Books from 2023

Yes To Life – in spite of everything: Viktor E Frankl
“In spite of everything”! That’s what drew me to the book. And there is a lot of “in spite of” at the moment climate change, war, polarisation, as well as our own personal challenges. Frankl is well qualified to help us find hope and meaning. He is a psychoanalyst and holocaust survivor.  His book unfolds his basic conviction that every crisis contains opportunity.

Hearburn: Nora Ephron

Nora Emphron wrote When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. This book is hilarious and has Nora’s sassy, Jewish-American humour. It’s autobiographical and marries humour with adultery, revenge, group therapy, and food. I also listened to the audiobook which is magnificently read by Meryl Streep! “So, twice a week, I go to a beauty salon and have my hair blown dry. It’s cheaper by far than psychoanalysis, and much more uplifting”.

The Adrenal Reset Diet: Alan Christianson

I read this on the recommendation of a colleague and, although, some of it wasn’t new to me, I enjoyed finding a new language to be able to convey how stress, blood sugar, lifestyle can affect many aspects of our health. It’s an accessible and practical guide which can help in cases of burn-out.

Where the Crawdads Sing: Delia Owen

I want to go to North Carolina! I know this book has been on the best seller lists for a while and it’s not so much the story that compelled me to continue reading it but the overwhelming sense of place and vivid descriptions of the Marsh and it’s wildlife. I could almost smell the bogs and and mosses!!

Jin Shin Healing Touch: Tina Stumpfig

Jin Shin is an ancient and simple healing art that I have been practising for several years and it always works for me in dealing with physical or emotional imbalances. I have three Jin Shin books but this is the most accessible. It’s a good introduction to these precious techniques for the novice.

Ortho-Bionomy – a path to self care: Luann Overmyer

If you’re in pain or if you’ve strained a part of your body and would like to find out how you can ease the discomfort, this book is for you. It’s a manual which illustrates gentle body postures, positions and movements for relieving pain and promoting comfort. I am a self-help ‘nut’ and this manual has been invaluable for me and my family.

On Not Knowing: Emily Ogden

Essays on Not Knowing. This book makes you think deeply about our existence. It makes the discomfort of Not Knowing comfortable. Emily Ogden approaches Not Knowing from many different aspects with razor sharp clarity and insight. It helped me to feel joy in Not Knowing and to be open to the lessons of Not Knowing. “Moments of clarity are rare and fleeting: how can we become comfortable outside of them, in the more general condition of uncertainty within which we make our lives’.

Wise Power: Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

‘This book takes you through the stages of peri and menopause and how to care for yourself. It’s empowering, radical and gave me permission to accept how I was feeling with the aim of listening and watching to see what would emerge from this new phase of my life. I learnt about ‘Snudging’: the practice of doing as little as possible while still meeting your commitments. “Imagine you’ve built up a healthy bank account of going the extra mile for everybody else. Now it’s payback time. It all about you. You’re going to be ruthless about prioritizing yourself”.

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