11/29/2009 11:05 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Top 10 Books To Give Women For This Season Of Light

The list alternates fiction and nonfiction because that's how I read.

1. The Maeve Chronicles by Elizabeth Cunningham
This one recommendation is actually three books. Magdalen Rising, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, and Bright Dark Madonna tell the story of the Celtic Mary Magdalen, Maeve.

2. The Queen of My Self by Donna Henes
No better nonfiction book on how to come into one's own sovereignty at 50. Required reading.

3. The Magdalene Line by Kathleen McGowan
Two of the three books in the trilogy are out: The Expected One, and The Book of Love. Wonderful reclaiming of women who have been lost to history.

4. The Source of Miracles by Kathleen McGowan
Her nonfiction treatment of how to pray the Lord's Prayer in the center of the labyrinth. Wonderful insight and prayer practice.

5. Roll Around Heaven by Jessica Maxwell
Really fun and funny spiritual memoir by a real, live adventurer and travel writer who was grabbed by the nose and turned onto a spiritual path.

6. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
The latest in the series of Outlander novels about Jamie and Claire Frasier and their time-traveling family.

7. Defy Gravity by Carolyn Myss
The latest in her oeuvre on spiritual healing; this one takes the reader even deeper into the action of grace in the world.

Added Bonus Book: Occult America by Mitch Horowitz
A fascinating history of how spirituality became what it is in this country by an erudite and gifted writer.

So typical of a woman to create a top ten list with only seven entries! We have learned to be oh-so efficient. Happy holy-day reading.

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