I love books. All kinds of books, but mostly those that are inspirational in nature, the ones that help me become a better person and live a more meaningful life. I've been reading these books my entire life; filing away tidbits here and there, like pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle.
I've started to notice that these tidbits will randomly pop into my head during conversations. I can't remember anything about my childhood or where I went on vacation last year but I vividly remember reading a passage about fear, or perfectionism, or finding your purpose. And while I don't want to sound preachy or suggest a book to someone who has zero interest in reading it, I feel that it is my duty to pass this information along.
You see, I love these books. And I love the authors. They are like old friends, they have taught me something about myself, they have made me a better person, they are forever a part of who I am. They have been with me as I struggled through growing up, learning to love and accept myself, finding my voice, and uncovering and pursuing my life's calling. So, if I find myself talking to someone who is struggling with any of these themes, I get very excited, because I KNOW that these books and these authors can help them too. If they are struggling to find their purpose in life, I want to introduce them to Martha Beck or Jeff Goins. If they are trying to get a handle on their perfectionism, hello Brene' Brown! If they are battling addiction or co-dependence, give them Glennon Doyle Melton or Melody Beattie. If they are struggling with self doubt or creative block, I suggest Steven Pressfield or Julia Cameron.
So, Friends: If I have ever offered unsolicited book suggestions to you, or if I do at any time in the future, please know that it is because I LOVE you. I believe that I have this amazing, life-changing secret and I want to SHARE it with you. I want to pass it along so that you can experience the same magic that I did. Of course, you can do with this information as you please, but of course, I highly suggest that you take my advice. Please?!
Till next time!
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