True Wealth: Letters on Money, Life, and Love by Diana Chambers
A dynamic educator, Diana’s background is in mentoring individuals and families to seize financial opportunities, overcome challenges and grow in their ability to be financially self-sustaining. In this book she encourages us all – regardless of our wealth level – to talk constructively about money. She believes that open dialogue is the first line of defence when there is a financial challenge, and that it is a skill can be learned and practised. If this all sounds too tied to money-obsessed to stroke an emotional chord, rest assured Diana’s ethos is very much that true wealth is entirely anchored in the life you live, not what you have in the bank.
The best for: Learning to be less British about talking about money.
Making life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life by Dr Christiane Northrup
From the alkaline to the raw diet, you can’t move for books about the latest food fads or exercise plans. But in this joyfully encouraging read Dr Christiane says we must not view our bodily well-being in isolation because life can devolve into constant worry about our health and constant battling to make our bodies “behave.” Instead, in this book she teaches us to become in tune in to the Divine part of ourselves, which is the first step in truly making our lives easy. From untying the knots of guilt that harm to using sexual energy consciously to increase vitality, she imparts the skills you need to make life flow and help you truly feel your best.
The best for: An empowering approach to taking control of every aspect of your wellness.
The Space Within by Michael Neill
Michael Neill offers a uniquely brilliant insight into what it means to be human in all its shades, and how to access the space of meditation without meditating. Praised by many readers as ‘life changing’, The Space Within will leave you uplifted and comforted in the knowledge that true peace really does indeed come from within, once we know where to look. Neill teaches everything from how to seek flow to how to tap into creative solutions, and how to get the most out of time spent with family, leading to higher levels of contentment and a far closer connection with loved ones. There’s something here for everyone in this truly enlightening book, but how much you get out of it depends on how much you’re willing to go with it.
The best for: A creative spark plug that can change the way you live.
How to Speak so People Really Listen: The Straight-Talking Guide to Communicating with Influence and Impact by Paul McGee
Every day, we′re faced with situations where we have to speak to persuade others, both at work and in our personal lives. But even if you’re an expert on your topic, you can struggle to get an audience engaged and inspired by what you′re saying, In this brilliantly instructive book, Paul McGee explains how to take your communication to the next level. With simple, easy-to-remember lessons to help you perfect your new found skills, this book is down–to–earth, gritty and oozes experience. It will make you want to rip out pages to read just before you next have to deliver a presentation.
The best for: Gaining real-life skills to improve how well you communicate.
Johanna’s Christmas by Johanna Basford
This fun festive colouring book from Johanna’s expert hand is ready and waiting for your chosen colour palette. Pick up your coloured pencils or pens and let yourself become absorbed in colouring these 37 perforated pull-out art prints, ideal for framing or giving as festive greetings. From delicate tangles of holly and ivy, bauble-laden Christmas trees and mountains of exquisitely wrapped gifts, everything to do with Christmas is found in these pages. Even if you;re a colouring in refusenik, we challenge you not to want to get stuck in to deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and reindeer-led sleighs.
The best for: A soothing activity for to give you some inner calm amid the chaos this holiday season.
How To Live a Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Life Well Lived by Jonathan Fields
Do we really need another book that tells us how to live better? Well, once you’ve read the opening chapter of How To Live a Good Life you’ll be thankful that this one exists. In these disconnected, disengaged and dissatisfied, we don’t know who to trust or where to turn for genuine help. How to Live a Good Life gives a practical modern-day manual for those in pursuit of a life well lived. Drawn from the intersection of science, spirituality, and the author’s own quest to learn at the feet of masters from nearly every tradition and walk of life, it invites you to spend just 30 days doing exercises which promise to help you reclaim your life.
The best for: Enabling you to rekindle deep and loving relationships and appreciate life’s splendour.
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