order. (Spoiler alert: I think I may have already tweeted my favourite book from 2017.) Seriously though, you can't go wrong with any of the books I recommend.
The first one is Braiding Sweetgrass.
It's a challenge to review a book when I don't have a copy in front of me. The person who I lent it to is familar with my lending rules so I know I'll get it back soonish. And I'll update this post when to include some of my favourite quotes from the book.
This book is written by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She blends teachings about plants and animals with scientific knowledge and the wisdom found in the traditions of Indigenous Peoples.
I was left with a deep awe and desire to be far more intentional about the way I interact with the earth. I find myself looking at nature as a teacher with so much to offer to me. As I write this I am away in Northern Ontario (if Muskoka can be counted as Northern Ontario). I've been getting up early to watch the sunrise over the water and to hike through the woods. Rather than get my 5-7 km in and get back I linger with the trees. I take time to listen and to see what is in front of me. I've made a connection that grows deeper with every encounter.
It on my 'most recommended books' list. Reading it changed me. This book has called me back to a part of me that needed to be awakened. I've started on a journey because of this book. I'm not sure where it is leading me - but I know, everytime I hold the braided sweetgrass in my office, that I'm being called to live differently and to advocate for this beautiful planet we inhabit.