Books I consider essential reading for life as a woman.
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
This book is a classic and a must-read for every woman. It is a book that reminds us of what we may have lost in our “domestication” as women and how to reclaim it for our health, happiness, and humanity.
Secrets about Life Every Woman Should Know by Barbara DeAngelis
is a powerful little book on how we may not be able to always choose what comes our way but we most certainly can choose how we are in meeting it. And, in choosing how to meet life, we gain strength, character, and confidence in ourself.
The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup
Christine has the medical expertise as well as her many years of experience of working with woman, learning how powerful our mental and emotional lives are in affecting our health and lives as women
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
This is an inspiring introduction to living life through the values of the spirit and soul where lives our greater power and impact as human beings.
Meditation Secrets for Women by Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche
This is a wonderful book on meditation(s) for women, with it’s multiple examples of how as women, our means of meditation may involve additional means of meditation in addition to the traditional male lineages meditations.
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
If you were raised Catholic – whether you still are a Catholic or not – this is a very important book to read on taking the patriarchy out of being a woman of the Christian faith. She also wrote some nice fiction books as well such as “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Mermaid Chair”.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This is a wonderful book to use when you are stuck – however you are stuck… emotionally, financially, or just everyday life stuck. She has written the book as both a narrative and as a workbook and this is a book you will pull off of your bookshelf more than once.
The Power of Intention by Wayne Dwyer
Wayne Dwyer is often called the father of the new age movement as he has been a contributing author to the self-awareness and self-help field for decades. This title is one of his latest books.
Comfortable with Uncertainty and When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron is an American woman who became a Buddhist monk. She is a prolific and inspiring writer on the nature of everyday life as the spiritual path and how life is a very good teacher. (She has said that her former husbands are some of her best teachers.)
Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can by Caroline Myss
Caroline Myss is another prolific and elder in the self-awareness and self-help field. She began as a medical intuitive and human energy expert and has expanded to spirituality and global archetypes. Provacative and often confrontational, she has a devoted following and is sure to get you thinking. “Anatomy of the Spirit” is another classic of hers.
The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World by Jean Shinoda Bolen
This books beautifully conveys the need and importance of community for women’s well-being as well as offering another way of decision-making and conflict resolution.
The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry Edited by Stephen Mitchell
Poetry is food for the soul and thus can be as much of a support in life as anything physical. Other sources of sacred poetry include books of poetry by Hafiz, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Lao-tzu, Kabir, Robert Frost, and others. Robert Frost you say? Consider this 2 line poem by Robert Frost written in 1942:
We dance around in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Light Emerging; The Journey of Personal Healing by Barbara Ann Brennan
Barbara Ann Brennan is an elder in the healing and teaching of the human energy field. In this book, she explains the necessity of healing our energy field so as to be able to live our life, not the ghosts of our life. This book also explains how therapy is sometimes not effective in solving an issue in our lives.