These are some books I love and recommend for women. These books have had the most impact on my own healing journey.
On this page I recommend books on the following topics:
Women & Money
Faith & Christian Living
Books on Women & Money
Prince Charming Isn’t Coming – Barbara (Stanny) Huson. This is one of the very first books I ever read about the unique relationship women have with money. She not only addresses the financial habits women should adopt, but she also talks about the psychology behind money for women. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about taking charge of your finances and learning all that it takes to create real wealth. She provides a thorough understanding of what you need to do to invest for your future financial security. It’s highly motivating and educational. I highly recommend every woman have a copy of her own. It’s that good!
Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life – Barbara Stanny. Another great book by my favorite women’s author and financial therapist.
Overcoming Under Earning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life – Barbara Stanny. I love all the exercises in this book. Barbara’s background in counseling really comes through. I found it interesting that even women who earn multiple six-figures can be an under earner. I’m always recommending this one to clients.
Women Money & Prosperity: A Sisters Perspective on How to Retire Well – Donna M. Phelan, MBA. I found this book to be both motivating and informative for women who want to master their finances so they can save for a secure retirement. Ms. Phelan does a nice job of providing a survey of investments. She stressed the importance of choosing wisely by doing extensive research before you invest. She also encourages readers to make financial literacy a top priority and to consider the benefits of starting your own business in terms of the financial security it can afford in retirement. I highly recommend this book if you are at all concerned about your future financial security as a woman.
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money & Life – Lynne Twist. Lynne, a Coaches Training Institure graduate, shares her experience as an enlightened fund-raiser, working for global causes, and her perspective of money as a form of energy. As Marianne Williamson accurately puts it, “…[Lynne] has a remarkable ability to cast a spiritual light on the subject of money.” From this perspective, every person, no matter what circumstance they find themselves in, can draw on their inner resources to create enough-ness in their own life.
Creating Wealth from The Inside Out Workbook – Kathleen Burns Kingsbury. I loved all the exercises and journal prompts in this book. It helps with looking deeply into the root causes of your money behavior. I got a lot of insights that hadn’t occurred to me before.
Christian Books on Healing
Miracle Maintenance: How to Receive and Keep God’s Blessings – Joan Hunter. This was the first Joan Hunter book I read. I was experiencing a lot of sicknesses (colds and the flu almost every month). I watched an interview with her where she describe how God’s will is for us to live a life free of sickness and disease. Joan Hunter teaches us how we must actively receive His healing provision.
Healing the Whole Man: Effective Prayers for Body, Soul and Spirit – Joan Hunter. This is the manual we used when I trained with Joan Hunter Ministries to become certified as a Healing Minister in 2015.
Healing the Wounded Soul: Break Free From the Pain of the Past and Live Again – Katie Souza. Wow, what powerful teaching! Katie Souza teaches us how biblical soul restoration works and that healing our wounded souls can rescue us from chronic sickness and a host of other problems and release us into a life of joy, blessing, and healing.
Spiritual Warfare: Protect Your Home From Spiritual Darkness – Marilyn Hickey. Many Christians don’t realize that a lot of the problems we experience in our families and homes result from demonic attacks. No amount of counseling or fixing problems in the natural realm will work when in reality the root cause exists in the spiritual realm. Sisters-in-Christ, this book will open your eyes and equip you to take back control over your family and home through spiritual warfare.
Faith & Christian Living Books
From Faith to Faith: A Daily Guide to Victory – Kenneth Copeland and Gloria Copeland. If you’re looking for a good devotional, this one is fantastic! Especially for newish Christians.
Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living – Joseph Prince. I read this book when it first came out in 2010. I can honestly say that it changed my life. This book teaches about the Gospel of grace and God’s desire for your life.
The Tongue: A Creative Force – Charles Capps. I read this book almost two decades ago. It taught me the power of the words we use. It made me stop and think about the language I use. Because of this book, I began to use my words more intentionally to speak blessing over my life.
Thinking Forward: Experiencing Change From the Inside Out, 40-Day Fast from Wrong Thinking – Pastor Gregory Dickow. This is another life-changing book. It encourages us to take control of the negative thinking that inhibits us from living the life God wants for us. It teaches us to align our thinking with the truth of God’s word, which is incredibly empowering in every area of life.
31 Decrees of Blessing for Women – Patricia King. Oh my goodness! This little book is powerful. Written as a 31-day Christian women’s devotional, it’s loaded with nuggets of Spirit-inspired wisdom from heaven above. It will ignite your passion and desire to activate the power of God’s word and blessing in your life.
Jesus Life Coach: Learn From the Best – Laurie Beth Jones. This book teaches the power of personal life coaching using Jesus as a role model. Highly engaging.
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women – Sarah Bessey. As a re-entry student who majored in Women’s Studies, I just had to read this book. Written from a strong biblical foundation, this book elegantly makes a case that suggests patriarchy was not God’s idea. Hallelujah for that!
Books on Writing
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – Natalie Goldberg. I love Natalie’s authenticity. This is still my go-to book when I need to spark my creativity and feel empowered as a writer. Everyone who wants to write more should have this on their bookshelf.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book many times over the course of the last decade, or so. It has taught me to honor my creativity and nurture my inspiration by engaging in self-care. This book taught me the importance of doing morning pages.
Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives – Louise Desalvo. Based on extensive research, this book teaches that writing can be a powerful tool for healing emotional wounds. As someone who comes from a troubled past, I found it to be highly informative and encouraging at the same time.
Change Your Brain Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus and Memory Problems – Dr. Daniel Amen. Includes brain scan images that reveal how diet, addictions and negative thinking hurts how our brains function. I found it to be highly informative for anyone who deals with negative behaviors.
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life – Byron Katie. I got to train in-person with Byron Katie in San Rafael, California back in 2005 (or 2006?) after I discovered the field of life coaching in 2004. This book is the basis for The Work, which is a four-question process designed to help you change your perspective on any problem or difficulty you’re dealing with. It teaches you how to stop thinking like a victim by using the power of choice to change your perspective on any situation.
Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions – Julia Ross, M.A. I had the pleasure of training with Julia Ross in Marin County, CA back in the early 2000s. She’s the one who uncovered my gluten-sensitivity. This book is the basis for a high-protein diet that supports healthy brain chemistry. I saw a huge improvement in my emotional well being when I incorporated her program/diet into my life, which includes amino acid therapy.
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself – Melody Beattie. This was one of the first self-help books I read back in my twenties. It was an eye-opening experience to see how my controlling behavior was really a distraction from dealing with my own stuff. Now I recommend it to clients who need a foundational understanding of how we would rather control others than deal with our unresolved issues and how that negatively impacts our relationships and our own personal growth.
Women Who Love Too Much – Robin Norwood. Back in the eighties, I met a wonderful woman who became my spiritual mentor. She suggested I read this book because she said I had a dysfunctional relationship with men. It opened my eyes to the reasons women get involved with the wrong men. Truly life-changing.
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life – Shakti Gawain. I discovered this book in a little bookstore in San Anselmo, California back in 1984. That I could use my imagination to manifest what I wanted in life intrigued me. I bought the book, learned and practiced the process daily then low and behold I manifested a dream job out of thin air within three weeks! This book taught me the power of doing vision boards.
What You Think of Me is None of My Business – Terri Cole-Whittaker. I read this book way back in the early eighties and it completely changed me as a 20-something-year-old trying to find my way in life. It helped me to embrace my God-given right to live a blessed life.
Books on Life Coaching
Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training – Williams & Menedez. This manual includes tons of case studies, lessons, and exercises for life coaching.
Co-Active Coaching, Fourth Edition – Karen Kimsey-House et al. This book is the foundational teaching for coach training at The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California. I still refer to it even years after graduating from the program. It’s one of the classic life coach training books.
Christian Coaching, Second Edition: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality – Gary R. Collins, Ph.D. This was one of the textbooks I had to study in my Christian Life Coach training. I learned so much from it. I found it to be highly valuable for understanding life phases in every Christian’s life and how we grow through various seasons in life.
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