At Rewire Me, we’re committed to making positive choices for a happier, healthier life, and to helping you, our readers, to do the same. So take a look at the Rewire Me editors’ favorite books of 2014 to become inspired, rewired, and ready to be your best self in 2015!
1. The Real Food Revolution (Hay House) by Tim Ryan
In this book, Congressman Tim Ryan outlines his goals for healthier, more holistic approaches to transform our society—starting with the food we eat. He intends for The Real Food Revolution to be a call to action about the benefits of adopting healthier eating habits and the need for a national policy to improve the quality of food, not only for us but also for future generations.
2. Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing (Hay House) by Anita Moorjani
Anita Moorjani has an unforgettable personal story of rewiring her health. After battling cancer for almost four years, her body began to shut down and she went into a near-death state. On her way to the hospital, she experienced a strange feeling of calmness and peace—she described it as a wave of pure love washing over her. When she woke up, her condition began to improve rapidly and within weeks, doctors were astonished to discover no evidence of cancer in her body.
3. The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence: A Woman’s Guide to Stressing Less, Weighing Less, and Loving More (Hay House) by Jessica Ortner
In her book, Ortner delves into her struggles with weight loss and body image, and explains how she was able to overcome these issues through tapping—also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT—a process which involves gently tapping meridians with the fingertips while focusing on a specific problem. As you hone in on the emotional issue, you voice positive affirmations to get rid of any blocks that are holding you back from losing weight and getting your health on track.
4. Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children (Wisdom Publications) by Krissy Pozatek
Using Buddhist teachings for inspiration, therapist and licensed clinical social worker Krissy Pozatek encourages parents to stop sheltering their children from the world and give them permission to struggle. Instead of always trying to protect them, we need to provide them with the tools and experiences to learn and to become strong and brave on their own.
5. Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death (National Geographic Books) by Judy Bachrach
Filled with captivating personal accounts, this investigative study by veteran journalist Judy Bachrach captures the stories of those who crossed the boundary between life and death, but were medically revived and able to share their experiences. She provides scientific data about the process of death itself, and how it may be more gradual and reversible than we imagine.
6. The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom (Sounds True) by Robert Peng
In this book, Peng explains how we can all directly experience Qi energy to enter into a state of awareness, happiness, and love. Sharing both what he’s learned from his Qigong mentor and insights from his own journey to discovering his true identity, Master Peng uncovers the secret to embracing the powerful life force within us.
7. You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House) by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Dr. Dispenza shares his incredible story about how he put mind over matter and made a full recovery after a bicycle accident and six broken vertebrae that should have left him permanently disabled. He reveals how placebos influence our lives and how changing our thinking can powerfully impact our brains and bodies. Dr. Dispenza combines personal stories with additional data and scientific research in neuroscience, biology, and psychology, and provides valuable take-away tools for the reader.
8. Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War (Sounds True) by Edward Tick, Ph.D.
Through the lens of Greek literature, the Old Testament, and ancient wisdom, Edward Tick explores the issues faced by veterans and how we can do justice to them. He explains that we need to recognize the full extent of what we as a society ask of them—putting them in harm’s way to kill on our behalf and sometimes even calling on them to spill the blood of innocent people. While many of these soldiers are forever haunted by their victims, Tick says that PTSD is not inevitable. Therefore, we need to do what we can to help them when they return.
9. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories (Scribner) by Marina Keegan
When talented Yale graduate Marina Keegan died unexpectedly at the age of twenty-two, she left behind a beautiful collection of stories that convey her hopes, fears, and aspirations. Their message is something we can all relate to—how can I make a difference? How do I fulfill my life’s purpose? Her words are refreshingly authentic, capturing the raw emotions of a young woman trying to find her place in the world.
10. Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Atria Books/Beyond Words) by Chris Grosso
After battling drug addiction and repeating the same pattern for years, Chris Grosso decided to embark on a spiritual exploration. He ultimately realized that the reason he kept relapsing was because he based his recovery on external factors, rather than doing the internal spiritual work necessary to fully heal. During his quest, he discovered a wide variety of meditative traditions and practices, which he chronicles in this book. The beauty of spirituality, according to Grosso, is that you can “come as you are and be embraced as you are.” In other words, you can cultivate your spiritual experience and awareness in whatever way works for you.