Did you know that we have an online bookstore as part of the collective?  

We do! 

A question I ask all of the podcast guests is, What book changed your life? I have gotten an array of answers: From children’s books to indie books to classic works of literature.  I thought it would be fun to post a round-up of my personal favorites and why they have been so impactful.  

So, here it goes.


#5 Women Who Run With The WolvesClarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D

I’m not sure where I got this book. I think a former roommate left it after moving out.  But one night I grabbed it and started to read it. I am a wild woman. I don’t conform. I detest rules, and I’m always bucking the system.  I’m not sure there is a better book than a collection of tales about women just like me. This book is a classic and one that every woman needs to read, digest, and embody on her journey to unleashing her inner wild woman. 

“In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her traditions, to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and





#4 You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay

Louise Hay, may she rest in power, is the godmother of metaphysics and the first woman I knew to speak about harnessing your power to heal your mind, body, and spirit.  Mother Hay came to know the power of thought to heal within her battle with cancer. When diagnosed, she told her doctor that she would take six month to hear her body. If her efforts failed, she would undergo traditional treatment.  She used the tools in this book to heal her mind, body and spirit. Six months later there was no cancer left in her body.  

“What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. The thoughts we think, and the words we speak create our experiences.”- Louise Hay





#3 Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters, Robert Agustus Masters, PhD

This is a must read for anyone new to identifying as “spiritual but not religious.”  This book is a guide to understanding healthy spirituality and the ways toxic spiritual bypassing and gaslighting can show up along the road to enlightenment.  

“The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide an easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.”




#2 Suicide From the Other Side, Susan Rushing

In my posts, I have spoken about this book often.  In 2012, I experienced the suicide of a romantic partner. It was unexpected and devastating. I have since done well to put my life back together and move through the grieving process.  I did so with intention and knowing that my partner who took her life would not want me or anyone she loved to stay in a place of prolonged grief. 

A month before her passing, in what now seems like the universe preparing me for this journey, I read this book.  The medium and author is a friend of mine. I bought it to support her. I had no idea of the profound impact it would have in my own life.  Suicide From The Other Side will challenge and shift your understanding of the afterlife for the one who takes their life. If you have experienced this kind of loss, I highly recommend this book as a tool for shifting paradigms and releasing fear about your loved one’s eternal destiny.  

“Suicide: a hidden stigma, a damnable sin, a shame, or an embarrassment. That’s what “they” say. We have all been told what to think and how to feel, about suicide, for as long as any of us can remember. It’s time to rebuild your paradigm, based on love. Susan Rushing had done countless psychic readings over the years. But, one day she gave a reading which changed the course of her life.”


My #1 Most Impactful Book  


#1 It Didn’t Start With You, Mark Wolynn

This book literally changed my life.  It changed my understanding of my own childhood trauma, the legacies of toxicity that lived in my family and even more so, my ability to shift all of it to a legacy of healing for myself, my children and my children’s children.  It moved my healing so much so that it became the foundation of the work I do with my clients. This was the missing piece for me, and the one book both made my whole life make sense while giving me the tools for deep, soul level healing.  

“Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. It Didn’t Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to reconnection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.”


All of these books are for sale in the WHHC bookstore.  To purchase any of them, simply click the picture of the book.  

While we are an affiliate of Amazon and earn a small commission for each book sold via our associate links, all of these books are 100% my personal favorites, and I highly recommend all of them.  Any commission made from Amazon goes to support the WHHC website and efforts to build our collective.  

I hope you enjoyed this roundup. What book most impacted your life?  Share a link. I would love to add it to our store.  

If you are interested in speaking with me about Family Trauma Mapping, Constellation Healing or Hypnosis, feel free to book a no cost 10-minute discovery call with me.  

Rev. Michelle Dowell-Vest
Intergenerational Trauma Mapping, Constellation Facilitator, Clinical Hypnotist
Founder of The Women’s Holistic Healing Collective


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Rev. Michelle Dowell-Vest Intergenerational Trauma Mapping, Constellation Facilitator, Clinical Hypnotist Founder of The Women’s Holistic Healing Collective Email: Michelle@WomensHHC.com How would the way you feel about your mom shift if you chose to see her as an...

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