5 Books on Authenticity that are Well Worth the Read

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In this chaotic world full of expectations and reputations and so much self-doubt and fake people, it is something of a challenge sometimes to really live in a way that reflects our true, authentic selves. I’ve found a few books that give us inspiration and encouragement to truly start living from a place of authenticity, even in a world that doesn’t always make it easy to do so. These are just a few of my favorites, but I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments, too!

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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”

This book is a gem for anyone who is questing to live their everyday lives more authentically, but maybe has some trouble with believing they are good enough, worthy enough, as they are. If you’ve ever questioned your own self-worth or wondered “if I showed the real me, would people even like me?” then this is a great book for you to read, right now, today! Join the revolution!

Own Your Self: The Surprising Path beyond Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue to Reclaiming Your Authenticity, Vitality, and Freedom by Kelly Brogan

New York Times best-selling author presents a radical alternative to psychotropic meds: discerning the meaning in your symptoms and your struggle as a way to reclaim your health and your self.”

If you are like so many of us and you struggle with mental, emotional and physical pain, then this book by holistic psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a wonderful book to add to your library. She shows us that the best way out of these struggles is straight through them. In an important way, she explodes the myth that if we suffer from such symptoms as mood changes, irritability to fogginess and fatigue, that it means that we are somehow broken or sick. She lays out a new path that helps us to get well and to get free.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with relying on medical interventions, and working with your physician to find help and support if that is what one needs, this is a great book to explore other options, as many times these issues truly say more about what is wrong with the world we live in than about what might be wrong with us as individuals.

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller

Many folks crave deeper intimacy in their relationships and authenticity is a great way to facilitate that. This book is written with an easy and conversational manner by a man who, after struggling to find the deeper connections he was always hoping for, made the decision to be himself, no matter what the cost.

The author helps us to see how when we live from this more authentic place, it leads to a healthy and happy mind, which in turn helps to create strong family and intimate relationship bonds and to create more satisfying relationships in one’s working life. If you, like the author, are ready to focus on authentic connections and meaningful relationships, then this funny and smart book may be just what you are looking for.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

Popular blogger and author of Cozy Minimalist Home Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) helps readers find beauty in imperfection and freedom to take risks to create the home–and life–they’ve always wanted. This beautiful four-color book is full of photos and creative, easy ideas for arranging, decorating, and cultivating a welcoming home.”

A lot of decorators and even mothers will tell you that you need to cultivate a certain (often “untouchable”) design aesthetic in our homes. If that doesn’t really appeal to you, but you do want to create a home where you feel comfortable and cozy, then this might just be the book for you. This book is all about decorating for real people, making a welcoming environment without trying to “wow” others with your flawless style. This book takes into account that we have lives and families and pets and lots of unexpected things that happen in our homes while knowing that we still want our environment to be warm and inviting.

If Women Rose Rooted: A Life-changing Journey to Authenticity and Belonging by Sharon Blackie

“In this life-changing book that blends myth, memoir and modern day mentors, renowned psychologist Dr Sharon Blackie journeys from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection.”

This book has the potential to be truly transformative. If you are ready to embark on a quest to truly find you place in the world, this book may well be the guide you need. The author offers a mix of mythology and guidance from women in our contemporary world to help us see how to re-root ourselves in our land and our communities and to start to take responsibility for shaping the future.

This is a rallying cry, and if you are ready to hear it, you’ll be glad you found this book.

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