In 2014 I went through a big purge of all my possessions in preparation for maybe/possibly/probably(?) moving during my next vacation to Belize (which DID happen). It was a struggle and debate when it came to getting rid of my books.
I have always loved reading! I love the physical feel of a book, turning its pages, smelling the print and fresh (or worn) paper. I was very anti-kindle until I moved to Belize and there was no library (thanks hurricane Iris, 2003) although a few hotels and restaurants have a borrowing program. I had to read so I had to buy a Kindle (2016). Now I love my Kindle (did I just say that!!?). I used to dream of having a library full of books in my house. There’d be bean bags filling the room. So many that it would be hard to see the floor. Window seats were built into the shelves…and ladders so I could read the highest book. I could go on and on!
What I realized while going through this purge process is that each book represented a part of who I was THEN – at the time of reading it – and didn’t necessarily resonate with who I am NOW, or who I was becoming. The books served their purpose for the time and now they can help or inspire someone else. I donated 43 boxes of books, from my childhood books to teen books to college books to current books.
Through this process and because reading and books have meant so much to me, I wanted to write what my Top books are:
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
This book is about a baby bird who falls out of its nest and goes looking for its Mother. It is in a construction zone! The baby bird meets all kinds of characters in its search. This book resonated with me because I was adopted. Until I met her at age 19, I always had an inner searching and wonderment of who I was, where I came from, who I looked like, and who my birth mother was.
The Road Less Traveled by Scott M Peck
This was required reading in one of my College courses in the early 1990’s. It was about counseling and Spirituality. I remember it really packing a punch and bringing me a lot of insight at the time as I was discovering who I was as I’d left my family to attend college. I reread it earlier in 2018 and I didn’t resonate with it all. I’m leaving it on the list though because there are still a lot of juicy tidbits in it.
In the Meantime by Ilyanla Vanzant
I read this in 1999 after my 2nd divorce and WOW, what an empowering, enriching read. I just googled it (because 1999 was a long time ago! HA) and forgot there was a tagline: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want. That about sums it up!
The Bible & other Scriptures – by various Seers, Prophets, etc.
I was raised a Latter-Day-Saint, or Mormon, so the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price were read and studied in my house. As a young adult, it took me four years to read the Bible from cover to cover. I’m actually thinking of starting to read it again. I feel the Scriptures (whichever ones you resonate with) are great stories of morals and values, right and wrong, perseverance, struggle, strength, love, and forgiveness.
In Your Wildest Dreams by Gail Blanke
I read this after my 2nd divorce as well, in 1999. It was a time of deep exploration and reframing my whole life, attitudes, and beliefs. The exercises in this book are so powerful. Many wishes and dreams that I wrote down from those exercises came to fruition within a couple years.
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
I first read this in 1994 and have read it many times since. It is definitely a classic. It is packed full of examples and ways to turn your life around to the positive.
Choices by Shad Helmstetter
Another one I read in the late 1990’s. It seems that is where a lot of my favorites come from! This is a great book about choices, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and how they all work together to create our life.
Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley
I loved this book and went to the book signing when Dooley came to Seattle. I’d been on the Notes From The Universe mailing list for years so it was a treat to meet him in person. What stands out the most about this book for me is the visualization process that you learn. It is one I teach today, with some energetic tweaks of course. Anything REALLy is POSSIBLE (I mean possijyll!). Roar!!
You are Psychic by Pete Sanders JR
I met and received a powerful reading from Pete Sanders in Sedona, Arizona in 2010. This is based on the Free Soul Method that Pete founded. Sanders wanted to discover if Psychic gifts really existed so he began some experiments and eventually published this book. It has great examples of ways to find out if you are psychic (which you are, by the way – everyone is in one form or another!!).
Quantum Love by Dr. Laura Berman
I had been a fan and follower of Dr. Laura Berman since I first saw her on Oprah years ago. She has a very kind, yet direct approach. Practice creating the relationship you desire with your own energy and frequency. Quantum Love explains quantum physics in a way everyone can understand it.
What books would you have on your Top 10 Must Read list?? READ AND ROAR!!!
Interesting choices. If the list were 20, I might agree with two, but my list is decidedly different.
One of the most challenging exercises in my life was having to let go of a lot of books. Books are like friends, mentors and counselors. Some of my favorite books of all times include:
Viktor Frankle’s Man’s Search for Meaning. This book caused a huge shift in thinking for me.
The Alchemist, Paulo Cohelo
Synchronicity: Science, Myth and the Trickster by Allan Combs and Mark Holland
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle
The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra. This is still one of my favorite books of all time. It’s an exploration of the parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism.
Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light by Leonard Shlain. This one looks at how art and physics influence each other. It’s fascinating.
Anything by Joseph Campbell is a favorite.
Anyway, I have a lot of other titles, but these are some the most important to me.
Books are like friends, mentors, and counselors! Viktor Frankel’s was a profound book. It was hard to limit to 10! You have some interesting ones on your list that I haven’t heard of.
When I downsized I had to part company with a lot of my books. It isn’t easy but the process is very uplifting. I love being able to get a new book, instantly, in the middle of the night, or any time at all, through Kindle. And I share your love of Notes From The Universe, and anything written by Mike Dooley. 🙂
I kind of cringe saying it but I really do enjoy having a Kindle. I still have some physical books to read and they seem to be the last thing I pick up these days.
Ya’ll are so smart. I made a list of the books mentioned to either check out at the library or purchase. I hope if I buy them I can get them on pages bound together, that way after reading they can be passed on, it’s hard to pass on a Kindle book, at least I don’t know how. Thanks for sharing.
The cool thing about lists is that everyone’s will be so different! Happy Reading!!
Wow, that’s a lot of books to get rid of when you moved. That’s one of the few downsides of owning so many! I like your list, and I appreciate knowing I inspired you to finish this post!
It was, but I also kept a lot of books as well. Glad you enjoyed the list. 🙂
Great list of books! How I remember “Are You My Mother” story, my grandchildren loved that book and I still have the original copy.