Skipping enthusiast| Book Publicist | Women’s Circle Facilitator | Unicorn | Lover of Life
What a pleasant surprise the task of compiling my “10 Best” List ended up being! The eagle’s eye perspective it offered was a powerful reminder of how far I have come in my 30+ years on the road less traveled. I have immense gratitude for each of these authors for their parts in helping me find my way through the numerous twists and turns and ups and downs that have been a part of my spiritual journey.
While I have had the unique opportunity of working with hundreds of authors who are helping to make the world a better place in my position at New World Library for the past fifteen years, I only included one New World Library title on my list, which I discovered several years before I started working there, in the interest of objectivity (and because it would be too hard to choose otherwise!)
KIM ‘SKIPPER’ CORBIN is a senior publicist/social media manager at New World Library, publishers of The Power of Now, Creative Visualization, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and hundreds of other books that are changing lives, and the world, for the better.
Kim has also been a passionate promoter of the benefits of adult skipping (the kind without a rope!) since 1999 via her iskip.com website, which offers an information source and gathering place for people all over the world who enjoy a good skip. She serves as the SkipMaster of Ceremonies at the annual Austin SkipFest in Austin, TX, and her skipping efforts have been featured in People, Time, USA Today, CNN, and more. iskip.com
My 10 Best
Embraced by the Light by Betty Eadie
This book cracked my heart wide open when I read it in my early 20s. The author’s story of her near-death experience reminded me at a deep level that my life had purpose, and that giving and sharing love is what this adventure called life is all about. It touched me so deeply that I cried deep tears of recognition as I read.
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
The promise this book offers, which is that if we can find the courage to examine our fears, insecurities, hopes, and dreams, life can become a richer and more meaningful experience than we can possibly imagine, changed everything for me. I became determined to take the road less traveled in my own life and never looked back. I became an avid seeker of my own truth. Not the truth that my parents or the media or the church I grew up in had told me to believe, but the truth that felt good in my heart. It woke something up in me that was thrilled to be alive.
Succulent Wild Woman
I discovered SARK and Succulent Wild Woman shortly after I moved from Indiana to San Francisco, and almost immediately after my first Burning Man experience in 1997. SARK’s work and way of showing up in the world gave the wild, creative, self-expressed part of myself permission to show up in my daily life and in the world at large in bigger and better ways.
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
This book inspired me to question and reframe everything I had learned about religion and spirituality at the non-denominational Christian church my family regularly attended while I was growing up. It shined a new light on some of the inconsistencies I had recognized through my own experience and shined a more feminine and expansive perspective on my relationship with the Divine.
Callings by Greg Levoy
Gregg Levoy’s work has been a guiding light through every aspect of the hero’s journey that began when I dared to say yes to the call to invite the world to skip. From putting my visions into action to traversing the dark night of the soul when a way forward seemed uncertain, Gregg’s work is a constant source of wisdom and inspiration that I return to time and time again.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
I love the four agreements and the clear and simple guidance they offer for navigating our relationships and lives and have used them as guiding principles for many moons. So much so, that I included them in my vows to my husband when we got married last summer!
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Little did I realize when I first read The Power of Now, that its publisher, New World Library, would become such a central focus in my life six years later! Eckhart’s explanation of the pain body and his guidance around “watching the thinker” helped me recognize ways that my ego had been at play in my life without me even realizing it … and the book did a great deal to take me to the next level of my spiritual awareness and understanding.
Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God by Regina Sara Ryan
I have been a part of a women’s prayer circle called Women Praying Dangerously for over 17 years, where we practice the powerful form of prayer introduced in this book. Instead of praying for the outcome we desire, our prayer is for God’s will to be done so the holy spirit can enter and move freely in our lives, even when our egos might not immediately enjoy the ways it could be confronted in the process.
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Positive Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn
This book does an excellent job teaching the “Law of Attraction”—which I first discovered through audio recordings of Jerry and Esther Hicks—in a clear and accessible way. It deepened my relationship to my body by helping me realize that my feelings are actually an inner guidance system that can guide me to my best life. It also helped me recognize how the positive energy that the joy of skipping infused in my life was working like a magnet to bring me more good things.
The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield’s take on resistance as an inherent part of the creative journey offers a powerful way forward toward the realization of our biggest and best creative dreams. I come back to it time and time again when I feel lost or stuck along my creative journey, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.