Three Books that Taught me About Self-Love

Reading about the topic of self-love has always been the best way I have learned about my own personal limiting believes and have been able to grow and expand my goals, outlook, and perspectives.

I reached out to an amazing blogger whos blog has inspired me in so many ways. Lecy from A Simpler Grace. I asked Lecy to share with us her favorite books that have taught her about self-love in her own life. Get out a pen because you might want to add these to your summer reading list.

Hi! I’m Lecy and I write over at A Simpler Grace, a lifestyle blog focused on simple living, making the little moments count and exploring our creative passions. I’m so grateful to Steph for opening up her blog to me today so that I could share about a few of my favorite topics – books and self-love!

Self-love has never come easy for me. I grew up with a lot of pressure on me from an early age and I’ve always been extremely critical of myself. I have a type-A personality and hold myself to very high standards that are often times impossible to meet and that leaves me vulnerable to the opposite of self-love, self-loathing. Throughout the course of my life, I’ve hated my reflection in the mirror, my body, my voice, my personality, my work performance, etc. The list goes on and on. It wasn’t until recently that I actually started to feel a little better about these things and about myself in general.

The idea of self-love is easily misconstrued, especially in the era of Instagram. It is often thought of as self-obsession, conceitedness, and arrogance. I know this to be true because I believed this when I first heard the term coined. What it really means is to accept and appreciate yourself – exactly as you are at this moment.

When I was researching this topic several years ago, I noticed there were tons of books about self-love in the self-help aisle at the bookstore and while these kinds of books are very useful and are loved by millions of readers, they’ve never appealed to me. Personally, I get more out of hearing about someone’s personal experiences. This is when I turned to my own bookshelf and realized I already had just what I was looking for – the three books that taught me about self-love.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

This is the memoir of Strayed’s eleven-hundred-mile solo hike along the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail and the story of the rebuilding of her shattered life with each step. On her journey, she wrestles with every painful memory in her life, every inner demon and emerges on the other side having learned that she was a lot stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. While reading this book, you will fight through every step with her and come out of it feeling like you can rule the world.

The Good Body

You might remember the name Eve Ensler from a little play called “The Vagina Monologues.” “The Good Body” is the narrative of the spin-off play about a woman’s body and how it is mistreated and slandered, all in the name of vanity and for the idea of beauty. I’ve read the book and listened to the audiobook several times and Eve’s powerful words will make every woman rethink how she views her own body.

Eat Pray Love 

The story of Liz Gilbert’s one-year trip across the world to spend several months each in Italy, India, and Bali in search of herself after her marriage ends. In each country, she learns to find appreciation in food, companionship, connection with her spirituality and find love again. If you’ve ever felt like you have lost who you were, this book will empower you to start the journey to find yourself again.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about the three books that taught me about self-love. I’d love to know if you’ve ever read these and also which books on the topic you would recommend!

Lecy is the writer, photographer and creative behind the lifestyle blog, A Simpler Grace. There, she shares her love of Jesus, yoga, books, food, simple living and creativity. She lives in West Virginia, where she is a freelance writer. In her spare time, she loves curling up with a big mug of tea and a thick book, cooking for her large family and spending time with the love of her life.

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  1. HowToBeHappyAgain | 5th Jul 17

    Self Love. Couldn’t agree more that self love is not about self-obsession, conceitedness, or arrogance, but more about accepting yourself and being kinder to yourself. Negative self talk is the worst!

    Can’s say that I’ve read any of these books, but will now consider reading them. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Joanna | 5th Jul 17

    I absolutely loved Eat Pray Love. I’ve read the book and then watched the movie as well (Julia Roberts was the perfect actress the play Liz’s role). It it such an inspiring story and if you follow the author in real life you will see that her journey didn’t stop there, in Bali, but continued in such a beautiful and unexpected way.

    • stephaniewp | 5th Jul 17

      Such an amazing story. Whenever I feel down I watch the movie and I always end up feeling so inspired. I feel like I can do anything 🙂

  3. theartdive | 5th Jul 17

    I started that Wild book and I think I liked it — if I’m not confusing it with a movie! I’ll have to go back to it. Thanks for this. Eat, Love, Pray was enjoyable, too, but in terms of insights I prefer Gilbert’s memoir on marriage.

  4. Mia Sutton | 5th Jul 17

    These are great picks, Lecy! I loved Eat Pray Love and Wild so much. And I will definitely check out The Good Body asap. Self love is something I think we all could use a little more of in our lives. 🙂 xo

  5. Phyllis Lake | 6th Jul 17

    Another book I read recently and recommend is When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd.

    • stephaniewp | 6th Jul 17

      A great recommendation! I have heard a lot about that book, I will have to check it out.

  6. Louise | 7th Jul 17

    I hadn’t heard of The Good Body and have now added it to my reading list – thanks for posting this!

  7. TheGracefulMist | 7th Jul 17

    I haven`t read these books but from the short summaries, they seem encouraging. It`s difficult to love one`s self especially if we have ingrained in ourselves to only be the best that we can be. Sometimes, when we don`t meet our own expectations, we feel burdened and disappointed by ourselves.

    It`s wonderful that there are authors that share their journey through their books to help and empower people.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  8. franckxethee | 9th Jul 17

    I do remember the movie Eat, Pray Love. It does really make you appreciate your self and your life.

  9. Fred | 9th Jul 17

    I have heard of books 1 and 3, but I have not read them. I have seen the movie “Wild” but “Eat Pray Love” not yet. I bet these books can really empower women to love themselves and believe in their abilities.

  10. Tiffany Yong | 13th Jul 17

    It’s nice to be reading book recommendations again. People are on TV and web so much that they neglect books *goes back to my Harry Potter*

  11. Fashion Panache by Bhushavali | 13th Jul 17

    Beautiful list! Acutally I’m yet to watch the films Wild and Eat Pray and Love. Should do it when I’m alone. My guy would get mad if I make him watch those movies.

    • stephaniewp | 13th Jul 17

      Both are awesome movies! If your boyfriend likes the outdoors then Wild is a great movie, it is not girly at all! 🙂

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