December 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!


“Angel Quest Oracle Cards,” by Karen Noe
For those who are seeking guidance from above, Angel Quest Oracle offers forty-four luminous angel cards with words and images that have been channeled directly from the celestial realm.

Psychic medium and bestselling author Karen Noé and portrait and fine artist Marie Antoinette Kelley joined together to create Angel Quest Oracle, a divination card deck and guidebook.

This deck was created to enhance direct communication between you and your angels. As you invoke those in the heavenly realm, you’ll receive accurate, uplifting messages to help you better understand the steps you need to take to move forward in life.

Each of the 44 celestial cards features a short personal message from the angels that answer important life questions, while the step-by-step instruction in the accompanying guidebook explains how you can give a perfect angel card reading, both for yourself and for others, and includes more detailed meanings for each card.



“Born: Giving Birth to a New You,” by Dee Wallace
In her newest book, bestselling author Dee Wallace expands the concepts of Law of Attraction exponentially and simplifies everything you think you know about the power of Self-Creation.

It’s NOT a book about affirmations, visioning, dark energy, self-protection, or waiting for directions from God, the Guides or the Angels. It’s not even about karma or struggle. What it IS about is how  to direct energy, tap into knowing, neutrality, self-actualization and more.

It shares how knowing you are the power ane claiming your desires leads to easy creation of what you want. It’s a powerful book about how spirituality, brain science, and even religion are all teaching the same principles —and how you can easily use them in creating your life.



“The High 5 Daily Journal,” by Mel Robbins
I’m a huge fan of Mel Robbins 5-second Journal and now she has a new one out, and like all of her work, it’s backed by science.

Supercharge your confidence daily with this guided journal that is a companion to the global No. 1 bestseller The High 5 Habit. It is designed to help you build a confident mind, body, and spirit with daily prompts, weekly themes, and exercises to help make your dreams a reality.

Using this journal, you will build the discipline, confidence, and habits you need to know that you can always count on yourself. Face any challenge. Surmount any obstacle. You’ll see yourself waking up every day, inching closer to what you want, and becoming the person you know you were born to be.



“A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life,” by Aria Campbell-Denesh and Dr. Seth J Gillhan
From two experts on the psychology of behavior change this new book joins mindfulness with cognitive behavioral science — the best-tested set of practices for alleviating stress and anxiety.

This book invites readers to start a new pattern that begins with taking just a few quiet moments to reconnect with what is most important, each day. It combines moments of mindful reflection with calls to action — daily nuggets of wisdom paired with friendly encouragement to live in a way that is grounded, authentic, and compassionate.



“Money Magic: Practical Wisdom and Empowering Rituals to Heal Your Finances,” by Jessie Susannah Karnatz
Featuring a combination of practical advice and mystical rituals designed to help you manifest your money goals, this book offers a simple seven-step system from financial coach Jessie Susannah Karnatz—aka the Money Witch—with an easy-to-follow method to take control of your money with clarity and confidence (plus a few crystals!).

Readers will discover how to assess your financial landscape, overcome emotional blocks to success, and create an action plan for achieving your financial desires, plus self-care rituals and confidence-boosting meditations that encourage a money-making mindset.

The book goes beyond traditional financial advice, offering a holistic approach to financial health that combines practical tools with empowering self-care rituals so that people can better understand their emotions around money and build a healthy, confident relationship to their finances. It also makes it easy to start planning for financial freedom, whether readers want to pay off debt, boost their bank account, or get paid more at work. The short, accessible entries and easy-to-follow sidebars make personal finance fun and engaging.

The author has more than a decade of experience combining witchy wisdom with financial know-how to empower her clients to achieve their financial goals. Drawing on her years as a bookkeeper and work coaching clients, she is uniquely equipped to help readers achieve financial stability through a mixture of self-care and practical decision-making.


“The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again,” by Catherine Price
The author of “How to Break Up with Your Phone” makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being—and shows us how to have more of it.

Journalist and screen/life balance expert Catherine Price argues persuasively that our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles have led us to obsess over intangible concepts such as happiness while obscuring the fact that real happiness lies in the everyday experience of fun. We often think of fun as indulgent, even immature and selfish. We claim to not have time for it, even as we find hours a day for what Price calls Fake Fun—bingeing on television, doomscrolling the news, or posting photos to social media, all in hopes of filling some of the emptiness we feel inside..

In this book, she makes the case that True Fun—which she defines as the magical confluence of playfulness, connection, and flow—will give us the fulfillment we so desperately seek. If you use True Fun as your compass, you will be happier and healthier. You will be more productive, less resentful, and less stressed. You will have more energy. You will find community and a sense of purpose. You will stop languishing and start flourishing. And best of all? You’ll enjoy the process.

Weaving together scientific research with personal experience, Price reveals the surprising mental, physical, and cognitive benefits of fun, and offers a practical, personalized plan for how we can achieve better screen/life balance and attract more True Fun into our daily lives—without feeling overwhelmed.


“Restorative Rituals: Ideas and Inspiration for Self-Care,” by Leslie Koren
This tidy volume is filled with simple, impactful ways to practice self-care and mindfulness, arranged into three chapters: Nurture, Release, and Expand.

In Nurture, author Leslie Koren teaches readers to make a simple moisturizing face mask and do a loving-kindness meditation. In Release, she encourages readers to let go of what is weighing on them by having a solo dance party or tending to an altar. And in Expand, she invites readers to stargaze, perform a body appreciation ritual, chant a mantra, and learn the art of sound bathing.

Each prompt includes straightforward instructions as well as ways to personalize and improvise the idea. Each chapter also includes its own series of yoga poses, and a “self-care kit” with recommendations for essential oils, crystals, incense, tea blends, and more.
“The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits,” by Nedra Glover Tawwab
An accessible, step-by-step resource for setting, communicating, and enforcing healthy boundaries at home, at work, and in life.

Sought-after therapist and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab presents clear explanations and interactive exercises to help you gain insight and then put it into action. Filled with thought-provoking checklists, questions, writing prompts, and more, The Set Boundaries Workbook is a valuable tool for everyone who wants to speak up for what they want and need, and show up more authentically in the world.



“The Sleep Fix: Practical, Proven and Surprising Solutions for Insomnia, Snoring, Shift Work and More,” by Diane Macedo
From renowned ABC News anchor/correspondent and former insomniac Diane Macedo, comes a practical, user-friendly guide to getting better sleep. It flips the switch on common advice, illuminating the reporter’s relentless search for how to get a good night’s sleep and the surprising, scientific, and practical solutions she found along the way.

Roughly 30 percent of the population is estimated to be living with insomnia, while many more unknowingly suffer from other sleep disorders. In the book, Macedo aims to change that with perspective-shifting research and easy-to-implement solutions based not just on science and experts, but also her own years-long struggle.

As Macedo explains, the solution to catching zzz’s isn’t as simple as giving up caffeine, or putting away your phone before bed. With her down-to-earth explanations and humor, she instead teaches us how to understand sleep biology, identify sleep obstacles, flag sleep myths (and separate fact from fiction), try counterintuitive approaches and shift your mindset.

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Life After Death

On August 29, 2015, bestselling author and spiritual teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer passed on from a heart attack, leaving the millions of people whose lives he touched in mourning, and leaving his wife and eight children in shock and grief.

“The day he died I was on the phone with his assistant Dee when she found him,” Serena Dyer, Wayne’s daughter who co-wrote the book “Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You” with her father, told Elevated Existence in the June 2016 cover story. “She was very emotional, and I didn’t understand what was going on. She got upset pretty quickly with what she was seeing, and I was telling her to do CPR because I didn’t understand she was trying to explain it was clear he had died. It was a very emotional and taxing phone call, and I was really in a state of shock.”

It wasn’t until she got home that reality set in, and she started to “lose it.” Laying in bed, she began talking to her dad, saying “I don’t want to go down the path of you being in my past. I don’t want each step away from August 30 to be another step farther from you — another day from having talked to you last. Another day farther from having seen you last. I don’t want to go forward with out,” she explains. “Help me not leave you in the past. Let me know you’re still here with me so I can carry you with me into the future. So every major thing that happens in my life, I can still talk to you about it.”

She asked him for a sign, and said she wanted something specific. Suddenly a thought came into her head to listen to his radio show, something she had never done before. She went to Google and typed “Wayne Dyer Radio” and podcasts came up. She randomly picked one and pushed play.

“It was him talking to somebody about accepting a difficult situation in life, and I listened and felt very calm and peaceful because it was so nice to hear his voice and realize I had an endless amount of radio, video and books of his teachings I would always have access to,” she shares, explaining it wasn’t until the end of the radio show that she truly got her sign.

“In the last 30 seconds, out of the blue, he says, ‘and now if everybody could just take a minute and send some extra love to my daughter Serena who just had a baby.’ I looked at the date, and it was not when I had the baby, but hearing how he ended the show, I just started bawling my eyes out,” she says. “I thought, ‘Okay, I got it Dad. You’re telling me you’re still here and you’re coming with me into the future or into the now.’ I felt so much better.”

Since his death, the signs and the communication have continued, not just for Serena, but for all his family members. In fact, the family connected with fellow Hay House author and medium Karen Noe, who delivered specific and accurate messages from Dyer, not only about his family, but also about his experience on the other side.

“After we die, we go through a life review where we can see how we affected other people through their eyes, and he was able to see what he had done, good, bad or indifferent. He wasn’t able to see how much he affected everyone with his work, and now he can,” Noe tells Elevated Existence. “At one point, he said everyone was yelling at him after he passed, asking, ‘Why did you leave?’ and he said, ‘Tell them I’m still here.’”

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Noe always loved the work of Dr. Wayne Dyer, and after discovering he passed away, reached out to his daughter Serena, who had been on her radio show the year before, to send her a copy of her book “Your Life After Their Death.” And after a synchronistic encounter on the Hay House author bus at an I Can Do It event in Orlando, she wound up doing a reading for many of Dr. Dyer’s family members.

But to her surprise, Dyer started coming through directly to her. (Read more about her experience in the June 2016 issue). Here are some of the things he told her from the afterlife:

“He started talking to me about We consciousness and the unity of everyone and everything; the compassion for all of life; and that what a person does to oneself or another affects the whole,” she shares. “The most important thing he talked about is how we a
re all one, and we think because you are there and I’m here, that we are different people, but we are not. We are all one, including God, the angels, the ascended masters, deceased loved ones and nature.”

Although one of the teachings he shared before passing was about the importance of “I Am” when it comes to creation and understanding God is within all of us, but now he realized it’s really “We Are,” Noe says.

“He talked about how God is within each and every one of us with no exceptions, and we have to realize the divinity within all of us and the power that we have, because we have tremendous power, but we are unaware of it,” she explains. “God is only love and peace, and you must be love and peace to fully feel your connection with God. You can reinforce your connection to God with positive thoughts.”

An Important Message
In the cover story of the June Issue, Wayne Dyer’s youngest daughter Saje tells Elevated Existence it was extremely hard. But then she remembered her father’s teaching: Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change. This shifted everything for her. She is choosing not to see him as “gone.” Instead she is seeing him as changed.

“My relationship with my dad didn’t end on August 30, it just changed, and I can communicate with him in a different way. I can feel him in a different way, and I’m just choosing to see it as a beautiful thing and not an end,” says Saje.

One of the most important messages Dyer asked his family and Noe to communicate on his behalf was that he now has the ability to be present for whoever needs him at a moment’s notice. He is only a thought away.

“One thing he really wanted us to communicate on his behalf is you just have to have a thought of him and he will be there. And you don’t have to be his child or his wife or a family member to have that,” Serena Dyer shares. “He could be there for anybody now and he wanted that to be known. He brought it up multiple times. He wants people to know he is there for them.”

For more of what Wayne Dyer shared with Noe and his about the afterlife; why his family believes his soul knew it was his time to pass on months before he did; and specific signs he has sent to show them he is still around, read the June 2016 Issue now!

The Soul Lives On

My mother passed away suddenly in 1999, and since then, I continually find comfort and peace from the signs she sends, letting me know she is still around me. Whether it’s in dreams, songs on the radio or advice she offers through a medium, my mother has proven to me time and again how the human body dies, but the soul lives on.

When Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away on August 20, 2015, millions mourned his loss. He touched the lives of so many, and I was lucky enough to interview him in 2011 when Elevated Existence presented him with its annual Spiritual Service Award. He lived what he taught, and left behind teachings that will continue to help and inspire millions for generations to come.

Although Wayne Dyer may have left his physical body, he is not done teaching others. In the June 2016 Issue, I interviewed two of his daughters, Serena and Saje Dyer, and fellow Hay House author and psychic medium Karen Noe, to reveal messages — both personal to his family and universal — he has shared since his passing.

“My relationship with my dad didn’t end on August 30, it just changed, and I can communicate with him in a different way. I can feel him in a different way, and I’m just choosing to see it as a beautiful thing and not an end,” Saje Dyer shares in the June 2016 cover story.

Layout 1Not only has Wayne Dyer sent a number of signs to his family since his passing, letting them know he is still around, but through Noe, many of his family members have received personal and touching messages — some which they share in this issue. He was most excited to share how he discovered the work he did while on Earth was the right path for him, and he confirmed much of what he taught on the other side.

“He said it was really all about love, and coming from a place of love. It’s all that matters,” Serena Dyer says. “You take with you the love, and he tried to teach that and get people to experience that. He felt happy to know that was right, and shared he is doing even more work now.”

One of the most important messages Dyer asked his family and Noe to communicate on his behalf was that he now has the ability to be present for whoever needs him at a moment’s notice. He is only a thought away.

“One thing he really wanted us to communicate on his behalf is you just have to have a thought of him and he will be there,” Serena shares. “And you don’t have to be his child or his wife or a family member to have that. He could be there for anybody now, and he wanted that to be known. He brought it up multiple times. He wants people to know he is there for them.”

I hope you find comfort in the messages and teachings Dyer and his family share in the June 2016 issue. And know that all our loved ones on the other side remain with us, and we all have the ability to open ourselves up to the signs they send letting us know.