Despite my addiction to fiction, I do read an occasional Buddhist book. Right now I'm skipping around (my preferred reading style) in Stepping Out of Self-Deception by Rodney Smith, a Seattle-based Insight meditation teacher.
Smith's book covers familiar territory - the foundations of Buddhism, along with encouragements. And yet, his writing glows with the deep aliveness to daily life that arises from many years of training and teaching. In a word, insight.
This sentence captures this aliveness quite succinctly:
The purpose of meditation is to inform us about the true nature of relationships, and it will take us directly into the reactive patterns that keep us separated from all life.
Much later in the book a loud echo of this theme appears:
Smith emphasizes that the Buddha's teachings undercut the self-deceptions of certainty, rules and structures - or any effort to determine outcomes. They only require us to come alive to life, as it is, in this moment.
The most important quality of maturity may be flexibility. A mature person is never one way only, and if a situation calls for toughness or its opposite, the character arises to meet its responsibility.
Note: Buddha Space recently published an excellent, in-depth review of Stepping Out of Self-Deception.