rage recovery for moms

10 Best Books for Moms with Rage

coaching for momsEveryday I’m grateful for books and the ability to read! (Seriously, I write it down in a gratitude journal.) It was a tough choice, but here are 10 personal development books I adore along with a brief takeaway and a quote from each. I invite you to check them out and let me know what you think.

1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: changed my life by encouraging me to choose presence over mental time traveling

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

2. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer: reminded me that I’m just a speck of dust living on a slightly larger speck of dust somewhere in an infinite universe and therefore, to not take myself too seriously

“What you’ll see is that your mind is always telling you that you have to change something outside in order to solve your inner problems. . . The fact is, however, external changes are not going to solve your problem because they don’t address the root of your problem. The root problem is that you don’t feel whole and complete within yourself.”

3. Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck: helped me develop a massive, intimidating, and exciting vision for the future. . . involving a beach, mountains, and “casitas”. . .

“Your life has changed. You have changed. You can’t go back to your old routine, your old identity, any more than you can fit into your baby clothes. Since you’re not yet sure who you’re becoming, you don’t really have anything else to wear. You’re going to feel mighty naked for a while. Moving forward may be scary, humiliating, and painful, but going back is impossible.”

4. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown: showed me not to be concerned with the opinions of others, especially those who aren’t stepping outside of their comfort zones

“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.”

5. The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu: taught me that forgiveness is always possible, is the most self-friendly way to go, and creates peace amongst enemies

“In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again.”

6. Women Food and God by Geneen Roth: showed me that if I really think about what I’m eating while I’m eating it, there’s a lot of stuff I don’t want to eat

“You already have everything you need to be content. Your real work. . . is to do whatever it takes to realize that.”

7. The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker: taught me what to actually be afraid of, so I don’t have to waste my time worrying about things that aren’t true threats (should also be required reading for every American)

“You have the gift of a brilliant internal guardian [your intuition] that stands ready to warn you of hazards and guide you through risky situations.”

8. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: showed me that suffering really is a choice

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

9. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero: made me nod along, laugh, and feel like the total badass that I am 

“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.”

10. Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford: made me cry on nearly every page

“The most meaningful life experiences don’t happen in the ‘when,’ they happen in the ‘now.’”

Happy reading!

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