The best books that will leave your heart, mind, and spirit inspired

Bobi Gentry Goodwin Author Of Revelation: A Novel
By Bobi Gentry Goodwin

Who am I?

I’ve been a reader since childhood and books have simply become a part of my life’s tapestry. They have comforted me in times of stress. They have provided me with ripples of joy. And simply kept me up almost all night. The books that I have recommended underscore the changing cultures of the human condition all centered around three universal themes, faith, mental illness, and family. When drafting my first novel I dived into simply capturing aspects of the human condition. As a mental health clinician I see the many tides of life and how the human condition has many times been couched within family dynamics. 

I wrote...

Revelation: A Novel

By Bobi Gentry Goodwin,

Book cover of Revelation: A Novel

What is my book about?

Angela Lovelace is a well-trained social worker. She has been working for Child Protective Services for nearly five years and she has never had one sleepless night. But after she sees her father’s tattered picture on the apartment wall of a little boy whose addict mother just died, she sets out to uncover the truth. 

While Angela conducts her investigation, she finds her family and personal life spiraling out of control. Her brother simultaneously navigates the ravages of substance abuse, her sister struggles with infertility, and her father simply tries to keep the family together. The Lovelace family must look to their faith in God and each other to discover something they had all along, resilience.

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Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life

By Sarah Jakes Roberts,

Book cover of Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life

Why this book?

This book is all about relationships. It is about a relationship with God and his people and that we are certainly more alike than different. Woman Evolve takes the reader through the story of Eve and shows the reader just how she is relatable to each and every one of us. Eve was human and we are human. She had flaws and we have flaws. Her vulnerabilities are also ours and before we point the blame at her, or anyone else for that matter we can look right back at ourselves and understand how each and every one of us doesn’t necessarily deserve redemption, but God gave it anyway. Want a good read, this book will keep you turning page after page as the reader and author explores just how fallible, alike, and loved we all are.

72 Hour Hold

By Bebe Moore Campbell,

Book cover of 72 Hour Hold

Why this book?

This novel changed the way I looked a mental illness. Campbell was a tremendous author and her prose is clearly highlighted in this heart-wrenching novel about how mental illness not only impacts the sufferer but ricochets and touches everyone around them. 72 Hour Hold is an important timeless work that helps to uncover what many have suspected or even known about what their family members fight behaviorally and in the shadows of their minds. Depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are real and so are the families they impact. What families experience and what we openly discuss are sometimes two separate realities. Pick up this book and see why Campbell attempts to pull the covers off of mental illness and discover just why mental health matters. As a mental health clinician and author sometimes seeing what the issue looks like can dive deeper that any label. 

Feeding the Soul: Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom

By Tabitha Brown,

Book cover of Feeding the Soul: Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom

Why this book?

I absolutely enjoyed this book from cover to cover. This book carries the heart and soul of many of the ancestors. It is unapologetically spiritual, charming, heartwarming, and downright funny. 

In a world of fiction and nonfiction as an author, I do believe we can mix it up. This nonfiction book will leave its reader feeling like they just ate a big bowl of gumbo. It highlights the complexities of life, family, community, and self. But, it intertwines the importance of lessons learned, value-added, and compassionate care.

Letter to My Daughter

By Maya Angelou,

Book cover of Letter to My Daughter

Why this book?

This book is written by the late, great Maya Angelou and it is a must-read. As an African American woman the wisdom passed on by our matriarchs is not only needed but essential. Letter to My Daughter, is just that, a letter to me. It encompasses the wisdom of a well-lived life and a strong desire to pay it forward. This is not just a book it is a teaching tool that will leave its reader with a sense of grounding that only a long afternoon conversation with a wise elder can. Grab a glass of sweet tea and glean. 

Esther: Royal Beauty

By Angela Hunt,

Book cover of Esther: Royal Beauty

Why this book?

This novel is simply beautiful. It surrounds the biblical character Esther and her unexpected transition from being snatched from her home and dumped into the harem of the king. This novel highlights coping with the unexpected path that life sometimes presents. It is also careful to highlight how culture can influence our experiences and decisions. Esther dives into how this young woman learns to navigate the road less traveled and finds a new one all her own. It is not a coming-of-age story, it is a coming of self story. The power of a woman is clearly outlined in this novel and how being buried under pressure can create a diamond indeed. 

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