The best books that have changed my way of viewing the world

Brenda Ricotta Author Of The Midwife's Heart: Hebrew Midwives Trilogy Book 2
By Brenda Ricotta

The Books I Picked & Why

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

By Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Why this book?

Dr. Estes’ book is seminal. Using her knowledge of symbols, this Jungian psychologist and cantadora, teaches women lessons about how we live our lives via fables from around the world. A deeply spiritual book, Women Who Run with the Wolves, is not a quick read. It is one that must be savored, chewed upon, digested, and internalized. After decades, I still pull this guide to life from my bookshelf and find something new each time. I recommend this book to every woman, young and old. Decades after discovering it, it is still my “go-to” book for lessons in living in a woman’s world.


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Exodus: A Novel of Israel

By Leon Uris

Exodus: A Novel of Israel

Why this book?

Leon Uris is an accomplished researcher and expert in the history of the Holocaust and the Jewish people. Woven into a fictional story, this book explains clearly how the people of Israel came to inhabit the land of their forefathers after World War II. Anyone wanting a better understanding of the Middle East should read this story of present-day Israel’s birth.


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Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

By Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, Jill Mattuck Tarule

Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

Why this book?

This book was part of my women’s studies in nurse-midwifery school at the University of Florida. It affirmed what I already knew on a soul level about how women’s senses hold unique sub-strata. We “know” but have been unable to define the “why” over the centuries.  As an empath, this book resonated with me and helped me understand how my gift brought to the bedside when caring for women at the most primal moments of their lives, was innate. It taught me how to trust my instincts.


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A Heart of Stillness: A Complete Guide to Learning the Art of Meditation

By Rabbi David A. Cooper

A Heart of Stillness: A Complete Guide to Learning the Art of Meditation

Why this book?

Rabbi Cooper, through easy-to-follow and deeply human instruction, guides you through a soul-changing journey in this book. His own journey leads the way for anyone who wants to understand how meditation can change your life and the world. He taught me so much about how to express my faith in daily living.  A must-read.


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I and Thou

By Martin Buber

I and Thou

Why this book?

Bold in its simplicity, Buber communicates the importance of being in the present, recognizing the Divine in each and every human interaction. Rather than a “me and you” conversation, he explains how human communication should be “I and thou.”


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