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Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books
How I fell in love with books
I love to read. Fiction and non-fiction alike. I try to balance the two as much as possible. With fiction you’ll usually find me in the thriller/police genre. But then again, my favorite all time book series is Harry Potter. It was through Harry Potter that I discovered how much fun reading could be. I remember I was about 12 when the first movie came out. I loved it!
Then I found out there was more. But I had to read the books to find out the rest. So I started with the first, I wanted to make sure the movie hadn’t missed anything. And then I continued with the next three. Then I started waiting with the rest of the world. I found the joy of message boards filled with Harry Potter fans. Until Harry Potter, reading was this thing I had to do for school. After Harry Potter reading was a passion. Something that made life better, that took me to new worlds and places. It was better than TV!
I have read books from most genres. Love and romance, science fiction, action, mystery, self help, spirituality. Today’s post is dedicated to a few non-fictional books that have helped me when I needed it the most. They have opened my eyes and allowed me to find confidence in being who I am. These books have inspired me to go after my dreams, to let my light shine, to follow my intuition. I hope that, if you choose to read any of them, you’ll find at least as helpful as I did.
Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
If you’ve read my other blog posts, especially the one about writing, you’ll know by know Rebecca Campbell is my favorite author. Her first book, Light is the New Black was recommended to me at a time when I was at my lowest. I was doubting my strength, I felt stupid, ugly, I was totally insecure in every aspect of my life. At the recommendation of a friend, I decided to give it a go and read this book. It was new to me, I had never read this sort of self-help spiritual book. For those of you who are running from religion, please no there is nothing religious in this book. For the Christians, there is nothing anti-Christian in it either.
“Follow what lights you and you’ll light up the world.” If you are trying to find your soul’s calling, if you are looking for that something that lights you up, I strongly recommend this book. You won’t regret it.
Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell
Hey, I did say she is my favorite author! Rise Sister Rise is Rebecca’s second book. It continues the ideas started in Light is The New Black. If I had to choose just one of the two, I’d definitely go with the first. But Rise Sister Rise is just as powerful. On a side note, if you read my post ‘Try – What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?‘ you might remember I wrote there how listening to my intuition and going to a workshop in London held by my favorite author provided the shift in my life I needed. The workshop was centered around Rise Sister Rise. Bottom line, if you know there’s something more waiting to rise within you but you just can’t find a way to allow it to rise – this book is for you. It’s phenomenal!
Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
While this book might be a little bit harder to read than Rebecca’s book, believe me it is worth it. You might often find yourself needing to pause and let the story you just read sink in. A beautiful book filled with stories from worldwide mythology that illustrate the real strength that lies in each woman. A true work of art!
Home is Oceans Here by Anita Wing Lee
Anita may be a new writer, but she is a gifted one. She has traveled through many countries over just a few years. This book tells the story of that journey. But it is not just about the traveling as we are used to. This book is more about the journey to finding your path, your soul’s calling. It’s a book meant to inspire you to reach destination in life.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
If you haven’t heard about Louise Hay and her AMAZING book, You Can Heal Your Life, I strongly suggest you take a look at this book. It’s a big game changer! This book teaches you how your mindset and your negative self-talk can seriously damage your health and what you can do to heal. Learn the importance of self-love, of taking care of yourself and respecting your body. You’ll be amazed of how many negative patterns you are guilty of, even without knowing.