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Boosting Berkshire Book Club

Hannah Allen | 04-02-21

Inspired by listening to the wonderful 'Breakfast minus the bullshit' show run by Julie Creffield, Helen Pritchard & Gemma Went on Clubhouse this morning, I've made a note of all the fabulous books they and their listeners have recommended. Some of these are novels - but with inspiring & sometimes secret life changing undertones.

Our book club will run on Clubhouse so make sure you join our Boosting Berkshire Facebook group to keep updated.

So straight in we go...

The Women who run with Wolves

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the 'wild woman', the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the 'wild woman' has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women's emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the 'wild woman' in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise.

Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives. Buy from Amazon

Playing Big

Tara Mohr

Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspiration were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. And so Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from the inside out: this book is the result.

Braving the wilderness

Brene Brown

A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living

Glennon Doyle

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

Into the Magic Shop

Dr James R Doty

The award-winning New York Times bestseller.

The day that 12-year-old James Doty walked in to his local magic shop is the day that changed his life.

Once the neglected son of an alcoholic father and a mother with chronic depression, he has gone on to become a leading neurosurgeon, based at Stanford University. He credits Ruth for this incredible turnaround: the remarkable woman he met at the Cactus Rabbit Magic Shop, who devoted the summer to transforming his mind and opening his heart.

Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

Mary Portas

Are you ready to be your best self at work?

Packed with advice, tips and decades of business experience from Mary Portas, this is a book for every one of us: whatever level you are, wherever you work.

It's about calling time on alpha culture and helping every one of us to be happier, more productive and collaborative.

It's time to #WorkLikeAWoman.

The Continuum Concept

Jean Liedloff

The Continuum Concept introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives. It is a true ‘back to basics’ approach to parenting.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live? Buy from Amazon

Psycho-Cybernetics 2000

Maxwell Maltz Foundation

A complete update of Maxwell Maltz's classic,

Psycho-Cybernetics, which has helped millions find greater self-esteem and fulfillment.

Here are breakthrough principles of positive self-growth, offering a practical, how-to program for building a better life. Readers will learn how to set realistic goals, develop feelings of competence and confidence, prepare for a career change and more.

Buy from Amazon

A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws

Diane Cooper

A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws sets out clearly and simply 36 Spiritual Laws which govern life on Earth. Vividly illustrated with stories and metaphors, it shows how to achieve prosperity, success, gratitude and purification. If you do not understand the rules of the game you cannot play in the top league. In the same way you cannot be happy, healthy and successful until you understand the Laws of Life. This book offers a definitive, accessible guide to mastering life and when practised at the highest level, it contains the keys to heaven.

The Healing Power of Illness

Thorwald Dethlefsen; Rüdiger Dahlke

This radical book deprives us of illness as an alibi for our unresolved problems. It attempts to show that the patient is not the innocent victim of some quirk of nature, but actually the author of his or her own sickness. In this way Dethlefsen and Dahlke bring the metaphysical aspect of illness to the fore. From this viewpoint symptoms are seen to be bodily expressions of psychological conflicts, able through their symbolism to reveal the patient's current problems.

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