I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage,
a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time,
lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Reading is integral to personal development, to creating and living an inspired life. It informs, affirms and transforms our lives in ways that change how we see everything. There is such a joy in being surrounded by old friends (books we’ve read and reread, written on, flagged and loved, loved, loved) and those on our bedside table waiting to be devoured. The images below are books written by our founder, Karen Ely (click here for info on Karen).
Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself by Karen Ely is an intimate chronicle of loss and renewal, of love and grief, of focus and confusion, but most of all it is a story of growth and transformation. $13.95. For more information or to order through Amazon, please click here. Or email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.
A Retreat of My Own: A Personal Retreat Guide by Karen Ely is a personal retreat guide which offers women a step-by-step guide to creating their own meaningful retreats. Also included is a recommended reading list. $13.95. For more information or to order through Amazon, please click here. Or email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.
Breathing Space: Mini-retreats for the Heart and Soul by Karen Ely offers 52 mini-retreats, each providing a unique opportunity to step back from the pace of your daily life and experience a gentle space for magic and possibilities to grow. Each mini-retreat is designed to provide you with guidance and tools for awakening to an authentic,meaningful and passionate life. $13.95 plus shipping. For more information or to order, please email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.
21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life by Karen Ely is a compilation of the practices that have awakened, sustained and enlivened the author’s life. Each step includes suggestions for incorporating that practice into your own life and also reading recommendations. A perfect purse-sized book, you can carry, these inspirational practices with you wherever you go. They are also the perfect stocking-stuffer or hostess gift. $9.00 plus shipping. For more information or to order, please email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.
21 Days of Gratitude by Karen Ely offers an opportunity to be mindful, to become conscious of the myriad blessings you receive every day—from the mundane to the awe-inspiring. The 21 Days of Gratitude will provide you with a perfect beginning or perhaps a fresh start if you’re a lapsed gratitude practitioner. It’s said that it takes 21 days to create a habit. So I encourage you to begin your gratitude habit today. Please note: This book is currently out of print.
A Safe Place to Stand by Karen Ely is a memoir/self help book to be published in 2022. It tells the story of Karen’s 24-year journey from life as a lost, confused, and frustrated wife and mother ~ sleepwalking through life ~ to the authentic, joyful, fulfilled woman she is today. Guided reflections at the end of each chapter and a Lessons Learned Along the Way epilogue make up the self-help portion of the book, offering a combination of her story and the tools that helped her navigate her life change. Contact Karen at EmailKarenE@gmail.com if you’d like to be the first to hear about its publication.
OUR RECOMMENDED READING LIST
All of the books on this list have touched and inspired our founder, Karen Ely. Please click here to view and download the list and expand your inspired reading today.