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Pile Of Books

My Library

Here is the thing...I really want to be reading wonderful books by wonderful authors and teachers all the time.   What I do though, is primarily just buy books all the time, with every intention of reading them as fast as possible before I put them with the pile of other books I have been compelled to buy, with the silver medal intention of reading them one day....soon.   Yes, soon.

Sometimes I read them!  And then I am very proud of myself and almost always very glad I did.  

Other times, I carry them around with me so that in that serendipitous spare moment I find myself somewhere with time to kill, I have just the book in hand that I want to be reading.  So essentially, I hold them more than read them, hoping their wisdom will somehow enter into my brain and body through osmosis.  (I recognize that from the outside this makes it look like I'm pretending to be a voracious reader.  I have made peace with that.  Fake it till you make it, right?)

So, you know when you want to find out what music someone likes, or when you discover that you and someone you just met share the same taste in tv shows you love?  Similarly, maybe you're interested in what kind of books I am drawn to when it comes to learning more about myself.   Well my library is open for your perusal.   Here is a sampling of the books I've read (or at least held) that have contributed to how I think about this crazy human experience we are all having.   Some of them have given me valuable tools or insights on how to make the best of that experience, and also how to gently deal with the hard parts.  One day, I intend to finish the ones I haven't.   I have found that so far, the right book as found me at the right time, so call me crazy-   I'm going to keep collecting them.

Various books I've held
(or am currently holding)

Feel free to let me know which of these you have held too. 

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This Naked Mind

by Annie Grace

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Untamed

by Glennon Doyle

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Finding Your Own North Star

by Martha Beck

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Rise Sister Rise

by Rebecca Campbell

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The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

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Inward

by Yung Pueblo

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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Loving What Is:

Four Questions That Can

Change Your Life

by Byron Katie

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A Gentle Reminder

by Bianca Sparacino

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The Law of Attraction

by Esther and Jerry Hicks

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The Untethered Soul:

The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael Singer

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You Are Not Stuck:

How Soul-Guided Choices Transform Fear Into Freedom

by Becky Vollmer

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When You're Ready

This is How You Heal

by Brianna Wiest

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The Artists Way

by Julia Cameron

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Clarity and Connection

by Yung Pueblo

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Steering by Starlight

by Martha Beck

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The War of Art:

Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

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The Crossroads of Should and Must:

Find and Follow Your Passion

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We Are the Luckiest:

The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

by Laura McKowen

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Boundaries and Protection

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Permission to Feel

by Mark Brackett Ph. D

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Emotional Sobriety

by Tian Dayton, Ph. D.

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Atlas of the Heart

by Brene Brown

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Codependent No More

by Melody Beattie

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Complex PTSD:

From Surviving to Thriving

by Pete Walker

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When Things Fall Apart

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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry

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How To Do The Work

by Dr. Nicole LePera

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Bird By Bird:

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Ann Lamott

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How We Heal

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