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Three inspirational books I read in 2017

Every beginning of a new year is pretty common people make plans of reading more during the next 365 days. Today, however, I wouldn’t like to indicate how many books I intend to read, nor publish the list of all that I read last year – yes, I have my own list in the notepad of my cell phone :) – but make reference to 3 of them that inspiried me to live better the daily life.

1) A Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

I read this book in September, inspired by a comment of a travel blogger named Amanda Noventa. “The Secret of Denmark,” written by the English writer Helen Russell, essentially addresses her research in order to find out why danes are considered the happiest people in the world. In a light and casual way, Helen recounts her misadventures as a foreigner in this Scandinavian country. It is impossible not to get caught smiling or teleporting to Legoland, near Aarhus, where Helen and her husband chose to spend a year, motivated by an excellent proposal of work received by him. Undoubtedly, the lessons learned by the writer, inspired by living with the danish people, also make us want to adapt our way of thinking and even make small-point adjustments in our routine, wherever we live, to live a happier life, every single day. :)

2) De catedral a catedral – Como passar em concurso público andando de bicicleta (Evandro Torezan)

No, I didn’t read this book with the purpose of getting new methods or formulas to get approved on exams. The author Evandro Torezan is master with these dynamics. Apart from the fact he is a person of faith and incredible determination, he is still a cyclist, who wake up at dawn to pedal through the streets of the Federal District. I met Evandro at the gym and we were introduced because a common interest: pilgrimages. Our teacher Rafael told to Evandro that I had walked the Way of Saint James. Soon we started to talk more deeply about this subject and we promised that I would give him my eBook about the Camino de Santiago and he would present me with his book “De catedral a catedral”, that also talks about pilgrimage. As I started reading the book, I realized that it would bring me many teachings. The first of them was: faith, focus and discipline are powerful tools for achieving our goals. Second: our Brazil has many paths of pilgrimages from north to south. Evandro reports the pedals that led him from the Cathedral of Brasilia to the Cathedral of Aparecida on the famous Way of Faith. And last but not least: I realized that I wasn’t demanding much efforts from my body. I know it can go further. That’s why I started running with more frequency and enthusiasm. Let’s see how far this will lead me. :) Thank you, Evandro, for such powerful lessons! I keep waiting for the next adventure! : D

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3) The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (Torre DeRoche)

Another travel book for the list. “The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World” by Torre DeRoche is one of those books that seem to teleport you to the scenarios where the history is passing. In this case, Italy (Via Francigena) and India. DeRoche, an north american woman, meets Masha in New York and later in Europe. The big point here is that this reunion isn’t as common as it can suggest. DeRoche was traveling in order to deal better with the mourning for the end of a long relationship, as well as the death of her father. When Masha invites her to travel together a pilgrimage called Via Francigena, in Italy, and, on sequence, the footsteps of Gandhi, another pilgrimage through India, the author, despite the initial resistance, decides to embrace the challenge . The book describes the adventures of two friends along these paths, brushing the narratives with lucid and sensitive reflections about life. I identified myself too much with the author’s reports. Maybe this happened because pilgrims recognize and vibrate similar energies. :) I have no doubt you would love this book.