I love books, love to read and have an overflowing book shelf. Once, when I was asked my favorite possession, I immediately replied, “My books.”
Here are my top must reads for any woman. These books have shaped my thinking, the way I relate and communicate and have nurtured my soul through many dark nights. Happy reading!
Rachel’s Top Relationship Books:
1. Aphrodite’s Daughters by Jalaja Bonheim. The best book I have ever read on women’s sexuality.
2.Enchanted Love by Marianne Williamson. A real tear jerker for me, it is a must read about relationships.
3. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. The sequel to Eat, Pray, Love, it is a book about relationships, marriage, and cultural conditioning. Elizabeth scours the globe gaining insight from women around the world.
4. Osho, Being in Love. Very interesting perspective on love and relationships.
5. The Hard Questions by Susan Piver. Questions you should ask when considering marriage. (Questions you could ask on the first date to save yourself time?)
6. If the Buddha Dated or If the Buddha Married by Charlotte Kasl. Well, you know, it’s what Buddha would do.
7. The Way of Mastery by Shanti Christo Foundation. Beware! Read this book only if you wish to revolutionize the way you relate!
8. Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh. Well, we all experience it. (Right?) Time to make peace with it and learn some seriously effective tools for how to communicate when angry.
9. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I make it through with this book, hot showers, water, sleep and a little help from my friends.
10. In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant. Again, I have made it through some serious heartache with this book as my guide. Check it out if your beloved is not here and you are, ‘in the meantime.’
11. Conscious Loving by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. This is a must read for all couples. Seriously.
12. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. Based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles, and eloquently translated by Marianne for relationships, this book is soul nurturing at its best.
13. Too Good to Leave Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum. This is a great book from an experienced therapist. If you want to know when it is time to leave, this is your guide.
14. Calling in “The One.” This 7 week course book, by Katherine Woodward Thomas, is full of great exercises, meditations, and questions to guide you, using the law of attraction, to root out that which is really in the way of having the love you want. I find this book helpful even if you are in satisfying relationship. It is full of great wisdom and awesome quotes.
15. Wired for Love: Written by a therapist’s therapist, a teacher himself, and Psychologist, my only question is, where was this information years ago, for me? Perhaps it could have changed some things. Learn how to attach securely to your partner, create a “couple bubble” and have a lasting, loving relationship.
16. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss.
17. Getting to I Do by Dr. Pat Allen. I love this woman! You want to read what she has to say.
18. Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody. Oh, she is SO good! This book could be an “ah-ha” a minute!
All my love,