Every single, married or somewhere in between woman needs to read these. They will help you understand your power, embrace your feminine energy, and find the courage to be an individual; more than just wife, mother caregiver or an extension of someone else. When you are finished you’ll either walk tall with dignity beside them or him, or walk alone but you will stop running, chasing, begging, waiting, following, over functioning and being lead where you don’t want to go.
The Courage to Be Yourself helps women enhance their self-esteem and tap into their core emotional strength. In this special edition, Thoele continues her quest to provide the necessary tools to help women transform their common fears into the courage to express their unique authentic selves. By using concepts and examples in the pages of her book, women become aware of their fears and learn to overcome them. Freed from the shackles of fear, they can then give themselves permission to own their excellence and live up to their highest potential.
The Nice Girl Syndrome: “How women can overcome the pressure to please others and feel free to be their true selves. Are you too nice for your own good? Do family members manipulate you? Do coworkers take advantage of you? If this sounds familiar, read The Nice Girl Syndrome. In this breakthrough guide, renowned author and therapist Beverly Engel, who has helped thousands of women recognize and leave emotionally abusive relationships, can show you how to take control of your life and take care of yourself.
10 Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives uses real-world examples from Schlessinger’s radio show and private practice to drive the message home. And the message is that our reticence to be bold and brave often makes us act like stupid, submissive victims. Once we muster the courage to take responsibility for our own problems and to tolerate the discomforts of risk, the possibilities for personal growth and joy are limitless. ”
Why Men Love Bitches: Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov’s Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask.
Codependent No More: Is someone else’s problem your problem? If, like so many others, you’ve lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s, you may be codependent–and you may find yourself in this book . . .The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America’s best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life. Before you ignore this one and think, like I did, that codependence is just psycobabble for a needy person who loves a sick person. Give it a chance. Codependency could also be seen as interdependence gone too far. It’s easy for women to do. We immerse ourselves in our rolls as wives and mother’s. We naturally love and nurture and easily sacrifice and loose ourselves to care for those we love.
So that’s five of my favorite books by women for women. I’ve read them all. Be open minded about the truths you’ve held sacred about life as a woman. Accept that God created us for more than servitude and submission. All of His principles apply to all of his people but women have learned that to be a woman is to give all of your power and self away. Let me know what you think.
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