What I've been chewing on lately...

October 6, 2011
11 Books That Changed My Life

I’ve had 15 or so years of psychotherapy.

Yep. Half my life. The better half.

I asked for it for Christmas at 13 years old.

Uh huh.

Psychotherapy is but one of the notches on my branch to spiritual enlightenment (I said ‘on my way’) and radiant meaningful work in the world.

You know what played perhaps the biggest role? Books.

I venture to guess that for every exhale I’ve made I’ve given a book recommendation.  Few of these books will be  new to you, I imagine. Some are best sellers. Others are Oprah-approved. Do not be turned off by this or their location in the ‘self-help’ department. These books are popular because they are excellent and they labeled ‘self-help’ because they assist you to do just that.

Through these books I’ve experienced paradigm shifts that no one will ever be able take from me.

I’ve had concepts explained to me that I could never have understood from any other voice.

These books gave me words when I had none.

I’ve been validated, found kinship, and felt my connection to you and you and you simply because of the books I have read.

Here are 11 that have changed my life.  One for every month of the year and a month off to digest.

Personally, I think this list is worth big bucks. If you read these books – you’re life will almost certainly get more awesome.

But it’s free and I invite you to read up.

  1. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

  2. The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place In The World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, And Uncommon Sense by Carol Adrienne

  3. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

  4. Women, Food, & God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth

  5. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

  6. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

  7. Love and Awakening: Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship by John Welwood

  8. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

  9. There is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hatred by Cheri Huber

  10. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck

  11. Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind by Roger Walsh