July Book to Live By

Match-Striking for Beginners

By Tracey Breeden

How do you turn heartbreak into action, and achieve impactful and sustainable change? Match-Striking for Beginners is your playbook inviting you to recognize your personal power and unleash the superhero within. Tracey Breeden draws on her own unique perspective and lived experience as a queer woman and shares actionable steps she used to amplify her personal power to create change. Tracey’s method incorporates essential practices and bold moves to help you create the change you seek.

June Book to Live By

Younger Next Year

by Chris Crowley

First released a decade ago, the collaboration between Dr. Henry Lodge providing the science and Chris Crowley providing the motivation is still relevant. Their New York Times bestselling program shows you how to delay 70 % of normal aging problems—weakness, sore joints, bad balance—and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The message is simple: Learn to train for the next third of your life, and you’ll have a ball. With the addition of prominent neurologist Allan Hamilton explaining “Harry’s Rules” for diet, exercise, and staying emotionally connected, you will have everything you need to be younger by next year.

May Book to Live By

The Perfectionist Guide to Losing Control

by Katherine Morgan Schafler

This book is an invitation to challenge the way you look at perfectionism. As psychotherapist and former on-site therapist at Google, Katherine Morgan Schafler explains we’ve been looking at perfectionism all wrong. You don’t have to stop being a perfectionist to be healthy. After a quiz to determine which type of perfectionist you are, you’ll go on to learn how to make your perfectionism work for you, not against you. Brimming with humor, empathy, and depth, this book is a love letter to the ambitious, high achieving, and full-of-life women who dare to want more without feeling greedy or ungrateful.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Women on Fire is committed to offering strategies for you to be your best self, but ultimately it is your decision to choose resources that work for you. This book recommendation is not medical advice.

April Book to Live By

Carbivore by Phoebe Lapine

130 Healthy Recipes to Stop Fearing Carbs and Embrace the Comfort Foods You Love

Diet trends come and go, but no food group has been misunderstood as much as carbs. The good news is that carbs don’t have to be the enemy. Carbivore  Phoebe Lapine’s latest cookbook, is designed to help find “the sweet spot” between nourishing your body and feeding your spirit.

These recipes will help you reclaim your favorite comfort foods without the consequences. Whether you have been told carbs are off the table due to health issues, you’re suffering from keto-fatigue, or you simply want to embrace food freedom without fear, these pages offer fiber-forward (gluten-optional) recipes organized by your favorite type of carb—noodles, grains, loaves, spuds and more. This mouth-watering culinary adventure will allow you to balance your blood sugar, support hormone health, and limit autoimmune symptoms, all while embracing the foods you love.

March Book to Live By

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg was a prolific writer and public speaker. In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Witty, engaging, serious, and playful, My Own Words is a fascinating glimpse into the life of RGB, one of America’s most influential women.

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February Book to Live By

In Each Other’s Care by Dr. Stan Tatkin


While conflict in any relationship is inevitable, few things are more frustrating than repeating the same fight. But healing is possible. With In Each Other’s Care, Debbie’s personal relationship therapist Dr. Stan Tatkin shares a hands-on repair manual that will help you discover how arguments get triggered, why they keep happening, and what you can do to get better at communicating what you want without the drama. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for years or are just beginning the journey, this book is a wonderfully supportive guide that will show you how to work through even the most contentious topics with compassion and respect.

January Book to Live By

How to Know a Person  by David Brooks

To kick off the New Year, The Spark is featuring Debbie’s favorite book of 2023 for the Book to Live By!

The one skill that lies at the heart of any healthy person or society is the ability to see someone else deeply and make them feel seen, valued, heard, and understood. Sadly, most humans don’t do this well. People feel invisible and misunderstood. In How to Know a Person, Brooks draws from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, theater, philosophy, history, and education to help readers do better, posing questions that are essential for all of us to become more understanding and considerate toward others, and to find the joy that comes from being seen.

This book is a valuable tool for your relationship arsenal. It is available today on Amazon.

December Book to Live By

Walking Each Other Home by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

We only know this life, so dying is scary, but we’re all dying. What would it look like to approach dying with curiosity and love? What if dying is the ultimate spiritual practice? In this extraordinary book, explore what it means to live and die consciously, illuminate the path we walk together, and use timeless practices to engage with courage, humor, and heart, gently examining every aspect of the journey. You’ll learn about guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, ways to leave a spiritual legacy, options to create a sacred space for dying, and much more. Death is an invitation to a new kind of relationship, in the place where we are all One.

November Book to Live By

How to Talk to Kids About Anything by Robyn Silverman, PhD

The first step to connecting deeply with our kids is being able to communicate, empathize, and answer their biggest queries, but sometimes we just don’t know what to say. One of our beloved Women on Fire members, Dr. Robyn Silverman, an award-winning parenting expert (regularly seen on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, and Good Morning America), as well as the host of How to Talk to Kids About Anything parenting podcast, provides strategies and scripts in her new book so you’re prepared for life’s most challenging conversations. Congrats, Robyn! Grab your copy today: https://parenting.drrobynsilverman.com/book

October Book to Live By

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For 34 years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and a tidal wave of political change. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great.