Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: Great Books For The Readers On Your List!

I love to read, I wish it was something that I could have more time for. I used to always have a book in my face when I was growing up, and all the time before I had kids. Now, there is no time for any of that! However, I still have an ever-growing collection of books, both on my iPad and "real", that I keep on collecting just in case I ever have a free moment! Today I want to tell you guys about three great new books that are going to be perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! 


The first book that is great for moms new and not so new this holiday season is "Everything i needed to know i learned from my six-month-old" (Awakening to Unconditional Self-Love in Motherhood). This book is by Kuwana Haulsey and it is a great uplifting read. Here is a little bit about the book: 

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from a Six-Month-Old: Awakening to Unconditional Self Love in Motherhood is an Eat Pray Love for moms. It fuses memoir, spirituality and self-development into the unique perspective that babies are actually extraordinary spiritual teachers who are capable of showing their caregivers the way toward inspired living. Kuwana Haulsey imparts this deeper understanding of a universal truth of love , in which motherhood is explored as a means of waking up to her innate potential for personal transformation.

This is a great read, and I wish I would have had this book when I first became a mom! New moms often feel overwhelmed and alone, and I am glad this book can help some moms feel a little better about the huge changes they are going through. Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From My Six-Month-Old: Awakening To Unconditional Self-Love in Motherhood is a great choice for the moms on your holiday list! 



The next book I would like to recommend is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation. This book is awesome, even though I am not a crafty type of gal at all! Here's a little bit more about this book: 

As our world has become increasingly dependent on technology, and our Western societies have become woefully “Crackberried”— to use the title of a recent documentary on the emotional and social pitfalls of our too-wired ways—an intriguing phenomenon is occurring: There is an increasing amount of interest in returning to some of the simpler arts that were neglected or left behind with the onslaught of technology. Artisans and everyday crafters are finding a renewed satisfaction in making something with their own hands; some are even communicating about the inherent physical- and mental-health benefits found in handwork—and, even more than that, they are framing their handwork as meditation or spiritual practice. In today’s sophisticated and pluralistic society, people are more aware than ever that spiritual practice can be defined more expansively—and the popularity of books focusing on alternative spiritual practices demonstrate that readers are hungry for new (or ancient) ways of enhancing their inner lives. 


In Crafting Calm the author will explore these new forms of creative spiritual practice and the benefits they provide. The format of With Shannon's book will itself be creative, a rich “potpourri approach” that weaves together interviews, historical facts, projects for readers to do themselves, quotations, and suggested resources. Crafting Calm will serve as an inspirational resource guide to a broad assortment of spiritual practices gathered from the global arts-and-crafts communities, as well as from people who don’t consider themselves artists but who have adopted creatively expressive forms of spiritual practice. While there have been a few books published focusing on a particular form of creative spiritual practice (Skylight Paths, for example, has published books on beading as a spiritual practice; painting as a spiritual practice; and using clay as a spiritual practice), no one has yet explored the breadth of possibilities for creative spiritual practices contained in Crafting Calm.

This is a great book, it is very inspirational and can really motivate women to make some beautiful works of art, all while helping them feel better along the way. This book is a very cool read that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

The final book that we are highlighting today is my very favorite. 
Mom's the Word: The Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder of Motherhood is a book that really spoke to me. Allen Klein did a really great job with this book and collecting all of these wonderful quotes on motherhood. 


Heartwarming and humorous, this tribute to moms of the world gathers the best things anyone ever said about motherhood. From Dolly Parton to Dear Abby to delightful mother daughter duos such as Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, women (and a few men) crack wise on the subject of the center of every family, mommie dearest! Mom’s the Word celebrates all motherhood with wise and witty words from the famous (Oprah Winfrey: "Mothers are really the true spiritual leaders.") and the funny (Erma Bombeck: "In general, my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on television."). Also included are as well as thoughts that are meaningful (Jewish proverb: "God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.") and memorable (Nora Ephron: "If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters."). 

I love this book, it provided me with lots of smiles and laughs, and I will dearly cherish these quotes about motherhood! It would be perfect for a brand new mom who is just beginning her journey, or a seasoned mama who might have forgotten all of the fun parts of motherhood. It's a great gift for a mom friend, your own mom, or even a grandmother who might like to reflect on her own parenting days. A truly great read! 

Make sure to check out these three great books for the ladies on your list this holiday season! 

I was provided with a sample product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

2 comments:

  1. I love giving books as Christmas presents… I know everyone is downloading books onto their IPAD and Nook/Kindle but I think a book is a thoughtful and meaningful present. Thanks for these suggestions. I always think a good gift is one that can entertain and make my friends or family laugh :) My #1 book recommendation and gift this year is “Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion” by author A.R. Taylor (www.lonecamel.com). The book is definitely written for adults and it is a funny and extremely witty novel following braniac physicist David Oster. He’s not your typical nerdy physicist and has a harem of girlfriends on the side and the maturity and decision making of a 12 year old. David is offered a job in Washington and he leaves sunny California(and all of his girlfriends) in hopes of following his dream of studying underwater physics. He ends up having to study the physics of horses on a basketball court (HA!) and enters into his first serious and very demanding monogamous relationship. The book delivers sex and a look into the world of physics in a very funny way and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique read this holiday season!

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  2. I love giving books as Christmas presents… I know everyone is downloading books onto their IPAD and Nook/Kindle but I think a book is a thoughtful and meaningful present. Thanks for these suggestions. I always think a good gift is one that can entertain and make my friends or family laugh :) My #1 book recommendation and gift this year is “Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion” by author A.R. Taylor (www.lonecamel.com). The book is definitely written for adults and it is a funny and extremely witty novel following braniac physicist David Oster. He’s not your typical nerdy physicist and has a harem of girlfriends on the side and the maturity and decision making of a 12 year old. David is offered a job in Washington and he leaves sunny California(and all of his girlfriends) in hopes of following his dream of studying underwater physics. He ends up having to study the physics of horses on a basketball court (HA!) and enters into his first serious and very demanding monogamous relationship. The book delivers sex and a look into the world of physics in a very funny way and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique read this holiday season!

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