Life Changing Books

Spiritual Self-Help:

  • A Course in Miracles from the Foundation for Inner Peace:  I will not claim to have read this whole collection but I do plan on doing so in my life time.  Currently, I am working through the student workbook.  I started on January 1st of 2019 and I already see and understand things differently.  As many people say, if this book calls to you, then it is time to read it.  If you buy it and aren't ready for it, then I suggest reading The Universe Has Your Back first.  I also suggest starting with the Clarification of Terms, then reading the Introduction to the Student Workbook then starting the Workbook.  

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  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle:  I read this book first, when I was in college and the effect was profound.  It changed my mind on spirituality and the mind.   It also helped me understand relationships and patience more than any other book.  Reading this book will help you understand the ego and begin to diminish it.  I do not think it is necessary to read Tolle's other book first.  I also highly recommend listening to the SuperSoul podcasts that go along with each chapter.  

  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero:  I first read this book at the recommendation of my close niece and friend.  I could not believe how easy it was to read but also at the time hard to swallow.  I knew I was not leading the life I wanted and it was the second read of this book that gave me the strength to start this website and new career.  It is highly quotable and funny.  I have probably recommended this book more than any other I have ever read.  It is not your average self-help book and once you read it, you will forever recognize other badasses. To say it is life changing is an understatement.  

  • The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh: Oh how I love anything by Thich Nhat Hanh.  He is truly a special human being.  He has a way of breaking down the teaching of Zen Buddhism in simple words.  His sentences are like poetry, each one is short but profound.  He understands love better than anyone else I have listened to.  I highly recommend finding the audio of this book so you can hear his voice.  I have listened to it twice so far.  

  • No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh: This is another wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh and I recommend it as a follow-up to The Art of Living.  It is a simple, short read but again extremely profound.  It is one that can be read again and again and each time a new lesson is learned.  In Buddhism, the mud is the suffering we go through and the lotus is the enlightenment that comes from that.  

  • How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh:  Chances are if you found this website you do not know how yet to relax.  Relaxing is not watching T.V. or playing on a smart phone.  It is a meditative and restorative state.  This book is short and simple but for us in our modern society, we need to be taught that it is ok to relax and also how to do so.  

  • How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh:  This book goes well with How to Relax.  This book will teach you how to walk mindfully and in essence how to move mindfully.  Too many of us jerk ourselves around day after day too focused on where we are going instead enjoying the present moment.  This book gives simple guidance on walking meditations and how to use that knowledge throughout the day.  

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:  This book was recommended to me by a young tutor I worked with. She gave it to me for Christmas and was surprised I hadn't read it yet.  I went on to read it, love, recommend it and teach it to some seniors.  It is an amazing book for young people who are starting out on their journey into adulthood but also good for us adults who need to be reminded of our personal legend, or purpose.  

  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse:  This book is considered a classic piece of literature but oddly enough, I never read it in my course of studies.  It is a fictionalized version of the story of the Buddha and is a great companion to The Alchemist.  I recommend it to anyone who is on this mindfulness path but unfamiliar with Buddhism.   

  • The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein:  This is a wonderful companion piece to A Course in Miracles.  Bernstein quotes A Course often in the book and explains the lessons in easier terms.  She uses personal stories to illustrate how to truly choose love over fear and lead a more peaceful life.  If you like You are a Badass, then I recommend this book as a follow-up.  

        

      Stephen King wrote, "books are portable magic," and I couldn't agree more.  Books have the power to take us to another place and time.  A great spiritual book has the power to help us transform our lives.  I love the transformative power of literature so much that is what I studied in college.  

      Here is a list of books that have really helped to shape me on my life journey.  I have supplied links to help me get a little extra money for more books but I encourage you to buy the books used or use a free book app like Libby. 

       I am also the Book Circle guide at Enlightenedhood where I guide other mommas in reading and learning about themselves through the words of another. 

Other Mindfulness: 

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo:  Marie Kondo is now a household name thanks to her Netflix show and social media but this is the book that sparked it all.  Her method of decluttering is truly life-changing.  I followed her steps and in about six-months decluttered my entire home and have no regrets.  In fact, I keep going.  I discard things easily now.  I am also a more mindful shopper.  But the most dramatic change has been in my overall confidence.  In choosing what sparks joy in my possessions, I honed my decision making skills and increased my overall joy and confidence.  If you think this book is just about cleaning, you are wrong.  It is truly a life-changing guide.  

  • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo:  If you decide to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, then go ahead and get this one too.  This book is filled with diagrams that illustrate exactly how to fold, organize and store items.  It is easy to follow and simple to read, it truly sparks joy.  

  • You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero:  My husband, having studied and taught economics, is the main money guru in the household.  Since I had not studied economics and started my own business, I decided to give this book a read.  I highly recommend it no matter if you feel you have enough money or not.  This book is more about our relationship to money rather than the details of budgeting.  It is funny and easy to read and illustrated with many success stories.  

  • The Curated Closet:  A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe by  Anuschka Rees:  This book is aimed more towards women or those that identify as women.  It makes a great follow-up to the Marie Kondo books.  Once I decluttered and was working on understanding what sparked joy, I found this book and it was exactly what I needed.  It helped me understand fashion on a new level and how to shop with my intentions in mind.  I have always loved clothes and shopping but now I know my style and shop with a list and a purpose.   

  • The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N.Aron.  I am a highly sensitive person as are my two children.  I discovered this fact after a former student told me she was an HSP and sent me a video about it.  In my research, I learned that highly sensitive people's brains work differently and we process information differently.  This information came as a great relief to me as a person and as a parent.  I feel happy to be able to let my children know they are highly sensitive and have Spider-Man like senses and help them deal with the issues that come with being an HSP.  This book is great for parents or anyone who works with children.  If you know a child who startles easily, is anxious, is sensitive to foods, sounds, lights or itchy clothing then they might be highly sensitive.  If you think this fits you or your child try this quiz.  

  • People Patterns by Stephen Montgomery:  I first learned of this book on a summer educator workshop from my principal at the time.  This is a great little book to work on with your family, friends, or co-workers.  It will help you learn more about yourself and how to work better with the people in your life. I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I am an Idealist.  

  • Cinderella Ate my Daughter by Peggy Orenstein:  Peggy Orenstein is a famous feminist and writer.  I read this book when my daughter was young and it helps me consciously raise my daughter in a society that doesn't always encourage strong women.  The book starts off with Orenstein admitting that she felt a tremendous weight when she realized she was pregnant with a girl.  I felt the same way. I wanted a daughter and when I learned I was having one, I felt a strong sense of duty to help her navigate this world and encourage her to know she can be anything she desires.  

  • Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illnesses and How to Finally Heal by Anthony William:   To say the writing of Anthony William has changed my life seems cliché or oversimplified.  But his books are a truly a gift from God.  I am grateful for him and his books and the fact that I was led to them.  I have read all of his books and recommend this one because it is his first and gives you a good background on his life, connection to Spirit and an overall guide on health.  

  • Medical Medium:  Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William:  I love this book because when anyone is not feeling well or I do not know what to make for a meal, I can go to this book.  It is a wonderful list of healing foods, what they are used for and recipes to make.  I think everyone should have this book in their recipe collection.  

  • Naked Nutrition:  Whole Foods Revealed by Amy Choate and Annie Miller:  Every summer, I take my kids to the library once a week and one of my favorite things to look at are recipe books.  That is how I found this book and since then have bought it to keep.  If you are looking to eat a clean, plant-based and healthy diet then this is my number one recommendation.  It is comprehensive:  it explains fermentation, sprouting, making your own milk alternatives and how to make natural food dyes.  

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