nonfiction

I love reading. If you read this blog, you know that. While I often read fiction, I really enjoy good non-fiction, especially books that will inspire, educate and bring peace and positively to my life. It takes a really good writer to craft compelling non-fiction!

I asked a group of green, natural beauty loving friends which non-fiction books were their favorites and a few titles were mentioned that I had never read. I included these in my round up and I quickly ordered them.

I haven’t read but want to:

Many Lives, Many Masters

You Can Heal Your Life

Pink Ribbons, Inc. 

Clean

Have you read them?

Here are several non fiction books that I have found especially inspiring:

Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly details various foods, and the value of their nutritional content. Something really clicked for me when I read this book.  You can eat well, stay satisfied and get loads of nutritional foods at every single meal. While I was healthy before reading it, this pushed me to go a little further. Nutritional yeast, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, avocado dressing and avocados are now part of my weekly, if not daily, meals. I keep it in my kitchen to page through for meal ideas.

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

You can have anything you want, if you can visualize it. Use the power of your imagination to manifest your dreams into reality. She writes in an interesting way and her guidelines for focusing on your desires are simple. I need to re-read this one and start meditating.

Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

I love Sonia’s books, I’ve read many of them. This book is all about trusting your intuition, learning to listen to that little voice inside your head. “Your intuition supports your creativity, helps heal your emotional wounds, and calms your anxious and uncertain heart. It brings you peace of mind and shows you how to live in a higher, more harmonious way.” If you can quiet your mind and focus, you can achieve your goals by listening to your intuition.

Not Just a Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan

Wow, this one is intense. You thought you knew about cosmetics? Stacy delves into the dirty business of making people pretty. Harmful chemicals, toxins and big business are addressed in this book. You will switch the natural makeup and skincare quickly after reading this interesting and illuminating book.

Wired that Way by Marita Littauer

Why are some people so different? Why am I the way I am? My questions were answered in this book. From researching the four basic personality types, Marita and her husband Fred discovered that by understanding four basic personalities including,  “Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholy, and Choleric,” people could get along better, find jobs suited to their individual talents and characteristics, and have better and more fulfilling relationships.  I got a lot out of this reading this book and recommend it. I now understand why I’m physically lazy, why my husband is a type-A personality and how we just cannot magically change what’s at our core.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoloen Hill  and The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder

I’ll include these books together because they both feature practical tips to reaching your goals. There are lessons on determination and persistence that have stood the test of time- the book by Napoleon Hill was actually written in the 1920s. You will learn how to unveil universal truths by changing your mindset and attitude. Read these books and prosper!

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

I could not put this book down, I really enjoyed reading it. The author focuses on various successful people and how, contrary to what we might think, the success these people have enjoyed has not come quickly or easily. Success is a combination of determination, practice, ambition.  Why do some people fail while others prosper? A must read!

Live Raw by Mimi Kirk

I refer to this book quite often. Mimi is a raw foodie, she is a super healthy vegan whose looks belie her actual age. What an inspiration for eating healthy! This book changed how I thought about raw food and I keep it close for frequent reference- especially for salad dressing ideas!