Today (Nov 15, 2015) Owning Ourselves: A Practical Guide to Awakening the Western Mind is available FREE on Kindle. I had the pleasure of working with the author on editing and publishing this book. He’s a great guy, and you can read more about him and his approach to life on his Owning Ourselves blog. Take a look!
From the description on Amazon:
Do you sense there’s something more to life?
Do you feel you’re missing something? Do you feel trapped by circumstances? Can’t find a way out? Do you feel disconnected from your true self? Does life seem like a hollow farce or a shame-filled tragedy? Have you relied on thinking as the only proper response to the confusion of life, only to discover that thinking is its own trap?
In Owning Ourselves: A Practical Guide to Awakening the Western Mind, A. Charles describes the path many of us have taken, only to find ourselves cornered and asleep. He then offers an approach to awaken our minds to the possibilities of the world and to the possibilities inherent in all of us.
This book is for all of us who want to move forward with relief, awareness, authenticity and joy.
A Hero for the People, by Arthur Powers
I’m in the midst of reading A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands by Arthur Powers. (Arthur’s a friend here in Raleigh. I met him working on the poetry/art collaboration with Debra Wuliger.) I have the paperback version of his book, but I wanted to let you know if you’re an ebook person, you can get the Kindle version for only $.99 through Friday, October 31.
Arthur spent much of his adult life in Brazil, where he and his wife worked with the Franciscan Friars in the Amazon, doing pastoral work and organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers’ unions in a region of violent land conflicts. His short stories quickly ground you in the Brazilian landscape and culture. I am put in mind of Isak Dinesen’s stories in a way (though admittedly it has been many years since I read them). There’s a simplicity and clarity in Arthur’s writing that I find appealing.
A Hero for the People is published by Press 53, an indie press in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Check them out; they do nice work. (And if you’re a writer, it looks like they have a call for short fiction right now.)
If you’re a short story reader, A Hero for the People
is definitely worth a read—and the price is tough to beat. Go get it!