Sunday, March 18, 2012

5 “Must-reads” That Should be in Every Woman’s Personal Library

Happy Women's History Month! There are still a few more days to recognize the awesomeness of women, and I'd like to introduce you to a mentor-woman friend of mine who is here to share wisdom on being the best woman that you can be. Enjoy!

As we celebrate National Women’s History Month, I am reminded of all the sisterly support and growth I have experienced over the years, from the wisdom of women.

Sometimes this edification and guidance comes by way of sage advice from girlfriends in my “Fave five” group; other times it shows up through empowering reads offered up by my favorite female authors.

Either way, it’s a God-send.
Words are powerful. They enable us to share “ah-ha” moments, provide healing, offer hope, transcend, and feel connected through universal experiences.
Even the “Good book” extols its virtues.

With this in mind, here are five bodacious books that will inspire and enrich you in your journey to wholeness.

Helen Reddy said it best in a popular mantra from many years ago, “I am woman hear me roar!”
Here’s to our collective awesomeness!

Note: These titles are either authored by females or written for the female audience. Many of these books are available online or at your local book store.

1. Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs---Edited by Vicki Ward
This diverse, dynamic collection of stories from women across the world is the perfect “blend” of true stories on love, loss, renewal, survival and friendship. What I also enjoy about this title, is that the stories are short, but substantive. Readers can sample one story at a time, or go from cover to cover, with a minimal investment of time. Something today’s busy readers can appreciate. I give it five stars!

2. The Little Book of Inner Space---By Stafford Whiteaker
Consisting of approx 150 pages, and compact enough to fit in your pocket jeans, this little dynamo packs a mean punch! You’ll find an array of meditations, affirmations, and quotes for the mind, body and spirit. Prepare to lose your excess baggage and be enlightened!

3. He‘s Just Not That Into You---By Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
This popular relationship guide serves as a reality check for many women. It decodes the double talk of “Mars” inhabitants and helps women see their actions with greater clarity. More than likely, you’ll find a few of the characters you’ve dated amidst the many scenarios!
4. Simple Abundance---By Sara Ban Breathnach
Oh my God! I love this book! I received it many moons ago from my friend Carol, and it still feeds my soul and spirit, with grace, faith, and inspiration for today's woman. Name a topic and you’ll likely find it housed within these pages. It addresses every issue under the sun for women of all ages and backgrounds--from self- love, to spirituality, to creating a home that's a haven, to balance.
Consider it “required reading” for a better understanding of the complexities of life and a better quality of life.

5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff (for women)---By Kristine Carlson
Ladies, listen up. If you can only afford one book from this list, purchase this.
It’s the one book that has been one of my best investments over the years, (and I literally have more than 100 books in my home library). For me, this page-turner has so much sagacity and soulfulness, that my one regret is that I did not find in my former years. It’s written by the wife of Richard Carlson, (of whom I have been a fan for ions). I actually have so many pages “dog-eared” that it’s almost looking like an art project! Here you’ll get tips on busting your blues, making peace with the mundane, anger, boundaries, healthy self-esteem, and other relevant topics.

As you seek to become a better you in 2012, consider that you don’t have to go it alone. There are many valuable resources and self-help products at your disposal to create the life you desire and deserve.

But, most importantly, remember to love and accept the “you” you are today!

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  1. I appreciate your recommendations, Jennifer. Thanks so much; will have to check these out. Thanks to you, Stephanie, as well, for hosting Jennifer. :)

    Have a great week,

    1. There's so much knowledge in the world, it's good to share. Thank you Karen for taking the time to readn and comment on Jennifer's post.

    2. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Thanks, Karen. Good to see you here and to get your thoughts, (as always). :-)

  2. Jennifer:

    Thanks for introducing me to some of these books. I will tell you that I read Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (for Women) years ago and likely dog-eared as many pages as you! It helped me to refocus and get past some things that weren't worth my mental energy.

    I appreciate this list and, as always, your food for thought!

    Be well.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 20, 2012 at 4:25 AM

      Hi there, Janette,

      You and I always seem to enjoy similar things. Just proves you have good taste, lady. :-) Thanks so much for adding to the mix here.

    2. Hi Janette,

      I haven't read "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" for women, but I think i'll add it to my list.

  3. Hi Stephanie:

    I working on not sweating the small stuff and appreciating who I am. I trying to make my own foot prints in the sand.

    Red the poet

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 20, 2012 at 4:27 AM

      Red the Poet,

      All of us are "a work in progress." Keep going; it seems you are on the "write" path. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm going to check these out! Thanks so much for sharing! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM


      We're happy to have you here sharing your feedback. Thanks so much.