Why I Love the Above Books...

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: This is one of the only books I've ever read more than once (three times and counting). It's a book of personal essays, and nobody does personal better than Glennon. She makes me laugh, cry, think and FEEL. This book—like the author—is extraordinary. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: This memoir blew me away. I grew up around a lot of craziness, and this family had me shaking my head in disbelief. The writing is simple yet powerful and full of honest reflection and affection for all involved. 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: I'll read anything Liz Gilbert wants to write about, but when she gets into creativity and inspiration, as she does throughout this book, I'm especially all in. An easy, wonderful, inspiring read, from beginning to end. 

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl: This book is heartbreaking, deep and wonderful. The author, a psychiatrist, writes about his years spent as a prisoner in several Nazi concentration camps and how he found meaning in the experience, meaning that ultimately helped him survive. 

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle: I cried at so many points throughout this book. Father Gregory Boyle writes about his two decades spent working with gang members in Los Angeles County. I don't think I've read anything that speaks so beautifully to the power of compassion. This book is one of my very favorites. 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: This book focuses hard on the power of resistance to keep us from living and creating bravely, and the power within each of us to overcome that resistance. It's a quick, powerful read. 

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer: I was introduced to Amanda through her incredible TED talk and became an instant fan. When I finished reading this book, I felt inspired and courageous enough to launch my own Kickstarter campaign, which ultimately resulted in my book, "Just Love." A great read for any artist.

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander: This memoir is a tribute by the author to her husband who died suddenly a few years before. It's poetry wrapped with love wrapped with illumination wrapped with heartbreak. It's simply beautiful.

Surprise by Tania Luna & LeeAnn Renninger: This delightful book invites us to consider surprise as a way to create positive change in all aspects of our lives. It's an easy, fun read, with great takeaways you can integrate immediately. (Disclaimer: my friend LeeAnn is one of the authors, but this book is really terrific.)