4 Books Every Woman Should Read

Are you a woman who's looking to get started with healthy and green living? Or maybe you're interested in spirituality or looking to get inspired? Here are four of my favorite books to help get you started:

1. Healthy Living from the Inside Out by Mariel Hemingway - Actress and wellness guru Mariel Hemingway draws upon her experiences as a woman and a mother to share how we can live well and find our inner balance in today's stressful and chaotic world. Women's lives are universally complex: whether we are confronting the pressure to achieve, the standard of physical beauty, the balance of home and work life, or the financial instability of today's economy, Hemingway gives us direction to find our inner peace. She deconstructs her map to wellness into four key categories: Food (Nourish), Exercise (Move), Silence (Observe) and Home (Restore). While the book empowers you to be the creator of your own life, Hemingway interprets this awesome task in a way that is actionable, tangible, and inspiring.

2. Add More ~ing to Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein - Skateboarding around Manhattan? Riding a unicycle in the City? Bouncing on a trampoline? While perhaps not the standard activities of a life coach, Gabrielle Bernstein is not your typical life coach. It is with this irreverent, hip, non-judgmental older sister voice that Gabrielle Bernstein makes spirituality cool and inclusive for twenty-something women. Bernstein discusses how positive thought patterns, physical activity, meditation and visualization can enable us to find our inner guidance, or ~ ing.  She walks the reader through the ~ing equation, which can create calm, joy and confidence in all areas of life. Add more ~ing is the perfect gateway book for women looking to explore spirituality and intuition in a fun, current and approachable way.

3. Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty by Summer Rayne Oakes - While books on sustainable food have infiltrated our bookshelves, it’s harder to understand how to navigate the world of sustainable beauty and fashion. Enter Summer Rayne Oakes. Oakes’ comprehensive book is really more like an encyclopedia of education, product recommendations and DIY techniques for the savvy style consumer. From DIY olive oil treatments, to affordable Kiss my Face products, to higher-priced Duchess Marden skin care products, Oakes provides recommendations for every budget and skin need. Oakes' shopping tips will make you a more informed style stalker, who buys only what you need and love. The city shopping index will tell you where to find the perfect 60s Vintage dress or where to get the best organic undies. Oakes' background in modeling and science (she was a Udall Scholar and National Wildlife Fellow) makes her the perfect voice for sustainable style.

4. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn - Prepare to first weep and to then be inspired by this book that connects us with the humanitarian issue of women’s suffering -- from rape to trafficking to violence -- in developing nations. The authors then share the stories of women who have overcome mistreatment to transform their lives and, in many cases, their communities. These women are pioneer social entrepreneurs who have taught themselves the art of surgery or started schools for their communities. The authors make an economic case for the advancement of the health and autonomy of women, the world’s most under-utilized resource.

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