Does anyone else wish we read like we did in Middle School and Elementary? I used to clear through books for fun now I feel like I hardly ever pick up a book. That’s why I’m happy audiobooks have become mainstream and now I get the best of both worlds I can read and multitask. With Pride month aka June dawning its head I thought we’d take it back to the old school with a good old fashion summer reading list to spark our creativity and get our minds flowing.
My intention with this summer reading list is to learn a new way to connect with myself and learn a new way of thinking. It is said reading book is like living a thousand lives so why not read some more? The genres I’m focusing on are mostly self-help books and American classics to have a broader selection.
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.
I know why the caged bird sings
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
The Altar Within A Radical Devotional Guide to Liberate the Divine Self
This a work of spiritual revolution for all peoples, offering them practices and rituals in the arts of self-worship, self-discovery, and self-activism. The Altar Within is like no other approach to Spirituality, breaking through the vicious cycles of harmful and toxic spiritual practices and beliefs. Diaz speaks for those victimized and enslaved by colonization and offers a new take on personal development based on the resounding plea of our ancestors to live our Divined lives, the ones they could not have for themselves.
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