A year of therapy under my belt, emotional family situations, and a deep, deep desire for change made for the perfect storm of self-revelation this summer. I’ve gravitated towards books and television and blog posts and podcasts that will shape me for the better. I am not having a mini-crisis so much as I’m having a mini-awakening. Layers of life stuff can pile on so quickly and so quietly, we often don’t even realize our soul is under there, struggling. Or if we get a glimpse that we’re emotionally going south, who has time for that? There are bills to pay and soccer practice and I gotta get the ingredients for tomorrow night’s dinner.
So, I say this kindly and not judgmentally: not everyone is ready for a soul shift. We’re not all there yet. Surely, if someone had handed me two of these three books even a year ago - even six months ago - I would not have read them in the same way. So these books might not be what you’re looking for. I don’t recommend them to all. And I definitely peppered in lighter fare in-between. No one can handle this kind of reading all at once (or at least I can’t) because then it diminishes the effect.
But if you are looking for something that rearranges your thinking, these are the three that stick out the most from the past few month’s soul-shifting journey: