My Recommendations

Great Reads

Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

This book is especially for you if you don’t necessarily buy into the standard Christian teachings, but do believe there is great wisdom in The Bible.  Adyashanti is a Zen practitioner who reinterprets it through the eyes of one who has a high respect for the teachings of Jesus, but not for the way it’s been reinterpreted by most of the mainstream Churches.


The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Who are we … really?  This is perhaps the most profound book I’ve ever read.

Out there on the periphery is the outer world.  Closer in our feelings and emotional world.  Closer in still are our thoughts and a brain that just can’s stop yakking.

But who’s behind that?  Who are we at our essence?  That is what this book explores – in a way that is humorous, approachable and enlightening beyond belief.  Highly recommended.



The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

Ever wonder how people can be so different – and yet so alike?  For that matter, what if you could get a roadmap that shows you how your brain works – like a GPS for your brain?

Such a system exists, and it’s called the Enneagram.  At its core, the Enneagram identifies 9 personality types.  But it further refines that by showing whether each is a head, heart or body type.  And then there are three subtypes – social, 1:1, and self-preservation – that further refine it.

It’s a detailed and nuanced system that – when used well – helps you learn about how we think, what drives you, both the gifts and challenges you’re likely to face, and a path to growth.  And this book is written by two of the system’s foremost experts.


Websites

 

WordPress

One in every four websites is built with WordPress.  And if you want to build a serious website for your business, this is the way to go.  It is flexible, dynamic and – once you get the basics done, relatively easy to do updates on.  It can also be expanded to do almost anything you want – including galleries, e-commerce, list building, etc.

WordPress itself is an opensource database program.  You can install it via the “C-panel” with the hosting company you use.  But there is a whole ecosystem built around it to provide you with plugins, themes and other offerings.


Wix

If WordPress feels daunting, and you want to do a more point-and-click website, then Wix is definitely worth considering.  They have website templates where you literally just add your own copy, images and other items.

You don’t actually “own” the website like you do with WordPress.  But if you’re daunted by technology – or if you want to get up a website fast – then this is a great way to go.

 

 


SquareSpace

 

This is another highly recommended alternative to WordPress.  Like Wix, it’s a point-and-click website building system.  You begin by choosing a template you like, then adding text, images and whatever else you want to complete your website.


Making WordPress Even Better

 

Astra Theme

One of the great things about WordPress is how you can make it look like pretty much anything.  And how you do that is with themes.  Think of as being like the “skin” that gives your site its look and feel.

There are thousands of paid and free ones.  But one of the very best is Astra.  What sets it apart?  It is more flexible than most, gives you lots of options, has great support, loads fast, and works especially well with “page builders”  (more info on that below).

There are both free and paid versions, and it’s quite possible the free one will do everything you need.  If you do find you need even more features, then you can upgrade to the paid version.


Elementor Page Builder

If Astra is the canvas on which to paint your website, then Elementor is the Brush.

The simplest way to add content to your website is to use the built-in page editor.  And for basic pages it works great.  But if you want to quickly design a website that looks better, had more features, and can be constructed quickly, and opens up a range of features you simply can’t get with the basic editor.

There are other page builders available – most notably Beaver Builder and Thrive Architect.  But Elementor has aggressively been developing more features, and consequently gaining deeper market share than the others.  There’s also a great Facebook users group.

SiteGround is the brush.

(for web hosting)

NameCheap (for domain hosting)