Wise Words by Candlelight | Mary Grace

Wise Words by Candlelight

With all the technology these days, many of us read only from the bright glare of a screen. Magic in its own right, but nothing like escaping into tangible paper illuminated by a burning flame with the soft golden light flickering against wall and skin. An air of company that is soft and pleasant.

The words of others offer insight into our lives and the world around us. Take an evening offline and indulge in a few words for the soul. Not sure where to look? Read on.


Raw Beauty - Kemi Nekvapil



A book for realists looking to nourish their body and mind. Raw Beauty by Kemi Nekvapil encourages us to fill our cups with nourishing habits so unwanted actions fall away by default, featuring gentle reminders to go easy on ourselves. Sometimes we wander off track but that’s just life, no need to give up.

“A food journey is simple - it is a path. And it is an individual path - not one food journey looks the same as another, and ours will change as our circumstances change. There is no wagon to fall off and therefore no version of us in the gutter having fallen off a wagon into chocolate covered guilt.”

Hang a ground-hog day on the hook and feel the yearning to take action in your life. Every chapter signs off with reflective questions and encourages next-steps that connect you back to you. 

The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur


Rupi’s first collection of poems touched our hearts, exploring her own journey through love, trauma, healing, and revolution. In 2014 Milk and Honey sat on the New York Times bestseller list every week for over a year and her second book the sun and her flowers has just been released recently into eagerly awaiting hands.

“this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as I wept
think if those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom” 

These words are for nights cuddled up with blankets and your mind reflected inward. A silent house and potentially a few tissues. Her poetry flows without structure and uses a language we can all understand. 

 Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse


Siddhartha is a book glowing with nuggets of knowledge, written by Hermann Hesse. As you follow one man’s thirsty journey to gain spiritual illumination, you take your own journey beside him, witnessing the many life lessons as they come.

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” 

“We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” 

So often we are inspired by our idols but feel their glory is unattainable. This book strips it back to grassroots, reminding us it is not a path of a peasant to a god, rather it is of imperfect human to less imperfect human. The success starts here on ground level. Sink with relief and let the flame lit room dance as a reminder of our fire within. 

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