I am Malala: Book Review

imageI am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Book Review

I finished another AMAZING book and had to share it with you! My review will also be in the Yoga For Today newsletter again this month. I do hope you get an opportunity to read this one soon.

I had been drawn to the remarkable courage of Malala even before I read her book. I followed her on Facebook and read everything I could that was written about her. I was in awe of this very young Pashtun women from Pakistan’s Swat Valley and couldn’t even imagine what it was like to have experienced what she alread did at such a young age.

The book began where Malala’s world changed forever…One October day, when she was just 15 years old, a young boy trained by the Taliban, got on her bus, shouted “Who is Malala”, and then shot her point blank in the head. Her survival is a miracle and due to some quick thinking individuals and the Universe knowing she still had much to do, she was rushed out of the country to England, her parents and siblings joining her at a later date, where she was able to make a miraculous recovery and continue her work.

Malala’s mother was illiterate as many Pashtun women are; Malala’s father, on the other hand, was an educated and very intelligent man who did not always follow traditional rules. He often spoke up against the wrongs that he witnessed and ran a school where both boys and girls of any age were taught. He raised Malala as if she were a first born son and gave her all the tools she would need: support, education, self confidence, and a platform to voice her thoughts and opinions.

Together, father and daughter changed the world and continue to do so. They brought to light the importance of educating every child on the planet and have even set challenges to the first world countries. Her drive and determination is powerful, she inspires me to continue my journey and I hope she will move and inspire you as well.

Happy reading and let me know what you think!
yogapath8@gmail.com

Love &Light
Michelle

The Alchemist: Book Review

Photo Credits to Tonya & Shauna at YFT

Photo Credits to Tonya & Shauna at YFT

I was asked to write a book review for the Yoga For Today newsletter. The last book I actually finished ( I usually have 2 or 3 on the go) was The Alchemist. Rarely does a book take me on such a journey that I actually shift things in my own life because of it. Now don’t get me wrong, if I could have a flying broom, be able to flick a wand and be magical or have a Warewolf or Vampire as a friend, I certainly would…who wouldn’t…right?

So without further ado, here is my brief review as posted in the newslette:

Santiago, the Shepherd Boy, embarks on a treasure hunt that takes him from the hillsides of Spain to a port in Africa, then into the desert towards the great pyramids of Egypt. Who he meets along the way and what he learns will change his life forever.

What began as a dream and was encouraged by a gypsy woman and a king, turned into an epic adventure for young Santiago. Leaving everything he knew behind, he takes a giant leap of faith and goes where no one in his family has gone before…in search of a treasure that he is not even sure exists. He experiences setbacks, one by the hands of a thief that gets away with everything he owns, but he also gains knowledge and self respect as he learns new skills and grows into someone he can be very proud of. The characters he meets, especially the Alchemist, give him wisdom and the guidance he needs to keep moving forward to succeed. He receives countless lifelong lessons, that readers can also learn from, and soon he discovers that by listening to his heart, following his dreams and not giving up, the treasure he seeks is closer than he ever imagined.

imageThis novel puts into words the journey many of us go on as we dive deep into our soul to the quest of self discovery and awareness. We all have a treasure we seek and by observing Santiago’s strength and courage, it may invoke a new passion to continue to dig deep within ourselves.

Happy reading and let me know what you think!
yogapath8@gmail.com

Love &Light
Michelle