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Monthly Book Picks

September 2021 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 Year of Mystical Thinking: Make Life Feel Magical Again,” by Emma Howarth
After a terrible year, feeling burned out and broken, Emma Howarth decided to go on a year-long mystical adventure, but from the comfort of her own home and she saw everything change. She went from frantic chaos to life in the slow lane, and she shares her account of that year

A Year of Mystical Thinking is Emma’s witty and life-affirming account of the year that transformed her world. Each month she introduces a new spiritual practice, with practical, actionable tips – from how to create the perfect vision board to living by the phases of the moon. Join Emma on her journey as she connects with spirit guides in February, obsesses over astrology in August and learns about reiki in November.



“Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love and Freedom,” by Tabitha Brown
I love watching Tabitha Brown’s videos on Instagram because not only is she funny but she is also inspirational and spiritually connected. But before she was one of the most popular personalities in the world, sharing her delicious vegan home cooking and compassionate wisdom with millions of followers across social media, she was an aspiring actress who in 2016 began struggling with undiagnosed chronic autoimmune pain.

Her condition made her believe she wouldn’t live to see forty–until she started listening to what her soul and her body truly needed. Now, in this life-changing book, Tabitha shares the wisdom she gained from her own journey, showing readers how to make a life for themselves that is rooted in nonjudgmental kindness and love, both for themselves and for others. She grounds her lessons in stories about her own life, career, faith, and family in this funny, down-to-earth book, built around the catchphrases that her fans know and love, including:



“Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World,” by Prem Rawat
The renowned teacher and author of the internationally bestselling “Peace Is Possible” is now tackling how to quiet the noise of our busy lives to hear our own unique authentic voice—the source of peace.

Prem Rawat teaches us how to turn down the noise to “hear ourselves”—to listen to the subtle song of peace that sings inside each of us. Once we learn to truly “hear ourselves” and the voice of peace within, then we can hold on to that as we face all the noise of the world. The book lays out the crucial steps we can use to focus on the voice within.

If we allow ourselves to listen, what we hear is the extraordinary miracle of existence—an experience that transforms our relationship to life and everything in it. You will read insights and compelling stories, and discover an ancient line of practical wisdom that enlightens us to a simple way to listen.



“The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit,” by Me Robbins
I’m a fan of Mel Robbins because I love her practical and scientific approach to life and overcoming the challenges we face. I use and love her 5-Second Journal, and now she has a brand new book with a simple, proven tool you can use to take control of your life: The High 5 Habit.

In this book, she teaches you how to start high fiving the most important person in your life, the one who is staring back at you in the mirror: YOURSELF.

If you struggle with self-doubt (and who doesn’t?) …
If you’re tired of that nagging critic in your head (could somebody evict them already?) …
If you’re wildly successful but all you focus on is what’s going wrong (you’re not alone) …
If you’re sick of watching everybody else get ahead while you sit on the couch with your dog (don’t bring your dog into this) … then this book is for you!

Mel will teach you how to make believing in yourself a habit so that you operate with the confidence that your goals and dreams demand.



“Own Your Morning: Reset You’re A.M. Routine to Unlock Your Potential,” by Liz Baker Plosser
Good days start with good mornings and Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Liz Baker Plosser believes there’s no cookie cutter morning ritual that will lead you to success. Instead she advocates that your a.m. routine should reflect what matters most to you. In this book, she starts with easy prompts to help you identify your core values—the way you want to spend your energy, time, and resources.

Once you’ve figured out the elements of your personal perfect morning, you’ll find proven insights from wellness experts and personal anecdotes from Liz to help you reimagine your a.m. habits to benefit your physical and mental health, focus your energy, enhance your productivity, and make the most of your day from the moment you wake up.

Whether you want to amp up a killer workout (sweat changes everything!), tap into the power of meditation (Jay Shetty shares his go-to meditation practice), create mini-moments of connectivity with loved ones (such as creating emoji shorthand in your group chat), or fuel your a.m. awesomeness with a healthy breakfast (including a few recipes!), these easy-to-implement strategies will help you set a morning routine unique to you.



“The Phoenix Transformation: 12 Qualities of High Achievers to Reboot Your Career and Life,” by Brian Tracy
The title comes from the story of the Phoenix – a Greek legend of a bird/dragon that arises from the ashes of its predecessor – being born again. It relates to the situations people may be in now – low achievement, lack of success, mediocrity.

As we emerge from the pandemic. Individuals and even businesses of all kinds are looking for ways to emerge “from the ashes” of this pandemic to reinvent themselves and emerge stronger.

In The Phoenix Transformation you will learn how to get on the fast track to achieving your goals faster than you’ve ever dreamed possible; how to set “flex” goals which are adaptable to a fast-changing economy; discover the key to erasing negative emotions; eliminate time and productivity wasters; master a foolproof 12-point formula that quadruples productivity; and more.



“The Science of Channeling: Why You Should Trust Your Intuition and Embrace the Force that Connects Us All,” by Helane Wahbeh ND MCR
From the director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)—a nonprofit parapsychological research institute cofounded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell—this guide explores the cutting-edge science behind channeling, and offers powerful tools to help you hone your own abilities.

Scientist and author Helané Wahbeh will show you how to identify and target your own channeling skills, process the channeled information you receive, and use your unique gift to improve your life—and the world around you. You’ll find detailed information about different channeling types, including mind-to-mind communication, your intention affecting matter, and sensing the future. And finally, you’ll discover a wealth of physiological studies pertaining to the science of channeling, providing ample evidence that channeling is a real phenomena and insights into how it works.



“The Self-Love Superpower: The Magical Art of Approving of Yourself (No Matter What),” by Tess Whitehurst
Offering specific, hands-on action steps designed to support your journey from paralyzing self-criticism to expansive self-adoration, each chapter contains accessible exercises, meditations, rituals, self-care practices, and journaling prompts so you can integrate the information in an experiential way, exploring themes including Energetic Hygiene; Grounding and Clearing; Body Positivity; Shielding Your Energy; Boundaries; Shadow Work; Clearing Clutter; Intuitive Eating;  Chakras and Feng Shui.

Whether you want to develop greater respect and belief in yourself, connect with your intuition, or regain a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for the things you care about, this guide provides the empowering boost you need to help you get there.



“Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance,” by Christy Wright
As a busy mom with three young kids and a career, #1 national bestselling author Christy Wright knows what it’s like to try to do it all and be stretched too thin. After years of running on empty, she realized she had to do something different. It wasn’t just a matter of saying no to a few things. She had to figure out why she felt overwhelmed, overcommitted, and out of balance.

Here’s what she discovered: Life balance isn’t something you do. It’s something you feel. The great news is you can feel balanced — even in your busy life.

In Take Back Your Time, Christy redefines what balance is and reveals the clear path to actually achieve it. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify what balance looks like in your unique situation and season.
  • Find confidence in the choices that are right for you.
  • Feel peace even during chaotic times.
  • Learn how to be present for your life and actually enjoy it!



“Why Woo-Woo Works: The Surprising Science Behind Meditation, Reiki, Crystals and Other Alternative Practices,” David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.
I love all of Dr. David Hamilton’s books because they always marry science and spirituality, which is my favorite! In this new book, he takes on “woo-woo” concepts like meditation, crystals, visualization and more and shows how science proves they work!

You’ll discover:
· The science behind some of today’s most popular alternative practices
· How your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs have healing power
· The benefits of nature and a holistic approach to healing
· A fascinating link between consciousness and human connection
· The relationship between suppressed emotions and disease

The ideas behind some of these holistic therapies have been around for millennia – but now we have scientific evidence demonstrating how they can contribute to physical, emotional, and energetic healing too.



“Unlimited Riches: Creating Your Self-Replenishing Prosperity,” by Mark Victor Hansen
One of the co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series of books, Mark Victor Hansen takes on the topic of prosperity in this newest book. Unlimited Riches gives you the vision and the game plan you need to have the very best with a step-by-step action plan designed to create all the abundance you want in life.

You will learn how Mark triumphed over a devastating bankruptcy to become one of America’s best-loved and most successful speakers, authors and entrepreneurs. These aren’t just the lessons Mark has learned, but those of countless other successful people who have used them again and again to prosper and bring more well-being into their lives.

You’ll discover that a change in thinking and expectation can be your greatest asset in the journey to prosperity. And you’ll learn how to allow yourself limitless opportunity, purpose, enjoyment and satisfaction.

You will discover the Theory of Wealth Relativity…or how to combine ideas and energy for unbelievable enrichment; how to get others to actually provide the resources you need to prosper; how to find more wealth opportunities than you can possibly handle – with one simple change in where you’ve been looking and more!

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