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May 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!



“A Radical Awakening: Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free,” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
I interviewed Dr. Shefali a few years back on conscious parenting and I loved what she had to say about living a conscious life. In her new book, she paves a path for women to transcend their fears and illusions, break free from societal expectations, and rediscover the person they were always meant to be: fully present, conscious, and fulfilled. She helps women uncover the purpose that already exists within them and harness the power of authenticity in every area of their lives.



“Calling In ‘The One’ Revised and Expanded: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life,” by Katherine Woodward Thomas
This classic guide to finding love is now revised and updated with new insights, stories, teaching points, and transformational exercises to help you call in deep happiness and love by licensed marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas.

This book will empower you to shift painful patterns in love from the inside out, graduating from unsatisfying relationships and unleashing power to manifest the happy, healthy love you desire. Based on the Law of Attraction, this forty-nine-day program includes a daily lesson, a corresponding practice, and instructions for putting that lesson into action in your life. Manifesting meditations, powerful visualizations, and clarifying journal exercises will lead you to recognize and release your hidden inner obstacles to love and help you grow beyond them. At the end of the course, you will be in the ideal state of mind to go out into the world and find your “One.”


“Healing Ourselves Whole: An Interactive Guide to Release Pain and Trauma by Utilizing the Wisdom of the Body,” by Emily A Francis
Get the tools you need to clean your emotional house from top to bottom, complete with journal prompts and access to audio meditations for you to listen along to as you read with this new book by trained body worker, Emily Francis, who offers a refreshing perspective on healing trauma. I love that it’s like a workshop in a book!

In the book, she reveals unique knowledge of the body as a holder for memory and from beginning to end, she will lead you on a path deep within yourself to rearrange the ways that pain and trauma have been holding you back from whole body, mind, spirit, and energy healing. You will rearrange the dialogue within your body memory systems as well as learn a practice to re-birth by healing your inner child and adolescent selves, coming into the present to create the best adult self possible.


How to Pray the Shaman’s Way: Ancient Techniques for Extraordinary Results,” by Jose Luis Stevens, PhD
This book will teach you how to get in touch with the universe and communicate with Spirit based on the wisdom of the ages. The author will lead you on a spiritual path that covers the entire range of human experience, from gratitude, worship, and celebration to grief, guilt, affliction, supplication and suffering.

Building on his decades of training and teaching in the shamanic tradition, the author offers a complete guide to this universal, transformative practice, and the book is not only an in-depth exploration of prayer as an innate human phenomenon, but also a practical guide for initiating or deepening your own rich prayer practice. Packed with inspired prayers that can be adapted for many different traditions, this book is a deep dive into the world of personal transformation, healing, and spiritual guidance.


“The Knowing: 11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul,” by Saje Dyer and Serena Dyer Pisoni
The daughters of beloved teacher Wayne Dyer share their ever-evolving understanding of their father’s timeless teachings.

To millions of readers around the world, Dr. Wayne Dyer was the beloved “Father of Motivation”―but to Serena, Saje, and their six siblings, he was simply “Dad.” When he died suddenly in 2015, the sisters were blindsided by grief and felt unprepared to navigate life’s challenges and conflicts without his guidance.

The experience launched them on an adventure from loss to understanding as they came to realize and metabolize their father’s teachings with a new urgency, intimacy, and power as they applied them to their lives. As their journey unfolded, they realized their father’s wisdom―“The Knowing”―was embedded in their DNA … as it is for all of us.

In this book, Saje and Serena share how they recommitted to the teachings of their father and, in doing so, created their own evolution of his principles they teach today. They share the 11 lessons that cracked them open and sparked their own spiritual journey, including:

• Parented in Pure Love―the joys, surprises, and gifts of growing up in the Dyer family
• How the Soul Remembers―how to become a host for miracles instead of a hostage to circumstance
• Take Your Shoes Off―bringing stillness to the mind to open your heart to guidance
• The Geometry of Forgiveness―change your life and the lives around you with a simple prayer
• Especially Love―how to always return to love, kindness, and receptivity


Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations,” by DeVon Franklin
Another person I interviewed years back, and now a bestselling author, Devon Franklin shares the secret to living a happier life — get rid of as many expectations as possible, of ourselves, our future, our relationships, our career and our family.

He teaches that expectations are distorting your perspective and decreasing your happiness and joy. Think about your life. How much of the sadness you feel derives from what you think should have happened—than with what actually happened? And career? How much of the discontent you feel comes from your belief about where you’d be at this point—than with the progress you’ve actually made? And relationships? How much of your dissatisfaction with friends, family, significant others, or spouses has to do with your unspoken presumptions—than with the people themselves?

You can live a life of true freedom, greater peace and less stress: release as many expectations as possible.



“This is How I Save My Life: Searching the World for a Cure — A Lyme Disease Memoir,” by Amy B. Scher
Not only is she my go-to energy therapy and healing expert, but her own story of healing is amazing, and she shares it in this book, now in paperback!

By the time Amy B. Scher was twenty-eight-years-old, she had lived through almost a decade of misdiagnoses, excruciating pain, brain lesions, bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions, and multiple hospital stays to treat her late-stage, chronic Lyme disease. And when the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal, it was up to Amy to blaze her own path forward.

Then, in a stroke of serendipity — and you know I believe there are no accidents — she heard about an experimental treatment only available in India — human embryonic stem cell therapy — which had as much probability of killing her as it did of curing her. She boarded a plane with no idea of what awaited her: culture shock, radical medical treatment, and most surprising of all, life-affirming love.

Read about her journey of healing herself and finding love in the process, and I promise you will be both inspired and moved.


“Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive Our Life,” by Jill Bolte Taylor
I loved her book “My Stroke of Insight,” and now The New York Times best-selling blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace.

For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.

In this book, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle–a tool for bringing our Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and choose which one to embody in any situation.

The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical new road map to deep inner peace.



“You are the Guru: 6 Messages to Move You Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein shares six messages that are simple, reliable, spiritual solutions to free you from fear and inner turmoil. You will learn to regulate your nervous system, calm your mind and trust your inner wisdom to provide clear direction. This Audible Original will teach you how to guide yourself back to peace at any moment.

Let the number one New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein show you how to be your own guide, tapping in to a deeply unifying awareness and empathy you may not realize you possess.

The six messages are:

  • See through the lens of love.
  • Surrender to creative solutions.
  • Inspired action clears the path.
  • In stillness, we receive.
  • Compassion creates connection.
  • You are the guru.

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