Inspiring reads

April 23, 2013 - Living

books pileNothing beats curling up with a good book. Here, some of our LighterLife team share their favourite reads…

Books can be a great source of inspiration and, if you have a specific goal in mind, the right book can even provide the motivation to keep you going. Whether you’re planning to go away this summer or stay at home, we’re sharing some of our favourite books to keep your cogs turning this year.

power of nowThe Power of Now
By Eckhart Tolle

I found Ekhart Tolle’s message simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness. His message doesn’t seem original, but due to the clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm I found myself really understanding the benefit of being in the present moment. The complicated concepts were made clear by use of concrete language. I became conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of my ability to live a peaceful and happy life. A genuine life changer of a book!

Recommended by Jane Gollner, LighterLife magazine designer

bad scienceBad Science
By Ben Goldacre

This is a good book which does a lot to dispel the science myths that we see in newspapers and magazines on a regular basis. It’s easy to follow and Ben Goldacre does a good job of explaining the scientific process and how easy it is to ‘make the data show you want it to show’. A real eye-opener.

Recommended by Kelly Johnston, LighterLife’s senior nutritionist


the mirrorThe Mirror Within
By Anne Dickson

While this book may not be to everyone’s taste, I really like it. It offers clear and practical information that may challenge previously held beliefs and assumptions about sexuality. It’s a good way of getting in touch, or reacquainted with our bodies, realising that we are ‘normal’ just like everyone else, and that we don’t all look like the images of people in the media – the truth often is, neither do they! And guys, this is not one just for the girls! I say, read it with an open mind, a mirror, and see if it speaks to you.

Recommended by Gerri Davenport, LighterLife Counsellor and relationship therapist

understanding your eatingUnderstanding Your Eating
By Julia Buckroyde

This book complements the work you do on your LighterLife journey and the work you do in group. It talks about the relationship so many people have with food in a way that brings real understanding and shows genuine compassion. As you read about other people’s stories, so often you will see yourself and gain further insight into how you use food. The brief ‘stop and think’ boxes help you ask yourself valuable questions and discover new answers to what might have been, up to now, baffling behavious.

Recommended by Mandy Cassidy, LighterLife’s psychology expert

What’s your favourite read? Leave us a comment below and let us know.