Stop Saying You’re Fine: Discover a More Powerful You

By Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins has spent her career teaching people how to push past their self-imposed limits to get what they truly desire. She has an in-depth understanding of the psychological and social factors that repeatedly hold you back, and more important, a unique set of tools for getting you where you want to be. In Stop Saying You’re Fine, she draws on the latest neuroscientific research, interviews with countless everyday people, and ideas she’s tested in her own life to show what works and what doesn’t. The key, she explains, is understanding how your own brain works against you. Because evolution has biased your mental gears against taking action, what you need are techniques to outsmart yourself.



pomegranate_soupPomegranate Soup

By Marsha Mehran

Infused with the textures and scents, trials and triumph,s of two distinct cultures, Pomegranate Soup is an infectious novel of magical realism. This richly detailed story, highlighted with delicious recipes, is a delectable journey into the heart of Persian cooking and Irish living.






Last_Chinese_ChefThe Last Chinese Chef

By Nicole Mones
This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China — this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.






tender_at_boneTender at the Bone

At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that “food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were.” Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Beginning with Reichl’s mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s. Spiced with Reichl’s infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist’s coming-of-age.






Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic LifestyleChef Supreme: Martin Ginsburg

By Martha-Ann Alito and Supreme Court spouses

On a CBS Sunday Morning show, we learned that Martin Ginsburg, husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, was considered a master chef, owning  shelves of cookbooks. From NPR: The idea for a cookbook, “Chef Supreme: Martin Ginsburg,” came from Martha-Ann Alito, wife of Justice Samuel Alito. It hit her the day after Marty Ginsburg’s memorial service in 2010. “One of my first conversations with Marty, in the fall of 2006, was about food and nourishment, and how satisfying an expression of love that it was for him,” she recalls. “And that, in part, led to the idea that we should put the cookbook together.”

Over the years, Martin Ginsburg became a genuinely famous amateur cook, with a repertoire that ranged from French cooking, to Indian, to Italian, to Asian. So when it came to limiting the number of recipes for a cookbook, the task was daunting. More than just another cookbook, this is a tribute to a wonderful man and extraordinary chef, created with love by the spouses of the Supreme Court justices. Of course, I must have it. To read more on this remarkable man, click here. Thank you, Martin Ginsburg!


Christy's Non Toxic Lifestyle | Books I Love | The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection:

Let Go of Who you Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who you Are

By Brene Brown
Do you ever ask yourself any of the the following questions-“Why can’t I keep up, Why can’t I meet everyone’s expectations, Why do I feel like it’s never enough, What will people think of me, What will happen if I fail?” Guess what, you’re not alone!

Want easy, relatable thoughts to help keep life in perspective? Then this is your book! Written by leading expert on shame, belonging and authenticity, Brene Brown PhD shares 10 guideposts that offer compassion, deliberate boundaries, courage and compassion. Each chapter is accompanied with her own stories that will leave you with laughter and a deep sense of loving oneself. Awaken to knowing and understanding yourself!

This is my first book recommendation for 2016! Learn to love yourself and live an emotionally healthy and happy life! And if you haven’t read her other books her latest is “Rising Strong.”

Christy Begien | Breakfast with Buddha | Books I LoveBreakfast with Buddha

by Roland Merullo
A light and fun read, trust me! Even though Buddha in the title of this story is more about the character Otto’s physical and spiritual journey. The journey is a road trip shared with his sister’s guru who happens to wear a robe. There is wonderful humor, self reflection, and good food along the way. Otto seeks to westernize his passenger, the holy man, but is also given the gift of seeing life through someone else’s eyes, his passenger. As stated perfectly in a GoodReads review “In Roland Merullo’s masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he’s missing in the most unexpected places.”




Christy's Non Toxic Lifestyle | Books I Love | The Joy of LivingThe Joy of Living – Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness

By: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
If you’re looking for a wonderful perspective on the science of meditation, this is the perfect little handbook for transforming our minds, bodies and lives. In “The Joy of Living” world, renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche speaks to unlocking the secrets to finding true joy and contentment in the everyday. He provides the reader with basic meditation practices and examines new opportunities for taking obstacles and transforming them into opportunities. This is a must-read if you’re ready to realize the unlimited potential of your own mind.




Christy's Non Toxic Lifestyle | Books I Love | The Giving Book

The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving!

By: Ellen Sabin
Ellen Sabin is the founder of Watering Can, Growing Kids with Character. She grew up in a family of givers and early on learned the importance and power of being a compassionate person. One of the books she has written is The Giving Book-Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving. This book is a gift in itself for young readers ages 6 -11 in that it inspires and teaches through hands- on interaction. In this easy to use spiral book, a child has the opportunity to record their ideas, dreams and wishes for the world, making them the directors of their own experiences. This book is a gem for those who wish to teach children the power of nurture and compassion through kind acts while also raising the self-esteem and sense of worth of the giver. The author has also created the “Giving Party” with complete guidelines and gift certificates.

This is the gift that truly keeps on giving! To order, read more, and view other book selections visit their website:


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