A third book I'd like to recommend is by my new one-of-my-favorites author, Deng Ming-Dao. I'll tell you -- the man is prodigiously talented. He is a gifted writer and poet as well as a renowned artist and Taoist master. Seriously, why doesn't the man have a fan club?
Similar to 365 Tao, that I recommended last week, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony is another book which takes a word or topic, shows the Chinese character, and then expounds on the subject. What I really like about this book is that it explains the parts of the Chinese character and the essential meanings of the word. It gives greater depth to the topic and how it is relevant to today's life. The author, while well-versed in Taoist philosophy, is no ideologue. He gets how it is to live in this world. His essays are relevant and useful, not abstract or nebulous. I use it as I do 365 Tao, reading one page per day to give me something to mentally chew on. Highly recommended.