What am I currently reading?
“Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Pregnancy Choices” by Dr Sarah Buckley.
This book has been my bible for the past couple of months! It looks quite thick, but about a quarter is actually all the references to scientific studies, providing evidence for Sarah’s evaluations and recommendations.
However, the best part about this book is that it’s written in a clear and understandable way, with limited medical jargon, making it an easy read for all.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering covers most topics/medical recommendations you will encounter during pregnancy, including:
- Ultrasound scans
- Prenatal tests for Down syndrome, group B strep and glucose tolerance/gestational diabetes
- Medical induction
- Cord blood banking
- Attachment parenting
- Sharing sleep
The discussion on these topics is based on the BRAN model – Benefits, Risks, Alternatives and doing Nothing. Of particular interest was the information on the risks of each of these topics. These have not been discussed during my hospital visits or with my GP. More and more tests are becoming routine, without much consideration of the impact to the mother and baby’s health. Being fully informed through Sarah’s book, I have been able to make informed decisions regarding the necessity of some of these “routine” procedures.
Pregnancy and birth is such an individual and personal experience, but I highly recommend all pregnant women to learn as much as they can outside of the information shared by the hospitals or GPs, and this book is a great place to start.
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.
I had known of this book for quite some time before I mustered up the courage to read it. This book goes deep, and I think you have to be at the right stage on your self-discovery journey.
It is said to be life-changing, mind-altering and soul-igniting. So far, I absolutely agree!
If anyone has read it, I would love to hear your thoughts and experience!
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.
This little novel kept me entertained while enjoying a few days in the countryside over the Christmas break.
It is a delightful fable, full of symbolism and a powerful message to seek your “Personal Legend” – your reason for living.
Easy to read, this is a wonderful book for everyone!
“Accidentally Overweight” by Dr Libby Weaver.
This is an easy-to-read, step-by-step book that thoroughly describes all factors that impact weight. Personally, this book resonates with my own weight struggles and provides information on ways to resolve each factor.
Dr Libby one inspiring lady, and I highly recommend checking out her TedTalk.
“The Desire Map” by Danielle LaPorte.
Well I’ve had this one on my To-Read list since she visited Australia a few months back. Although I was unable to attend her event in Melbourne, I have a few friends who were lucky enough to do so. They said she was amazing! So I’m really looking forward to reading this book!
What if you first got clear on how you actually wanted to feel in your life, and then created some “Goals with Soul”?. The Desire Map brings you a holistic life-planning tool that will revolutionise the way you go after what you want in life.
Audio live lecture – “Making Your Thoughts Work for You” by Dr Wayne W Dyer and Byron Katie.
Learn about the powerful effects of your thoughts and how they create your experience. Make the choice to change your thoughts to bring about inner peace and true happiness.
Audiobook – “The Power of No” by James and Claudia Altucher.
“No” it is a path for people to heal and bring abundance and happiness into their lives. When you say yes to something you don’t want to do you may experience a spate of negative outcomes. Learn how to say no confidently and compassionately to make space for positive change.
“The Biology of Belief” by Dr Bruce Lipton.
Bruce summaries the evidence that genes and DNA do not control our biology, rather DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.
Very interesting and detailed research, and I agree with the philosophy, but I did not find this book easy to read. Too much jargon and science to keep my eyes awake at night! Try watching some of his YouTube videos instead to get the important message!
“Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing” by Anita Moorjani.
Anita’s message is that “The Universe is Just a Reflection of Me” – our thoughts create our reality.
This was my best read of 2014 and cannot recommend it highly enough!
Upcoming book reviews
I have a nice big pile of books to read and rate, including:
- The Spiritual Guide to Attracting Prosperity by Carolyn Boyes
- Make Peace with Your Plate by Jess Ainscough