Reading was never my thing, but now I have a book shelf full of books I love, books I’m yet to read and a list of books that have truly impacted me and supported me in thinking differently or giving me permission to believe what I already believed.
At school I didn’t do well at English, so I stayed away from it as much as possible, and this meant books – I was robbing myself right!!
Movies and TV are good, but books are so much deeper and really show the soul of the author.
I did read some books and for a long time I was really interested in true stories, and in particular Ivan Milat. I was interested in it more from the psychological perspective, and solving puzzles. I could never understand why people like Ivan would do the things they did.
Oh and I LOVED Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – didn’t we all!
After realising my post natal depression was an issue that I needed to work through – because staying stuck wasn’t an option. In 2016, when I kicked off my Soul Hour, I would read for about 30 minutes each day. I picked up the books I was intuitively drawn to or that came into my life. I guess this was either my start of Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes (a great read) or my Michael A Singer Surrender Experiment – but I hadn’t read either of them at that point.
Over the last five years, many books have come my way and in 2021, I’ve been inundated with books again.
Mostly books come to me now, someone will tell me about a book and I know that if I hear about a book a couple of times then I’m meant to read it. Also, if someone close to me recommends a book, I’m meant to read it.
This led me to thinking about the books that have truly impacted me and my growth.
And much like others have shared with me, I would also share with you, so perhaps you might also enjoy learning more about yourself.
10 books and authors who have supported me to grow
– more than I could have by myself
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A Singer
This book is my spiritual guide, it was the first book that really took me within to see the difference between who I am physically and who I am spiritually. Untether your soul, and become the truest you.
The Surrender Experiment by Michael A Singer
Oh where do I start, I’ve been recommending this to people who are ready to slow down and surrender. A client, who’s also on a spiritual path, recommended this book to me and I couldn’t put it down. I’m not meditating more than I ever have before, and loving it. This book reminds us that we can slow down and allow life to happen for us, our only job is to say yes and be your best self with every opportunity that comes your way.
Anything by Rebecca Campbell is gold, especially if you’re new to your spiritual journey – and yes this includes just being more you. She takes you on a journey of self and empowers you to work your light.
Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within by Rebecca Campbell
Imagine having a book that empowers you to be more you and to rise with other women – this is that book. Rebecca Campbell again writes so eloquently and encourages you to rise, in the only way you can – by being you.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Our inner critic will stop us from growing, and this book calls ‘bulls**t’ on that. It reminds you of the tools you need to employ to create anything in life – it doesn’t matter what the thing is – because at some point that inner critic’s going to pop up and say ‘you don’t want to do this’ and you’re going to believe it, for a moment, but if you’re doing the work you’re ready to make the changes required to live the life you love.
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First-Class Life by Denise Duffield Thomas
Listen to everyone around you and everyone is going to talk about money in some way or another, and it’s generally ‘I can’t afford that’ or ‘my husband doesn’t need to know’ or ‘put that back, money doesn’t grow on trees’. These are money stories, we all have them and they’re stopping us from living an abundant life – as we describe it. This book gives you the tools to create life on your terms, let go of your money stories and get real about money.
Our inner critic, or as Melissa Ambrosini calls her ‘your mean girl’ is literally stopping you from living the life you truly want. It’s stopping you from asking telling your boyfriend that it’s time to get married, asking for that promotion at work, eating organic vegetables. With my post natal depression my inner critic was soooooo loud, it was deafening. This book gives you the tools to silence your inner critic (TIP: It’s not a one and done, this is a process for life) and connects you to becoming an even shinier version of yourself – are you ready? PS. Her second book Open Wide is great too!
WOW what a book. I’d been sitting on this book for about 2 years, then I did a clean up of my book shelf and it was like I was being called to it. I cried in the first chapter – which is a sign for you regarding the rest of the book. This book is very heart felt, poignant and a reminder to be true to ourselves. If you need a reminder of what life’s meant to be about, this book is for you.
I read this book whilst traveling Canada. I cried on planes, I cried on trains…I cried. The stories in this book are incredible and they’re literally ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ – for our souls. Everyone has to read this book, for the triumphs, the challenges and the never ending love.
Anything by Brene Brown is amazing, but this book really resonated me and reminded me that I’m meant to be me – no one else and that it’s important to embrace who I am. She also gifted myself, and the rest of the world, five words ‘the story I’m telling myself…’ that Chris and I used in challenging times for a long time. We don’t so much any more but it’s in our toolkit if we need it. That swimming story, where Brene had taken an early morning swim with her husband, has always stuck with me.
What new book are you going to read today? Whether you read it or listen to it, do what works for you.
I’d love to hear what book/s you choose and what resonates with you out of each book, share with me below xo