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Moms Must Read:
Inspirational Books For Inspiring Women


If you’re like me, you turn to books during every season of your life: whether it’s presenting a baby with your favorite copy of Pat the Bunny, or discovering Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming with your daughter, a book can hold so many meanings. Books also help us solve problems or enable us to look deeper inside ourselves in order to grow. I especially like to turn to books when I’m experiencing a crisis. Books allow you to question why bad things happen or to help you work through a difficult situation. I am especially fond of reading self help books for growth and inspiration.

When a woman is  diagnosed with breast cancer or other illness, I suppose one of the first places she turns to is a book. Knowledge is a helpful tool for combating fear, at least I know it is for me. So after she seeks to understand the disease, my guess is that the second book she turns to is one of comfort or inspiration. For many that may be a bible or other religious text.  Others may seek inspiration from women who’ve gone through similar situations. Frequently books written by women who have also experienced similar illnesses or trauma may offer you a bit of hope or help you find a way to go on. Or, they may simply provide a distraction from your situation.  Here are four books that I hope will inspire you.


1. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

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Is there anyone who hasn't read a book by Brene Brown? She's a best seller and appeals to many readers. Brown encourages readers to understand that vulnerability has its benefits.
The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope.
I've read The Gifts of Imperfection and my takeaway from it was that, even though I'm imperfect, it's ok and I'm not completely useless.  When you're sick with cancer, you probably feel fairly vulnerable. I've heard these books referred to as hugs. Everyone could use a hug now and then, right?

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