“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

-Oscar Wilde


                              Recommended Reading

The following is a list of our favorite books on topics including creativity, personal growth, and healing.

We hope you find one, or all of them, to be inspiring and helpful!

 

Alternative Healing

Book of Stones (The): Who They Are and What They Teach – Simmons & Ahsian

Color Zone Therapy – Corvo & Verner-Bonds:  Therapy that treats the whole person.

Healing Crystals and Gemstones – Peschek-Bohmer & Schreiber:  A listing of the most important crystals and gemstones.

Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need (The) – Joanna Martine Woolfolk: Everything you need to know about basic astrology.

 

Creative Visualization

Creating True Prosperity –  Shakti Gawain:  Prosperity stories, self-exploring exercises, and answers to common questions.

Creative Visualization  –  Shakti Gawain: Use the power of your imagination to create what you want in life.

Florence Scovel Shinn Reader – The Game of Life/Your Word is Your Wand/The Secret Door to Success/Power of the Spoken Word.

Secret (The) –  Rhonda Byrne:  Learn how you can be, have, or do anything you want.

 

Creativity

Artist’s Way –  Julia Cameron: A spiritual path to higher creativity.

Awakening Minerva –  Linda Firestone:  The Power of Creativity in Women’s Lives.

Coloring Mandalas –  Susanne Fincher: For insight, healing, and self-expression. 48 sacred circle designs for people of all ages.

Creative Habit (The): Learn It & Use It for Life -Twyla Tharpe

Writing Life (The) – Annie Dillard: An inside narrative on the experience of writing.

 

Dream Analysis

Beginner’s Guide to Dream Analysis – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Every Dream Interpreted –  Veronica Tonay:  Explores the meaning of dreams.

In the House of the Riddle Mother – Clarissa Pinkola Estes: The most common archetypal motifs in women’s dreams.

 

Fiction

Alchemist (The) – Paulo Coehlo

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron

Five People You Meet in Heaven (The) – Mitch Albom

For One More Day – Mitch Albom

Getting a Life Even if You’re Dead – Beth Watson

Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir – Eliza Watson

Marley & Me: Life & Love With the World’s Worst Dog – John Grogan

Secret Life of Bees (The) – Sue Monk Kid

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

Under Her Spell – Eliza Daly

 

Healing

Bounce Back Book –  Karen Salmansohn:  Thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, and losses.

Red Shoes (The) – Clarissa Pinkola Estes:  On torment and Recovery of the Soul Life

Self-Esteem Companion –  Matthew McKay: Challenge your inner critic!

Women, Food, and God –  Geneen Roth:  An unexpected path to almost everything

 

Holistic Health

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art – Kathi Keville & Mindy Green

Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy (The) – Valerie Ann Worwood

Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide – Rosemary Gladstar

Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History, & Geography of Herbal Medicine – Holly Bellebuono

 

Intuition 

Divine Intuition –  Lynn Robinson: “Your guide to creating a life you love.”

Intuition Guidebook (The) – Dale & Rost:  How to safely and wisely use your sixth sense.

Trust Your Gut –  Lynn Robinson: How the power of intuition can grow your business.

Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living – Sonia Choquette

Your Heart’s Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want – Sonia Choquette

 

Midlife 

Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife (The)  – Marianne Williamson

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brené Brown

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife – Barbara Bradley Hagerty

 

Mindfulness

A New Earth –  Eckhart Tolle:   A spiritual manifesto for a better way of life.

Mind-fulness –  Ellen Langer:  Become more creative, effective, and self-directed.

Mindfulness:  An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World  –  Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Jon Kabat-Zin

Power of Now (The) – Ekhart Tolle:  A guide to spiritual enlightenment

Wherever You Go There You Are –  Jon Kabat-Zinn:  Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.

 

Relationships

Codependent No More –  Melody Beattie:  Stop controlling others and start caring for yourself.

Five Love Languages (The)  – Gary Chapman outlines five ways to express and experience love.

Relationship Cure (The): A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, & Friendships – Dr. John M. Gottman

Relationship Rescue  – Phillip McGraw:  A seven step strategy for reconnecting with your partner.

Verbally Abusive Relationship (The) – Patricia Evans:  How to recognize and handle a verbally abusive relationship

 

Self-Discovery & Growth

A Year by the Sea –  Joan Anderson:  Thoughts of an unfinished woman.

Circle of Stones – Judith Duerk:  A woman’s journey to herself.

Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life –  Jennifer Louden:  Create all that you need with what you’ve got.

Crossing to Avalon  –  Jean Shinonda Bolen, MD:  A woman’s midlife pilgrimage.

Dark Side of the Light Chasers –  Debbie Ford:  Reclaiming your power, creativity, brilliance, and dreams.

Failing Forward  – John Maxwell:   Turning mistakes into stepping stones for success.

Gift from the Sea  – Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Reflections on the lives of Americans in the mid-twentieth century

Life Makeovers  –  Cheryl Richardson:  52 practical & inspiring ways to improve your life

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts –  Regina Thomashauer:  Using the power of pleasure to get what you want.

Rules for the Unruly  –  Marion Winik:  Living an unconventional life.

Seeing in the Dark – Clarissa Pinkola Estes PhD:  Myths & Stories to Reclaim the Buried Knowing Woman.

Steering by Starlight –  Martha Beck:  Find your right life no matter what!

Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing with Your Wonder-full Self – Sark

Travel Therapy – Karen Schaler:  Where do you need to go?

Unmistakable Touch of Grace –  Cheryl Richardson:  Gratitude can transform your life.

When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple –  Sandra Martz:  A collection of writings and photographs that evoke the beauty, humor, and courage of women living in their later year.

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything – Geneen Roth

Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD:  Myths and stories of the wild woman archetype.

 

Spirituality

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson: Reflections on the principle of a course in miracles.

Life After Death- The Burden of Proof  – Deepak Chopra: What happens to the spirit after the body dies?  A map of the afterlife.

Living in the Light  –  Shakti Gawain:   A guide to personal and planetary transformation.

Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (The) – Deepak Chopra: A life-altering perspective on the attainment of success.

Shift (The) – Dr. Wayne Dyer:   A spiritual journey to find your purpose

 

TRAVEL

 

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World – Eric Weiner

The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia – Paul Theroux

Travel Therapy: Where do You want to Go? – Karen Schaler

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts

 

 

 

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa,

  “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change” 

 ~ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

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