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#thebooksthatshapedme - The Untethered Soul

I’ve seen people raving about this book for ages now, and it had been sitting on my book shelf ever since I’d listened to Oprah interview Singer on her Super Soul Sessions podcast.

I had high expectations for this book. Every time I shared it was the book club choice on social media, I’d get loads of messages from people telling me it had changed their life. As I turned the first few pages I expected to be immediately wowed. I wanted to love this book as much, if not more, than others I’ve read before.

This book kicked my ar*e. My ego resisted everything. It took me a little while to realise that was what was happening, and once I did a lot of the initial resistance subsided.

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#thebooksthatshapedme - If women rose rooted by Sharon Blackie

The book is described as “a life-changing journey from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection.” I mean who doesn’t need more of that in their life?! And yet another sign that  this book was for me – connection – my word of the year for 2018.

I didn’t really know what to expect; everyone I came across was saying this book was amazing, so I started to worry that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I needn’t have worried. Parts of this book really spoke to me, like I was remembering stories I used to know and lives I used to live. It described everything I’ve become frustrated with in my own life and my desire to escape the “corporate” world and find peace in other things. Many of the messages in the book aren’t brand new, and I know that some of my book club members found parts of it a little repetitive. But for me, it didn’t matter that they were concepts I’d heard before. This book cemented that knowledge and attached it to stories that spoke directly to my soul. This time the message has stuck. I don’t think you can easily go back from that awakening.

The book starts off talking about women having little voice; essentially being there to have children and that’s about it. That this has been happening pretty much forever, along with the suppression of the truth and power that women hold. Our stories have been hidden.

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#thebooksthatshaped me - The Desire Map

The latest #thebooksthatshapedme book club pick was The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. We took a little longer than normal before meeting up to discuss this one, to give everyone time to enjoy the run up to Christmas and the Christmas break. New Year is always marketed as the “new me” time of year, the chance to set goals and resolutions for the year ahead.

But honestly? I’m not really one for setting goals or making resolutions anymore. Years ago I thought it was a good idea and would make all the standard ones about eating better, exercising more and some career stuff thrown in for good measure. Sometimes it worked, mostly it didn’t!

I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, I’d picked it up mid-year and started looking at it, but just didn’t get very far. The whole concept of creating goals that align with how you want to feel, rather than traditional achievement really resonated so I wanted to see what working through it properly would bring up for me, and whether my outlook on goal setting might change as a result.

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#thebooksthatshapedme - Light Warrior by Kyle Gray

Light Warrior was the second book our book club picked to read, and is the latest book to be published from Kyle Gray. I’m a big fan of his, and his oracle decks are some of my favourite to work with, so I had high expectations for this book. I wanted to love it and be able to shout about it everywhere.

Kyle defines light warriors the “peace keepers, change agents, miracle makers and undercover light workers” of the world and I love that idea; that “they are led by love, by purpose, devotion and conviction.”

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#thebooksthatshapedme - Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

Each month we vote on which book to read from a list of three, and the first book to win the vote was Ice Cream for Breakfast – How rediscovering your inner child can make you calmer, happier, and solve our bullsh*t adult problems. It was a great book for us to start off with, not too long or too complex and generally an easy read.

I really liked the chatty style, it felt really informal. Like we’re gossiping over coffee and decided to get a giant slice of cake too, because why not? There’s a lot of swearing in it (which I should have realised just from the title!) but it didn’t bother me at all, although I know others didn’t like that so much. Reading it constantly made me smile, feel happy and want to shout this is really obvious advice but somehow I’d just forgotten it all and needed to be reminded. I guess that’s the point of the book though, right?

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I’ve always been a book worm, for as long as I can remember I’ve loved reading. Its always been a part of my life, how I’ve learnt things, how I’ve removed myself from daily life and kept my imagination alive. I can’t imagine a life without books in it and there’s very little I won’t at least try reading. In March 2016 I was introduced to Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life and soon after that I stumbled across Gabrielle Bernstein. I’m not really sure how exactly I found it, but the book Spirit Junkie ended up on my kindle. I was going on holiday for a couple of weeks so downloaded a bunch of books, rather than buying more real ones to take with me. I hadn’t actively searched for this one and was pretty sure I hadn’t even pressed the download button, but figured as it was there I’d read it anyway!

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