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Monthly Book Picks

January 2021 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!



“100 Ways to Calm: Simple Activities to Help You Find Peace,” by Adams Media
I love books that break thing down into simple practices you can try out each day and decide which to adopt as part of a routine or just to add to your spiritual toolbox, and this is definitely one of them. It offers 1—activities, quotes, exercises and more to help you stay calm and find more peace in your everyday life!


“100 Ways to Happy: Simple Activities to Help You Live Joyfully,” by Adams Media
Another one of those books offering simple practices and this one is focused on happiness! The publisher pulled together 100 activities, quotes, exercises and more to help you tap into joy. From creating a vision board to a joyful mediation, this book will give you a lot of ideas of ways to bring more happiness into your life.


“The A to Z of Mindfulness: Simple Ways to Be More Present Every Day,” by Anna Barnes
Follow the alphabet to discover new mindfulness practices to help you get back to the present moment. [A]ppreciate the little things, [B]elieve in your personal power, [C]onnect with nature and more! It features interactive prompts and reflective activities, quotes and mantras provide the perfect dose of inspiration.


“Big Money Energy: How to Rule at Work, Dominate at Life and Make Millions,” by Ryan Serhant
This hit my radar because I’ve watched Million Dollar Listing NY on Bravo in the past – since I live in NJ and love watching things that take place in my area! Ryan Serhant is one of the real estate agents in the show and he has written other books and his social media is always encouraging people to live at their highest potential. This book is about what he calls “Big Money Energy,” which you get by being 100% committed to making your vision a reality, and that vision has to be BIG!

Ten years ago, Ryan, now a billion dollar broker was living paycheck-to-paycheck and didn’t even own a suit. He realized that while he couldn’t change his circumstances or the balance of his bank account, there was one thing he could change — his energy. The energy you give off impacts every area of your life, from how much money you earn and how much power you have, to who you socialize with and the jobs you get.

Determined to leave his low-rent lifestyle behind forever, Serhant took life-changing steps that resulted in his getting cast on television, graduating to seven-figure sales, and doubling his income every year for the next decade. He is now the CEO and Founder of SERHANT., a multi-dimensional real estate brokerage and media company, and averages a billion dollars in sales every year.

In Big Money Energy, Serhant shows readers how he tapped into his Big Money Energy to crush his goals and achieve huge success, earning his first million before he turned 30 years old. Whether you’re a self-made entrepreneur, a corporate executive or barista, Serhant will teach you how to climb the ladder to success better and faster than anyone else.


“Clean Mama’s Guide to a Peaceful Home: Effortless Systems and Joyful Rituals for a Calm, Cozy Home,” by Becky Rapinchuk
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking at how I can make my home more peaceful and calming to create a place of serenity, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out! Becky is the creator of the popular cleaning website, Clean Mama and author of the book “Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home,” in this book she shares how to establish systems and rituals to transform your home into a clean, organized and comfortable space for you and your family. She walks readers through each room of the house, and the book features decision trees, checklists and more!


“Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose,” by Sahara Rose
I was introduced to ayurvedic medicine years ago when I attended a Chopra Center Perfect Health retreat in New York City (I’m a Pitta-Vata) and I love how it can be used in so many facets of our life. In this book, bestselling ayurvedic author, Sahara Rose shares her unique approach to discovering your dharma or purpose through the Doshas (the Ayurvedic mind-body types) and the chakras (energy centers of the body). Readers will take the “What’s Your Dharma Archetype?” quiz and use their Dharma Blueprint to unlock the code of what they are meant to do next, in relationships, business, and every facet of life.


“The Fifth Phrase: The Next Ho’Oponopono and Zero Limits Healing Stage,” by Joe Vitale
I love Ho’oponopono as a clearing method and even talk about it in my book “The Universe is Talking to You.” Building on the wisdom of Ho’oponopono – a Hawaiian healing spirituality of profound wisdom and power based on four phrases, bestselling author Joe Vitale reveals the Fifth Phrase, and what he calls the most powerful healing and cleaning statement of all! He also shares new secrets, insights and methods for faster results, deeper awakening and more magic and miracles. The book will teach you the four phrases of Ho’oponopono; how to develop your own phrases; advanced clearing methods, higher-level healing philosophies, and the fifth phrase.


“Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age,” by Sanjay Gupta
I’ve been a neuroscience nerd for years! I’m fascinated by the brain, what it controls and how we can change it, so I’m excited about this new book by Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. He shareshow to keep your brain young, healthy and sharp with his science-driven guide to protecting the mind from decline, debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline, explores whether there’s a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain, and explains whether it’s healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. You will also discover what you can learn from “super-brained” people who are in their eighties and nineties with no signs of slowing down—and whether there are truly any benefits to drugs, supplements and vitamins.

He even addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer’s, answers all your questions about the signs and symptoms, and shows how to ward against it and stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He also provides you with a personalized 12-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.


“Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY You Handle Money the Way You Do, and WHAT to Do About It!” by Rachel Cruze
I’ve always been someone who wants to understand WHY I do the things I do, so the subtitle of this book grabbed me right away. Personal finance expert Rachel Cruze brings an all-new approach to the traditional money rules, and it all starts with your mindset and getting to the root of all of your decisions—your mind, your behaviors, and your beliefs— so you can change your money mindset for good.

You may already know how to make the right money decisions, BUT you probably still find yourself slipping into impulse purchases, dipping into savings, disagreeing on your budget with your spouse, and wondering “Why did I do that?!” If so, this book is for YOU. Rachel explains the psychology, strengths, and challenges that come with each of her brand-new Seven Money Tendencies, which are Saver or Spender; Nerd or Free Spirit; Experiences or Things; Quality or Quantity; Safety or Status; Abundance or Scarcity; and Planned Giving or Spontaneous Giving.

Along with discovering where you land on the scale of Seven Money Tendencies, this book also introduces new ways to understand how your parents, your fears, and your beliefs impact your money mindset. She covers which of the four childhood money classrooms shaped your personality; how the six core money fears can drive your most common money mistakes; and why you handle money the way you do and what to do about it.


“The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention,” by Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron is known for her book “The Artist’s Way,” and she is now releasing her newest, “The Listening Path,” which is a six-week guide to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. You will be given the tools to become a better listener―to the environment, the people around you, and yourself, heightening your attention to gain healing, insight, clarity – and most of all igniting creativity! Each week, she challenges you to expand your ability to listen in a new way, beginning by listening to the environment and culminating in learning to listen to silence.


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