By Taylre Rene Malloy~Self-Love Literature Contributing Writer
The night was young, and I couldn’t be more excited about moving into my new apartment. Three months of darkness locked away in an old dusty storage unit downtown had finally granted my books the opportunity to see the sunlight. With each step I climbed, I grew more hopeful of the future. Despite the waterfall of sweat dripping from my forehead, and the unbearable burning sensation weighing upon my shoulders like gravity, with all the climbing it almost felt like I was climbing to heaven, or a distant universe filled with endless love and possibility. And perhaps I was. The good news, my love for vintage bookshelves was giving me a heck of a workout and transforming me into a bonafide Goddess.
As far as I was concerned. I had done it. The metamorphosis was complete. I had overcome an entire summer of homelessness and sleeping in my car beneath the sunsets. I was superwoman and no one could tell me otherwise. It’s amazing how we sometimes think the challenging experiences we face in this life have the power to break us. But they are truly here to set us free. Below are five self-love books that helped unleash my inner Goddess during the moments I needed her the most.
“Beautiful, Not Broken: A Journey of Self-Love,” by Krystle A. Barrington
A Goddess is a woman who lives by her own rules. In “Beautiful, Not Broken,” by Krystle A. Barrington, she shares her personal journey of learning to be comfortable in her own skin. Through original poetry, inspirational quotes, and prayers, Krystle chronicles the lows of seeking validation from others to the highs of learning to see herself the way God sees her.
As a celebration of self-love, growth, maturity, and strength, its Krystle’s hope that through this book women would be reminded that their lowest points, their darkest secrets, and their internal struggles do not define who they are. This book will spark something in readers and remind them that no matter their past or their struggles, they are beautiful, not broken and can overcome anything.
“Get Over It! Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff,” By Iyanla Vanzant
Today as repeated attempts to “fix ourselves and our lives” fail, many of us face unprecedented fears about the future, struggle with unspeakable life tragedies, and sink under the belief that certain lives do not matter in our society. Others confront our epidemic of anxiety with fierce resistance, or “the fight to be right,” criticizing anyone and everyone just to end up stuck. In the face of such pervasive human suffering, New York Times best-selling author and legendary life coach Iyanla Vanzant challenges us to ask the powerful questions. “What if it’s not them—what if it’s you? What if you need to “get over it”—and get over yourself? Because no matter how much we would like to blame people and circumstances beyond our control, the truth is staggeringly simple: anything and everything we experience is a function of what and how we think. In Get Over It! Iyanla offers a unique spiritual technology called “thought therapy,” a process that harnesses proven spiritual tools with the science of neuroplasticity. The 42 prayers and affirmations, and complementary energy-clearing tools at the heart of the thought therapy process are designed to neutralize and eliminate the unconscious, unproductive, soul-destroying dominant negative thought patterns (DNTPs) and discordant emotional energies, allowing you to get to the root cause of your personal suffering, and make life-affirming choices to evolve from them. If you’re ready to break free of your ego’s resistance and willing to face yourself, willing to change, and willing to heal and grow, then now’s the time to grab your copy of “Get Over It.”
“The Goddess Journal” By Taylre R. Malloy
Inside every woman is a Goddess. It is time to unleash the Goddess Within. In today’s hectic society, self-love is so vital to our inner being. Did you know that writing out your inner thoughts and feelings can be a great way to awaken your inner Goddess?
As a creation of my very own, “The Goddess Journal” will help you get out of your head and into your heart, thus helping you set your inner Goddess free. By reminding you of how epic you are as a woman, The Goddess Journal will help you connect authentically with your female power. So grab your pen and let the Goddess in and watch how your life transforms.
I created this journal as a reminder to always honor the beautiful woman within no matter the circumstances. As we allow our inner goddess to emerge, we unknowingly give life to the divine energy in others.
“The Goddess Revolution,” by Mel Wells
If you’ve ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life. Imagine how much you would fall in love with your life again if you weren’t so consumed by negative thoughts around food, your weight, and your body?
Imagine if you could effortlessly find yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect body, and feel happier and freer around food than ever before? All women are born Goddesses – but we tell ourselves over and over again that for some reason, we don’t deserve to feel good. We berate ourselves in the mirror, refuse to accept compliments and use food as a punishment/reward system to mask how we are really feeling about our lives.The Goddess Revolution is taking over as the new ‘anti-diet’. Written with passion from one Goddess to another, this book offers readers practical tips and powerful tools to give them back control of how they feel in their bodies and what they choose to put in them.
“The Soul Searcher’s Handbook,” by Emma Mildon
From aromatherapy and numerology to healing crystals and meditation, this fun and sassy guide to everything body-mind-spirit defines New Age practices for a new generation. What type of crystal should I put in my car for a road trip? Should I Feng Shui my smartphone screen? In this illuminating introduction for the modern-day soul searcher, Emma Mildon shines light on everything you didn’t know about Neo–New Age practices.
With something for every type of spiritual seeker, The Soul Searcher’s Handbook offers easy tips, tricks, and how-tos for incorporating everything from dreamology and astrology to mysticism and alternative healing into your everyday life. This handbook is your #1 go-to guide, handy, accessible, entertaining, and packed with all the wisdom you need in one place. Regardless of what you’re seeking, The Soul Searcher’s Handbook is your awakening to a more fulfilling and soulful life.
So there you have it. No matter your circumstances these books will always remind you of who you are and the impact you are destined to make within this world. So plug into the universe, dig your toes deep into the soil of Mother Earth, grab one of the books or journals listed above, and open your mind to your full potential.