Summer Reading Suggestions from Omega Teachers

Summer Reading Suggestions from Omega Teachers
May 30, 2013

Whether you're relaxing at the beach, hanging out in your back yard, or escaping the heat inside, summer is the perfect time for a great read. If you don't have a stack of books awaiting you already, check out some of these suggestions from a few of Omega's teachers. What are you reading this summer? Tell us in the comments below.


  • Elizabeth Lesser recommends Maya’s Notebook, by Isabel Allende, a novel of a young woman coming of age in the United States and Chile, written with Allende’s typical charm, wit, and power. 

  • Tara Brach recommends The Open-Focus  Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Body and Mind, by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins. A clinical psychologist advocates a return to relaxed, creative, and fluid form of attention to remedy a wide array of ailments such as depression and migraines. 

  • Harville Hendrix recommends The Empathetic Civilization, by Jeremy Rifkin. An intelligent social criticism that doubles as a manifesto, calling for a new shift in human consciousness to transform the world, as the Enlightenment once did. Not light reading, but inspiring.

  • Brian Weiss recommends Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry, by Kenneth Koch. A lauded author illuminates the mysteries of reading and writing poetry. Weiss says, "This is an excellent guide to not only poetry, but how to write and how to enjoy the music of words. Any would-be writer, whether poetry or prose, would benefit by reading this book."

  • Nancy Aronie recommends The Patrick Melrose Novels, by Edward St. Aubyn. Based on the author’s own life, this collection of four books from the acclaimed series details the dysfunction of an upper-class English family. 

  • Gail Straub recommends The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout. Three adult siblings struggle through a family crisis in this novel by a Pulitzer-Prize winning author.

  • Dan Millman recommends Sangoma: My Odyssey into the Spirit World of Africa, by James Hall. An exceptional memoir of a man’s journey from Los Angeles to Swaziland, where he experienced years of psychic possession, secret rituals, and physical trials to become a traditional healer.

  • David Richo recommends Bouncing Back, by Linda Graham. Combining neuroscience and psychology, clinical therapist Linda Graham offers information and exercises that help readers rewire their minds to build resilience.

  • Eric Maisel recommends Roadside Picnic, by Arcady and Boris Strugatsky; translation by Olena Bormashenko. A new translation of a Soviet-era science fiction classic. 

  • Sil Reynolds recommends Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. An anecdotal and academic exploration into the bias against introverts in Western culture and the value that this personality type offers.

  • Tama Kieves recommends The Gift : Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi translation by Daniel Ladinsky. A collection of 250 lyrical poems by the fourteenth century Sufi Hafiz, renowned for his odes to Divine Love. Tama says, "I savor them slowly, like chocolate mousse, because they are even richer!"

  • Katherine Woodward Thomas recommends Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening, by Andrew Cohen. Cohen redefines spirituality for our contemporary world—a world characterized by exponential change and an ever-expanding appreciation for the processes of evolution. Thomas calls it "a brilliant contribution to the conversation of spiritual development."


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