**Dragonfly Lights – Finding Your Perfect Purpose by Patricia Daiker. This is a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages who are perfectly imperfect and need inspiration and support. Our dragonfly begins his journey on earth and learns about why he is here. While on earth he is given a special spaceship that takes him on a trip that only he can take. He learns many lessons about his perfect purpose, his faulty spaceship, and the friends he meets along the way. It is a wonderful tool to explain the perfection of uniqueness, the struggles we sometimes face, and the reason it is all worthwhile.
**Dragonfly Lights Companion Activity Book by Patricia Daiker. An interactive way to explore the lessons in Finding Your Perfect Purpose. It includes pages to color, fill in the missing parts, and personalize to your own story.
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate. An insightful book that explains how our “normal” culture can actually harm the human animal, resulting in disease, addiction and mental health issues. This book taught me that diabetes is a traumatic situation that requires attention to the stress of the illness. Packed full of research to support this theory!
The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung. Dr. Fung is a nephrologist (kidney doctor) that sees many patients with kidney diseases related to diabetes. He presents some compelling research that reveals type 2 diabetes as a metabolic issue, not just poor health choices. His explanation of how our modern diet contributes to states of unhealth makes a lot of sense!
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. A holistic perspective about our purpose, our creator, and ourselves.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Daily Inspiration in practical and modern language.
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Ruben. An exploration of the question “How do you respond to expectations?”. It explains how the world around you and inside you impacts the choices you make each day (including diabetes management).
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. An insightful true story of the benefits of accepting just where we are each day. There can be great peace by not fighting against what is.
Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana. A down to earth and simple way to understand your nervous system and the polyvagal theory.