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.