Are you in need of some new mindful books to uplift your spirit, remind you to just stop and breathe, grow your parenting skills, or inspire you to eat more consciously?
Here are my top ten books from this year that have been meaningful enough to me to land a space on my book shelf.
1. Hope, Make, Heal by Maya Donenfeld. I loved this book so much that I wrote an entire post on it.
Maya describes the book as “self care through creativity” but it is so much more than that. It is not simply a book about crafts. The book is divided into four sections: Wounded, Synchronicity, Healing and Reinvention. Each section has five projects. At the beginning of each project is a “heart prompt” to think about, as well as an affirmation. The end of each chapter contains a guided meditation as well as a nourishing recipe.
2. Sacred Motherhood: An Inspirational Guide and Journal for Mindfully Mothering Children of All Ages, written by Anni Daulter and Nicki Dewart, is a must have for every mother.
This is a motherhood book that is sure to become a classic. Anni & Nicki weave together self care, blessings, ceremonies, rituals, and recipes. I love their message that motherhood is our spiritual practice. And, unlike other mothering books, this book is about you, the mother. They have brought back the art and beauty of feminine wisdom.
3. Sacred Medicine Cupboard: A Holistic Guide and Journal for Caring for Your Family Naturally-Recipes, Tips, and Practices Another gorgeous, seasonal book by Anni Daulter & company.
When I ordered this book, I thought it was just going to be another simple herbal book with recipes and formulas on how to treat various ailments. Boy was I wrong! Full of gorgeous photographs, this book is divided into seasons (with sections dedicated to the solstices and equinoxes) and organized with topics of the week. It is full of not only remedies, but also projects, meditations, energy work, aromatherapy practices and so much more.
4. The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg
This book is one of the first books written about hygge that started the craze. With sweet little hand drawn illustrations and ideas for cozy living, this book will draw you in. It will remind you to slow down and embrace the simple pleasures in life.
Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness…the art of creating warmth, comfort, and well being through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love. -Pia Edberg Read more about hygge here.
5. Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love Rachel Macy Stafford does it again!
Her work always speaks right to my soul and her words are just what my heart needs. We all experience bad days as parents. We make mistakes and have regrets, but Rachael reminds us it is never to late to start over and make the most of today. Divided into seasons and daily readings, this book is definitely the encouragement I need right now. Her words flow so gracefully that I have to stop myself from reading the entire thing all at once!
6. Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
My friend recently lent this book to me. I have to admit that I just started reading this one, but I love it all ready. As an HGTV star, Erin appeared to have everything. Through a series of life events including financial issues, a husband with a brain tumor, and other losses, she is forced to examine what really matters. She learns that we already have all we need and there is no where else to go. I can’t wait to dig further into this read!
7. Prayers of Honoring by Pixie Lighthorse
While this might be a small volume, it is not a quick read. Pixie’s soulful prayers of honoring are meant to be read slowly and mindfully. She brings us back to the true spirit and meaning of prayer, a lost art for many in this world. Regardless of your religion, you will cherish this book and find solace in her loving words.
8. Eat Pretty Live Well: A Guided Journal for Nourishing Beauty, Inside and Out Diary by Jolene Hart
Reminiscent of Simple Abundance, as far as artwork goes, this charming book has given me the rejuvenation I need to eat more healthy and mindfully. It includes checklists, spaces for setting goals, advice on eating seasonally and which foods are best for treating particular beauty problems. It even comes with a pink ribbon bookmark!
9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
I’ve read lots of decluttering and organizing books, but I think what really drew me to love this book is how Marie gives us permission to get rid of things, even cherished family heirlooms, without guilt. I love her message that possessions are only things and memories are forever. She advises us to keep only those items which “spark joy.” I’ve gotten rid of over fifty bags of clutter since reading this book. It feels so good!
10. Small Victories: Spotting Moments of Improbable Grace by Anne Lamott
I was lucky enough to get to hear Anne speak when she was touring just after this book was released and words cannot convey her wisdom, clarity, and brilliance. She is a weaver of stories and words. I am so excited that she as agreed to do a guest post for my upcoming course, Soulful Self Care: The Art of Motherhood Without Losing Yourself. (Based on the recent survey results from all of you and what you need most right now, I’ve shifted gears a little bit for my upcoming course.) Stay tuned for details on how to get this course for free when it is released!
(For a way to score free shipping on any of these books, check out my post on Your Best Couponing Hack + A Year Of Self Care Resources. Check out Ways To Afford Self Care to find super easy ways to save money.) What have been your favorite books this year? Please share in the comments!
Bonus Suggestion: My favorite magazine is Bella Grace. I don’t even know where to begin. It has nice thick paper, beautiful photographs, inspiring quotes and articles. I just love it. It’s half book, half magazine.
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