With February comes a lot of focus on showing others our love through Valentine’s Day…but what about loving ourselves well in February? Really, if we don’t love ourselves well first, it’s impossible to give our best love and care to the others in our life. So on that note, we wanted to share 5 great books that will help you do just that — show some love to the one and only you by making sure you’re taken care of first.
Carry on Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
“I love Carry on Warrior. Not a book of inspirations or how to’s, but inspiring and real, I just love it.”
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
“I first learned about The Four Agreements from Neissa, who raved about it — so I knew I had to read it. The book is short & sweet– and the four simple principles it introduces really and truly change how you approach every single uncomfortable situation and difficult decision. Once I started applying the 4 ideas to my daily mindset, I noticed a huge change in the stress and discomfort I felt in previously ‘difficult’ situations. So, so worth the read! I even found my bff and I talking about one of the ‘agreements’ at a happy hour last week — It’s stuff that sticks with you.”
When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
“I love the book When the Heart Waits. It is really well-written. Grounded in personal experience and bolstered with classical spiritual disciplines, this book offers an alternative to fast-fix spirituality.”
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
“One of my favorite self-love/self-improvement books is The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino. I read this book at a confusing time of my life when my self-esteem low and I was questioning my purpose and future. This book is a quick yet powerful read because it beautifully states how uniquely and purposefully created we are- full of nothing but potential. It was a game changer for me and it, along with The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, are the two books I give every college graduate.”
Spiritual Disciples Handbook: Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
“I was introduced to Spiritual Disciplines Handbook a few years ago when I served as an elder on the session at my church. We, as a session, decided to study this book over the course of two years. Each month, one or two of us would choose one of the 50+ disciplines described in the book that seemed pertinent to us individually, then introduce it to the other members of the session at our monthly meeting. Then, all of us would work on that discipline and report back about the impact on our lives at the next meeting. This book has since then been a fixture on my bedside table, and I still refer to it regularly. Truly, the practices are transformative.” Try them out and let us know what you think!