Books to Heal and Inspire

Personal stories inspire me. Women telling their stories of overcoming adversity in their lives with humor and dignity is possibly my favorite thing in the world. Hearing these women tell their stories is the greatest. I have listened to the audio versions of all of the memoirs below, because if you can hear it told, why wouldn’t you?

Inspiring Women

Yes Please
I have never been a huge Amy Poehler fan. I think because she reminds me a lot of myself. This book was recommended by a friend and I LOVED it. Amy is funny, honest, and vulnerably open about her choices as a comedienne, woman, and mothe…

Divorce and Custody

Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
This book is a must read for anyone involved in a high conflict divorce. If you haven’t left your marriage yet and are dealing with a high-conflict personality or a “blamer” START HERE and arm yourself before you get started. These helpf…
Mom's House, Dad's House
How do you explain to your children that things will be different at home than they are at dad’s? This book is full of helpful tools and answers to make your child’s transition from home to home a little easier.
Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex
I read this book before I realized I was dealing with a narcissistic abuser and it made everything a little easier. I was getting so upset over things that weren’t my problem. If you have to share your children with a difficult personali…
Divorcing a Narcissist: One Mom's Battle
Reading this book changed my life. It was like reading the story of my own life but with different characters. Tina’s account of her relationship, marriage, and divorce from a narcissist may be just what you need to understand that you a…



Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: A Guide to Knowing if Your Relationship Can--and Should--be Saved
You love him when he is nice to you and wish that it could always be like that. But sometimes he is cruel and may even be physically abusive. Is it time to get out of this relationship or is the abuse too much? Another great one by Lundy…
Daily Wisdom for Why Does He Do That?
A great companion to “Why Does He Do That?” or effective on its own, this book is full of page long readings to help you reframe your abuser’s actions and to help you find ways to cope. A daily dose of encouragement may be all you need. …
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Have you ever asked your partner to go to anger management? Ever wondered how he can be so kind to you one day and demeaning and hurtful the next? Lundy Bancroft is a leader in domestic violence research and treatment. He breaks down the…
The Courage To Heal Book & Workbook Set
I picked up this book weeks into my crisis period when I was uncovering my childhood sexual abuse. I dove in head first and am convinced that this book saved my life. To just read it is one thing, to give yourself over to it and fully en…
I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Being a survivor of sexual abuse can be very isolating. Often the abuser intentionally isolates their victims. You can feel alone and as if there is no one who understands. This collect of writing from other survivors of sexual abuse wil…
In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
If you are divorcing or living with someone who is abusive in ways that aren’t just physical, chances are good you are dealing with one of these manipulative people. They’ll make you feel like you’ve gone crazy yourself. This book is eas…
I Never Called It Rape
When I was raped in February of 2006 I felt dirty and guilty. I was certain that I had been asking for what I’d gotten and wasn’t able to call the event a rape until many months later. This book helped me cope with the aftermath of an ac…


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