Author: Thích Nhất Hạnh
Title: Art of Mindful Living
Publication Info: Sounds True, Incorporated (2000)
This book is actually a lovely collection of lectures delivered by Thích Nhất Hạnh on finding the “kingdom of God” here and now by escaping distraction. He mostly focuses on breathing exercises (a bell tones throughout to remind listeners to breathe). He also has interesting techniques such as taking a moment to breathe every time a phone rings (which benefits both oneself and the person calling) and the practice of hugging. Only two hours, but full of wisdom and a delight to listen to.
Recommended Books: Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Keating
Author: Robert Kirkman
Title: The Walking Dead (Volume 22): A New Beginning
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard
Publication Info: Image Comics (2014)
Can the creators of The Walking Dead tell a story that does not revolve around survivors merely fighting zombies or fighting wars with other survivors? The answer is yes! This volume moves ahead a bit into a future where Rick and the leaders of surrounding communities are succeeding in developing sustainable communities amid the zombie horror. Problems encountered now are the challenges of doing things that were normal in the old world. For example, Carl is growing old enough to want to move out on his own to the Hilltop community. Meanwhile, newly admitted survivors find the community too good to be true, an ironic turnabout. Finally, the creepiest new antagonists are introduced. This is a much set of stories and gives me hope for the continuing story of The Walking Dead.