Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist WednesdayI’d say Wednesday is a good day to think and chat about the books I’d love to read, and it just so happens there’s a meme out their for this exact occasion!  Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen to Paper, is a book blog hop where we post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our very own book shelves.

My pick for this week is:

The Fragrant HeavensTHE FRAGRANT HEAVENS
by Valerie Ann Worwood
320 pages
New World Library; 1 edition (March 1, 1999)

Valerie Ann Worwood explores the connection between fragrance and spirituality, examining both scientific and esoteric evidence for the spiritual power of essential oils. She examines the spiritual traditions that use aroma for ritual, prayer, and meditation and shows how to incorporate these traditions into modern practices.

Scent has always played a spiritual role in my life, in fact many of our lives, and I’ve long wanted to dig deeper into why that should be.  Why does lighting a scented candle bring me quickly to my center?  And why does the deep inhalation of forest pine, jasmine, or muddy earth bring me closer to God?

These questions have been brought to the forefront as my soul-care business, Two Moons, grows and my partner and I strive for business and product authenticity and a soul connection for our customers and ourselves.  How can our products better nourish those who use them?

Saint Ephrem the Syrian (306–373) penned these words in his Hymn on Paradise, in the belief  that fragrance plays an important role in connecting us to spirit:

 A vast censer
exhaling fragrance
impregnates the air
with its odoriferous smoke,
imparting to all who are near it
a whiff from which to benefit.
How much the more so
with Paradise the glorious:
even its fence assists us,
modifying somewhat
that curse upon the earth
by the scent of its aromas

St. Ephrem the Syrian
Hymns on Paradise, 11:13

I have so many questions.  What are the best ways to use fragrance in our daily lives?  And, how can fragrance lift us, yet ground us at the same time?  I look forward to reading The Fragrant Heavens and other books, and exploring and experiencing the spiritual dimension of fragrance.

What has been your experience with scent and spirit?  Please share with me in the comments!

Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag This Summer

toptentuesday2Who am I kidding?  When will I have a few hours to lay on the beach?

Well, if I did, here are the books I’d bring with me to read…

  1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.  I’ve got to finish this up quick because the third book (The Book of Life) will be released July 15, 2014!
  2. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.  I can’t wait for this book’s release!  I enjoy Deborah’s writing style and story slant for the witches, vampires, and daemons.
  3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.  This book has been on my shelf forever.  I’ve started it several times and for some reason keep setting it down.  Will this be the time I finish it?
  4. Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates.  The fourth book in this fun cozy mystery series about Katie Lightfoot, her coven, her abilities, and the bakery she runs with her aunt and uncle, is being released this July.
  5. A Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell.  I love this series and its protagonist Lily Ivory, a witch with a potbellied pig familiar named Oscar.  She runs a vintage clothing store and solves mysteries that involve the woo-woo.  So fun!  (Do you detect a theme in the first half of my selections?)
  6. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny.  I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read this book.  It’s just something I do with all of Louise Penny’s books because I want the ultimate experience.  Her brilliant writing, fully fleshed out characters you love to love, Three Pines, and yes, of course, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache had me hooked in the first page of Still Life, the first book in this series.  She quickly became my favorite writer.  Love.
  7. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny.  I’ve been saving the last book for the perfect reading time and it has to happen soon as this next book will be released August 26, 2014!  Ah, bliss…
  8. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey.  I could write my own novel on the subject of this one but for now I’m excited to learn about the author’s viewpoint and how it relates to mine.
  9. She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman by Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch.  I’ve chosen this book for the inspiration I know I’ll receive by reading it.
  10. Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life Through Writing and Storytelling by Sam Keen and Anne Valley-Fox.  Storytelling is magic and I’m eager to work through the exercises in this book to detect the story line in my own life.

 

There you have it.  My selection of summer reads.  What will you be reading this summer?

This book meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more book ideas, have a look at their pics for summer reading and scroll down to the links for the choices of other participants.  Enjoy!