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Elevated Existence October 2018 Spiritual/Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

I created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help narrow down your search, and make sure you don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for September 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.



“Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark: Breaking Free from the Hidden Forces That Drive You,” by Robert Augustus Masters PhD
Everybody has a shadow, but most of us are unaware of it. Our shadows not only hold the feelings we are most ashamed of, but also beliefs we won’t accept about ourselves. For some, it may contain anger or grief, and for others, it may contain pain or fear.

Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark, is based upon Robert Augustus Masters’s 40 years as a psychospiritual therapist and guide. He invites readers to understand and skillfully work with this rich, yet neglected dimension of ourselves. He shines light on the process of meeting our shadow in beneficial ways, and how we can embody a more fulfilling and life-giving experience of who we are when we do.

Masters speaks on the true nature of our shadow and how to live with it, elaborating on how pain is an essential tool of shadow work, and teaching us how to use it while looking forward. He also shares how to work with the child within, self-sabotage, narcissism, dreams and more. When uncovering and working in-depth with our shadow, we release ourselves from its control. By doing so we gain the opportunity to put its contents to work for us instead of the other way around.


“The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future,” by Ryder Carrol
Have you tried organization systems but still can’t get focused and be more effective in your life? The Bullet Journal Method is about what the author, Ryder Carroll calls “intentional living,” and he originally created it for himself. It’s about weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy on what’s truly meaningful, in both your professional and personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by making fewer things a priority.

Through this, you will learn how to create a comprehensive record of your thoughts with just a pen and paper; be able to achieve a daily calm by attacking your to-do list in an optimal way; and finally, turn your curiosity into meaningful goals that will turn into passionate steps, leading you to bigger changes.

This book is for fed up list-makers, overwhelmed multitaskers, and those who need some structure. If you feel stationary in your life, this can help you go from stagnant to in control.


“Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts,” by Brené Brown
Based on new research with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, bestselling author Brené Brown shows us how to step up and lead in this new book.Being a leader is not about titles or status. Leadership is taking responsibility for recognizing potential in people and ideas, and having the courage to develop that potential.

When people lead, they don’t pretend to have answers; they stay curious and ask the right questions. They don’t collect power. They know that it becomes infinite when we share it with others. They don’t dance around difficult situations; they dive into vulnerability when we need to do good work.

Brown has spent the past 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that give our lives meaning, and the past seven working with transformative leaders and various teams across the world. She found that leaders in organizations, ranging from across the business spectrum, all ask the same question:

How can you create braver leaders, and how do you instill the value of courage in your culture?

In “Dare to Lead,” she addresses the answer to these questions using research, stories, and examples, all delivered with her signature style that fans have come to love. This book is for anyone who is looking to step up and live the life of a courageous leader.


“The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices,” by Maureen Healy
Even though growing up is never easy, children and parents are both undeniably presented with unprecedented challenges in today’s world. However, according to Maureen Healy, a “widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened.”  Healy has expertly taught skills that address high sensitivity, large emotions, and hyper energy she experienced as a self-proclaimed “wild child,” and says these three simple steps are key ― Stop, Calm, and Make a Smart Choice. Although not always easy, when these steps are implemented as Healy explains them, they become much more powerful.

Children can become erratic based upon their physical and emotional well beings — causing tantrums one second because they don’t fully comprehend their emotions, and calm the next. As adults learn to model these skills, both adults and children become freer to do and be their best.


“The Family Gratitude Project: Raise a Thankful Child with 52 Fun Activities and Crafts for Every Season,” by Joanna Grzeszczak
With a full year’s worth of activities, Joanna Grzeszczak teaches families to appreciate what they have instead of wishing for what they don’t in her new book “The Family Gratitude Project.” This book is filled with colored photos and instructions that will keep the kids(or adults) occupied for hours. The crafts turn every house hold object into a lesson for everyone in the family, reminding them to be mindful of the positives and to always be aware and grateful of what one has.The book includes family-time activities; meaningful crafts; thank you gifts, projects, seasonal ideas and mindful gratitude DIYs.


“The Magic Ladder to Success: An Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation,” by Napoleon Hill 
The Magic Ladder to Success is where bestselling “Think and Grow Rich” author, Napoleon Hill first distilled his 17 factors that create his “Law of Success” philosophy. Here, Hill reveals how you can obtain riches if you truly desire them and put the necessary actions in place using your own intelligence. Utilizing these key principles, it is possible to capture the ethics that empower those who control them to become a leader in your choice of field.

Hill has left a vast wealth of knowledge, yet to be discovered. He offers a step-by-step walk way up the ladder of success, a process dependent on the organization of one’s own will and thought processes. This book, a lost classic that preceded “Think and Grow Rich,” is worth reading over and over and applying everything obtained throughout one’s life.


“Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, adrenal stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease,” by Anthony William
Have you ever wondered if it were possible to focus on just one aspect of your well-being to transform all the others – -and at the same time preemptively stop health problems you didn’t even know were hiding behind your cells?
In this day and age, we have no clue on just how many symptoms and diseases are dormant in an overloaded liver. It’s not just about liver cancer, cirrhosis and hepatitis. Almost every problem — from general health, the digestive system and gaining weight to high blood pressure, heart issues, skin conditions and autoimmune diseases — it can be traced back to an overloaded live, according to Anthony Williams, Medical Mediaum. And all of these problems can be improved when proper care is taken of this one simple organ.

In his newest book, “Liver Rescue,” Anthony William offers the answers and invaluable insights into the uncharted functionality of our liver. He explains what’s behind over one dozen health issues, and offers guidance on how to move on to living better lives. With this book you will learn not only about how to keep a healthy liver, but having a clearer head, being happier, and being able to adapt to these fast-changing times.


“The Rise: An Unforgettable Journey of Self-Love, Forgiveness, and Transformation,” by Danette May
After the loss of Danette May’s son and a marriage that left her bankrupt and divorced, her life had nearly fallen apart. When her support systems were all but gone, health and transformation expert May, began to hear a voice from within herself.

When she started listening to her inner voice it took her to places she never imagined going. She found herself in a world bikini competition, going to a sacred Costa Rican healer, and most importantly going through a process of self-reflection and forgiveness. Also, never in her wildest dreams would she imagine being the owner of an international business, reaching the hearts of millions.

In this book, May is honest and vulnerable, sharing her own truth and take on self-love and forgiveness. She dives right in to help others achieve the fullest expression of oneself, and becomes an advocate for helping others capture the essence of achieving their own transformation in connecting with ones greatest self.


“The Seven Secrets to Healthy, Happy Relationships,” by Jr. don Miguel Ruiz & HeatherAsh Amara
As humans, most of us crave fulfilling relationships that provide countless ways for us to learn, grow, and have fun!

However, not all relationships are a “bed of roses” especially romantic ones. Bestselling authors Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. and HeatherAsh Amara share their seven secrets to healthy, happy relationships in this new book, touching on topics such as commitment, awareness, healing, communication and release. Utilizing these principles can help a person at any stage in their relationship, whether they’ve been with someone for many years or are currently single and want to prepare.

The secrets they share are really undiscovered focal points that may lead to a much deeper connection with a partner. And part of the secret is in the art of repetition and putting these ideas into practice every single day.


“The Spirit Animal Oracle: A 68-Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Colette Baron-Reid
Internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher and best-selling author Colette Baron-Reid delivers her newest Oracle Card Deck — a 68-card deck of interactive conversations with Spirit based on the energies of living beings that share this planet, helping us connect with them as teachers, healers and friends.

The spirits residing in the natural world have much to share, and their secrets are now available to you through “The Spirit Animal Oracle.” They urge us to reclaim our essential Truth—meaning we are one in Spirit, connected to every living thing on this earth in a unified consciousness.

In the 68 cards of this masterfully illustrated oracle card deck are the Higher Spirits of various animals and insects and every animal has a transcendent symbolism. With guidance from oracle expert Colette Baron-Reid, you can now awaken to your partnership with Spirit to co-create your reality in service to the world.


“Trust Life: Love Yourself Every Day with Wisdom from Louise Hay,” by Louise Hay
Even after inspiring millions with her work Louise Hay never believed to have all of the answers. Instead, she preached to everyone at her workshops, conferences, and through her books that the only person that you need to heal your life is you. She was someone who guided those on the path of discovering who they are, preaching that the self is powerful, loving, and lovable.

In honor of Hay’s life, this is book is a compilation of her most inspiring teachings. This will allow you to keep the knowledge of Louise with you, and inspire trust in the process of Life. As Louise said:

“Very simply, I believe that what we give out, we get back; we all contribute to, and are responsible for, the events that take place in our lives–both the good and the so-called bad. We create our experiences based on the words we say and the thoughts we think. When we create peace and harmony in our minds and think positive thoughts, we will attract positive experiences and like-minded people to us. In essence, what I’m saying is that what we believe about ourselves and about Life becomes true for us.”


“You Be You: Detox Your Life, Crush Your Limitations, and Own Your Awesome,” by Drew Canole
Written to empower the reader to seek more, be more and do more — all from a place of self-love, Drew Canole’s new book “You Be You,” It inspires you to want to transform your life by loving yourself and not viewing this type of love as selfish. Canole points out self-love isn’t selfish, but necessary.

Canole teaches that no matter where you’ve been in life, there are tools to implement to help you live fully, healthily and happily. He himself has overcome immense obstacles — from a painful childhood in foster living, being bullied and an unhealthy food dependence, to finally emerging from all of this and harnessing his own power to obtain success.

Canole will take you on a three-part journey to detox from external expectations, where you will learn to embrace your darkness, take back your light, and be able to discover your potential. Your current perspective and beliefs will shift to a fresh, more enlightened state of mind that includes trust, honesty with oneself, meditation, positive intention, and kindness toward not only yourself but towards others. All of this leading will lead you to a life aligned with true purpose, meaning, and incredible amounts of awesomeness.

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