A few days ago I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
It seems that my reading time has diminished over the years. So I’ve recently started taking a book with me to the gym and read while on the tread mill. Right now, I’ve got two books in progress: Biocentrism, by physician Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, and Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.Visit Trish J. MacGregor's website and blog.
The first is a fascinating perspective about how everything in reality originates in the mind, in consciousness. Without consciousness, Lanza contends, there’s nothing. Just a void. He makes a convincing case for his argument, beginning with one of the great Zen koans: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there, does it make a sound?” From here, he takes us through various theories in quantum physics – what is time? What is space? The mysteries of consciousness – and then all the way to death and beyond. The book is infinitely readable and Lanza has a quirky sense of humor. But more than that, this book has such a human side to it that I just can’t stop reading.
The Pillars of the Earth is a grand, sweeping epic that centers around the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages. It was recently an eight-hour TV mini-series that was a visual feast, but the book is filled with the sort of details about life then that only a master novelist can pull off. Every writer should read this novel as a study in pacing, characters, plot, and epic themes.