I have come across several books over the past several months that have inspired me to be on this journey of finding my Walden. I want to share what I am using as a guide. Although I'm an English/ Education major, I have had no formal training in the works of Henry David Thoreau. What I write will be from research that I have personally done. It will all be my views of his and a few other peoples' works.
1. The Journal 1837-1861 by Henry David Thoreau
I had no idea that HDT kept a personal journal. I thought that Walden and his other works were basically a journal- but he did keep a rhis book eal journal about his life.
2. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
I never studied Walden unless it was bits and pieces out of a literature book in high school. I think is it interesting that he lived there 2 years, 2 months and 2 days!!
3. The Art of Stillness- Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer
I saw Pico Iyer on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and loved listening to him. This is the book I've been waiting for- going nowhere and having my life's epiphany!!! Yes, please!!
4. 7 an experimental mutiny against excess by Jen Hatmaker
I love Jen Hatmaker!! Maybe its the Texas kindred spirit of her- She tells it like it is and makes me feel like I'm talking to my great Texas friends when I read her books, blog or Facebook posts!!
5. Tears to Triumph- The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment.
I've had enough suffering Thank You Very Much. Now I want the enlightenment!!
6. It's Never Too Late to Begin Again- Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond
by Julia Cameron
I think this will be a good book to get me started on a new adventure. I've never been very creative. I just get pleasure from writing!! Hopefully this book will help me get some creative juices flowing to be able to have some GOOD posts here!
So this pretty much sums up what I will be using for my inspiration for My Walden. I'm praying for self discipline to follow through with all of these and see who and where I am when I get to the other side.