OMG! if you could only see my bookshelves! I love books. I love to read them and I love to display them. Well, here are just a few on the table where I do a lot of early morning stuff...
and here on a bookcase in my bedroom...
and here - more decorative than anything...
I have bought thousands of books over many years. You don't see a lot of them here because many I used for homeschooling and have since passed on the volumes to my kids for their use. I have also given and sold many more. Not to mention the many I have on my Kindle device.
So, on this page I'll be sharing my thoughts of my favorite authors and their books. Instead of using an affiliate link, I encourage you to buy your books and things through Amazon Smile, a way to buy your items and support your favorite charity.
In no particular order...
Thought Leaders and mind expanding
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer - I consider this book and The Four Agreements the two books which changed me fundamentally. They gave me a way to explain the world other than the religious influenced worldview. Must read!
- The Four Agreements by don Miquel Ruiz - Hard for me to read at first, I pushed through and fell in love with Ruiz's description of the world and how we exist in it. I love the four agreements particularly the one that states: Don't assume anything and the one that says Don't take anything personally. Lifesavers!! If we only remember that everyone else has shit in their own life and that they are living and reacting in their own moment of pain, we wouldn't take anything personally. Just read it.
- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins - I love and respect Mel Robbins. Never have I met a more straight forward kind of woman. Trained as a lawyer, Mel knows how to dig into the research and pull out the richness of cutting edge behavioral science
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown Or any book by Brene!! Yet another woman I instantly related to. Her advanced studies in behavioral science particularly in shame and vulnerability are inspired.
- The Gift and The Choice by Dr. Edith Eger You'll cry and cheer when you read either of these books. TAlk about being an overcomer!! Dr. Edith is the single bravest person I know and she writes like the rest of us.
Habits and lifestyle
- Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg - Best book on making habit changes bar none. By the man who invented habit changes.
- The One Thing
- My Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- How to Make Disease Disappear by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee - I like that this university trained MD has a thorough grasp on integrated medicine. He gives sound practical tips for adjusting your lifestyle in the four main areas of your life: Relax, eat, sleep, and move.
Miscellaneous but enriching
- Inner Engineering by Sadhguru - while it a bit over my head, this book was a text by the man who taught me to let go.
- UnTamed by Glennon Doyle - This raw book came in my life when I realized I needed permission to be me. I read it during my divorce year.
- Buddhist Bootcamp by Timber Hawkeye. Short article sized chapters by a Buddhist monk who left a life of solitude to share Buddhist teachings to the rest of us. Very relatable.
- Opening the Aloha Mind by Jim Norse I threw this book in the mix because as a spiritual seeker I was/am open to learning all styles of spiritual healing. This book features Ho'oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian healing practice. It involves saying, in particular order the following phrases: I'm sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you.