RECOMMENDED BOOKS, DOCUMENTARIES & MOVIES 

Click Each Title to See a Review of the Books, Movies, and Documentaries

*Please Use Your Discretion for Your Child Because You Know Them Best.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH & WELL-BEING

NUTRITION & HEALING:

The Whole Pregnancy Handbook: An Obstetrician's Guide to Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy

Heal Your Child from the Inside Out

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System

Gut & Psychology Syndrome

First Bite: How We Learn To Eat

Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health

Blue the monkey who was allergic to bananas

 

SLEEP:

Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child

Not So Fast: Sow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families

PARENTING:

How to Really Love Your Child

Louise Bates Ames Series for Understanding Your Child's Development at Each Stage

Little People: Guidelines for Common Sense Child Rearing

The Power of Positive Parenting

Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family

Raising Your Spirited Child

Siblings Without Rivalry

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

Your Child's Self-Esteem

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making & Breaking of Elite Gymnasts & Figure Skaters

The Small Backs of Children

The Social DilemmaDocumentary:  The dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

EDUCATION:

Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning

The Call To Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators

GRIEF:

Badger's Parting Gifts (A tenderhearted children's book about losing a loved one and saying goodbye.)

CHILDREN'S BOOKS - RAISING CHILDREN WITH STRONG SENSE OF VALUES:

The English Roses (A book for girls about bullying)

Children's Book of Virtues

The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey

Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination

Blue the monkey who was allergic to bananas

When God Made You

The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness

MINDFULNESS:

ABC Yoga

Breathe: Tai Chi Qigong for Children

The Inner Garden: Meditations for Life from 9-90

EMOTIONS:  

Inside Out Movie:  Rated PG  After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San                          Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate              a new city, house, and school.

ADULT HEALTH & WELL-BEING

 

NUTRITION & HEALING:

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs & Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers 

Gut & Psychology Syndrome

The Autoimmune Fix

Eat Dirt

The Blood Sugar Solution: 10 Day Detox Diet Cookbook

Eat Fat, Get Thin

Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook

The Wahls Protocol

First Bite: How We Learn To Eat

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal

Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution

COPING BETTER WITH STRESS:

Emotional Agility

The Upside of Stress:  Dealing with stress, trauma, abuse, health issues...

Blue Mind (Author is featured in Netflix documentary "Resurface" - research behind the healing powers of water) Blue Mind 

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

A Short Course on Happiness After Loss: (and Other Dark, Difficult Times)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Character Strengths Matter

Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary  Approach to Personal Transformation

HEALING BODY, MIND & SOUL:

Peace, Love & Healing

Peace, Love & Healing: BodyMind Communication & the Path to Self-Healing

Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind-body Healing

Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being

Interior Freedom

In the School of the Holy Spirit

Thirsting for Prayer

RELATIONSHIPS:

Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond

Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists 

The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family

Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Thich Nhat Hanh Books:

          Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World

GRIEF: 

Widow in Stilettos

Diary of Stephanie May who lost her family on March 18, 1979 - Her debilitating, gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching experience with grief, her darkest days, and eventually how she finds peace while carrying the heavy burden of her loss.  The last words she wrote, "This Rose Will Bloom Again." (Free on this link)

 

Go Out in Joy - A true inspiring story of a hospital chaplain's journey with children facing trauma & death and the lessons they taught her about life, courage, resilience, love & acceptance

The Top Five Regrets of Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor's Extraordinary Walk with God

INSPIRATIONAL:

The Little Prince

The Alchemist

Jonathon Livingston Seagull:  Learning to be true to you and honoring what matters most to you 

          My brother who passed away in his late twenties loved this story as a teen.  I didn't understand why 

          until many years later.  A simple story teaching profound truths in life.

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective

Go Out in Joy - A true inspiring story of a hospital chaplain's journey with children facing trauma & death and the lessons they taught her about life, courage, resilience, love & acceptance

The Bookseller of Kabul - A true story revealing the realities of daily life for Afghan women as witnessed by journalist, Asne Seierstad, who lived with the family of a bookseller she befriended in Kabul.  

 

DOCUMENTARIES & MOVIES - INSPIRING TRUE STORIES:

*Please Use Your Discretion for your child because you know them best.

RESURFACE:  A story showing the extraordinary courage and perseverance of veterans and how they                    overcame PTSD.  Netflix Original

UNBELIEVABLE:  A courageous and resilient young woman and her journey after being sexually assaulted            and no one would believe here until two female police investigators trusted their gut and started                  digging into her case.  It shows how women are re-traumatized by police, the court system, and                  family when they tell the truth and their voice isn't heard.  My children and I have experienced this                with domestic abuse and violence.

22 JULY:  A story about a high school boy and his extraordinary courage and perseverance facing a                      Norway terrorist attack at a retreat, finding healing, and facing the man who caused him extreme                  suffering.

CITY OF JOY:  A transformational community for women survivors of violence, located in the Eastern                      Democratic Republic of Congo. A safe place dedicated for women and their children to heal from                past trauma through therapy, life skills training, love, and community.

HE CALL TO COURAGE:  Brené Brown on life and relationships.  Netflix Special

FED UP:

UNSTOPPABLE:  

HEAL

DARK WATERS - You'll learn the sobering truth about the chemical industry, toxins, and our health.

UNBROKEN & UNBROKEN:  THE PATH TO REDEMPTION

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

THE FORGIVEN:  Desmond Tutu and his experience as the Chairperson of the Truth & Reconciliation                    Committee after Apartheid in South Africa. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become              an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of post-conflict reconstruction.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

QUEEN OF THE DESERT

DARE TO BE WILD

THE FIGHTER

TRIUMPH OF THE HEART

 

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN:

LION:

MIRACLE:

COACH CARTER:

SOUL SURFER:

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE:  MercyMe's Bart Millard's story of his father, who was abusive before being                      diagnosed with cancer and transformed by faith.

MOVIES & BOOKS - INSPIRATIONAL: Adults & Teens

*Please Use Your Discretion for your child because you know them best.

SIMON BIRCH - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.

TROOP ZERO - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.

WONDER - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.

THE OVERCOMER

POWDER

FREEDOM WRITERS

THE GREAT DEBATERS

LEAN ON ME

DANGEROUS MINDS

GOODWILL HUNTING

THE EMPEROR'S CLUB

THE PROPHET - the ending is adult material, please review for to choose what is best for your child.

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