I’ve been devouring books lately. From parenting to marriage to art to memoirs. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading…
My childhood BFF who is a seasoned mama and therapist recommended this book when True was just over two years old (currently 2 and 1/2) and it was becoming clear that we would need to start curbing some behaviors while promoting other behaviors. I can’t recommend this book enough. There are a couple of parenting books that have saved us – and this is one of them. Using the super clear and loving approaches recited in this book, we’ve learned to stop certain behaviors and start all kinds of awesome behaviors that our little guys is proud of. You can read all about it here.
Friends, if you’re married or in any sort of long term partnership, I can’t recommend this book enough. A therapist friend (I know – I seem to have lots of therapist friends which makes me a lucky, grateful girl) recommended this book to me about a year ago when John and I were going through a growth spurt. It was not only incredibly insightful, but it’s opened up a really important, vulnerable dialogue between us that guided us through our sometimes tough, but ultimately beautiful growth spurt. You can read more about this book here.
** Also, for anyone who is parenting a male, who is married to a male, or has any significant relationship with males, I highly recommend Terrance Real’s other book, I Don’t Want To Talk About It
. It will open your eyes to all the ways that we as a society/parents/teachers/etc socialize our boys to mask their feelings of vulnerability which then leads to all sorts of unexpressed emotions, ultimately leading to unhealthy patterns including covert, low level yet pervasive depression. As a parent to a young boy, I found this book incredibly enlightening and helpful – especially because True’s at the age where we’re definitely teaching him about all feelings and emotions and doing our best to give him lots of permission to feel them, put words to them, etc.
Ahhhh. I love daily meditation books. I always have. Simple Abundance
remains my all time favorite, but The Book Of Awakenings
has me smitten. Slowly, I’m getting back to my daily practice of reading a passage, a poem, an essay – anything that inspires – and this book has been my re-entry back.
I picked this up at the airport last month. Completely mesmerizing, it left me thinking about it for weeks. For those of you like me who are interested in all things afterlife (whether you call it heaven or not), this is a truly fascinating story. You can learn more about it here.
What books are you guys reading? I’d love to know!
PS: Speaking of books, I clicked over to my book’s Amazon page the other day (something I almost never do – maybe once a year?) and was delighted to see that we have nearly 150 reviews. Friends, that’s a big big deal – thank you to those of you who have left reviews. I’m mighty proud that all of those reviews, minus about 30, are five star reviews. Can you believe it’s been almost five years since its release. Wowzers, time flies! Taking Flight, I am so grateful for you!