RECOMMENDED BOOKS, DOCUMENTARIES & MOVIES 
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*Please Use Your Discretion for Your Child Because You Know Them Best.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH & WELL-BEING

NUTRITION & HEALING:
The Whole Pregnancy Handbook: An Obstetrician's Guide to Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy
Heal Your Child from the Inside Out
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child
Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System
Gut & Psychology Syndrome
First Bite: How We Learn To Eat
Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health
Blue the monkey who was allergic to bananas


SLEEP:
Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child
Not So Fast: Sow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families


PARENTING:
How to Really Love Your Child, How to Really Love Your Teen
Louise Bates Ames Series for Understanding Your Child's Development at Each Stage
Little People: Guidelines for Common Sense Child Rearing
The Power of Positive Parenting
Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family
Raising Your Spirited Child
Siblings Without Rivalry
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
Your Child's Self-Esteem
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making & Breaking of Elite Gymnasts & Figure Skaters
The Small Backs of Children
The Social Dilemma Documentary: The dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.


EDUCATION:
Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning
The Call To Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators


GRIEF:
Badger's Parting Gifts (A tenderhearted children's book about losing a loved one and saying goodbye.)

CHILDREN'S BOOKS - RAISING CHILDREN WITH STRONG SENSE OF VALUES:
The English Roses (A book for girls about bullying)
Children's Book of Virtues
The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination
Blue the monkey who was allergic to bananas
When God Made You
The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness


MINDFULNESS:
ABC Yoga
Breathe: Tai Chi Qigong for Children
The Inner Garden: Meditations for Life from 9-90


EMOTIONS:  
Inside Out Movie:  Rated PG  After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

ADULT HEALTH & WELL-BEING
 
HEALING DISEASE:
How to Make Disease Disappear
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution
The Wahls Protocol

The Autoimmune Fix
Eat Dirt


NUTRITION & HEALING:
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs & Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers 
Gut & Psychology Syndrome
The Autoimmune Fix
Eat Dirt
The Blood Sugar Solution: 10 Day Detox Diet Cookbook
Eat Fat, Get Thin
Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook
First Bite: How We Learn To Eat
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal
Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health



COPING BETTER WITH STRESS:
Emotional Agility
The Upside of Stress:  Dealing with stress, trauma, abuse, health issues...
Blue Mind (Author is featured in Netflix documentary "Resurface" - research behind the healing powers of water) Blue Mind 
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
A Short Course on Happiness After Loss: (and Other Dark, Difficult Times)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Character Strengths Matter
Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier
The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary  Approach to Personal Transformation

Interior Freedom
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Thirsting for Prayer
Searching For and Maintaining Peace

HEALING BODY, MIND & SOUL:
Peace, Love & Healing
Peace, Love & Healing: BodyMind Communication & the Path to Self-Healing
Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind-body Healing
Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being
Interior Freedom
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Thirsting for Prayer
Searching For and Maintaining Peace


RELATIONSHIPS:
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist
The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond
Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists 
The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Thich Nhat Hanh Books:
          1. Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World


GRIEF: 
Widow in Stilettos
Diary of Stephanie May who lost her entire family on March 18, 1979 - Her debilitating, gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching experience with grief, her darkest days, and eventually how she finds peace while carrying the heavy burden of her loss.  The last words she wrote, "This Rose Will Bloom Again." (Free on this link)
 
Go Out in Joy - A true inspiring story of a hospital chaplain's journey with children facing trauma & death and the lessons they taught her about life, courage, resilience, love & acceptance
The Top Five Regrets of Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor's Extraordinary Walk with God


INSPIRATIONAL:
The Little Prince
The Alchemist
Jonathon Livingston Seagull:  Learning to be true to you and honoring what matters most to you 
          My brother who passed away in his late twenties loved this story as a teen.  I didn't understand why 
          until many years later.  A simple story teaching profound truths in life.
The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective
Go Out in Joy - A true inspiring story of a hospital chaplain's journey with children facing trauma & death and the lessons they taught her about life, courage, resilience, love & acceptance
The Bookseller of Kabul - A true story revealing the realities of daily life for Afghan women as witnessed by journalist, Asne Seierstad, who lived with the family of a bookseller she befriended in Kabul.
 
Gifted Hands - The Story of Dr. Ben Carson

 
DOCUMENTARIES & MOVIES - INSPIRING TRUE STORIES:
*Please Use Your Discretion for your child because you know them best.

RESURFACE:  A story showing the extraordinary courage and perseverance of veterans and how they overcame PTSD.  Netflix Original

UNBELIEVABLE:  A courageous and resilient young woman and her journey after being sexually assaulted and no one would believe here until two female police investigators trusted their gut and started digging into her case.  It shows how women are re-traumatized by police, the court system, and  family when they tell the truth and their voice isn't heard.  My children and I have experienced this with domestic abuse and violence.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN:
LION:MIRACLE:COACH CARTER:SOULSURFER:I CAN ONLY IMAGINE:  MercyMe's Bart Millard's story of his father, who was abusive before being diagnosed with cancer and transformed by faith.

BRAIN ON FIRE:  A young lady, a New York Post reporter, in her early twenties begins experiencing seizures, psychosis and memory loss, eventually becoming catatonic. A daunting journey to find a diagnosis when a couple of doctors recommend a mental hospital because all her results are "normal" despite her severe and debilitating neurological symptoms. A story of incredible resilience, hope, and standing strong against all odds when your heart and soul say something is wrong.

Gifted Hands - The Story of Dr. Ben Carson

Last Princess:  The inspiring and heart-breaking true story of Princess Deok Hye of Korea's life and Jang Han, the boy her father chose as her future husband. A story of resilience and a rare and extraordinary love.


22 JULY:  A story about a high school boy and his extraordinary courage and perseverance facing a Norway terrorist attack at a retreat, finding healing, and facing the man who caused him extreme suffering.

CITY OF JOY:  A transformational community for women survivors of violence, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A safe place dedicated for women and their children to heal from past trauma through therapy, life skills training, love, and community.

DARK WATERS - You'll learn the sobering truth about the chemical industry, toxins, and our health.

SNOWDEN - The truth about government surveillance and the erosion of our freedoms.UNBROKEN & UNBROKEN:  THE PATH TO REDEMPTION
THE

BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND


THE FORGIVEN:  Desmond Tutu and his experience as the Chairperson of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee after Apartheid in South Africa. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of post-conflict reconstruction.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

QUEEN OF THE DESERT

DARE TO BE WILD

THE FIGHTER

TRIUMPH OF THE HEART

THE CALL TO COURAGE:  Brené Brown on life and relationships.  Netflix Special
FED UP:
UNSTOPPABLE:  
HEAL




MOVIES & BOOKS - INSPIRATIONAL: Adults & Teens
*Please Use Your Discretion for your child because you know them best.

SIMON BIRCH - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.
TROOP ZERO - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.
WONDER - May be appropriate for children; please use your discretion.
THE OVERCOMER
POWDER
FREEDOM WRITERS
THE GREAT DEBATERS
LEAN ON ME
DANGEROUS MINDS
GOODWILL HUNTING
THE EMPEROR'S CLUB
THE PROPHET - the ending is adult material, please review for to choose what is best for your child.