This is my list of “Gateway” books. Books that will change your life, or at least the way you think about it. 

They were the most impactful in the beginning stages of my journey in self-discovery, de-conditioning, and spirituality. 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle- The hype for this book is real people! ‘Untamed’ is a collection of radically honest stories and lessons shared by Glennon through her struggles with addiction, leaving her husband for a woman, and being a ‘good girl’ . 

Favorite quote: “This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.”

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown- Or anything by Brene Brown, really. Brene is a researcher in the areas shame, authenticity, courage and vulnerability. She marries research with heart. My vocabulary is now filled with concepts from this book like “floodlighting,” “foreboding joy,” and “personal gremlins.”

Favorite quote: “When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding.”

The intention experiment by Lynn McTaggart- Ok, I JUST finished this book, but I wish I had found it sooner. This book examines the science behind our consciousness as a field of possibility that can manifest our reality. Manifestation is real!

Favorite quote: “Living consciousness somehow is the influence that turns the possibility of something into something real.”

The Crossroads Between Should and Must by Elle Luna- The essential gateway book to finding passion in your work. This book is short and beautifully illustrated. Some of the questions and concepts from this book are the “essentials” in my coaching material.

Favorite quote: “Must is always with you, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Must is you. Sometimes, must can feel really far away, but it will never leave you. You just might not see it yet.”

Use Your Planets Wisely by Dr. Jennifer Freed- Couldn’t let this list finish without an intro to astrology. This isn’t your daily horoscope from Cosmo magazine, it is a practical guide to your unique astrological blueprint, from the perspective of traditional psychology. 

Favorite quote: “Who am I, really? What did I come here to do? Who am I in relationships?” A good therapist will help you answer these questions; so will a good astrologer.”

-Alyssa Williams-Sinn


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