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Books have saved my life. No, really though.

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The knowledge I have used in all of my blog posts, and my life-changing journey throughout 2013, all comes from the book list below.

Follow the links below to purchase these books for your Kindle or in paperback form!

 

How I Overcame Binge-Eating Disorder:

  • When Food Is Love by Geneen Roth: This is the first book I read when I hit rock bottom.  It started my journey with Geneen Roth, whose books literally saved my life. It brought awareness to the way I use food as a drug, and the way I have used dating, addiction, and failure as distractions.
  • Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth: After finishing When Food Is Love, I was ready to start conquering my illness. This book breaks down simple steps for those of us with binge-eating tendencies, and sheds light on habits that aren’t necessarily natural for us but might seem like common sense to the rest of the world. Supportive speech guides you through recovery but doesn’t overwhelm.
  • Feeding The Hungry Heart by Geneen Roth: I read this months after I read the first two Geneen Roth books and I wish I had read it first in a way. It’s concise, personal, and makes me feel completely not alone in this journey of mine. I HIGHLY recommend reading this even if you aren’t an emotional eater – it will clue you into what some of your loved ones may be going through.
  • Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth: This book breaks down reasons why we binge, and how we aren’t alone. It was a fantastic wrap-up for me as I continued my recovery process and started using the tools that I learned in Breaking Free from Emotional Eating.
  • Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Thomas and Beverly Bien: This book totally cleared my vision after reading all of Geneen Roth’s books. Once I battled the actual eating disorder, I could take a step back and look at the addiction part of my eating disorder. This book can help anyone who has ever used cigarettes, weed, alcohol, sex, drugs, or food to fill the void in the past. You don’t have to be a serious addict to appreciate the amazing help this book provides – it can shed light on things regardless of your past.

Books That Took Me Through A Journey When I Least Expected It:

  • Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge: After doing months and months of reading on emotional and compulsive eating, sometimes you just need to read something else. My aunt sent me this book and I was skeptical because I don’t identify with Christianity – and Stasi Eldredge is a Christian-based author. However, I went on a JOURNEY with this book – every woman should read this and whoever you believe in, regardless if it’s God or Jesus or just good, old-fashioned love – you’ll find what you need in this book.
  • Captivating by Stasi Eldredge: This book’s caption is “unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul”. I’m only three chapters in, but I’m finding out a lot about myself and the way I interact with other women.
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp: Finding this in a used book store last month is the best thing that’s happened to me in 2014. Even if you are by no means in the creative or entertainment industry – this book is a must-read for a reminder that everyone is human, everyone struggles, and there are small ways to work through it and improve the way you live your life.

Books That Taught Me How To Live Life And Get What I Want:

  • How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: I had no idea that the most simple acts of really remembering someone’s name and smiling in public could change my entire life. I can deal with anyone now – and I have truly become, a people person.
  • How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie: I have had anxiety my entire life. This common sense approach to overcome worry and anxiety has calmed me down and put everything in perspective.

Books That Would Bring Us World Peace If Everyone Read Them:

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: My life is forever changed because of these four simple principles. If the entire world read this book, there wouldn’t be guilt, anger, insecurity, or confrontation. By reading this book, you are contributing to a better world.
  • Return To Love by Marianne Williamson: This book completely overhauled my thinking in terms of what “love” is. There really aren’t enough words in the English language to define all the ways love affects us, but this book taught me to surrender what is out of my control and truly open myself up for the goodness that the universe provides. Ms. Williamson writes sort of like I do – very down to earth and honest, and I like that. She writes like a human – not a psychology professor.

Stay tuned for more books!

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