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Deborah and Sarah share their book recommendations

Looking for a good read these days? Enjoy this recent list of thought-provoking and enriching books recommended by Rancho La Puerta’s President Sarah Livia Brightwood Szekely and our Co-Founder Deborah Szekely.

Sarah’s Reads:

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
A New York times and Washington Post best seller Kimmerer welcomes the idea that plants and animals are our oldest guides.

Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte

One of Sarah Livia’s favorite poets, Crossing the Unknown Sea is a journey to the roots of our identity and growth. A calling to all of us looking to find meaning in what we do.

The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise by Martín Prechtel
Trained in the Tzutujil Maya Shamanic tradition, Prechtel offers hope, comfort and encouragement to those who have lost someone, a country or a home.

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

This uplifting book invites the reader to embrace and practice the principle of interconnectedness called “Interbeing” and to ultimately become the instruments of change we wish to see in the world around us.

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

Nepo provides simple truths and everyday stories about how to live a life that matters by being present and accepting of what we currently have.

Deer and Thunder: Indigenous Ways of Restoring the World
by Arkan Lushwala

“A guidebook for how to protect, connect and love mother earth”

Deborah’s Reads:


Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh, Arnold Kotler (Editor), Dalai Lama XIV (Contributor)

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us.

The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery.

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
by Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott

Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?

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