Tell us your favorite book, but don’t tell us the name of the book until
the end of the blog post.
When I read those words, something in me shook uncontrollably until I fell
dramatically onto the floor of my apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I
remember that day. No one was there but me, but it felt as if my ancestors
were with me, and had delivered a love note to me, passed down through the
ages that said I was not unusual.
I am straight forward, demanding, and direct. However, I am also shy,
observant and compassionate. I am a great number of complex things, but
most of all, I recognize that I, just like everyone I know, have been
enacting a story that if not changed will destroy the earth.
No one told me this; I felt it from the moment I was born. Much like the
narrator of this book, I sought a teacher who could help me make sense of
that hum of culture’s mythology in my ear. I have been held captive by this
mythology and have always been looking for a way out.
From this book, I learned that I no longer have to be at war with the
earth, my community, or myself. This book was given to me as a gift from a
close friend. In fact, many of the most powerful books I’ve read were given
to me as gifts, suggesting to me they have come down from the ages and
chose me¾ but I digress.
What would you say if I told you a telepathic gorilla changed the way I saw
the world and everything with it? You would call me crazy, I’m sure.
However, I indeed learned that all things in the world are necessary and
dependent on each other and if humans continue to destroy everything we
touch, there will be no hope for any of us.
The only way I can describe my favorite book is to tell you that the
journey is an individual experience that will either anger you or liberate
you. There is no way to read it and rest in the gray area: Either you will
love it or you will hate it, but you will feel passionate either way.
I’ve read it at least 10 times and find it to be moving every time. It has
reshaped my thinking and helped me evolve hoe I approach issues in my life.
If you ever want to truly get into my head and see how I think and what
motivates me, read this book and embark on a path that changes everyone
that steps foot on it.
The author is Daniel Quinn and my favorite book is entitled Ishmael.
Author: Victor ‘Billione’ Walker
Book: No Tea No Shade