“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

–  Annie Dillard

Welcome to my virtual bookshelf.

You can’t possibly read every single revelatory recommendation that comes your way, but if you are anything like me, that won’t stop you from trying!

So without further ado, here is an ever-growing list of books that have touched my life deeply. May they also touch yours.



* A little note on why I recommend Barnes & Noble: First I believe that competition is good for consumers, so I want to encourage the availability of multiple outlets for books. Second, I love going into an actual book store to browse, ask questions and maybe stumble across something new. I have found the prices at B&N are comparable and sometimes less that I’ve found on Amazon. Feel free to shop where ever you prefer to get books. I just wanted to share my thoughts. 


McConaughey, Matthew

Talk about breaking out of boxes! This unusual, funny, wise, and sometimes irreverent memoir will have you laughing, sighing, and utterly amazed that he puts some of this stuff in print. It’s also spiritual and inspirational and a great example of someone who listens to his inner wisdom and finds his own path to freedom and joy. Best read in small doses, this book will entertain, inspire and challenge you to make your own life an adventure.

Nonviolent Communication

Rosenberg, Marshall B. (Ph.D.)

In today’s world of often very violent communication, this book offers specific, verifiable tools and techniques to improve the quality of communication in your life. It applies equally to business, personal, and casual relationships. I found it easy to understand, less easy to implement, but it’s worth the effort. I’d recommend this to anyone who is trying to make the world a better place by speaking their truth. Using these tools will make it easier.

Barefoot on Holy Ground, Twelve Lessons in Spiritual Craftsmanship.

Karpinski, Gloria D.

If you want a spiritual adventure, this is a great book. It combines a lovely exploration of spiritual wisdom and practices that can enhance any spiritual journey. I love the exercises and journaling prompts. It challenged my thinking but at the same time comforted me. This is a book that can be read and reread at leisure and will always give new inspiration.

The World’s Religions

Smith, Huston 

This is the classic text on the major world religions, their philosophies and their historical context. To me, the context made all the difference in understanding what prompted the divine revelations and the people that heard and shaped them, because let’s face it, we humans do a lot of interpreting and shaping! It’s a great read if you want to get a good understanding of how the world’s religions were born and how they relate to one another.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, 2nd Edition.

Bridges, William. 

This book had a major impact on my understanding of myself and how I was dealing (or not dealing) with the many changes that have happened in my life. As humans, we are constantly undergoing some kind of transition. Some are big; some are small, but they all impact us in ways that we may or may not see. This book gives valuable insight in understanding life’s transition and giving you ideas in how to better deal with them.

The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice.

Lindahl, Kay. 

I admit that listening was not one of my strongest skills, until I took my coaching program. This book of beautiful reflections only enhanced my appreciation for listening and took it into the realm of the sacred. There are some beautiful reflections on listening to our differences too. It’s a great book to have on your shelf and pull down to be inspired.

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity.

Bourgeault, Cynthia. 

I love this book. Christianity is my “home” faith; the faith of my family and that I grew up in. However, many manifestations of Christianity in the world today sadden me. This book takes a fresh look at the Christian traditions through the lens of the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene). It’s a thoughtful, insightful and balanced look at how beautiful Christianity can be. It gave me hope! And by the way, I love the new research into Mary Magdalene and her legacy, so you’ll hear more from me about her.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Haidt, Jonathan. 

Warning, this is not an easy read. It’s very academic and incredibly well researched, and it totally gave me a new understanding of what’s behind the differences in our society. Mr. Haidt shares his own journey along with the research in our moral foundations, and it was refreshing to see him point out the positive aspects of different frame of references and how we can learn from one another and be better together. Even Oprah found it inspiring, although she only focused on the political aspects. If you want a little taste: Read this article on Oprah