8 Books to Inspire You | Nonfiction | Book Reviews
1. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein
Huge fan of Gabby and her books!
I own this on audio and love to listen while out walking or whenever I need to calm myself down a bit from worrying about things I know in my heart of hearts I do not need to.
In this book, Gabby shares her own (and others) experiences of success when letting go of worry and instead trusting her gut, intuition, and using the universe as a guide through each next step of life. It's basically a template to finding strength when you're down, synchronicity and support when lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when you are otherwise in pain. It's a good one.
2. Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver
“Divine Love is an inside job; Forgiveness is an everyday miracle; Willingness is the roadway and Openness the GPS.”
A good friend of mine gave this to me a few years ago. It is somewhat similar to the book above, but gives more philosophical questions to ask yourself and instructions to just let. stuff. go.
My favorite part that has stuck with me is the connection to the children's book "Are You My Mama?". Tosha discusses the connection this theory has towards things and sometimes people in our lives, how we cling on, acquiring dependency for them to tell us what we do and define who we are.
3. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
This book is light and entertaining, with a serious undertone to realize your potential and motivate yourself from self-sabotage. Jen gives you the tools and exercises as well as advice on how to stop getting out of your own way and own your life. It's pretty straight forward and a fun read!
4. The Buddha's Way of Happiness by Thomas Bien
My best memory reading this book was reading as I was sitting on a dock by the ocean. Peaceful happiness is exactly what this book is about.
Essentially, the book is a guide to putting away anxieties about the future, regrets about the past, constant longing to change your life for the better, and awakening to the joy of living in the present moment. It focuses on the eightfold path of Buddhist psychology, which helps improve your ability to appreciate the small, joyful moments in everyday life and acknowledge happiness as a habit.
5. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
This one is so beautiful. Will forever hold it close to my heart because it came into my life at exactly the right time. You got me Pema.
The book gives every bit of good advice, comfort, and clarity when going through any difficult time. The book answers the question of how we can live our lives when everything seems to fall apart and are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain.
The author, Tibetan Buddhist Pema Chödrön, shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!!
6. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
"LOVE WARRIOR is about infidelity, betrayal and redemption. It’s about how our ideals of femininity and masculinity can make it impossible for a woman and a man to actually know each other. It’s about how to use crisis as a springboard to a truer identity and a better life. It’s about parenting our kids through pain. It’s about friendships that hurt and friendships that heal. It’s about faith that shackles women and faith that liberates women. It’s about how to finally find peace in your own damn skin. It's about shameless sex, God, food, drugs, porn and tenderness—and how the dirt and the divine are so often inseparable."
7. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
If you feel you'd be inadequate if you didn't look perfect and lead a perfect life, this book is for you.
Brene Brown is a researcher on shame, authenticity, and belonging. All of her books are brilliant! This one shares 10 "guideposts" on how to live a wholehearted life. How through courage, compassion, and connection we can wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave."
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
“I had problems a therapist couldn't solve; grief that no man in a room could ameliorate.”
After the loss of her mother, the implosion of her marriage, serving as a waitress to pay off student debt from a degree she failed to complete, and getting lost to heroin - At 26, Cheryl decided to drop everything and without any training or experience, do a solo hike along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail "in order to save myself." The hike takes her 3 months, and the keeps a really good balance between the hike and her flashbacks.
It took me so long to write that last paragraph because this book has SO much substance. I really liked how she kept a very personable voice throughout, keeping the story intimate, and loved how in complete solidarity she was able to heal herself from the inside out. This is such an empowering story and I recommend to everyone.
Books I'm currently working on:
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Here's to all the goods that come with inspiration and taking care of your mental health. Let me know if you have read or are reading any of these listed as well as if you have any recommendations!
Thank you for reading :)