Today, I'm going to take a step out into a new direction for Thursdays Thoughts: a book review. Or, more correctly, a review of books. I'm happy that this first book bump and plug is for a friend I have known for only a few years but have already come to value and respect greatly. Yesterday, James Artemis Owen released the second two books of his Meditations Trilogy.
My first experiences with the trilogy came when I heard James' Drawing Out the Dragons presentation at the Superstars Writing Seminar back in 2013. I then read the first book, by the same name, and enjoyed it greatly. In fact, it is one of the few books I perpetually keep in my phone. Like everyone else, sometimes I just need someone to tell me that they believe in me and inspire me to keep pushing forward. James does this, both in person and in text.
I was privileged to obtain ARCs of the second two books a short while ago and have made it through about the first 1/3rd of the Barbizon Diaries. It is fantastic and will likely join it's brothers as permanent fixtures on my phone. So far, it has been a heart breaking, admiration building and awe inspiring text. Seriously guys, buy these books. James gave them to me for free as ARCs, but I am going to buy them in hardcover when they come to that format.
However, enough of my words. If I've inspired you to give James a try, follow this link to his purchase page. Still on the fence? Read about the books in James' own words and see if you can still resist!
DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS: A Meditation on Art, Destiny and the Power of Choice
"James inspires and motivates both the young and young-at-heart with personal stories that share an important belief: that you can choose to lead an extraordinary life if you will just persevere, stay focused on your goals, and believe in yourself." —LeVar Burton educator, actor, entrepreneur. Drawing Out the Dragons has the power to uplift, inspire, and change your life, and is the first book in The Meditation s series.
THE BARBIZON DIARIES: A Meditation on Will, Purpose and the Value of Stories
"Mythologies are huge, sweeping things. And the grandest stories are those with the widest arcs of triumph and despair. As much as we may want to, we may not be able to avoid the despair – but triumph is a matter of will." DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS was written for everyone, but this book is an advanced course in surviving the Refiner’s fire – because some stories are too important not to share, and some stories are too meaningful to hide.
THE GRAND DESIGN: A Meditation on Creativity, Ambition, and Building a Personal Mythology
This book brings together the ideas from the previous volumes in The Meditations series (Drawing out the Dragons and The Barbizon Diaries) about all of the things I know and believe are most important in choosing to live an extraordinary life. Significance is a choice; and the extraordinary can always be chosen. That’s everything. And that’s all.Tags: Book Bumps, Thursday's Thoughts