by: Kaitlyn Conrad/Photo and Web Editor
I own an extensive variety of books that I like to call “coffee table books.” I figure if I ever have guests that want to sit and drink coffee in my apartment and read an interesting book, well then, I’m prepared, coffee and all.
Among books about knitting and Vincent van Gogh, I have a thought-provoking book called “SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.” Based on the website SoulPancake.com, this book is filled with questions, thoughts, and quotes to stimulate your brain and spark your soul.
SoulPancake.com is a space designed to tackle art, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality and the book does just the same. Created by Rainn Wilson, who is best known for playing Dwight on The Office, along with co-creators Devon Gundry and Joshua Homnick, SoulPancake is for people who are interested in exploring creativity and spirituality.
When asked why he started SoulPancake, Wilson responded with, “I believe art and its expression are the same as faith and it’s expression. Science, too, for that matter. And quite frankly, everything that urges us to create, to love, to think deeply, to breathe in the moment, to be of service, to be human. They are all different expressions of some divine, creative energy that longs to radiate out and away from the trappings of closed-hearted, selfish, animal materialism.”
Today’s society rarely lets us take time to stop and think; we are always busy, always on the go. Wilson’s book makes its readers stop and take time to think and enjoy what life has to offer.
The book is broken up in different sections: The Brain & The Soul; Art & Creativity; Experiences & Emotions; Love, Sex & Relationships; Virtues and Vices; Introspection, Reflection & Identity; God & Religion; Science & Technology and Life, Death & Living. Each section has pages beyond pages of questions that make readers think of what it means to be human, beautiful art, odd facts and quirky statistics. There are activities that “launch you into the world” and commentary from minds such as Amy Sadaris, Justin Vernon and David Lynch.
Some questions one may come across while reading this New York Time’s Best Seller could be, “Can men and women really be ‘just friends’?”, “If you only had one hour left to live, how would you spend it?” or “What paralyzes your creativity? What fuels it?”
The book does have a warning: “Side effects may include a sudden change in the way you think about what it means to be human. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”
SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions encourages you to speak your mind, unload your questions and figure out what it means to be human.
Those interested in checking out this book can find a preview at book.soulpancake.com.