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16 Books For Women In Their 40’s

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Some people in their 40’s feel like they have it all together, while others may still feel lost. Whatever your position, here are 16 books that every woman in their 40’s should have on their bookshelf.

Each of the books on this list is recommended by industry experts (aka people smarter than me).

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#1 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating

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Women dating in mid-life have different needs and goals than younger women. This book provides concrete tips and insights that address all facets of self-esteem, dating, and relationships for mature, self-aware women who want a meaningful, lasting relationship with a love partner who cares.

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Contributor: Rosalind Sedacca from Women Dating Rescue

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#2 Healing and the Law of Attraction

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Many women in their 40s start to experience health issues. This book is recommended for those who seek an alternative approach to the traditional methods. It is about empowering yourself with the knowledge of your bodies own innate ability to heal.

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Contributor: Shawngela Pierce from Seek Within You, LLC

  1. I have been familiar with the Law of Attraction for many years but never quite understood how it applied to my health. This book helped to clarify so many questions and put it in a simple to understand language. This is a must-read!

#3 Summary of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

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This is a searing, poignant memoir of a woman who defied her family and sheltered upbringing as a Mormon fundamentalist to find her own voice and place in academia. Tara's story is powerful because she was discouraged from being educated, yet she had the grit, uncompromising self-discipline, and determination to complete a PhD in history. 

This gave me a first-hand perspective of what it's like to have to fight for your education. As a mother, it is a powerful reminder of the influence we have on our children. Every child deserves access to quality education. 

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Contributor: Vivian Lee from FlyteLiving

#4 Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

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Growing up as a child of the 80s, Nike had always been this established brand and household name. I didn't know the back story until I picked up Phil Knight's memoir. With a dare-to-dream attitude and hustle, he brought Tiger shoes to the US, and in the face of losing everything, he built a lifestyle brand empire.

From his relationship with Steve Prefontaine to the untimely death of his son, Matthew, his story is heartfelt. His running coach, partner and mentor, had said if you have a body, you're an athlete. It was a revolutionary concept at the time, and it still inspires to this day as Nike's mission.

The Nike story is a lesson in survival and the importance of living with purpose.

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Contributor: Vivian Lee from FlyteLiving

#5 Searching for God in the Garbage

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This important book is for anyone who is trying to find their way back to a place of equilibrium, to restore themselves to a life of real meaning.

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Contributor: Bracha Goetz from Bracha's Books

#6 Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

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If you have ever wondered about your place in the world but have shied away from religion, then this book is for you. The author has a personal conversation with his source and gets answers to many questions that many people have about religion and spirituality. 

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Contributor: Shawngela Pierce from Seek Within You, LLC

#7 Happy Healthy You by KJ Landis

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What better way to heal and grow in midlife and beyond, than with my latest book, HAPPY, HEALTHY YOU. Mango Publishing published my fourth book about how to reduce stress and anxiety, what foods support hormones and aging, and actual tools for connecting with others in a real and honest way.

This is a total wellness toolkit with real stories of folks who have suffered extreme trauma and those dealing with everyday drama and how they not just coped but thrived. This is available in eBook format on every type of device. It’s perfect for last-minute gift giving with instant, helpful impact on a loved one’s life.

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Contributor: KJ Landis from SuperiorSelfWithKJLandis

#8 Working My Way Back to Me by April Kirkwood

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Inspired by the plight of a woman who shares WHY her MeToo happened, her broken relationship with a star, and how she managed to rise from the ashes and help others in light of the movement. 

A little girl born into a dysfunctional lower middle class family filled with addiction, molestation, and adultery now is beginning conversations about what happens after we realize our life is a mess. A beacon of light for healing: Why Women Let Men Use them and the Solution to Fixing it? 

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Contributor: April from AprilKirkWood

#9 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life is an incredible novel that follows Ursula throughout her life and through multiple deaths until she manages to live the life she's meant to. This genre-defying book is part historical novel, family drama and all with a sci-fi twist.

Kate Atkinson's writing is flawless but be careful not to race through this, trust me, you'll miss the wonderful Ursula when she's gone.

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Contributor: Cara Fielder from The Tattooed Book

#10 Say No To Midlife Crisis by Cynthia MacGregor

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SAY NO TO MIDLIFE CRISIS is a self-help book whose title is self-explanatory. Here is an excerpt: I hardly need to list here the various reasons why we resent the years piling up; suffice it to say that most of us do. And for some, the realization that we’ve hit middle age sends us into a positive tailspin.

We’re far from old. We’re not yet suffering most of the physical problems seniority brings, either. We’ve merely hit the third phase of our lives – the four phases being childhood, young adulthood, mid-life, and seniority. And yet the realization that we’ve hit that point impacts some of us like a blow to the solar plexus.

Or the psyche. What is “middle age”? Everyone has her or his own idea of what delineates that phase of life.. The reality is, it doesn’t really matter. If, at thirty-five, you feel you’ve hit the midpoint of your life and are no longer “young,” you’re middle-aged in your own mind, and that’s all that really counts. If at fifty-four, you feel you’ve yet to hit true middle-age, you’re right, too… for you.

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Contributor: Cynthia from Cynthia MacGregor

#11 Facing Down Empty Nest Syndrome

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If the prospect of your last child leaving for college or moving out of the family home to get on with his or her life feels like it would be the end of yours, this book is for you. You've lived and breathed for your children for decades, and suddenly it seems they don't need you any more. 

That feeling, coupled with unaccustomed time to yourself, can be overwhelming. Your kids have been your whole life, or a large part of it, but their moving out doesn't have to depress you. Here is help for building a new phase of life for yourself and, as the title says, facing down that empty nest syndrome. 

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Contributor: Cynthia from Cynthia MacGregor

#12 The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean

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The Magnesium Miracle - this is the only comprehensive guide to one of the most essential but often-overlooked minerals that all women in their 40's need. You need to know all you can about Magnesium, the mineral which guards against breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis and asthma. 

Magnesium is an essential nutrient, indispensable to your health and well-being. By adding this mineral to your diet, you are guarding against—and helping to alleviate—such threats as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But despite magnesium’s numerous benefits, many women in their 40's remain dangerously deficient. Updated and revised throughout with the latest research, this powerful guide explains the vital role that magnesium plays in your body and life. 

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Contributor: Carolyn Dean from Nutritional Magnesium Association

#13 The Awakened Life by Uma Alexandra Beepat

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From the Contributor: I wrote it! I am a 40 year old woman who started having a spiritual awakening in my 30s. Life lost its appeal to me despite being a mom, a wife and a business owner. I started on my spiritual path and found so much more intimacy and joy in everyday dealings.

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Contributor: Uma Alexandra Beepat from Lotus Wellness Center

#14 The Girl On The Train by A J Waines

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A story of a woman who has quite the imagination but when something goes wrong, she gets deeply involved. You won’t be able to put this suspense-filled book down. The twists and turns will make it one of your favorite reads. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#15 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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A story about a recently divorced woman who is looking to rediscover what makes her happy. It will make you laugh. It might make you cry. But, It will leave you feeling awesome. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#16 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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A journey of self-discovery based on a true story. Cheryl Strayed tells the story of her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and how she did it all by herself without any previous experience or training. Perfect for women currently on their own personal journies. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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