A selection of books that have changed my life, in one way or another:
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
As an atheist, I was initially rather skeptical when I read this book, but after the first few pages… I was hooked. When I read this book I thought to myself – ‘yes, that’s exactly how I see the world!’ It’s rare to come across something that expresses your own feelings in words, better than you could. Whether or not you believe in God, this is a book about spirituality, and about seeing the world in such a beautiful way: through the eyes of Love.
Crazy Sexy Juice by Kris Carr
Before I got this book I only had 2 green smoothie recipes that I rotated daily! Nowadays, 3 of my favourite smoothie recipes are from this book, and it was also a great introduction to juicing and what flavour combinations work best.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This one needs no introduction. Though I cringe when she writes about eating veal, the rest of the book is funny, extremely well written, and has moments where I feel like she’s reading from my diary, especially when she talks about her relationship with ‘David’. A book that I read and re-read, particularly when I’m feeling lost, to remind me that I’m definitely not alone.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
This is a book to come back to again and again. If you need advice on something, no doubt the answer is contained in its pages. Even if you’re not searching for something in particular, reading this book will make you laugh, cry, give you some much needed perspective, and ultimately want to live your life to its fullest.
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Or anything by Pema Chodron, really. She is infinitely wise and her advice makes total sense, but that doesn’t make it any easier to put it into practice! It’s very easy to forget in real life and fall back into old patterns/habits, so I like to think of her work as a reference book that I have to keep coming back to, again and again.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Like Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein is also a massive advocate/proponent of A Course in Miracles, and this is also kind of her take on its teachings. I read this book when I was feeling a bit stuck-in-a-rut, and, after doing the exercises and adding daily prayer to my usual routine, immediately felt more positive and hopeful about the future (and people said to me that it showed – my whole face had changed apparently!).