April 2021-Reading


The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff


Ordinarily, this book wouldn’t even be on my radar, much less my reading list. But a close friend suggested I read it, so I did. I don’t even know how to classify the book. It’s kind of like self-help, but also like an essay on Taoism with some short story vibes thrown in there also.

The author uses the characters from Winnie the Pooh as metaphors and examples of the different concepts of Taoism. A unique and thoughtful read.

What we can Learn

While I don’t follow the religion or even know much about it, I found many of the lessons timely and relevant. One example, in particular, shows the need to slow down. Piglet is running to Pooh’s birthday party with a special balloon as a present. But Piglet is in such a hurry because he doesn’t want to be late and wants to give Pooh this special present. But in his hurry, he slips and pops the balloon. Now all his hurry is for nothing, he has no gift. Many of the concepts one slowing down, knowing yourself and being intentional are universal.


I’d read it again, it’s super short. Depending on your openness to new ideas I’d suggest most people read it.


Immortality by Dee Henderson


This book is very different from most of Dee Henderson’s writing. There was no mystery or adventure, instead, it was an exploration of faith. The majority of the book is long conversations between the two main characters discussing Christianity. While it was dialogue-heavy, and a little slower paced, it was an insightful read.

What we can learn

I grew up in church. Yet I enjoyed the opportunity to really think and process as the characters talked, debated, questioned and explored what it means to be a Christian or have faith in God.


With the right expectations, this is a great book. It’s not a mystery or romance as most of Dee Henderson’s books are; it’s an exploration of faith disguised as a story.

Camping book


I don’t even know the title of this book. A friend and I were discussing a camping trip, so he lent me the book. It was short, and I was behind on reading, so I read the full thing and counted it. This was your basic camping book: three different methods to make a fire, how to make shelters, navigate etc.

What you can learn

How to plan for success on a camping trip.


I’m a novice camper. I love hiking, but have yet to actually do an overnight trip. While the book was thorough, I’m not sure reading a book (any book) is actually an effective way to prepare for backcountry camping.

Conversations Worth Having by Jacqueline M Stavros


This book introduces the idea of “appreciative inquiry” to dig in and go deeper in conversations. Each question or comment can either incite conflict, or produce an exchange of ideas. This book helps readers understand how even little comments or phrases can shut down conversation and harm relationships.  

What we can learn

We can learn to be better communicators, leaders and relationship builders by understanding people.


I did enjoy the book. I actually learned about the book because of a workshop I took. However, it seemed a little repetitive and lacking in practical depth. 


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