“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”
I set my reading challenge for 2017 on Goodreads at 30 books, and I ended up reading 55 books. This was a record number of books for me in one year.
There are so many books I would love to share with you from last year. But as you can imagine, the list would be very long.
Of course, some books resonated with me more deeply than others.
And for that reason, I was able to narrow down the list to the top 7 soul growth books I read in 2017. These are the books that have helped me grow; the books that have touched my heart.
The books are in no particular order; each of them has impacted me in their own way.
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Top 7 Soul Growth Books Read in 2017
I wish I had this book when I was younger.
Ghosts were always a topic that frightened me from a young age. The idea of the unseen scared me. The fact is, I didn’t understand the spiritual dimension, and I didn’t have anyone to point me in the right direction as a child. So I grew up “closing the door” to the spiritual dimension anytime I experienced anything related to ghosts or spirits.
But one day, I knew it was time to learn about it. And you know what, I felt so much better after I learned and began to understand the spiritual dimension more. This book will help you do just that.
“By becoming more aware of ghosts and spirits, we learn that sensing the other dimension around us is not an experience limited to an exclusive group of people, but one available to us all.” – James Van Praagh
This book is a guide to become more aware of ghosts and spirits and how that dimension surrounds us. We all have the capability to connect with the spiritual dimension.
This book focuses on ghosts; who they are; how they haunt; where they hang out; and how they try to get your attention. Though not all ghosts are scary, this book provides protection techniques so we can protect ourselves from the earthbound ghosts that may be in our environment.
I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about earthbound spirits (aka ghosts).
Did you know Stephen King reads an average of 75 books a year?
I haven’t quite reached that amount yet. But I do resonate with Stephen King in that to be a writer you must read a lot.
Reading often allows you to develop your vocabulary, and learn different writing styles. And over time, you develop your own writing style.
I also really loved his idea of creating a writing space for yourself that you keep going back to any time you write.
His book is a memoir on his journey of writing; in fact, he’s written over 50 books, so you know he has some good advice for the novice writer. Throughout the book, you will find tips on writing.
On Writing by Stephen King is the best book on writing I have come across at this time.
I recommend this book for anyone who has a passion for writing.
Upon first reading this book, I almost didn’t think it was for me. But as I kept reading, it began to have a bigger impact on my perception of community, and on the art of asking.
This book is a memoir, with valuable insights on the importance of receiving and of community. Throughout, the book Amanda also shares her depiction of running and growing her business.
This book was written with love. It portrays Amanda’s truth and authenticity through and through.
We are never alone on this journey called life. We should never be afraid to ask for assistance from others. And this book helps you to overcome the fear of asking for help.
Amanda strongly reminds you that every person matters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a block to receiving; who is looking for a new perspective on how to view community; or who are looking for an authentic and fresh look on life.
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(4) Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts: How to talk with and photograph beings of other realms by Atala Dorothy Toy
I LOVED this book! I first heard of it when Amy of Following Hawks had a book giveaway this past summer. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book! It did not disappoint.
The book touches on a myriad of experiences with nature spirits, spirit guides and ghosts. The book is chock full of stories encountering these beings, and how to communicate and photograph them.
Atala is a professional interdimensional communicator, with so much wisdom to offer the reader. This book assists the reader in expanding their awareness of other worlds and life forms.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning about other life forms and dimensions.
Alright, so if you’re in the Awakened Soul Book Club, you know by now that there aren’t very many Sylvia Browne books that resonate with me that much. This book is an exception.
For the first time in my life, I feel that Jesus is a lot more relatable. And it provided me with a whole new perspective on his life and religion in general.
This book brings to light a lot of information about Jesus’s life that was historically omitted or missing. And though it is but a perspective on his life, and we have no way of knowing all the details of his life here on earth, I found this book to be mind opening.
I am so happy this book crossed my path; this book strongly resonated with me.
I recommend this book to anyone who is open to learn a different perspective on the life of Jesus Christ.
I love Elizabeth’s writing style; it speaks to me. So naturally, I just had to read this book when I heard about it.
This book was an inspiring and helpful read. It teaches you to get your creativity out into the world regardless of the outcome.
So often we procrastinate and put off our ideas. Until one day, we realize those ideas have escaped us. Elizabeth reminds us that there is a never a perfect time for you to get your creativity out in the world. Also, don’t hold back for fear that your project isn’t perfect. Just go for it, and see what the outcome is.
You need to keep showing up and getting yourself out there. Not every project or idea we pursue will make it big. But everything we do in life adds up, one by one.
“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Our nature is to be creative; it’s important to do what you naturally feel compelled to do. You can make time for your ideas; whether it’s a half hour before everyone else in your home wakes up; on your lunch break; before you go to sleep, etc.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration on creativity, and getting your creations out there into the world.
This book is one of those books I’d like to highlight and reference back to over the years. This book crossed my path at the right time when I needed it most.
Brown writes about the importance of vulnerability and authenticity in one’s life. The book reminds you of the importance of feeling your emotions; rumbling with them. Knowing that’s where you are at that moment, and that’s ok. She writes about leaning into the discomfort.
This book is chock full of inspiration and insight on the importance of owning our stories and having the power to write a daring new ending.
“Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.” -Brene Brown
I recommend this book to anyone looking to see their current situation in a new perspective, and to move forward with their lives.
If you are searching for other spiritual book recommendations, you can check out my Recommended Spiritual Reading List.
What were the books that helped your soul grow in 2017? I’d love to hear about them below in the comments.
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