When I started my personal growth journey 3 years ago, I had no clue how far I would come in those 3 years. To be honest, most of my growth has truly happened in the last 1 1/2 years. As I browsed my bookshelves to pick my top 10 books that changed my life (an incredibly hard choice!), I smiled just thinking about how these books came to me and where I was in my life when I read them.
These books are in no particular order and of course, there are many more books than just these 10!
1. It Starts With Food
When I started my Paleo journey, I learned about the Whole30. I wasn’t sure I wanted to attempt a Whole30 until I read this book. For me, living a Whole30 lifestyle was not sustainable for me, but I learned so much more about how food affects your body. I always recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from any kind of illness. I’m not a doctor and I can’t diagnose anything; however I have heard amazing stories from people who have cured all kinds of illnesses from changing their diet. I believe in the power of nutrition.
2. The Gifts of Imperfection
I remember a friend recommending me this book as I was going through my divorce. I had just moved out, but my divorce wasn’t finalized yet. I binge-read and watched Brene Brown and spent a lot of time crying. It was because of this book that I committed to a life of vulnerability in all of my relationships. I was most vulnerable in my most recent relationship and although it ended, there’s not a single part of me that ever regrets being as open and vulnerable as I have been.
3. The Universe Has Your Back
Oh man, I could honestly recommend any Gabby book. If you’re new to spirituality, I would probably recommend Spirit Junkie to learn more about her story. This book is beautiful, though, and has amazing meditations. Gabby’s guided meditations are always my go-to meditations for my daily practice. I’ve only read this book once, but it is definitely one to read multiple times!
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
4. Loving What Is
When I learned about this book, I was having weekly or bi-weekly date nights with one of my best friends. I remember him teaching me about The Work before I had ever read the book. It seemed like such an abstract concept to me at the time, but as I’ve now read this book a couple times and lived by (an have been reminded of) The Work, it gets a little easier. “When you argue with reality you lose, but only 100% of the time.” “How do you know it was supposed to happen that way? Because it did.”
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
5. You Are a Badass
This book has circulated around the coaching community for years! I will never forget the first time I read it. My life was forever changed. It was probably my first true glimpse into The Universe and spirituality. I also remember reading this book and realizing how closed off my husband at the time was to any kind of spirituality, as I was becoming more and more open to it. After I moved out, I reread this book again and it will probably always be an annual read for me.
6. Tiny Beautiful Things
I rememeber when my step-mom told me about Cheryl Strayed. My dad had read Wild and she raved about this book. I was intrigued by the concept of it and decided to borrow it. Around the same time, a couple friends and I created a book and knitting club (we only met twice), but this was the book we chose. Again, I was married at the time and there was something about reading this book that made me envision freedom from my current life. I didn’t consciously know at that time that I was going to leave my marriage, but something about this book led me to believe that my life would be very different. Some of my all-time favorite quotes come directly from this book. It is a beautiful read.
7. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch
This book was my intro to manifesting. I can’t even remember now who I learned about it from, but I remember learning that it was for anyone who had a negative mindset around money or felt that being rich was a bad thing. This book is SO much more than that! It includes forgiveness work, EFT tapping, breaking through limiting beliefs, etc. I’ve read this twice and the first time chose not to do the activities. The second time I did it, I seriously worked the activities and started to break through more and more of my limiting beliefs around money. This is a necessity for everyone, but especially for female business owners. It is amazing how much we self-sabotage when it comes to our finances!
8. A Return to Love
I remember being on a cruise last year, sitting in a room with friends talking about spirituality, crystals, tarot cards, and A Course in Miracles. One of my good friends said that she would recommend A Return to Love before beginning A Course in Miracles. I knew that ACIM was where I wanted to head so I took her advice and read Marianne’s book first. Holy shit. This book turned my life upside down in the best way possible. It was the beginning to me truly understanding love over fear and helped me to see everyone in a new light. I remember being a little turned off at first by the religious words, but it became fairly easy for me to switch out God for Universe or Spirit and really take away the value I needed from it.
9. Tears to Triumph
Once I read A Return to Love, I was hooked. I have so many other books of hers on my list. I heard about this book while listening to a Mastin Kipp podcast and the truth really hit me. She talked about how many of us don’t feel our feelings. Instead we think something is wrong with being sad and choose to medicate instead. Learning how to truly feel my feelings was one of my biggest lessons in 2016 and this book really resonated with where I was at in my journey.
10. The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
I don’t remember if this book was in the resources section of You Are a Badass, but I remember listening to a podcast where Jen Sincero was the guest and she referenced this book. So obviously I had to read it, right? It’s been years now, but we all have parts of ourselves we like and dislike. The parts we dislike of ourselves are our shadows. We cannot disown our shadows and still be whole. The biggest lesson I learned from this book was that there are ways to use our shadows to our benefit. For me, stubbornness is not the best quality I have. However, when used appropriately it can be extremely useful. Learn what your shadows are and how to use them to your benefit!
There you have it! Those are 10 books that absolutely changed my life! If you’ve read any of them (or if you decide to read any of them), I would love for you to comment below and let me know what you think! What’s your favorite and why?