Exploration, Freedom and Simplicity – New personal development reads

Protecting our emotional safety, serving others, and exploring our inner and outer worlds is best achieved from a place of simplicity and self-compassion. These excellent new personal development books will help you achieve just that.

Fake Love / Gibson, Nova
“Nova Gibson provides guidance for those who have experienced narcissistic abuse. With over a decade of experience working with clients and an online community, Gibson helps readers identify, navigate, and survive this damaging form of abuse. The book covers behaviours of narcissistic abusers such as coercive control, gaslighting, pathological lying, and smear campaigns. It also explores the concept of trauma bonding, offering practical strategies to break the toxic cycle, protect oneself, and heal.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality / Edmonds, David
“Parfit was a philosopher who argued for prioritizing the common good over our own individual interests and, from this, developed his own non-religious, grand unified theory of morality known as ‘Theory X’. Despite spending most of his life in cloistered institutions, Parfit had an enormous influence beyond philosophy in fields such as climate ethics and poverty relief. This biography aims to make his profound ideas accessible to a broader audience.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

A Philosophy of Walking / Gros, Frédéric
“This “passionate affirmation of the simple life” explores how walking has influenced history’s greatest thinkers–from Thoreau to Gandhi and Nietzsche. The book charts the many different ways we get from A to B, including the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, and the nature ramble. The author draws attention to other thinkers who saw walking as central to their practice. It’s an entertaining and insightful manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other.” (Adapted from catalogue)

A Toolkit For Your Emotions: 45 Ways to Feel Better / Hepburn, Emma
“Emotions significantly impact our overall wellbeing. They direct, divert, delight, and depress us throughout our lives. Emma’s illustrations and exercises will provide you with tools to positively interact with your emotions. You’ll learn how to create supportive emotions and navigate so-called “negative” ones with compassion. Ultimately, this book will guide you in understanding your emotions and achieving self-contentment every day.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Travel Light: Spiritual Minimalism to Live a More Fulfilled Life / Watkins, Light
“Discover Spiritual Minimalism: the “inside-out” path to getting rid of inner clutter and living a more fulfilled life. Watkins shares his surprising discovery that being a “spiritual minimalist” means you don’t focus on material objects. What matters more than clearing out your closets is how much trust you have in your inner guidance.” – (Adapted from Publisher / Catalogue)

You Are Not a Before Picture: How to Finally Make Peace With Your Body, For Good / Light, Alex
“Many of us have been trained to see ourselves as “before” pictures, always in need of “fixing”. But this harmful belief is a product of diet culture, which profits off our insecurities. This book provides the path to changing this view of self and world, empowering us to challenge the forces that hold us back, and find lasting freedom in our bodies.” (Adapted from catalogue)

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