When I originally sat down to write this, I’d planned to tell you about six books that have impacted my life. Turns out, I couldn’t narrow the list down. Instead, here are my favorite, potent and powerful books that are all worthy of a mention and that have impacted my life in some way. Of course, there are many more epic books out there, but these are some that have deeply resonated with me.
I love reading, and believe that in order to grow we must continue to obtain knowledge. Despite what some people think, you don’t just finish school, close your textbooks, and be ‘done’ with learning. Nuh-uh — that’s when you’re just beginning, baby! But rather than blindly reading the books that a teacher tells you to, now you get to take your learning into your own hands. Which is WAY more gratifying. So if you want to experience epic growth and expansion, make the decision to become a student for life, seek out knowledge, and stretch your mind… It’s the only way you will transform and evolve.
Learning doesn’t end after school, I am a student for life and hungry for knowledge.
Now before we dive in, it goes without saying that both my books Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide have been the most impactful books I have ever created and read. Both have changed my life in so many ways and I know they will do the same for you too.
But don’t take my word for it...
“Mastering Your Mean Girl jumped off a shelf at me just when I needed it most. It’s the most authentic, honest and truly soul-baring book. It resonated with me in a way that nothing else has – especially when I’d been searching for a map for self-love, and out of my anxiety and insecurities. After reading your book, I realized all my decisions up to that point in my life had been ‘fear town’ decisions and your book helped me articulate that.” Raena Manson
“Thank you for writing the best book I've ever read. It’s changed my outlook on life.” Shantel McRae
“I am not a reader at all, probably have read only 4-5 books in my entire life. I finished Mastering Your Mean Girl in about 5 days. Then I also purchased your 10-week activation program which I am currently doing with the meditations. I just want to say thank you so much. I have started to choose love over fear in everything I do and in just a month, I feel 100 times more positive and calm. I love my magical morning routine and the fact I feel more confident in my own body.” Catherine Boshell
"Melissa personifies love, hope, healing, and light. She is whip-smart, genuine, and soul-baring, and that is exactly what shines through when you crack open (wide...see what I did there?) either of her incredible books." Toni Isles
"Open Wide is life-changing! I’ve been following Melissa for a while and listening to her podcast - I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. This book is so relatable and offers really easy steps in each chapter. I felt myself growing throughout the whole book and shedding what was no longer needed. If you need some self-love and kick-ass advice - read Open Wide." Patricia Kopec
"Open Wide is amazing. Melissa has such wonderful insight. Mastering Your Mean Girl unlocked my mind and Open Wide unlocked my heart! Highly recommend!" Katherine Trinkle
Epic Books For More Health, Vitality & Happiness
All of his books are life-changing and must-reads but maybe start with this one first.
I used to experience bloating, candida, adult acne, and eczema. It wasn’t until I read this book and adopted The Body Ecology principles into my life that all my health concerns dramatically improved. There are so many ideas and insights in this wellness classic which have changed my life — you won’t regret reading it. I've also had Donna on my podcast twice which you can check out here and here.
In all my work I’ve been repeating one essential truth for years: the way we eat is a direct reflection of every other area of our lives. This is the message that Geneen Roth shares in Women, Food and God. This book perfectly describes how to heal your relationship with food and how to end your tortuous relationship with your body. I've also had Geneen on my podcast which you can check out here.
Lying in the hospital back in 2010, this was the first self-help book I ever picked up. It planted the seed of change deep within me and is a great read for anyone starting out on their journey. It’s packed full of helpful affirmations and techniques like mirror work that will really support you on your spiritual path.
Quite possibly the best holistic health book for everyone! I would honestly buy as many copies as you can and gift it to anyone you care about. Not only do you learn what creates disease in the body, but he gives you the exact steps to reserve it and also all the keys for how to live a long, happy and healthy life. It’s life-changing and imperative reading. Stephen has been on my podcast here, here, here and here. I'm a bit obsessed with him.
We are getting sicker and sicker so it’s safe to say we really need to start taking our health into our own hands and this book teaches you how to do that. It also gives you so many recipes on how to create a toxic-free home for you and your family. Dr Eric Z has been on my podcast here which you must check out.
I don’t have an issue with being clean and tidy, I am one of the cleanest, tidy and organized people I know but there are two things I took away from this book. The first one is that everything in your home, office, and life should bring you joy. So next time you are decluttering you hold the item whether it’s a book, a dress or a pack of cards and you ask yourself, ‘does this bring me joy?’ You can only answer yes or no and if the answer is no you let it go and if the answer is yes you keep it. This was super powerful because when we have a cluttered space we have a cluttered mind. When I did this there were a few things I was holding onto ‘just because’, but this simple yet powerful question has radically changed the way I look at everything in my home. The second thing I loved was that she believes everything has a home. Again this wasn’t really an issue for me but when Nick or Leo ever leave something out I remind him that everything has a home and they will put it away in its home. Two simple things that have created so much space and peace in my mind.
A book every female needs to read and to be honest the younger you read this the better. I bought this for my friends' 10-year-old daughter and she loved it. Check out my podcast with Nat here.
This book offers an accessible guide to an ancient practice for healing and transformation. Using the principles and practices in this book, you can feel better in a few days, begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week, and in six weeks be on your way to growing a new body--one that heals rapidly, retains its youthful vitality, and keeps you connected to Spirit, to the earth, and to a renewed sense of purpose in your life. Check out my podcast with Alberto here.