Books I read in 2019….

Rachael CrowBook Reviews, Musings

I LOVE getting book recommendations so here’s my list and mini reviews!

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If it Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
I’m still reading this one, but I am LOVING it!!

Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue
this sits on my table and I dip in and get blown away each time. It’s like an oracle! All Johns books are so beautiful…

Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender by Tosha Silver
I’m so in love with this woman, she write eveything I think and wish I could write!!

Secret Language of Your Body: The Essential Guide to Health & Wellness: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness by Inna Segal
a bit like Louise Hays You Can Heal Your Life- Inna offers her take on dis-ease, ways to heal and release emotions connected to the particular dis-ease. Facinating book with great healing tools!

The Complete Works of Florence Scovel Shinn
THIS BOOK will change the way you live your life!! Steps, prayers and tools for creating the life you want…way more that ‘manifesting’…surrender is the key and trusting the divine to provide.

Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver
yes…another Tosha book…cos shes fab. I even bought a few spare copies for gifts!

It’s Not Your Money: How to Live Fully from Divine Abundance by Tosha Silver
and another…if you want to look at money in a new way, THIS BOOK IS THE ONE!

Sisters of the Solstice Moon by Gina Martin
A “herstory” that will give you goose bumps…i felt as if i was having “remembering” reading this..fiction, goddess worshipping cultures, gorgeous.

The Overstory by Richard Powers
THIS IS MY NO 1. Book for 2019! I LOVED this and it’s gone into my top 10 forever fav books! All the stories intertwined and they all have trees at the centre, you’ll learn about tree communications and the shocking laws around tree cutting, planting, peoples love and passion for trees! If you only read one of these books…make it this one!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Yes, I read the whole series of Outlander books!! If you need some escapsim books, or something to read when you’re suffering from perimenopausal insomnia, these are full of drama, sex, time travel, 18th century herbalism, celtic history, war, murder, mystery…! Well I enjoyed them!

Reclaiming Feminine Wisdom: An Empowering Journey With Endometriosis
by Melanie Rossiter
A raw honest healing journey of endometriosis, recommend this if youre struggling.

The Following Inspiration Experiment: Learning to let go and live in the flow
Debbie LaChusa
I’ve followed Debbie as a business coach, this book is her story of getting her work in the flow of joy and ease.

Moon Wise: How to find peace and power with the cycle of the moon by
Awen Clement
I love reading books by friends…this one opened my eyes to my natal moon cycle…my natal moon is just before the dark moon, and wow- Awen explained this is probably the time in the month we feel our best- so while it may not be quite in line with cycle charting advice- it actually fits perfectly as this is my favourite time in my cycle and the moon cycle! haha!

Lifeshocks: And how to love them by Sophie Sabbage
Sophie wrote the Cancer Whisperer that I loved reading last year…this is a bit more of a “personal change” book, which reminded me of some of the practices in the 12 step programme! Lovely examples of folk who changed their minds and changed their lives!

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
Perfect reading for me just before heading to Scotland. He visits many of my favourite Wild PLaces!

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane art by Jackie Morris
Love reading this with my kids, just exquisite art by an amazing artist who lives in my community here in Wales!

In Search of Stones: A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason, and Discovery
by M. Scott Peck
You may remember this author from The Road Less Travelled- well this is more of a personal book of his travels around the sacred stones of the UK. I loved reading this again before my travels to visit the Callanais Stones.

Callanish the Crown: The Stonehenge of the North
by Gwendolyn Awen Jones
Another book I read in preparation for meeting the Callanais Stones- this one is a visionary journey with powerful energetic images of her expereinces at the stones.

Intuitive Herbalism: Honouring Our Indigenous Plants. Walking the Path of Healing
by Nathaniel Hughes
a beautiful, simple book on tuning in with the herbs in your garden

The Earthsong Series by Mary Mackey
I justed loved these goddess culture fictional stories, an easy read with cliff hangers that keep you reading!

Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Wales by Richard Suggett
I’m facinated with the history of the welsh witches and this book was a gem of a find! It seemed many of the cunning folk of Wales were well treasured and kept safe by their communities.

Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
by Sil Reynolds
I must admit, I havent finished this, it’s a dip in and out book!

A few books that were a bit of light holiday reading!

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook
Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
Sea of Memories Fiona Valpy
You Then, Me Now by Nick Alexander
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology by
Mark Boyle
Having read The Moneyless Man I was interested to read Marks next part of his life, he writes about living completely self sufficeint, without electricity or money…utterly enthralling but not a life I could attempt!

The Eye of the Reindeer by Eva Weaver
Beatifully written story of a young abused woman who is put away in a mental institution, her escape and life in the wilds, her love and search for a hidden sacred medicine drum.

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
This was recommened to me by a young woman at a camp I was at, a feminist dystopian novel written in the 1960’s this is a book ahead of its time!

Walking the Americas by Levison Wood
A real life facinating account of Levisons walk along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world’s most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places. Another one I couldn’t put down…and these kind of books aren’t usually my kind of reading!

Your Life In Your Hands: Understand, Prevent and Overcome Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer by Jane Plant CBE
I must admit, of all the cancer books, i found this one the least empowering. I’m afraid I wouldnt recommend it. for better ones see my resources page on my healing cancer journey blog!

Majesteria: Spiritual Guidance Through the Menopausal Gateway by
Melanie Santorini
I fell a little bit in love with Melanie- I love this menopause story of the first ordained woman vicar to powerful menopausal woman and her journey navigating the ‘change’!

Women Ripening Through the Menopause by Melissa Assilem
Likewise, another strong, opinionated menopausal woman- I read an exerpt here…

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer
Mary Elizabeth Williams
Another rather uninspiring cancer book- the author lives by taking experimental drugs while all around her cancer friends are dying off like flies. 🙁

The Untold History of Healing: Plant Lore and Medicinal Magic from the Stone Age to Present by Wolf D. Storl
Another book I dip in and out of…a wealth of plant knowledge of europe!

Energy Speaks: Messages from Spirit on Living, Loving, and Awakening
Lee Harris
Having followed Lee for years, this book is full of simple meditations and healing tools, highly recommend, its one of my ‘go to’ books when I feel the need for a lift!

Guardians Of The Tall Stones, The Sacred Stones Trilogy
by Moyra Caldecott
Again, gorgeous fictional books based around the power of our sacred stones. Loved these!

Medicine Woman: Reclaiming the Soul of Healing by Lucy H. Pearce
Lucy “outs” the UK medical system that doesnt support chronic illness, and even fails to diagnose, keeps some poeple ill and hooked on medication, and raises the question of how we can be our own medicine woman…certainly resonated with me!

Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community by Malidoma Some
A facinating insight into African culture – it certainly highlighted the need for more ritual, calling on our community for healing and support in all our transitions and traditions!

Wowsers…Well I only managed to read all these bacuse I’ve got perimenopausal insomnia and spent many wee hours in the night reading. But i didnt imagine it was this many books!

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