Top 10 Inspirational Books – February 2014

TopTenLogoWelcome to this month’s Aspire Magazine Top 10 Inspiring Books list! You’ll discover inspirational and empowering books, written by women and for women, each dedicated to sharing a universal message of love, hope and self-empowerment. Through their wisdom-filled books, these visionary female authors are illuminating the path for women on the journey of healing and self-discovery. Add these transformational books to your inspired living resource library.



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Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again
by Christina Rasmussen


With clear-spoken science + inspiring stories, SECOND FIRSTS: Live, Laugh and Love Again guides you through The 5-step Life Reentry Model: a revolutionary process that turns the whole notion of ‘getting past grief’ inside out — taking loss out of the spotlight, and placing life front + center. With life after loss pioneer Christina Rasmussen as your guide, you’ll discover how to move out of the ‘waiting room’ of grief + create the life that you want.

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by Cari Murphy


Cari Murphy cordially invites you on a journey of remembrance and self-discovery that will support you in creating “heaven on earth.”  She reveals the insights, principles, and tools gained from her near death experience in 1997, and reminds us there are no accidents, only divinely designed opportunities placed in our paths during moments of greater awareness. Readers are empowered to take responsibility for their choices and liberate themselves from the illusion that they are victims of their circumstances. The messages are intended to accelerate your transformation and inspire you with new meaning, purpose and joy in your journey of expansion.

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Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World
by Betsy Chasse


Wife, mother and award-winning producer of the sleeper hit What the Bleep Do We Know?! Betsy Chasse thought she had it all figured out…until she realized she didn’t. The truth was she didn’t know anything about happiness, love, spirituality or herself…nothing, nada, zilch.

In Tipping Sacred Cows, Chasse takes readers on a playful romp through the muddy fields of spirituality, urging them to tip over their sacred cows of belief and realize that they do have a choice, a choice to believe the stories we tell ourselves or create new ones.

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Madly Chasing Peace: How I Went from Hell to Happy in Nine Minutes a Day
by Dina Proctor


Madly Chasing Peace: How I Went from Hell to Happy in Nine Minutes a Day details the raw, compelling story of Dina Proctor’s journey to hitting emotional rock bottom and reconstructing her life. 

She created (quite by accident!) a life-transforming technique that she calls 3×3 Meditation (3 minutes, 3 times a day) that enabled her to heal from clinical depression, recover from addiction, lose weight, transform relationships, create a successful business, and everything in-between. 

Endorsed by Jack Canfield and complete with an interview with renowned cell biologist Bruce Lipton PhD, Madly Chasing Peace gives the reader hope, inspiration, and detailed concrete steps for using Dina’s 9-minute-per-day technique to transform their own lives.

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Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit from the Body’s Core
by Cynthia Thiak, M.D.


In her new book, Your Vibrant Heart, Harvard-trained cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik comes from her heart to teach you how this amazing organ is also an emotional center that signifies energy, vibrancy, love, happiness, vitality, strength and spirit. With an uplifting voice, Dr. Thaik reveals many proven techniques she uses with patients to manage stress, bring order to their chaotic lives and create deep and lasting inner peace. Dr. Thaik’s Your Vibrant Heart will forever change how you view an amazing organ that’s the center of creating a rich life filled with joy, laughter and gratitude.

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High Heels on the Hamster Wheel
by Cathleen O’Connor


Funny, relevant and insightful, High Heels on the Hamster Wheel is a must-read for every woman seeking a life of true empowerment. Should you be leaning in for success? Or leaning out for your own sanity? A fable within a practical self-help wrapper, High Heels on the Hamster Wheel invites you along as its heroine searches for balance while navigating the mountain of advice aimed at women today. Former corporate executive and entrepreneur Cathleen O’Connor PhD shows that you can design yourself a life – one that works for all of who you are. Find out how.

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AlphaChick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power
by Mal Duane


Alpha Chick is more than just a roadmap to happiness, success, and fulfillment. It is a model for any woman who dreams of those things. The brilliance of this book is that it that it clearly guides you step-by-step in the process of becoming your own unique brand of Alpha Chick. It sets you on your own road to being the ideal you; the sizzling, empowered woman you are meant to be. Alpha Chick shows you how to let go of the pain from the past and recapture self-love in the present.

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Madly in Love with Me: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend
by Christine Arylo


Most of us know that loving ourselves would be a good idea, but we have no clue what that really means. Self-love feels too vast, too esoteric, and frankly like something you should keep under wraps. This breakthrough book on self-love changes all that by taking you beyond the idea of loving, valuing, and caring for yourself into daring acts that will help you experience it. It provides practical, fun ways to explore and embody the ten branches of self-love every day and in every part of your life.

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Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy and Healing
by Sara Wiseman


In the moment that we give thanks, everything changes . . . 

. . . Our hearts crack open. We are flooded with love. And in that exact instant, we shift to an awareness that is positive, joyous, and brimming.

Sharing uplifting stories that travel from the beginnings of life to the end, Living a Life of Gratitude shows you how to open your heart to a journey of reflection that will help you slow down and appreciate life for what it is. Whether you use it as a source for discovering inspiration or for strength in times of struggle, this book is a guide to finding light and love, even when you least expect it.

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Find Your Happy: An Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest
by Shannon Kaiser


Being stuck and feeling as if you are trapped is an inevitable part of life. Find Your Happy can provide solutions to greater freedom. Through fresh perspective, inspiring stories, and useful exercises this book guides readers to true happiness by removing physical, emotional and spiritual blocks. With the author’s signature clarity, through the “All Clear, Take Off” method and the uplifting Play With the World approach, readers are guided to live life passionately and purpose-filled. Shannon will show you how to choose happiness to transform your outlook to create an extraordinary life, full of adventure, joy, abundance, and inner peace.

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