Books Category

You’ve probably heard of Sheryl Sandberg as the COO of Facebook and the bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Her latest offering, in collaboration with friend and psychologist, Adam Grant, is the newly released Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. As arguably one of the world’s most successful and influential women (she once appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the byline “Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Successful”), you would be right to wonder what she would know about adversityRead More
Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of books like Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; and Some Assembly Required. You may have seen her with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday or relaxing with her friends and dogs in Northern California. In addition to being a writer, she is a political activist, single mom, and self-described “jealous and judgemental human being”. In her newest offering, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, she shares a collection of nine chapters (essays, some would say) on experiences that run theRead More
In the second half of our two-part interview with Deepak Chopra, he answers questions about his recent book “You Are The Universe”, written with the physicist Menas Kafatos. Parvati Magazine: The understanding you share in You Are the Universe could be profoundly game-changing for many people. What is your wish for how people may change their lives and the world after reading it? Deepak Chopra: Human beings suffer because: They do not know their true self. They have cravings and addictions. They identify with their ego(s). They fear impermanence. TheyRead More
Grab a blanket, a piece of cake, a cup of warm cocoa and bring this book to a window seat with some candles, and you’ll be ready to hygge. The Danish concept of “hygge” is having a moment in the spotlight; the Collins English Dictionary named hygge the runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in 2016. But what is it really all about? Well, to be honest, it’s a pretty basic concept. You light candles. You indulge in decadent cakes and nurse warm drinks. You hunker down inRead More
The Power of Meaning is a well-written and well-researched tale that expertly weaves the challenges western society currently faces with a solution. Author Emily Esfahani Smith starts off highlighting a very counter-intuitive relationship between the search for happiness and happiness itself. For example, the ‘happiness’ industry is growing: titles like The Happiness Project and 10% Happier and Hardwired for Happiness are regularly at the top of bestseller lists. And yet, studies continue to show that the happiest nations also have the highest rates of depression and suicide. So what gives?!?Read More
This month, in the space of our regular books feature, we are happy to share a special TV review for a new series that we feel is resonant in the positive possibilities. NBC’s This Is Us, now wrapping up its inaugural season, is a wise and compassionate gem of a show. It’s no wonder it has been nominated for a host of awards including the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, and has been named to the American Film Institute Award’s TV Top 10. In a television market loaded withRead More
I was first introduced to Courtney E. Martin via Krista Tippett’s podcast, On Being. If you don’t already have this podcast in your life, please stop reading this review right now and go find it on whatever device you use. You can come and finish reading this review once the podcast is all cued up. Seriously. Go. Intrigued and inspired by her perspective, I googled her and found her newest book “The New Better Off – Reinventing the American Dream.” In spite of the fact that I wholeheartedly identify asRead More
Shauna Niequist is a wife, mother, blogger, author, Christian, and workaholic. Present over Perfect is her fifth novel and in it she details how her desire to keep those around her happy lead to her own breakdown and breakthrough. She shares example after example of how she felt burnt out, disconnected, and unable to be the kind of mother, wife, friend, and ultimately Christian she wanted to be because she was too busy meeting (and likely exceeding) the expectations of everyone around her. She speaks of the stress and anxietyRead More
Kwe: Standing with our Sisters is not an easy read, since the issue of missing and murdered Indigeous women in Canada is not an easy topic. Most of us cannot comprehend the depth and layers that contribute to this issue. We may not even want to know. The alarming number of Indigenous women affected by violence is a concept that does not fit into our self-identity as a nation and can be too uncomfortable to have to consider. For a long time even the government seemed resigned to do nothingRead More
Glennon Doyle Melton of “Carry On, Warrior” and “Momastery” fame has returned with a new bestseller: the devastatingly honest “Love Warrior”. Melton takes the reader into her experience of understanding from a young age that it was not safe to be herself or to be in her body. She narrates her descent into bulimia, impersonal sex and addiction, and how close she came to losing her family and herself before a crisis happened that changed all her plans: she got pregnant, and decided to keep the baby and get sober.Read More