​​​​​​​​​​​​​Here are some books I would recommend:

Books to help with faith

The Bible both the Old Testament and the New Testament can offer a lot of inspiration that can help you through difficult times of your life and also help deepen your faith

The Autobiography of St Therese of Lisieux The Story of a Soul- A wonderful book about a Saint who continues to be a constant source of inspiration to me.

From Gangland to Promised Land by John Pridmore- a fantastic book about redemption, written by an inspiring author. John Pridmore's journey to faith continues to educate people around the world about the power of faith.

The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian - An inspiring book, which I recommend to any woman, who would like to deepen their faith through prayer.

Knit Together-Discover God's pattern for your life -Debbie Macomber  A fantastic read to help you set goals and work towards them in your life. The author Debbie is a real inspiration and her determination to succeed is a wonderful motivator for us all, I wish her much continued success and blessings.

The Journey - How to live by faith in an uncertain world- Billy Graham - A great read written by an inspiring man.

Books to help with addiction

By the Power of God - A guide to early AA Groups and forming similar groups today- interesting and thought provoking read for Christians in recovery.

AA the twelve steps and AA the Big Book- both books are inspirational in helping you on the road to recovery

Living Sober (published by AA) - this is a wonderful book as it deals with the problems that people often face when beginning their sober journey. It is one thing to stop drinking, but it is quite another to stay stopped for good. For more information about any of these books please click on this link books to help with sobriety this is a link to a UK site.

For those of you living in the USA and are looking for literature to help with sobriety please click books to help with USA sobriety

Sobriety without End by Father John Doe and Father Ralph Pfau - Sobriety is a wonderful gift, well at least it has been for me. But it is not without it's problems, in so far as you do have to be dedicated to it a day at a time, for it to work. This book, looks at it's deeper meaning and explains how you can avoid falling into certain traps, which may steer you away from your sober path. I have started to read it and I am very impressed. I suspect it will be one of those books that I will dip into at various intervals, so that I can absorb it fully. Recommended, especially for those who are still looking for more meaning with their sobriety.

Books to help with depression and/or healing from emotional abuse

Mindfulness for Black Dogs & Blue Days- Finding a path through depression by Richard Gilpin - informed look on depression by someone who has experienced the illness.

The Catholic guide to depression - Aaron Kheriaty MD with Fr John Cihak, STD - an investigation into the illness of depression from a catholic perspective.

The Drama of Being a Child- The search for the True Self - Alice Miller - looking the effects of infant trauma at personal and social levels.

Books about knitting

Knitty Gritty knitting for the absolute beginner- Aneeta Patel - fantastic book with projects for the beginner knitter

Knitting for Peace -Betty Chrisitiansen - A book for those who are interested in both the history of knitting and how it can be used to help others. Includes some great projects for the novice and advanced knitter alike.

Knitty Gritty the next steps - Aneeta Patel - another great book from Aneeta illustrating new projects for you to learn and make.

Blankets and throws to knit - Debbie Abrahams - a brilliant book with beautiful designs for you to mix and match to create your perfect blanket or throw.

Knit and Nibble (life's patterns, recipes and games)- James McIntosh/ Dr Thomas A Ernst FRCP - a creative and quirky book which encompasses both the glorious crafts of knitting and baking to help sooth the soul.  Provides a wonderful introduction to mindfulness and is suitable for all knitters from beginners to the more experienced. Highly recommended. For more information please visit

Books that I am reading or have read and found interesting:

Craftfulness - Rosemary Davidson & Arzu Tahsin - a wonderful book about the importance of crafts. An inspiring read for anyone who is interested in creativity. Highly recommended.

The Language of Kindness a Nurse's Story - Christie Watson - An emotional and riveting read about how hard our nurses work. Nurses are worth their weight in gold as far as I am concerned, and this book gives a fascinating insight into their vocation. Recommended.

The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron - another book about creativity, it is particularly useful for those of us who need a bit of help finding our creative path. Recommended.