Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Hey there, Emma here! If you've read my book, you know it's no secret that reading and journaling have been a huge part of my recovery. But with so many books out there, it's hard to know which ones are worth the money or even helpful. Of course, I want to encourage you to pick up a copy of "It's Not OK, but It Will Be," but I would be dishonest in saying that I'm the only helpful writer out there. Here's a list of what I'm currently reading or have recently read.
***You will see stars next to the books for an 18+ crowd***
Helpful Self-Help Books & Journals
1. People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys by Mike Bechtle
Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes they seem like they're on a mission to make us miserable! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, as it helps you identify the 'crazy' in your life and what to do about it.
2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis ***
A women's fave, this book exhorts readers to move past their limiting self-beliefs and embrace the more empowering mindset that we are in charge of our lives and can change it. I enjoyed this book, even though the target audience is for mother's and mature women. However, it does offer helpful insight into the lies we believe about ourselves, which can harm our mental health.
3. God's Rx for Depression and Anxiety: Biblical Wisdom Confirmed by Science by James P. Gills
This book will help you apply biblical truth to one of your greatest needs while providing a path to hope and healing. Your life can be free from depression and anxiety and filled instead with continuous joy! Do you want your depression and anxiety to be conquered by the love of God, your creator? I am currently reading this and often recommend it to my friends because of the journaling aspect incorporated within the chapters.
4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson ***
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
5. Radiant by Priscilla Shirer
An invitation for teen girls and young women to enjoy a candid conversation on identity with bestselling author Priscilla Shirer. You’ll hear reflections on life lessons she’s gathered from her teen years until now. She’ll show you how the light of God’s Word shaped her identity, and she’ll teach you how it can change and shape your life as well.
6. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
In The Purpose Driven Life you'll find the answers to three of life's most important questions: The Question of Existence: Why am I alive? The Question of Significance: Does my life matter? The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for? Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond survival or success to a life of significance - the life you were meant to live.
While reading and journaling are both incredibly helpful in your mental wellness journey, don't just take my word for it! Research, read reviews, and see what else is out there because there are thousands of helpful books out there waiting for you to read them. I know it might be new territory for you, but to create change we have to do things differently. Remember #ItsNotOKbutItWillBe
Sending my best,