I’m a HUGE reader. I’ve been a ridiculous reader since I was child. I remember walking around at recess with my nose in a book, not watching where I was going, lost in other worlds. Reading is like watching a movie inside my mind, only better because I’m the casting director and set designer. I get lost in the story, my mind not reading the words on the page but instead, immersed in the characters and plots. As someone who loves to read and learn and grow, reading has been my go to for everything; from trying to overcome addictions to finding self-confidence to crocheting, I turn to books for help and education. I’ve read some pretty phenomenal, life changing books and want to share some below:
E-Squared by Pam Grout
I read this one a couple summers ago and it was incredible. It may sound woo-woo to many people that we can manipulate our reality and the energy around us but this book of nine experiments will blow your mind! It hit home that quantum physics, universal energy and mind manipulation were real. It was amazing to learn I have such amazing power and abilities at my finger tips.
10 Secrets for Success and Inner Happiness by Dr. Wayne Dyer
One of the first ‘self help’ books I read, this book gave me many “a-ha” moments within 156 small pages. With secrets such as “You Can’t Solve a Problem with the Same Mind That Created It” and “Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You” this book will open your eyes, heart and mind to the beauty that is our Universe. Dr. Dyer was one of the leading experts in the spirituality field and for good reason: his thoughts and ideas are kind, cohesive and compassionate.
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
I read this three years ago when my anxiety was sky high and my Ego out of control. Gabby’s story was so similar to my own, every word screamed at me. If you’ve ever struggled with addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, body image or men, this is a read for you. It gave me a reality check into my Ego and helped me tame my anxiety because of it. A serious game changer AND it started my love for all things Gabby!
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
This book is for EVERYONE. Darren breaks down how to handle hard tasks: COMPOUNDED BABY STEPS. By taking baby steps each and every day towards a big goal, we can achieve and manage the climb to the top more easily. For instance, if everyday you subbed out your daily Pepsi and replaced it with water, at the end of the year you’d have lost 10 pounds compared to your co-worker who continued the daily Pepsi drink and gained 10. By compounding our efforts, we set ourselves up for big change. For instance, I now commit to reading a minimum of ten pages a day of a personal development book. This commitment has allowed me to read one book a month that betters my mind, body and soul! You can implement this concept into everything though: fitness, business, anything!
Dual Image by Nora Roberts
This may seem like an odd choice because its a short romance novel but what grabbed me and gave me a huge “a-ha” moment is the main character, Ariel Kirkwood. Despite her fictitious existence, she is the epitome of kindness and compassion. I couldn’t help but think how amazing the world would be if we had more people with her qaulities. She inspired me to be a better version of myself. I love Nora’s books so I’ve read dozens but this one will always resonate with me for the way it motivated me to be more like Ariel.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
A double nod to the Gem herself; Gabby’s latest release was a win on so many levels for me. I read it over Christmas 2016 and it helped me make peace with only ever having one child and being completely okay with that. Her prayers and affirmations touched my soul, her beliefs are loving and resonated with me deeply and her faith is unwielding. Her words gave me faith that the Universe was unfolding exactly as it should for me and to have faith that it was all for the better. I changed my prayers from “please give me a baby” to “how may I serve others to the best of my ability.” I’m now in the best place of my life and I credit this book to helping me get there.
You Are A Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
This is a book for women everywhere. Jen is a badass babe whose sassy, real and blunt words will change you, make you laugh and say “F*ck ya! I AM AWESOME!” She reminds us that we are powerful beings in these bodies and that we can do whatever the hell we want whenever the hell we want too! I read this at the beginning of my journey to reclaim my health and strengthen my body and her words encouraged me to stick to my goals no matter what, kick those goal’s asses and be proud of every step I took along the way.
Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel
I read this on my honeymoon and had to put down the margaritas and find a quiet corner to read this because this book was incredible. A retired surgeon, Bernie humanizes the medical world and has helped facilitate some incredible healing. His belief is basically that Love heals and by utilizing the power of the mind and body, you can heal yourself. He emphasizes the importance of communication, determination, visualization, meditation, eating habits, unconditional love and so much more as a prescription for health and his testimonies will blow you away. I’m no longer afraid of illness and believe I have the power within my mind and my body to fight whatever I’m faced with.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
I tried to read this book probably eight times before I finally got into this spiritual read. It’s a theory posited as a story about a man on a quest to find a manuscript in Peru. James’ has this beautiful faith in energy and explains it in a manner that both intrigues you and makes you question everything. Are you an instigator? A Poor me? It was the first book I read that explained a spiritual theory I could understand and believe in. The book spawned many others in the series and they are all equally great.
Proof of Heaven (and Map of Heaven) by Eben Alexander
This game-changer read resonated with me because of Eben’s adamant belief that there was no such thing as an “Other side.” A neurosurgeon contracts a serious brain infection that leaves him near death in a coma with little chance of recovery and he experiences, what he calls, Heaven. He wakes up completely fine (despite doctors believing he would be in a vegetative state if he did ever wake) and using his extensive knowledge and background in neuroscience, explains his near death experience, right down to what he heard. (I bought the CD’s afterwards because I was so curious to hear the reproduction of the sounds!) There’s no God talk or anything related to religion; it’s a scientific approach to explaining his miraculous story.
A Few Notable Mentions
Light is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
F*ck It by John C. Parkin
Living With Intent by Mallika Chopra
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (hell, everything he writes is hilarious and great!)
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill