If you’ve ever read a single book review or book of the month on this blog, you’re well aware of my singular tastes when it comes to reading: I need a darn good romance that will leave me weak in the knees, floating around for the next week and nearly always suffering from a book hangover until I’ve picked up my next perfect read. Yes, smut today, smut tomorrow, smut forever. I am the chick in chick lit.
That being said, every once and awhile, with a trusted recommendation from a friend, I will pick up a book that floats outside my literary universe. In December, that recommendation came in a unique fashion when a bad-ass fempreneur I know, Nicole Belanger, reached out to see if I’d be interested in reading what I’m sharing today as the first Book of the Month of 2016. The twist? It was written and curated by HER.
And did I mention it’s so perfect for the beginning of the year?
On Resilience shares the stories and lives of 7 incredible women, all of whom Nicole interviewed personally before she beautifully strung together their journeys in a book that caused me to feel emotions I didn’t even know I had. As Nicole puts it in her introduction, “stories are magical, healing things.” and though I wasn’t in immediate need of healing when I curled up with On Resilience, I’d be lying if I said that Nicole’s beautiful words and the stories of these 7 amazing humans didn’t leave me feeling more touched, inspired, empowered, and dare I say it – healed – than most spiritual experiences around.
It shares the journeys of women pursuing their dreams, mental health, reproductive health, the loss of a parent (or parents), women changing the world and women rebuilding their lives after loss, abuse, and more. And even if you can’t relate to any of the women in this book (I won’t believe you) but even IF that is the case – I promise that above all – they will inspire you to recognize your own resiliency and power within.
What surprised me most, is that even though I agreed to reading On Resilience knowing quite well it was outside of the realm of love stories I’m used to, in the end, this book was a love story. It was a love story about loving yourself, through all of life’s twists, turns, losses, triumphs, and all the little things in between.
Ladies (and men too) – whether you need healing or not, I cannot stress how wonderful this book will make you feel. And that’s not to say it won’t make you feel a little sad too, but above all, I’m confident these words will move you.
If you’d like to purchase a copy of Nicole’s book On Resilience, click here to snag your own e-copy today. Did I mention a portion of the proceeds are given to a non-profit based in California that provides diapers to mothers in need, giving them a solid foundation to build a healthy, happy life for themselves and their families?
And because I’m so incredibly proud of Nicole and still so moved by my journey reading On Resilience, I’m giving one lucky reader a copy of their own. To enter, just leave a comment with your name + blog / or / email and tell me the resilient woman who inspires you most OR share this post on Twitter by clicking here: Click to Tweet Do both and you get TWO entries! Contest runs until Wednesday, January 27th @ midnight EST and is open internationally.
Nicole – thank you again for sharing your beautiful words and the words of these other amazing souls.
Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of On Resilience to be reviewed on the blog, however all opinions (and all the feels) are my own.