On My Bookshelf

Here I’ve listed some of the books that I have found to be helpful recently, specifically through grieving the loss of my dad, understanding grief and loss, and developing a perspective on life after death (for those who live on and those who pass on before them).

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman

A dear friend of mine, who lost her mother several years ago, sent me this book when I lost my dad. The author shares from the experience of losing her daughter. Each meditation is thoughtful and relevant. This book brings me great comfort.

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo

Another great book of daily meditations, also written from the perspective of someone who has overcome tragedy in his life. It is beautifully written and thought provoking. I love it.

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

This book is a great partner to your yoga practice, especially if you are interested in stretching beyond Asanas and Pranayama.

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater, PhD, PT

Another great book to complement a yoga practice.

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

The title says it all. I love Elizabeth Lesser and I am grateful for her candid recount of her own personal growth through some of the difficult times she has faced in her life.

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

I bought this book at the bookstore a few days after my dad died. It was very helpful in describing the process of grief without being clinical. I highly recommend it for anyone trying to understand grief and loss.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was late to the party on this one, but I read it right when I needed it. I love this memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, a woman who her shares what she learned about eating well (and by well, I mean with gusto!), praying hard, and loving big.

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth

This is one I will read again and again. It’s more about living life mindfully and purposefully than it is about women, food, or God. As someone who struggles with emotional eating, I really appreciated this book and Roth’s perspectives on our relationships with food.

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis


Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die by David Kessler

A really nice follow-up to Kessler’s many many years of work with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Walking in the Garden of Souls by George Anderson and Andrew Barone

I loved this book. It is true of both this one, and the Kessler book listed before it, that if the topics interest you at all, you must read the books for yourself. Both books share journeys that I have yet to comprehend well enough to share with others.

Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

If you want to laugh out loud, read this book. It is hilarious!

3 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf

  1. Hey Anna I too felt many of the same emotions that you did after losing my dad. I read the book “The Shack” I believe its by William P Young. It opened up my eyes to alot of things from a biblical perspective. For me I questioned, Why couldnt God just heal him, I mean he was a preacher for goodness sake. But this book explained many things to me that I seemed to always be blind to. I dont know if you have this on your bookshelf but it might be one to consider. I know that as time goes on it seems to get easier to deal with the loss but there still isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of him in one way or another. God bless and keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you Sara! I really appreciate your thoughtful message. You know, I did read The Shack and I loved it. I read it before my dad died though, and I have thought many times that I need to go back and read it again because I’m sure it would have an entirely different meaning now. Thanks for that reminder! Your dad was so amazing! I didn’t even know the half of it while he was here, which is a bummer to me, but I am still grateful to have known him at all. It is funny how the pain dulls, but it doesn’t keep us from missing our dads. Thank you Sara! xoxoxo

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