The 7 Ultra-Inspiring Books Your Summer Is Missing

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Cultivating mindfulness is a great place to start, but the real magic happens when you use that consciousness to change the status quo. It’s time to get off our meditation cushions, walk out of our yoga classes, and take that love into the world. It is time to break up with conventional consciousness and call for change.

This list of old, new, and upcoming books is for those who can imagine a better tomorrow.

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When you need an extra push to awakened action, turn to the ever-humble Dr. Tererai Trent. Though her latest book, The Awakened Woman, won't be released until October, it's already gotten thumbs-up from Oprah Winfrey and other advanced critics who praise its ability to inspire women to pursue their sacred dreams. The text traces how Trent overcame a childhood as a child bride in Zimbabwe to become a world-renowned women's empowerment expert and shares nine poignant lessons she picked up from ancient African wisdom along the way.

This read promises to feed the hungry fire and feminine yearning within every single one of us.

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The rightful winner of a Pulitzer Prize, The Sixth Extinction examines where humans have gone wrong through history. Travel through time and explore the real impact we've had on the world around us—the gruesome reality of our footprint. Compelling. Revealing. This read will leave you questioning what you wish your lasting legacy to be.

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Rich in indigenous wisdom, this book (to be released in September) is bound to be a must-read for modern times. It's full of transformational stories from our ancestors and timeless tales that will help navigate today's hardships and troubles. Anita Sanchez gently guides the reader and instills hope and unity for tomorrow.

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This groundbreaking book released in conjunction with the award-winning documentary answers one of the most important questions of our time: No, the way we live is not sustainable. Yes, we do need to act.

The alarming fact that this book was published a decade ago speaks volumes. This read will change even the biggest climate skeptic’s opinion of what the future truly does have in store.

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This novel is a tale of immigration, struggle, and the transformational power of dreams and compassion. It pays homage to the many untold stories of thousands who seek home and safe sanctuary in our world. This moving and big-hearted read is sure to evoke an awakening through its witty, captivating narrative. And it's so much more than just a story.

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Author Josh Tickell is a renowned documentary filmmaker, and now he's taking to the written word to deliver the authentic truth that's begging to be served. Kiss the Ground has the potential to help us save the world by healing the way we see food. To be released this fall, it promises to inspire readers to eat in a way that makes a real, conscious, contribution to reversing climate change.

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This book tackles epidemics worldwide—from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and Parkinson's—looking for a cure. And it turns out, it's preventive, not prescribed. The simple truth is that most doctors are great at treating acute illnesses but could use a little help preventing chronic disease. It is time that we all make healthy changes preemptively and then turn around and inspire others to do the same.