New Year, New Books

Now that the 2019 is upon us, you may need some new books to add to your list. Here, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites.


Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects

Authors: Joanna Macy and Molly Brown

This book is often referred to as a “timeless map for Earth healers” as they offer a guide for connecting with our suffering so we can discover and release our actionable compassion for the world.

Recommended by: Pam Blevins Hinkle, Director at Spirit & Place


The Hate U Give 

Author: Angie Thomas

This is a young adult book that was recently turned into a movie in late 2018. It explores how a teen girl’s life is changed when she witnessed the fatal shooting of a childhood friend by the police. More about the movie here.

Recommended by: LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Spirit & Place Community Engagement Director


1947: Where Now Begins

Author: Elisabeth Asbrink

1947 is a memoir not of a person but of a year. Elisabeth Asbrink divides the book into months and recalled the happenings connected to specific people and places. The brilliance of 1947 lies within the comparison of the past and future. We can study the past, but not change it. We’d like to believe we can shape the future, but we cannot control what it will ultimately be. This book is a great read for history lovers.


Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition 

Author: Charles Eisenstein

This book traces the history of money revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition and scarcity. It follows these trends through to today as society may find great opportunity in the wake of their collapse. Sacred Economics is offered on a “pay what you want” basis and also as a hardcover.

Recommended by: Pam Blevins Hinkle, Director at Spirit & Place

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