A Few Favorites from my Bookshelf

bookshelfI’m an avid reader and every so often I read a book that will resonate with me long after I’ve finished reading.  These are a few random books that I enjoyed, including fiction, non-fiction, self-help, and parenting.

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund – This is easily in my top 10 favorite books I’ve ever read.  It is a sweeping epic of a novel and Naslund’s intoxicating language is like reading beautiful poetry.  The setting is primarily the 19th century eastern seaboard and the story is told from the perspective of Captain Ahab’s young wife.  This book stole my heart.

Walden by Henry David Thoureau – If you are interested in nature, solitude, man’s relationship with himself, tranquility, finding peace – this book is a must read.  I loved it so much I wrote a short blog post on it here.

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka – This is a wonderful book for a parent of a child who is “more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic” as the tagline goes.  My daughter fits the bill and while the book notes that it is challenging to raise a spirited child, it is also a gift.  This book is full of helpful ways to help a spirited child best deal with the world around her.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer – A self-help book that calmed my soul and soothed my fears.  I read this book with a highlighter in hand and need to re-read those highlighted passages.  Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but it absolutely resonated with me and made me feel so much better able to handle the anxieties and depression with which I often struggle.  This isn’t just for those with anxiety and depression, though – it would be excellent for any deep thinker who wants to become more at peace with his or her life and the world.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – This is such a funny but insightful story about two men hiking the Appalachian Trail.  It’s about man vs. nature, man in harmony with nature, survival, and learning what you are really made of.

On Writing by Stephen King – It has been several years since I read this, but I remember really enjoying it as a writer myself.  King is very readable, even when writing about….writing.

Feel the Fear….and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – This book has a soft spot in my heart.  My now-fiance recommended it to me in the first few months of our relationship, when I was struggling with a lot of emotions and turmoil.  It is an excellent book about not letting fears rule your life. Five years later, I still think about what the book says and try to remember to not let fear guide my life.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle – A book about living in the moment, quite literally.  A book about not being remorseful about the past and not afraid of the future.  An excellent book to remind yourself that the only moment that really matters in the current one.

The 5 Love Languages – A book with a cult following and legions of fans, I bought this book right before going through a divorce several years ago.  Though it did not “fix” my marriage, it helped me more deeply understand the way men and women and all individuals have different approaches to what love is to him or her.  A very worthwhile read.

And one last book I wanted to throw in that isn’t photographed is a book I’m currently reading.  It was just published last fall and is called The Energies of Love by Donna Eden and David Feinstein.  Only 1/3 of the way through the book, I can already say it is fascinating and insightful.  Another book I would recommend, especially to those in long-term relationships.

Have you read any of these books?  What are some of your favorite books, especially non-fiction, parenting, and self-help?

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