Here is a list of 5 powerful books to evolve your mind, body, and spirit this summer.
1. What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney
I thought I was good about pushing myself and my body. The ideas that Scott Carney presents and the manner in which he tells his story are a joy. At first, I thought I would hear about a crazy person doing crazy things.
Carney's information about our biology and the capacity we all have for survival are compelling. Read it, and push your body further.
2. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza
I'm fully drinking the Dr. Joe Kool-Aid. After reading this book, I went ahead and purchased two more of his books. Dispenza starts his book by sharing a harrowing tale about how he had life-threatening injuries from a bike accident.
He tracks his miraculous recovery in the book. He then challenges our ideas about how your thoughts (either positive or negative) shape your reality.
I found it so deliciously satisfying to hear a Dr. talk about brain studies and science when speaking ostensibly about the law of attraction. Read this book to expand your mind, and your reality.
3. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
I should start by saying that if you've ever lost someone, this book may be difficult to get through. I prefer to listen to audiobooks, and I found that Sandberg's elegant description of how she and her children dealt with the tragic death of her husband left me crying at the wheel of my car on more than one occasion.
I find great inspiration from Sandberg. I kept finding my mind drifting and dreaming that my daughters will become women like her. I admire her cerebral approach to mourning and her candid sharing of how she's dealt with losing her husband.
It's a powerful book, that can only help you if you've ever lost someone. After I finished it, I passed the book on to my Mother (my Dad died 2 years ago), and she loved it too. Just be prepared. You will cry.
4. Life Visioning by Michael Bernard Beckwith
I've enjoyed Michael Bernard Beckwith since his involvement in the book The Secret. In this book, Beckwith addresses a rare moment in a person's life. That point when they are in the midst of deep change.
I found his teaching helpful, and that he was almost speaking to me. I'm certain that if you're experiencing any type of change in your life, you'll find value in Life Visioning. A unique and spiritual take on change and looking toward the future you. It's a bit mind-bending but in the best (get out of your own way) way.
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo
This book took me by surprise. Midway through reading it, I began purging bags of clothing. By the time I completed the book, I had done away with 1/3 of my clothing. Seriously.
It's been about six months since I completed it, and I don't miss any of the clothes I donated. My brain feels free to go about its daily tasks. I'm also shocked to feel more centered, and happier by removing objects from my life.
This book still has me scratching my head, and seeking more simplicity in my life. If you feel bogged down, frustrated and ready to feel like you can breathe again, read this book. The only negative I found was that I really wished I had read this about twenty years ago.
I hope you give each of these books a shot this summer. While everyone else on the beach is scrolling their Snapchat feed you'll be quietly evolving.