Healing through Books

Healing Place of the Soul

-Inscription over the door to the library of the ancient city of Thebes

A book is a refuge, a guide, a source of inspiration, a friend. Share a favorite book with Healing Hamlet.

Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder She thought to herself, “This is now.”  She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now.  They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now.   Find Laura Ingalls Wilder on Goodreads

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. The Art of Racing in the Rain is available through Goodreads.

Summer of My German Soldier

Bette Greene Even if you forget everything else I want you to always remember that you are a person of value, and you have a friend who loved you enough to give you his most valued possession. Find Summer of My German Soldier on Goodreads.

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. Find The Secret Garden on Goodreads

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen.  And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky. –Find the Poisonwood Bible on Goodreads

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott Some Instructions on Writing and Life Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up.  But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.  Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground – you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things …

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The Power of One

Bryce Courtenay Set in a world torn apart, where man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains elusive, The Power of One is the moving story of one young man’s search for the love that binds friends, the passion that binds lovers, and the realization that it takes only one to change the world. A …

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Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White “What’s miraculous about a spider’s web?” said Mrs. Arable. “I don’t see why you say a web is a miracle-it’s just a web.” “Ever try to spin one?” asked Dr. Dorian.   Find Charlotte’s Web on Goodreads

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. – Atticus Finch Find To Kill a Mockingbird …

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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Michael Dorris A fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting in the present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of the three women: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona; her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed …

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