The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – this book has taken me on a spiritual and creative healing journey, giving me strength, courage, and peace whether dealing with an inner emptiness, the end of a marriage (both of them), the death of my parents and starting life over. This book is life changing.
The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans – this book helped me understand what was happening in my relationship. It was 2003 and this book taught me I wasn’t alone, I wasn’t the only one, and I most certainly wasn’t crazy (despite feeling as though I was).
Sex and the Seasoned Woman by Gail Sheehy – when I purchased this book in 2006, I was newly divorced. This book gave me permission, in a sense, to explore my sexuality. More importantly, it allowed me to see all the wonderful years of sexual experiences I had ahead of me if I wanted them.
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie – I’ve owned more copies of this book than I care to admit. Whenever I’d start feeling as though everything was “normal” or back on track, I’d give my copy away. I purchased my final copy of this book a few years ago. It sits proudly on my bookshelf as a reminder and a reference.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – by the time I found this book, it had been around for more than 20 years. They say timing is everything and I believe it’s true. I purchased this book exactly nine days before my marriage ended. Needless to say, this book became a very dear friend.
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed – a small book with giant wisdom and inspiration.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – this book takes me back to my childhood dreams and the belief in all things possible. Get the original version, without the ‘rediscovered’ Part Four.
Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself by Judith Duerk – I found this book in a used bookstore back in 2006, along with the second volume in the author’s two book series. It’s hard to explain, yet this quote from the book will give you a solid idea of why I love it:
To discover who she is, a woman must trust the places of darkness where she can meet her own deepest nature and give it voice . . . weaving the threads of her life into a fabric to be named and given . . . sharing it with the women around her as she comes to a true and certain sense of herself.
A Journal – yes, I believe every woman needs to have a journal. A beautiful book (the link shows you the journal I use) with blank or lined pages inside where you can write your secrets, your dreams, your desires or your morning pages – which is something you’ll learn about when you read the first book on my list!