A Widow Mentor’s Library
I’d like to discuss some things that we moor or anchor ourselves to positively and negatively, I wanted to share a little bit of what has been so powerful for me along this journey.
Books in my library.
I was not an avid reader as a young child, I preferred being outdoors and you could say I was a tomboy. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and when I finally fell in love with books, I discovered a new world and even better, a new perspective.
Fast forward into widowhood and late at night, vacations, sitting in airports and stolen moments, I’d find my head turned down absorbing words on a million pages soaking up knowledge that was food for my soul. I was hungry and thirsty.
Then there came a phase where I didn’t read anything at all, instead I worked hard to implement and experience what I had read (which is much harder it turns out). I would say this was a moment of untying my mooring, lifting up the anchor and allowing me to set sail into the next harbor. A new adventure.
The ocean of life has a way of ebbing and flowing quite naturally. When we get quiet with ourselves and listen to the sounds of the spirit, we know when it’s time to let go and find our next adventure.
The books I list here have taken me from harbor to harbor and I feel like I’ve traveled far and wide, up mountains and down valleys, have broken me and broken me open. As I embark on writing my own book now, I have a deep admiration for all these authors who cared enough to leave their trace in the world. I’m grateful we found each other.
In no particular order, these are just a sampling of some of my favorite books for various reasons.
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto
You Changed My Life by Max Lucado
Hiring The Heavens by Jean Slatter
Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne Dyer
Strength in the Struggle by Vashti McKenzie
Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman
Boundaries with Kids by Cloud & Townsend
No Ordinary Moments by Dan Millman
The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup
The Wounded Healer by Henri Nowen
Second Firsts by Christina Rasmussen
Ruth: The Story is in the Names by Sally Meredith
Heartbroken Open by Kristine Carlson
The Desire Map: a guide to creating goals with soul by Danielle LaPorte
Your Survival Instinct is Killing You by Dr. Marc Schoen
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham
Mother- Daughter Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Finding Joy After Loss by Vashon Sarkisian
Shelter for the Spirit by Victoria Moran
Gandhi’s Way: A Handbook for Conflict Resolution by Mark Juergensmeyer
Take Off: My Life Without You by Vickie Garcia
Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, Rudolph Tanzi
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
Living, Dreaming, Dying: The Tibetan Book of the Dead by Rob Nairn
WellBeing by Tom Rath, Jim Harter
and land but not least,
The Life Application Study Bible, New International Version
This is my short list, I have at least 3 more stacks like this… I guess this list says a lot about me, I wonder what yours says about you? Do tell.