You can get to know someone by the books they read, so I want to share what I’ve been reading this year.

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Why I’m talking about books:

I got Laura Tremaine’s Secret Post newsletter this morning in which she listed all the books she has read this year. When I sat down to record a podcast and nothing else was resonating, I thought about all the books I’ve read this year and decided I wanted to share them with you! Plus, I want to cement some learnings from these books into my mind, and you can get to know a person pretty well by the books they read!

2022 Books I’ve read so far: (affiliate links included, I may receive compensation when you use these links to purchase.)

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo – Self-discovery journey, following your desires and passions
  2. The Bridge, Crown and Jewel, and Two Collars Bracken trilogy by Jeri Massi – Wise woman type of Christ. Good vs evil, playing your part, sacrifice, healing, trust.
  3. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel – Money is complicated! It’s based off of emotions more than anything else.
  4. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen – One of the first mindset books. Poetic. Your environment is a mirror of your thoughts.
  5. The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver – Fiction. I thought is was just ok. Sweeping novel spanning 2 generations. A pastor’s family in the 1960s moves to Africa to save souls and the fallout that happens as a result.
  6. Whole Brain Living by Jill Bolte Taylor – Neuroscientist and stroke survivor describes the 4 “characters” of the brain and how to take advantage of them for a more fulfilling life. Tedx talk
  7. Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine – Trauma healing based off of animal biology.
  8. Think Again by Adam Grant – If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.
  9. Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy – This book confronted me and my thoughts about personality, but in the end, I agree with his premise that no matter how we’ve been identifying ourselves, we can change.
  10. Codependent No More by Melody Beattie – Codependence is the idea of losing oneself in the name of helping another, or in other words, it’s only feeling good when the people in key relationships in your life feel good.
  11. No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard Schwartz – I find this concept highly compelling- the idea that there are these different “Parts” of us that have come about the protect and take care of us. Getting to know them, speaking with them, leading them as the way to healing.
  12. Unfollow Your Passion: How to create a life that matters to you by Terri Trespicio – Ms. Trespicio debunks the myth of passion and its so-called important role in our lives. I loved the journaling prompts. She’s a bit irreverent, but great at storytelling. Tedx talk
  13. Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make us Whole by Susan Cain – Emotional awareness and resilience. She makes a case for the power of sadness and bringing your entire humanness to the table.
  14. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown – A dictionary for emotions. Reference book for the one who wants to be emotionally resilient.
  15. Playing Big by Tara Mohr. Subtitle: Practical wisdom for women who want to speak up, create and lead. Lots of good journaling questions. I enjoyed her writing voice.
  16. Be Your Future Self Now by Benjamin Hardy – Follow up to Personality Isn’t Permanent, talks about the practice of becoming your future self now. Very practical advice.
  17. $100M offers by Alex Hermozi – I kinda skimmed, but the main idea is how to craft a compelling offer that people feel stupid saying no to. Bro-marketing. Psychology of pricing and offers.
  18. Everything is Spiritual by Rob Bell – I thought this was so good, I listened to it twice in a row and then bought a hardback copy. I rated it 6/5 stars. He put words to things I’ve been sensing and feeling for a long time. This book resonated with me like no other books has maybe ever, or at least for a very long time!

Themes I notice about myself and my journey: passion, your calling, purpose, identity, God, psychology, mindset, trauma, neuroscience, emotions, confidence, money, learning from people outside my normal community.

If you see yourself or a hope for healing in anything you’ve heard me mention, schedule a free session and let’s chat about it!