Emotional & Mental Health for Widows

A Widow Mentor’s Library

Carolyn Moor

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

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

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

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Finding Joy After Loss by Vashon Sarkisian

Shelter for the Spirit by Victoria Moran

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

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

Sacred Space by Denise Linn

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. 

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Knowing there are women who have not only survived what I was going through, but were also thriving and moving forward in their lives.
— MSC Wister® (Widow + Sister)