I don’t know about you, but I always have a stack of spiritual and wellness books next to my bed that I’m in the process of reading. (Plus another one that I’m listening to in the car.) Here’s a peek into my fall reading list.
Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert): I’ve never (like ever) thought of myself as creative. And that limiting belief does just that – limits me. It paralyzes me when I sit down to write, it steals my words when I try to speak and it repels curiosity and joy. And it’s deeply rooted in the fear of being exposed and judged. If I’m not creative than I don’t need to create. And if I don’t create no one can judge me. Big Magic is a journey in peeling away the fears and allowing curiosity to lead the way. “And you have treasures hidden within you — extraordinary treasures — and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think small.” <—- AH, SO GOOD!
Love Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton): Okay, Oprah knew what she was doing when she picked this for Oprah’s Book Club. This book is slaying me in the best way possible. Glennon’s writing is completely exposed, painfully real and insanely relatable. Her words find their way deep into your bones causing you to feel what she feels. “Yes, my soul says, even though all I see is evidence to the contrary, I will believe I am worthy. I brace myself in case there’s a response. Yes, I say, once more, thank you. Consider this my RSVP. Plus one. I would like to come back to life now, please.”
Present Over Perfect (Shauna Niequist): It was the subtitle for this one that got me: Leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living. That is pretty much my life goal wrapped up neatly in a subtitle. Here’s my favorite nugget so far: “Here’s what I know: I thought the doing and the busyness would keep my safe. They keep me numb. Which is not the same as safe, which isn’t even the greatest thing to aspire to.”
Worthy (Nancy Levin): I am always looking for ways to deepen my healing when it comes to money. My relationship with money is complicated and love how this book is helping me unpack it. It’s filled with practical tools, spiritual lessons and actionable items.
Tears to Triumph (Marianne Williamson): Marianne writes a book and you read it, it’s what you do. Marianne’s work always enters my life in the exact right moment. Tears to Triumph showed up on my door on a day where tears seemed like the only option. This book is a call to action. To feel the pain. To cry the tears. To ask yourself what is the meaning of your pain. And to allow the lesson to heal you.
Medical Medium (Anthony William) and A Mind of Your Own (Kelly Brogan): I’ve been working through some health struggles this summer and Medical Medium and A Mind of Your Own have been welcome breaths of fresh air and new perspectives on the road to healing. Both offer unique (and somewhat controversial) perspectives and I’m sorting through the recommendations and information to take what resonates with me.
What’s on your reading list? Share your favorite books or thoughts about these books in the comments below. I’m about to start The Girl on the Train (I know, late to the party) in the car this week.