Bedrock Books chooses books which help trigger reflection and self understanding, and they speak to the following values: Listening, Self-Awareness, Empathy, Compassion, Dignity, Self Understanding, Inclusivity. The books are non religious and non sectarian. Below are some examples. We will be adding more books all the time. If you can recommend a book that inspires peace, hope or any of the values and actions which Bedrock Books supports, get in touch, telling us the book title and author.
A palace infested with tigers. Parrots that have memorised the laws of physics. A coconut that sails the sea without an engine or GPS. Prem Rawat’s Peace is Possible is an intriguing collection of stories and insights, designed to trigger reflection and personal growth. Drawn from the author’s travels around the world speaking to audiences on the subject of peace, the stories transcend culture and address the simple reality of being alive. In the second part of the book the author responds to questions from people across all walks of life about their issues and concerns.
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
A Man Called Ove is the story about an apparently unlikeable grumpy old man. To start with you will think he is one of the grumpiest men around. He considers everyone, apart from himself to be complete incompetent idiots. But as the story unfolds you find that underneath his apparent grumpiness, he has a heart of gold; even if he won’t even admit it to himself! By the end even though he is a fictional character all you want to do is give Ove a big hug and celebrate his humanity. I included this book because his story proves that even inside the grumpiest of people, deep down, with the right conditions, there is a big heart just waiting to emerge.
The Alchemist is a parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams.
Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.
Everyone in George's family is a yeti—everyone except George. When he asks why he is not yet a yeti, each family member tells George that he needs to be bigger, scarier, and more ferocious! Maybe, deep down inside, he is something else instead? Focusing on family values and being yourself, Not Yet a Yeti is a lovely story that will leave you grinning.