What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

The Hashimoto’s Protocol (2017) – Izabella Wentz

Briana has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – the most common form of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) – and has benefited from author Izabella Wentz’s concepts in this new book. For years, Briana had trouble getting pregnant until we got to the bottom of her thyroid issues. Once we figured that out (in her case, cutting out gluten was critical) she was pregnant within two months. For a variety of reasons, from changes in human diets to exposure to more plastics, thyroid disorders are increasingly common – though, as this book explains, you can do a lot on your own to support healthy thyroid function.

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine (2014) – Daniel Keown

Once in a while, a book on science comes out that is thoroughly engaging, even if you’re not an academic. Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything” was one such book and “The Spark in the Machine” is another. All too often, people see Eastern and Western medicine as having mutually exclusive philosophical foundations and no overlap. This book adeptly challenges that idea. It’s funny and fascinating, taking on topics such as how “quantum entanglement” joins the hearts of people in love, and why children can grow new fingertips but adults can’t.

The Blackthorn Key (2015) – Kevin Sands

We’re always looking for impressive or uncommon children’s books to read aloud to our nine year old daughter, and this one was enjoyable for all of us. Although there are some gristly parts (luckily, we’ve gotten good at on-the-fly censorship), the story is great and balanced overall. What’s unique about it is that it revolves around the lives of apothecaries (pharmacists) in London in the 1600s, and makes abundant references to the natural medicines and alchemical processes they utilized. The adventure relies on several alchemical “riddles” an apprentice must solve – utilizing the right chemicals at the right times – to get out of danger and save a secret library. Though it’s recommended for kids in grades four through six, we can think of many adults who would love it.

Love Warrior (2016) – Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon is a sincere, witty, and emotionally intelligent writer who brings you on a journey of her own life to share wisdom that benefits us all. One of the reasons Briana loved this book was the message of being fully present in the challenges of life so that we don’t lose the lesson. These challenges, the author shows, actually help us recognize and bring forth our deepest gifts.

Finally, we’ve both spent more time with our own book – The Well Life – over the past several months than any other. It’s about creating a life of peace, balance, and happiness, and we use a language of three elements – structure, sweetness, and space – to teach this. We’ve done nearly a hundred interviews since the book came out, and we’re constantly being asked to elaborate on some passage or concept. But even when we’re not referencing it for a radio host, we keep finding ourselves rereading certain parts of it, becoming increasingly clear about what these ideas mean to us. We often have the feeling that we wrote the book as much for ourselves and our own evolution as for others. If this sounds intriguing and you like what you read in our newsletters, check it out.

  • Erica
    Posted at 17:27h, 10 May Reply

    I’m in the middle of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and slowly going through “The Well Life.”

    I love that you’re reading with your daughter, it warms this children’s librarian’s heart. You all might like this year’s Newbery winner, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” There are so many wonderful books for that age. We’re really in a golden age for middle grade books.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:28h, 10 May Reply

      Thanks, Erica! I’ll check out that book.

  • Sandra
    Posted at 17:44h, 13 May Reply

    Those sound wonderful!

    I’m reading Gary Kasparov’s WINTER IS COMING (amazing), and next up? Grann’s KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

    Then I have to finish three books (that I’m writing)–but I have the next year of sabbatical to do it! 🙂

    College textbook of New Mexico history first up, then a revision of BETWEEN BREATHS: A TEACHER IN THE ALASKAN BUSH is next 🙂

  • Peter Borten
    Posted at 01:53h, 17 May Reply

    Thanks for the recommendations – and enthusiasm!

  • Paula
    Posted at 23:29h, 21 May Reply

    I have a nine year old girl as well. We read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky and When the Sea Turned to Silver, all written by Grace Lin. Very powerful messages, delightful fantasy, suspense, and glimpses into Chinese culture made these books that we re-read multiple times.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:51h, 24 May Reply

      Thanks, Paula. We LOVED Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I haven’t read Lin’s other books, but now I’m inspired to check them out.

  • Kristin
    Posted at 12:18h, 30 May Reply

    I’m reading Love Warrior, too! I attended the International Women’s Summit in early May and Glennon Doyle Melton was one of the speakers. I am on chapter three and totally in love with her book. I feel myself healing bit by bit with every turn of a page.

  • Meg Lewis
    Posted at 16:27h, 03 July Reply

    I am constantly rereading The Well Life. I love your book! My copy is well used. It has many colors of highlighter, sticky notes, dog eared pages and scribbled notes of my own. I bought it by accident via amazon. I was trying to buy the planner and I didn’t pay attention when I selected it. I am so glad that “mistake” turned into my book of the year for 2017! Thank you so much!

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