It is always good to keep a book with you. While waiting at the airport, the doctor’s office, anywhere you must wait. Not only will you pass the time but you will improve your vocabulary (we always can use that), they are inexpensive and convenient forms of entertainment and books will take you to other places, times and cultures.
If you watch cable television’s Pawn Stars then you will love reading License to Pawn by its star Rick Harrison. Rick Harrison provides a fascinating story about how he and his father (the Old Man) started their beyond successful Las Vegas pawn shop business together, their unique items for sale and the store’s occasional crazy customers. It is a very entertaining and humorous story of which Rick begins by recalling his early life on to the pawn shop’s history with incredible stories about the one-of-a-kind items that the shop sells to the store items which Rick refuses to sell. The book features a chapter each written by the Old Man, Big Hoss and Chumlee.
Now a theatrical film The Fault in Our Stars by John Green finds its character Hazel dealing with cancer and not surprisingly depressed. Hazel’s physician advises the teen to attend a support group in which she meets Augustus Waters who makes her life take a different turn. This sweet coming-of-age story covers a topic that is often hard to talk about, however this is not a story about death but a story about those among us who truly life. It is sad yet funny and hopeful.
Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life was written by Brad Willis (who now goes by the name Bhava Ram). Ram, a Vedic scholar and former NBC news foreign correspondent suffered a broken back and surgery which left him disabled permanently and facing the rest of his life in a body brace. As if that was not enough, he was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. Ram tolerated excruciating back pain and harsh courses of chemotherapy. Persuaded by his small son, Ram entered a clinic which focused on pain and where he became acquainted with Eastern treatments like acupuncture and yoga. Ram then withdrew from traditional Western medicine and focused on yoga, veganism, pranayama and intense meditation. After practicing these alternative treatments, Ram’s cancer and crippling back pain vanished. This book is not just about a man telling a story about his successful journalism career, his health conditions or his strong belief in yoga, but it is a book that anyone could relate to. The message of this inspiring book is that we have the capability to rise above from our difficulties and change our lives.