Book Reviews

  • The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

    It’s a pretty safe bet that if you ask someone how they’re doing this month, they’ll answer with some variation of “I’m busy”. The question is, busy with what? Become a true ChangeMaker and explore sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it. Read Pico Iyer’s book of learning to take care of his loved ones, do his job, and hold on to some direction in a madly accelerating world.

  • Resource Revolution

    How do you turn our current worldwide crisis into an opportunity? Author and SXSW Eco guest Stefan Heck, makes a compelling case for how innovators and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the biggest business opportunity of the past hundred years to create positive change.

  • Crazy Is A Compliment

    Everyone has a dream, but many people don’t give themselves permission to follow it, or they get stuck. Linda Rottenberger’s new book shows us how to take risks without losing what’s dear to you.

  • 5 Books To Connect You To Nature

    Nature is our first and greatest mentor. It’s magnificence reminds us of our place in the natural order — helping us to think and act in ever-widening circles, considering the impact of our decisions on the more-than-human world. These five books highlight the important role nature plays in understanding ourselves, our role in the world and in providing solutions to the complex challenges of our time.

  • Stumbling On Happiness

    Dan Gilbert’s most recent TED Talk inspired us dust off this 2006 classic book. We tend to believe that who we are at that moment is the final destination of our becoming. Which, of course, is not only wrong but a source of much of our unhappiness.

  • The Confidence Code

    How confident do you have to be before you take an action – 100% or something less? Is there a difference between the sexes, and do those differences affect future success? Kay and Shipman tackle these and other provocative questions in their new book.

  • EcoMind: Changing The Way We Think, To Create The World We Want

    Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience, Frances Moore Lappe argues that the biggest challenge to human survival is our faulty way of thinking about environmental crises and life on earth. Lappé dismantles seven common “thought traps” and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that reveal our hidden power.

  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

    Daniel Goleman’s new book “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” is a perfect complement to CNL’s work in cultivating attention skills for inner and outer landscapes, and the relationships between them. Goleman adds a third level, that of the “other”, the systems view. Great reading!