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.

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.

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.

September Book to Live By

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

Compulsive goal-seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist—each pursuing a challenging quest. These quests are as diverse as humanity itself, involving exploration, the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence, or battling against injustice and poverty. Everywhere that Chris found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dreams. These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish—and scores of others writing themselves into the record books.

The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness, and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon. In The Happiness of Pursuit, he reveals the secret motivations of questers, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation. Then, Chris examines the other side. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the at-risk community saved?

A book that challenges each of us to take control—to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment—The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count.

August Book to Live By

Inspire: The Art of Living with Nature by Willow Crossley

Willow Crossley combines her passions and shows vou how to use flower-shop purchases, beachcombing bounty, home-grown harvests, and foraged hedgerow finds to decorate your home. Divided into five chapters on Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles, and Beach, here are more than 50 ideas ranging from a wreath made from hydrangeas, or spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes, to a tabletop display incorporating gilded apples and pears. Start collecting now to move your outdoors indoors before the weather changes.

 

July Book to Live By

Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness by Dr. Bernadette Anderson

Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness is your at-home or on-the-go personal office visit––without the co-pay! Each week Women on Fire member Dr. Bernadette asks questions, discusses symptoms and issues, then provides a “Prescription” worksheet to help you achieve healing, health, and happiness. Her life-changing tools and insights make “living the life you were born to live” your natural default.