BOOK REVIEW: RUNNING HOME:
Running to Toby Estler meant one thing - a sanctuary - a refuge that he could turn to any time. If things were not going well in other areas of his life, he knew he could turn to running and find peace. If only he could take this feeling with him everywhere else in his life.
Why does Toby call this book Running Home? The answer is simple. Toby states, "The place I am headed for is the place that I am about to leave - that I am running home".
This book consists of four major elements: Qualities - each meditation is anchored with a quality. Quotations - to illuminate the chapter's quality. Meditations - which he considers the heart of the chapter - The meditations will give directions on how to obtain the maximum value available - Affirmations - to help you keep your focus on the particular meditation that you are using on that given day.
One of the most important qualities is setting a clear intention. By doing this you are charting a course to follow and you will have a goal in mind to reach. When you think about this statement, it is true no matter whether you are setting an intention for running or for some other event in your life.
As Toby goes through his 35 meditations, the reader will get a thorough explanation of each one, along with the related quotations and the affirmations. The reader will have a very concise guide to apply to whatever they want to do.
Whether you are a runner or not, you will find this book inspiring. Just take a moment and think back to when you were a child. How did you feel when you were running? I know I felt like a free spirit with nothing around to bother me. You certainly don't have to be a runner to apply Toby's meditations to your own life. They will work with just about anything you are doing whether it is a job, another sport, etc. Toby is such a good writer. His words just flow so smoothly that the reader is captivated. What really makes this book such a great read is that Toby has incorporated many personal stories from his past and you will feel his honesty come through. This book combines two things - a sport and spirituality - the result is a very entertaining read - one that you should add to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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