I’m starting a not-quite-a-book-club thanks to a suggestion from my friend Emily! This means we read what we want, when we want and talk about ’em! Are you in?
I’ll go first…
I have to confess to being a complete book whore. At the moment I have about five books on the go and feel out of control with my addiction to Amazon samples (They’re free! It’s try before you buy!).
But I want to highlight a few titles which have rocked my kindle app and my nightstand lately so we can exchange notes, ideas and other recommendations.
I JUST LOVE BOOKS, DON’T YOU??
High – The Party Girl’s Guide to Peace
I am so grateful that this gem of a book popped up in my ‘Recommended Reads’ section on Amazon. I downloaded the sample, followed the digital breadcrumbs to the website of the author – spiritual practice coach, Tara Bliss (yes, that’s her real name).
Not only is her website an amazing spiritual and life-skill resource, but she has self-published a killer book with a theme very close to my heart.
Tara is a self-proclaimed ex-party girl from Queensland, Australia. Her story of partying and traveling around the world, jumping from one destructive situation to the next really resonated with me.
High is a much needed beacon of light guiding young women out of The Party and into a life of true connection, expression and transformation.
While this is not a typical recovery book (Tara does not identify as an alcoholic or addict) it is an extremely insightful, inspiring and down-to-earth account of Tara’s journey from Party Girl to Peace Girl via a path of self love and awakening.
I truly believe that every party girl who has ever wondered if there is more to life than hangovers and heartbreak NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Because the answer, as Tara and her tribe so beautifully demonstrate, is a resounding YES.
The Desire Map
If you don’t know who Danielle LaPorte is, well, get in the know, sister! She is an absolute power house of feminine energy, creativity and abundance.
Her most recent book, The Desire Map is about getting clear on how you want to feel as a guide to living your most fulfilled expression.
It is also an excellent read about the modern spiritual path. Danielle is poetic, wicked-smart and laser sharp and I don’t know how she does everything she does, but is currently showing no signs of slowing down her contribution to the world. Check out her website for more inspiring offerings.
Juxtaposed – Finding Sanctuary on the Outside
I introduce you to a woman I am proud to call a friend, Daisy Rain Martin. I was friends with Daisy on Facebook through my sister Holly for over a year before we met in person. She and her sweet husband hosted us in her hometown of Nampa, Idaho when we were en-route from Washington to Colorado so we were finally able to meet this truth teller and hope giver.
Her book, Juxtaposed, is a memoir about surviving horrific sexual abuse and thriving in her recovery from unthinkable trauma. Daisy is almost as witty, eloquent and opinionated in her book as she is in person. Her story broke my heart and reassembled it again, filled with more love, faith and hope (which I think is the sign of a good read).
This book came across my path serendipitously. A friendly lady in an Asian imports store in Salida, Colorado told me about it upon hearing my Australian accent.
It is an account of Robyn Davidson’s 1700 mile journey across the Australian desert with camels.
Now, if that is not enough of a hook to get your attention, it is probably not the book for you, but while I haven’t finished it yet (sometimes I like to savor books so that I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters) I am loving it.
It’s certainly not a new book and the story is set in the seventies which paints a gritty and frighteningly accurate picture of outback Australia, complete with its inherent sexism, racism and brutality.
There is also a harsh beauty present within the story and I have to say, reading it makes me extremely homesick for rural areas of the sunburned country. If my Mum is reading this, you need to read this book!!!
The above (STUNNING) image is from the recently released photographic depiction of the journey.
I am including this book here (even though I have written about it before) because I think the movement it has inspired is the single greatest contribution to recovery and addiction awareness since the twelve steps.
In fact, it builds upon the foundation of the twelve steps and brings them into the 21st century by integrating a holistic approach of meditation, diet, yoga and other mind-body-spirit practices.
I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Tommy in San Fransisco and am currently glued to his free online conference which is the most insightful, honest, open dialogue on addiction recovery today (this includes food and behavioral addiction, not just substances).
I truly think that every parent, parent-to-be, aunt, uncle and grandparent on the planet should tune into Tommy’s work as a gift to the next generation.
I hope you enjoy some of my latest not-quite-a-book-club titles and will offer your own recommendations for others in the comments below!
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