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I didn’t read many self-help books while I was in my abusive relationship because my boyfriend would have gotten suspicious and angry. He didn’t even like it when I wrote in my journal. The only one of these titles that I read while I was with him was Your Sacred Self, because it focused on meditation. I can’t recommend the book or the practice highly enough. 

I discovered authors Wayne Dyer and Gabby Bernstein on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation podcast, which I also recommend.  Emotional Blackmail and Should I Stay or Should I Go helped me process the verbal abuse I suffered. And, finally, I read Blue Mind because I’ve always felt calmer around water and I wanted to strengthen that mind-body connection. 

Emotional Blackmail: When The People In Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, And Guilt To Manipulate You
This book is a MUST for dealing with master manipulators.  The author Susan Forward PHD provides real world examples of emotional manipulation.  Everyone uses manipulation to get what they want, it’s human nature.  But at what point does that manipulation go too far?  Find out by reading Emotional Blackmail.
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist
Ever wonder if you’re dealing with a narcissist?  In the very first chapter author Dr Ramani Durvasula PHD gives us a checklist to work from.  She then dives into the patterns and behaviors of those displaying narcissistic tendencies.  Can they really change?  See what Dr Durvasula thinks and then draw your own conclusions.
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at What You Do
Water has been healing people for centuries.  Even prior to the modern age, the ancient egyptians heavily documented the soul cleaning and healing properties of water.  Do you ever just feel better sitting by the ocean? Well, there may be a science behind that. Explore more with Blue Mind.
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
If you’re not familiar with Gabby Bernstein, get familiar.  She is a master manifester and helps you open you soul to what you need.  The Universe Had Your Back is a great introductory book to manifestation or attracting what you want into your life.  Our biggest problem is fear we wont get everything we as for.  To find out more about how fear is holding you back, check out this book.
Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to Be Free
An oldie but a goodie.  Dr Wayne Dyer began writing about spirituality in the 80s when no one really knew what it was.  This book is great for learning to get in touch with your highest self through meditation. 

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