Back To School Reading List

For those who are not going back to school but are still yearning for a great reading list.... Never fear! Harmony, Hope & Healing has you covered! HHH’s staff, volunteers and board are a wonderfully diverse group of individuals, so we hope this list will have something for everyone!

Most of these books have an uplifting, inspiring message, some deal with aspects of community, and others are simply beautiful pieces of writing. We hope you enjoy this back to school reading list chosen by Harmony, Hope & Healing!

Marge Nykaza, Executive Director

"Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz

"Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neo-shamanistic texts. We often discuss the Four Agreements in our classes." -Marge

Be impeccable with your word.

Don't take anything personally.

Don't make assumptions.

Always do your best.

Crystal Boone, Program Assistant

"Until Today" by Iyanla Vanzant

“I read this book everyday.” -Crystal

"It’s a beautiful daily reflection and reminder that life is about loving, healing and service. This book is a favorite of many of our participants.” -Marge (this book is also on her list!)

Tina Villapando, Director of Programming

"Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family" by Daniel Bergner.

"It's based on the true life of Ryan Speedo Green, a black opera singer who had a difficult upbringing but literally used singing as a way out and to keep his hope alive with the help of some mentors/ teachers. It reminds me and reinforces our HHH mission- music can help heal our wounds and reconnect us with our authentic selves." -Tina

"Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship" by Father Gregory Boyle

"A powerful book about love, forgiveness, and kinship." -Tina

Kim Crutcher, Board Member

[currently collecting HHH stories from participants, staff and volunteers]

"As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance (Indigenous Americas)" by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

“A great book about decolonizing our minds and our communities to bring greater balance and equality to all people, animals and landscapes." -Kim