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My Reading List: Self Growth Challenge

Updated: Aug 9, 2023


My Reading List

I read a lot.

And I get a lot of requests for book recommendations. So I’ve put together this page of everything I’ve read and my rating for it (and maybe a very short description).

The Rating System

✨ PERSONAL FAVE ✨ (I must admit I've never really read a book I did not like. There are a lot of books I really love but these are the ones related to Health and Wellness. Self Care. Emotional Healing. Personal Development. Businesses that read for growth mindset, personal development, or lifestyle management.

💖 - Absolutely loved it!! 👍🏼 - I liked it but didn’t love it. 🤷‍♀️ - Not my fave but you might like it. 💔 - Hard pass.

Inspired by Jennifer Bianca's reading page from

Lasted Updated January 2021

2008 Faves📚

These are the books I read while trying to overcome "people pleasing" mom shaming, coping as a trucker wife in a long distance marriage after my emotional abandonment wound was triggered, I lose my sense of self/identity crisis and I started struggling with emotional binge eating. These books help me understand and deal with my limited beliefs, negative thoughts, pains, hurts, and disappointments in my life at the time as well as my long-distance marriage.


💖💖💖Courage by Debbie Ford

💖💖💖 In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant

I absolutely love this book and have reread it several times. It gets three hearts. It's a very good read if you need to learn how to love yourself.

💖💖💖Battlefield of The Mind

I love love love all positive thinking books be it Christian or metaphysics it's still the same in my eyes. All roads point ME TOWARDS GOD. This book is for anyone struggling with negative thinking.

💖💖💖💖You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (One of my Favorite Books)

Do I need to describe this? No.

💖💖 Sassy Single and Satisfied by Michelle McKinney Hammond

I love all her books. This is another tool that is focus on self-love while eating on the RIGHT GUY/Partner.

💖💖How to Succeed at Being Yourself

This book is for anyone embarking on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

💖💖The Power of Being a Woman

This book reminded me of the importance of self-love, appreciation, and the gift of being a woman.

💖💖 Relationship Rescue by Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.

For anyone who wants to improve their relationships by tapping into their inner strength and choosing to own their part in the difficult relationship.

💖The Power of A Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

I liked the Scriptures they came in handy during my TAG Sessions (Time With God)

💖Help Me I'm Married by Joyce Meyers

This book gave me a biblical perspective and bible standards for marriage. Joyce uses her personal experience (which I love) and the trials of her marriage to show how patience, self-love, and self-awareness can help create a better marriage.

👍 His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley, Jr

Awesome for anyone looking to understand how to communicate and resolve conflict effectively.

👍The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle

A very good read for women wanting to regain intimacy in their relationships.

2009 Faves📚

I will not describe it as these books are self-explanatory. These books gave me insight into understanding who I am, and what I wanted in life, and help me to define my purpose.

As my vision was unclear.


💖💖How to Hear From God by Joyce Meyer

💖💖The Dark Side of the Light Chaser by Debbie Ford

💖💖The Life You Were Born To Live by Dan Millman

💖💖Soul Signs by Rosemary Altea

💖💖Human Design by Chetan Parkyn

💖💖💖💖Journey of The Soul Series by Sylvia Browne Book 1: God, Creation, and Tools For Life Book 2: Soul's Perfection Book 3: The Nature of Good and Evil

💖Real Life Management by Wayne E. Nance

💖Standup For Your Life by Cheryl Richardson

👍Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

👍Becoming the Women God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow

2010 Faves📚

These are the books that help me start, build, and run my private counseling practice in college they teach you counseling skills but they don't teach you how to start and run a business so I had to do my research. I'm a visual learner therefore these stories help me see the bigger picture when it comes to business.


💖💖💖💖Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

💖💖💖💖Positive Thinking by Napoleon Hill

💖The One Minute Entrepreneur by Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson

💖The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson

💖Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

💖The One Minute Sales Person by Spencer Johnson and Larry Wilson

💖💖💖The Go Givers by Bob Burg and John David Mann

💖💖💖Go Givers Sell More by Bob Burg and John David Mann

💖💖Ziglar on Selling by Zig Ziglar

💖💖Secret of Closing The Sale by Zig Ziglar

2011-2014 Faves📚

💖I Shouldn't Be Telling You This by Kate White

💖Clients For Life by Jaydish Sheth and Andrew Sobel

💖Becoming Rich Yager and Wead

💖Winning At Entrepreneurship by Raj Gavurla

💖💖💖The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley

💖💖💖The Millionaire Woman Next Door by Thomas Stanley

💖💖💖💖Money Master The Game by Tony Robbins

2015-2021 Faves📚


💖💖💖Courage by Debbie Ford

💖💖💖The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD

💖💖💖The Spiritual Power of Empathy by Cyndi Dale


💖💖💖Your Soul Purpose by Kim Russo


💖💖💖The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart

💖💖💖Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller

💖💖💖I Am My Brand by Kubi Springer

💖💖💖Onward by Howard Schultz

💖💖💖I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

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About The Author:

Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director, and full-time board-certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC

Art Wellness Studio and Botanica provide the Metro Atlanta area with a counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to a fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include an online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence-based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self-care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In living a life in recovery from sugar addiction. Loving her low-sugar balance lifestyle.


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