Is there anything quite as nice as curling up with a good book? As a lifelong reader, I believe wholeheartedly in the power of a good book to not only inform and entertain us, but to transform us. These books have been enormously helpful to me on my own journey, and have truly helped me better understand myself and my relationships.

The Power of Humility: Choosing Peace Over Conflict in Relationships, Charles Whitfield, Barbara Whitfield, Russell Park and Jeneane Prevatt

Though this book was written for the friends and family members of addicts, it can be helpful for anyone struggling with conflict in their personal relationships. The authors demonstrate how humility can help achieve peace, and explain how readers can practice humility in their own lives. I personally revisit chapters of this book anytime I experience unresolved feelings about someone in my life.

Wild, Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl’s incredible gift as a writer and storyteller enables her to invite the reader along on her journey toward self-actualization on the Pacific Crest Trail. The physical and emotional hardships Cheryl describes have encouraged me to look upon my life with gratitude in spite of the “sparkling moments” that show up once in a while. 

The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine

I have read and re-read this book so many times, the pages are dog-eared, the lines are highlighted and the pages are crinkly thanks to the fact that I kept my original copy even after it was saturated by a spilled glass of water. Dr. Brizendine uses her background as a neuropsychiatrist to thoroughly explain how the female brain operates from birth until womanhood. It has helped me understand why I and so many other women act the way we do.