On this page I maintain a list of no more than 10 books that I own and have truly loved and benefited from on my journey to living with greater purpose, health & JOY… and which have deserved an enduring place on my bookshelves. Plus a bonus two that are newer or which I borrowed from the library but still recommend as a worthwhile read. I have included pics of these books in action in my life:)
1. Alchemy of Herbs, by Rosalee De La Foret. This one is brand spanking new. Such a pretty book – simple but warm, inviting and informative. I wrote a post about it. I love that Rosalee focuses on herbs, spices, roots that many of us already have in the kitchen or our small apothecaries. Check it out in Canada and the United States.
2. Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. I bought this book to read on a recent holiday and within the first two chapters had underlined and otherwise marked it up more than most books altogether. This is a book that gets you thinking and nodding along – full of wisdom and insight. Get it here in Canada and here in the United States.
3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I find this book and Elizabeth’s podcast inspiring – they are not really about making something “big” happen in our lives but about stepping out of fear and enjoying the process. Just doing that thing we want to do and holding the outcome loosely. Shop here for Canada and here for the United States.
4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. This was gifted to me many moons ago and oh, how I needed it. I think my whole life has been a journey to loving and accepting myself as is, all my broken and beautiful bits, and Brené speaks directly to the heart of this. Highly recommend. Buy this here in Canada and here in the United States.
5. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal. This was my absolute favorite non-fiction book of 2016. Kelly challenges the idea that we have been sold, that all stress is bad. This book definitely shifted my stress mindset and I have been able to apply what I gleaned from Kelly to the work I do in classes and with clients. Check the book out here for you fellow Canadians and here for my neighbors in the United States.
6. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This is an oldie but goodie that I have kept on my shelves. I like the way Gretchin explores self-awareness and taking personal responsibility for her own happiness. Check it out here if you live in Canada and here if you live in the United States.
7. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. Let’s be honest; anything by Brené Brown is worth reading. Like Big Magic, this book was further inspiration to me to ditch comparison and just step out and offer my small gifts. Good stuff. I encourage you to check it out for yourself here in Canada and here in the United States.
8. Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. Anyone who knows me well knows I don’t actually follow recipes. But I do like recipe books and keep a couple small wooden crates worth in my kitchen. This book was a gift from my daughters last summer and I really like it and refer to it regularly for menu-planning inspiration. Check it out here Canadians and here my friends to the south.
9. Clean Food by Terry Walters. I have used this plant-based, seasonal eating cookbook for many years and often recommend it. Even if you eat meat you will find inspiration within these pages (and you can always add animal proteins on the side). A keeper. Here is a link to the Canadian shop and one for the American shop.
10. The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. I have always loved learning about personality type, habit formation, WHY people operate the way they do. I have had fun with Myers Briggs and other tests but finally dove into the Enneagram and am so glad I did. If you are a personality geek you will probably enjoy this book; check it out here in Canada and here in the United States.
11. I truly enjoyed reading At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider and then joyfully passed along my copy to a someone else who I think will enjoy it. I don’t quite know why, but there are bits that make me want to cry. Something about the way she describes the incredible beauty in both places and people they meet on their journey. But the book feels like it is less about a physical journey and more an internal one. You can feel some of her becoming and search for belonging in these pages. And I relate. Find it here in the States or here in Canada.
12. I enjoy making simple body care products and All Natural Beauty by Karin and Nici is a nice, pretty, book to get you inspired by over 40 natural, organic beauty treatments and products to make at home. This book would also make a lovely gift. Find it here for you southern folk or here if you live in the wintry north🙂
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