The perfect holiday gift: a “Book Flood”
The Christmas Book Flood
Is there any better gift than a book?
There’s a lovely tradition in Iceland that I would love to see embraced here in the U.S. In Iceland, the best Christmas gift is considered a book. It’s traditional to exchange books on Christmas Eve and spend the night reading them!
Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world, and most sales take place between September and December, in preparation for Christmas gift-giving.
The name of this Icelandic tradition is Jolabokaflod, meaning “The Christmas Book Flood.”
Books inform, delight, educate and inspire. I can’t think of a better gift! I love books, and read voraciously. In fact, I can’t fall asleep at night without having done some reading.
So here are some books and CDs you might consider giving as gifts, if Black Friday and Cyber Monday didn’t already tap you out:
A book for inspiration
For inspiration: The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman, which I wrote with Bear Heart. Originally published in 1996, and translated into 12 languages, it is still in print, making it a best-seller. There’s a reason for that:
Over the years both Bear Heart and I have received letters and e-mails from people far and wide expressing how much The Wind Is My Mother has helped them and thanking us for writing it.
Some said it gave them the sense of purpose, direction or inspiration they had been seeking for years.
A trial lawyer told me it made him rethink his career and how he conducted it.
Many said it was their favorite book after the Bible.
I heard stories of people taking the book into the operating room when they had surgery so its good energy would help their healing.
Another reader told me she keeps it by her bedside and when she has a question, opens it at random to find meaningful guidance.
It would make a wonderful gift! Available as a paperback, e-book and audiobook!
A book for health
For friends and family interested in health and stress reduction, there is The Fountain of Youth Is Just a Breath Away; Breathing Exercises for Relaxation, Health and Vitality, by me! Five stars on Amazon, here is what readers have said:
“Makes a complicated subject simple, clear and inspiring … a real treasure.”
“This short, concise book can bring lovely changes to everyday life.”
“Mind blowing… I feel better already.”
“A must read.”
“Effective, informative, practical, motivating, easy-to-read.”
“We’ve ordered multiple copies for our yoga studio.”
“Wonderful book….a treasure.”
The gift of learning meditation
For anyone who might want to learn to meditate, there is my online meditation course: Meditations on the Natural World.
It’s geared to help you find the time, create the habit and find the meditation technique that’s right for you.
Normally $135, it’s now $75 until the end of the year.
“I love the course. Molly’s voice is so calming, the graphics are fantastic and the flow of information extremely well done.” Florida student
“Very well done.” Michigan student
“I love this course: it’s clear and the videos are not too long.” Italy
Guided meditations have been shown to bring the body into deep relaxation and increase the natural killer cells which fight cancer. Also, listening to guided meditations helps increase your intuition!
My Ancient Journeys CD contains three guided meditations and is available as a CD as well as an MP3 download HERE. https://mollylarkin.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-journeys
Bear Heart’s Inner Vision Quest, a guided journey to meet your spirit guides, is available as an MP3 download HERE. https://mollylarkin.bandcamp.com/album/inner-vision-quest
I hope you will consider any of these books, CDs or the course, as a holiday gift. You just can’t go wrong giving the gift of inspiration!
Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman” and other books on health. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes, healing practice and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com