Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
A painful divorce tosses Elizabeth into a whirlpool of depression and panic. Confused and hurting, she embarks on a long and hopefully healing journey. Eat, Pray, Love is an account of her travels through three cultures. Italy restores her to health and frees her from depression. Meditation in India teaches her to find God and peace within herself. Love comes calling in Bali, where Elizabeth finally understands how to balance material pleasures with spirituality.
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent)
If you think near death experiences (NDE) are baloney, Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back may just change your mind. The book narrates the experience of Colton, pastor Todd Burpo’s 4-year-old son, who, during emergency surgery, slid out of consciousness and entered ‘heaven’. Post recovery, little Colton recalls dead relatives of whom he had no prior knowledge. And yes, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, too.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Miguel Ruiz)
Mexican-born surgeon Miguel Ruiz comes from a background of indigenous healing traditions. A close shave with death caused him to reassess his life and beliefs. The outcome was The Four Agreements, a book of simple truths to help untangle life’s perennial dilemmas.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett’s inspirational debut novel, The Help, is set in the sixties and tells the courageous story of three Mississippi women of varying class and racial backgrounds. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny team up to begin a movement that will free them, and other women from their town, from having to live up to suffocating stereotypes.
A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer)
A wrenching, yet ultimately inspirational tale, Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called “It” chronicles one of California’s worst cases of child abuse. Pelzer’s account of his horrific childhood begins with his rescue from an alcoholic, sadistic mother, moves on to the happiness he found in a foster home and then back to the abusive experiences of early childhood. The book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.