This summer has been ridiculous. For some reason this year the universe decided I needed some reminders in my life. Reminders that it can always be worse and if you choose to focus on the negative that is what you will find. I am a huge believer in what you put out into the universe is what you receive back but when life gets complicated I find myself needing to go to a quiet place, refocus, regroup and turn inward.
The following books couldn't come at a better time in my life. They are exactly what I needed and I am so happy to share them with you.
Wishwork: Make a Wish, Do the Work, and Watch It Come True By Alexa FischerWhat is your greatest wish? Do you want a new job? An influx of new clients? Zero credit card debt? A strong, healthy body? A passionate, exciting marriage? More free-time to relax in your backyard with a glass of Rosé? You don't need a miracle to make your wish a reality. With Wishwork, you will visualize your #1 wish, write it down, focus on it, and take action for 21 days in a row to make your wish come true.
Work for your wish: Alexa Fischer (TV and film actor, entrepreneur, and founder of Wishbeads, a fast-growing jewelry company) is your guide on this 21-day journey. You’ll complete simple daily action steps and record your experiences, feeling your positivity and optimism grow with each passing day. Wishwork gently reminds readers that wishes don’t just magically come true without any effort whatsoever—you’ve got to put in some work!
Wishwork will motivate you to get off the couch, turn off Netflix, get moving, cultivate a positive mindset, and make your #1 wish come true—while keeping the process fun and uplifting, not daunting. Life's too short to wait on the universe to grant your wishes. Alexa will walk you through three simple but lifechanging steps to grant them yourself:
- Make a wish
- Do the work
- Watch it come true
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Wishwork is undoubtedly one of my favorite books read this summer and one I truly stand behind. Alexa, thank you so much for writing this. I enjoyed each page and truly believe
Your Life is Your Prayer: Wake Up to the Spiritual Power in Everything You Do By BJ Gallagher, Sam BeasleyPrayer can point your life in the right direction—or the wrong one: Whatever you’ve got going on in your life is what you’ve been praying for—sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. Your Life is Your Prayer by BJ Gallagher and Sam Beasley will show you how to do just that.
Everything you do is prayer: You may not realize it—many people don’t—but the decisions you make throughout the day, the attitudes you adopt, the conversations you have, the way you respond to other people, and the thoughts you think are all prayers. The food you choose to eat is a prayer, the way you spend your money is a prayer—even the way you drive is a prayer! We are constantly communing with the Divine, even in our most mundane activities. And our prayers are always answered in the affirmative: “Yes.”
The Universe will give you what you're praying for: Whatever you’re thinking about (and therefore praying about) will manifest in your life. If you are worrying, "I don’t have enough money," the Universe will say ‘Yes, you don’t have enough money.’ If you’re constantly lamenting, "I don’t have a man in my life," the Universe will respond, ‘Yes, you don’t have a man.’ If you frequently complain, "I’m fat," the Universe will answer, ‘Yes, you’re fat.’ Your thoughts and words are prayers, and the Universe always gives you what you’re praying for.
Your Life is Your Prayer will show you how to change your life by changing your prayer
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This was the first one I read of the group. What a fabulous read about prayer but more importantly about how we pray. We don't realize how much we pray because as this book states everything we do is a prayer. I pray often. I grew up watching my great-grandmother pray. She sat with her rosary every night. Her eyes were closed, fingers on her beads and her mouth moving. As a child I thought, what is taking so long. I mean I pray, we do the Hail Mary, The Our Father and that was that. Prayer is so much deeper and so personal. My prayers as a child lasted about 2 minutes. These days my prayers take anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 and sometimes more often than once a day.
Your Life is your Prayer explains that your entire life is your prayer. I read the book cover to cover and loved how thought provoking it was. I had so many ah huh moments.
Each chapter starts out with a poem, a question and the answer as well as prayers for that section. My favorite sections were Your Friendships are prayers and Your Conversations are prayers. I will return to this book often. I definitely have started noticing how "everything" is a prayer and how sometimes the thing we think we are praying for comes to us in good time and when it really matters. You really need to look at things and not wonder why your prayers are not being answered. They are but not necessarily in the way you wanted like in the story Kathryn, Cancer and God. The things Kathryn wanted had been there all along and it wasn't until she was slowed down by cancer to reap the benefits of her wishes.
Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times: A Renew-Your-Spirit Guide By Allen KleinHealth and wellness: Happy Healthy You is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays, and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth. Life coach extraordinaire KJ Landis helps identify how, why, and where we got stuck in the first place, and how we can utilize past trauma and drama as a springboard to becoming our most authentic, vibrant selves. As one of KJ's students enthuses, "She has taught me several tangible strategies to cope with stress...I am using KJ's simple techniques to achieve my lifelong health goals.
Stress relievers: Learn to lose the baggage and blame once and for all and step into your better self. KJ Landis herself is an exemplar of the practices she espouses. In her early career as a model, she masked years of abuse behind her beauty. Her journey to health and happiness is remarkable and truly inspiring. So many of us bury pieces of ourselves, never daring to become whole. Landis' work offers a path to wholeness for all. The variety of healing therapies and practices makes this book unique in its contribution to the self-help and wellness world. Each day, we are faced with an immense amount of daily stress. Over time, those stressors may build up to a really big deal in our lives, causing us to go into survival mode. When you are only surviving, you are not thriving. In addition to the day-to-day sources of stress, many of us are exposed to major issues such as neglect, loneliness, abandonment issues, sexual abuse, grieving after loss, breakups, workplace challenges, environmental disasters, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. KJ Landis tackles all the blocks to wellness with excellent practical tools for overcoming and recovering.
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The 411: If you are someone like me who loves to read a mantra for the day something that will get you through your day, give you a positive thought, meaningful consideration or maybe you just need something that changes your mood or the way you feel for the day, this is the book for you. My favorite section was Learn to Forgive. Maybe you need to forgive someone else but many of us need to learn to forgive ourselves. If you are someone who loves putting up inspiring, thought provoking tweets or captions with your photos, this book definitely is a must.
The Woman's Book of Prayer: 365 Blessings, Poems and Meditations By Becca Anderson
Prayer takes many forms: Sitting in silence, walking mediation, using prayer beads or folding your hands every night and talking to God are all forms of prayer. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives—even in the most ordinary activities. The Woman’s Book of Prayer will show you all the ways you can pray, so that you can find the methods that work for you.
Draw inspiration from a variety of sources: Comprised of both mindfulness meditations, prayer practices and selections of sacred texts, poems and blessings, The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, author of Prayers for Hard Times and Every Day Thankful, gathers words of encouragement, comfort and sustenance for women. From Peace Pilgrim to Psalms to Dolly Parton, this collection of power thoughts and purposeful prayers will help you get inspired, and more importantly, stay inspired.
Change your life by changing your prayer: Author Becca Anderson credits her recovery from a serious illness to the power of daily prayer. But she had to change the way she prayed and set off on an exploration of the myriad methods people use and uncovering the world’s best prayers. The Woman’s Book of Prayer shows how to change your life by changing your prayer. By carefully and consciously choosing affirming thoughts and deliberately looking for blessings at every opportunity, you will literally create a new life for yourself.
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This book is a beautiful collection of prayers, poems and blessings. I loved flipping through the pages then thought...wait...there are 365 of them. Why don't I read one a day?! I am on day 7 and while I am longing to read ahead have decided to allow myself a year of picking up, marking up, and highlighting my favorites. I am going to use this book as my bible. Every day when I wake I will stretch, drink a cup of water, feed the cats, and read each passage of the day with my first sips of coffee. I cannot wait to see how I feel after a year. I believe in the power of self. I am making a promise to myself to pray deeper and I think this is the perfect accompaniment to my "new" outlook.
Fierce Joy: Choosing Brave over Perfect to Find My True Voice By Susie Caldwell Rinehart
Learn to find joy in every day: Susie Rinehart seemed to have it all—two beautiful kids and a loving husband, a job where she was respected as a leader, and medals as an ultramarathon champion. Then she found out that a tumor on her brainstem threatened to take away her voice…and her life. With so much at stake, Susie had to rethink how she wanted to live. Fierce Joy is the incredible story of one woman who learned to shed perfection and find joy in every day.
Brave is better than perfect: So many of us grew up believing that achievements would lead to love and acceptance. Just ace that test, win that race, get that job, and happiness will follow. But it’s hard to arrive at happiness when we’re motivated by fear. When she faced losing everything, Susie learned to choose joy over fear, and brave over perfect.
Find strength in your voice: This incredible story is about healing, rediscovering yourself, and becoming a warrior in a new way. For anyone who has lost their voice in the never-ending struggle to please others, Susie offers hope. In each section of the book she offers a series of takeaways—lessons she learned when life forced her to slow down and step back.
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