Life’s journey can sometimes be a roller coaster ride. It takes different turns and can be full of ups and downs. As you brave it all, a little help and encouragement goes a long way. But many of us may be hesitant to seek help from others to wade through troubled waters. This is where a healing book can come in handy and serve as a patient companion in a time of need.
Additionally, healing books help you improve your habits, traits and the way your mind works by first making you aware of all such things that may be troubling you. More importantly, they can support you in taking small steps towards achieving your full potential.
We’ve compiled a list of different healing books to read that will motivate you to not only get better, but lead a healthier life. All you have to do is embrace the change and stick with the healing journey.
Here are some of the best healing books for becoming a more powerful version of yourself
How to do the work: Recognize your patterns, heal from your past, and create yourself by Nicole LePera
Dr. Nicole LePera, a clinical psychologist, wrote this book to break free from the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. She takes an approach to unifying mental, physical and spiritual well-being and shares the essential tips for healing yourself in the book. Dr. LePera has also said that she has applied these methods to her own life and reaped life-changing results.
The New York Times bestselling book contains many tips that will help you recognize your patterns and explain how brooding memories and childhood trauma can cause codependency and emotional immaturity. She also addresses how to get out of these problems and live a more joyful, authentic, vibrant and healthier life.
F*ck This Sh*tshow: A Gratitude Journal for Tired-Ass Women by Kristie Breen
‘Practicing mindfulness’ and ‘meditation’ — these words sound fancy and nice, but how many people actually have the time and energy to actually practice them? Author Kristie Breen depicts the problems that mature women face in a sarcastic tale with the utmost perfection.
This best-selling gratitude journal is very relatable to a stressed-out woman in particular and helps deal with daily stress. If you’re one of them, this book has unique prompts like “B***h Session” and “A****le of the Day” and quirky activities like “Unscramble This Sh*t” and “Color the F* *k This book is a must have for every grown woman and her girl gang for personal growth to enhance their energy healing power.
Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love and Happiness by Bradley Nelson
The renowned holistic doctor and lecturer Dr. Bradley Nelson makes a skillful attempt to educate people about the inner workings of their subconscious mind through the book. He explained how ‘trapped emotions’ can smolder your mind and body.
The author explains how unresolved issues and memories can haunt you and directly affect your surrounding energy. If left unaddressed, they can take a serious toll on you and even affect your life choices, mental and emotional health, and most importantly, they can make you numb to the feelings of love.
This book is an open door for people who want to get rid of the ’emotional baggage’, protect their inner child and start a journey towards emotional and spiritual healing.
Think like a monk: Train your mind for peace and purpose every day by Jay Shetty
The New York Times bestseller is an inspiring and empowering book that can remove negativity, anxiety, overthinking and live up to people’s expectations. It helps you learn to find inner peace and gain mental clarity as well.
In this modern, fast-paced world, the author recommends thinking like a monk and being brave, compassionate and decisive for our own sake.
Viral storyteller and podcast host Jay Shetty shares his timeless wisdom and guides on how to overcome toxic relationships and habits, heal from past pain, discover true passion, and ultimately find happiness and optimal health.
Celebrities including Novak Djokovic, Khloé Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Ellen DeGeneres have praised the book for its wisdom and how embarking on such a journey with Shetty helped them live more balanced and meaningful lives.
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
Life treats everyone differently and many of us have dealt with some form of trauma. Although the experiences may have been different for each of us, they have a strong influence on our minds. We could even have subjected our loved ones to such trials without even realizing it.
Pioneering researcher and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk helps us understand traumatic stress and how it affects our brain. He shared how we can break ‘trauma bonds’ and improve our mental health.
The author’s lifelong experience of working with survivors is beautifully written down in the book. His ways have helped many and are proven alternatives to drugs and other treatments.
You’re a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
You are a Badass is a highly entertaining and inspiring book at the same time. If you are trying to make serious changes in your life but are constantly doubting yourself or the fear of failure haunts you, this how-to book is perfect for you.
Half chapters, funny yet inspiring stories, easy practical exercises, sage advice and the occasional swear word make it a classic book. It shows you how to burst the bubble of your past, take exciting risks, succeed and live healthier now.
#1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and success coach Jen Sincero has helped countless people transform their lives, and she shares her wisdom with the wider world through this book.
What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
Through deep conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned psychiatrist and brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry a significant paradigm shift from the question “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”
Winfrey shared her experiences and vulnerabilities that came from dealing with trauma at a young age. Through a conversational narrative, they help us understand past events that help us see the future more clearly. This book can help you change your perspective on life for the better and motivate you.
This book will open the door to a powerful and effective path to your healing journey, even when you blame yourself for not achieving high standards set by society.
The funny world of depression by John Moe
Acclaimed public radio personality and humorist John Moe suffered from depression. When he started talking about it, he noticed similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms among people struggling with this mood disorder.
First he started his own podcast The funny world of depression, which was about the shared experience. Inspired by the success of the podcast, he wrote this book.
He has done incredible research on the serious illness and shared his journey, the challenges, the tragedy of suicide and the hereditary risk aspects associated with depression.
The book will inform you about the mood disorder in a refreshing and enlightening way.
It’s okay that you’re not okay, to face grief and loss in a culture that doesn’t understand by Megan Devine and foreword by Mark Nepo
This revolutionary book is for survivors who are struggling in their lives. In this book, pioneering therapist Megan Devine challenges the conventional wisdom about grief.
“Grief is simply love at its most savage and painful,” says Devine, adding, “It’s a natural and reasonable response to loss.” As a therapist and a grieving wife who lost her husband in an accident, she rejects the idea of transitioning to a ‘happy life’.
Devine explains that society treats grief as a disease that needs to be cured. However, there is no ‘quick fix’ for such situations. You can’t just try to overcome it, she emphasizes. Devine recommends finding a middle ground, living with the grief to grow and learn as a person and finally start the emotional healing process.
It’s a comprehensive guide on how to help the people you love, manage stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and how the myths of grief affect our lives.
The Witch’s Book of Self Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Nurture Your Body and Spirit by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Don’t we all need a little magic from time to time? This inspiring practical guide to spiritual well-being takes a witchy bent that makes it stand out from other books.
Author Arin Murphy-Hiscock wrote this amazing guide where magic and self-care go hand in hand to help you become the best version of yourself. The book includes self-care advice for your mind and body, incantations to soothe your soul, mantras, meditations and other powerful exercises to embrace your strengths.
The book is full of self-care tools that you will enjoy and will help you connect with the earth and tap into your personal power.
Other Healing Book Recommendations
We are all slaves to our habits, and not all are good or healthy. Atomic habits by James Clear is a comprehensive guide on how to get rid of your bad habits.
Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman tells you how your mind and thought process work. The biased nature of our mind while we think fast and our mind’s extraordinary abilities to be intuitive are thoroughly explained in this one.
Professional blogger Mark Manson took an unapologetic, raw, honest and refreshing approach in his book The subtle art of not giving a shit. He explains how we can learn to embrace our faults, limitations, insecurities and stop running away from difficult situations. And that is the secret of living a good life.
Bible teacher Kelly Needham helps us learn the true biblical meaning of friendships through the book Friend-ish: Reclaiming True Friendship in a Culture of Confusion. Reading this book will tell you about the lukewarm half-hearted relationships you may have had and guide you on how to create more secure, stable and loving relationships.
The power of your subconscious mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy is a remarkable book that will help you unlock your full potential by harnessing the power of your subconscious mind.
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