Life-changing Reads

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. I love reading novels, biographies, new age/spirituality, cooking – almost everything! A good book is like a vacation, where you are transported to a new place for a little while. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, a good book can help me get to know myself better, or to think about something I had not explored before.

I have read so many great books in my life, and especially in the past few years. These are some of my favorites, some made me cry, laugh, or even make major changes in my life.

Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant

I have been a huge fan of Iyanla for almost 15 years. This book tells her personal story, and provides major insight into “getting through what your going through”. I am currently reading her latest book Trust, and I may have to update this list and add that when I am done!

Spirt Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein

Although this is not her first book, I always recommend this book as a great intro to Gabby. It also tells her personal story (I love a good narrative), while providing deep, real life, spiritual advice that is digestible and easy to implement into your every day life when you are ready. It’s a great intro to spirituality in general!

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Ah, this classic! Louise Hay is an icon, and this book can help you to see why. It is a tribute to the power of positive thinking, but you can’t just wish away your problems with a pleasant mantra. There is real work to be done, and Louise helps us realize it all begins within.

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

Part cookbook, part lifestyle guide, and part memoir this is the first book of Kris’s that I read, and something I credit as the jumpstart to a lot of major changes I made in my own life. I had no idea about concepts such as pH balance, environmental toxins and adrenal fatigue. There are amazing tips and recipes here as well.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this book about creativity slowly over about 6 months. It was such a joy to read, and so much wisdom in the pages, that I wanted to savor it slowly and enjoy each little bit. I love this book so much, whether you consider yourself inherently “creative” or not it is a must read.