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Books To Provoke

You'll be reading forever!

 

 

I’ve read a lot of books about human behaviour in my day!!

 

 

“I think a book or point hits you when you’re ready to hear the message… so I really can’t judge a good book from bad.”

Others need help - not me!

 

Also, depending on how much self-exploration you have done, books are paced differently and may be more effective for one person over another.

 

There's nothing to wait for!

I remember times when I’ve been starving for an answer to something, and I’ve ravished from book to book to book searching for that ultimate “A-HA”!!!!

I can tell you from experience:
YOU COULD BE READING FOREVER!
If that sounds familiar, that’s another good time to choose OtherWise!

There are lots of valuable books, of course. Below are some I’ve read which have offered more focused and immediately useful info compared to others in the same theme area; alpha by author and separated into 5 categories:

REFERENCE CLASSICS, REFERENCE GENERAL,
NON-FICTION BIOGRAPHY, BODY/DIET/WELLNESS (specific), and FICTION (human behaviour)

My current all-time Top 5 books:
♥ The Untethered Soul  Michael Singer
Inside-Out Revolution, Michael Neill
♥ 
Excuses Begone,  Wayne Dyer
 Shift Happens,  Robert HoldenPhilosopher's Notes

Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience,  Stephen S. Hall
♥ 
Into the Blue,  Jan Wong
    (anyone notice there were six!)

HOT TIP! A summary of ~180 of the best philosophy and personal growth books have been summarized in a FABULOUS book and video series by Brian Johnson entitled Philosopher’s Notes. Check it out here:
http://brianjohnson.me/philosophersnotes/
http://brianjohnson.me/philosophersnotes/the-books/
https://www.youtube.com/user/PhilosophersNotes

EVEN NEWER HOT TIP!  Philosopher’s Notes now has a podcast on itunes!! Check it out here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/optimize-brian-johnson-more/id1033620094

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FEATURED BOOK
The book that has caught my attention recently is:
How Did I Get HereHow Did I Get Here, Finding Your Way To Renewed Hope and Happiness
When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns

Barbara DeAngelis, 2005
This is a great book for folks entering a new phase of life: relationship transitions, job changes, retirement… or when you’re finally ready to shed your masks and live your life as the REAL you, and not what others expected of you! READ MORE

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NOTE: This list is a work in progress!!
NOTE 23/05/16: due to changes with onedrive, I am in the process of relocating audio files – please use the ‘Contact Me‘ tab if links to audio are not working.

 

 

 

REFERENCE
CLASSICS

 

 

AUTHOR

TITLE

Subject, keywords

BROWN, Brené

Daring Greatly

 

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead; loosely, 2nd in trilogy: Gifts of Imperfection (be you)
Daring Greatly (be all in)
Rising Strong (fall. get up. try again.)

CARNEGIE, Dale

How To Win Friends and Influence People

developing strong relationships

CHOPRA, Deepak
Find Your Flow
Desire & Destiny
Expand Your Happiness
Energy of Attraction
Manifesting True Success
Grace Through Gratitude
Become What You Believe
Shedding The Weight
Getting Unstuck
Creating Peace
Hope in Uncertain Times

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

personal understanding, harmony; principles to create the life you
want 

COVEY, Stephen

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

developing a productive life

DE ANGELIS, Barbara

How Did I Get Here
Finding Your Way to Renewed Hope and Happiness When Life & Love Take Unexpected Turns

my review;  great book re entering a new phase of life: relationship transitions, job changes, retirement… or when ready to shed your masks and live your life as the REAL you, and not what others expected of you! (reading prior to big life changes would be advantageous!)

DYER, Wayne

Excuses BegoneHow to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

compendium of conscious & subconscious excuses and how to break them

DYER, Wayne

The Power of Intention

intention as an energy force; philosophy

DYER, Wayne

Your Erroneous Zones

break negative thinking; guilt, worry & destructive patterns

FORD, Debbie

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

shadow beliefs; reconditioning; breaking patterns

FRANKL, Victor

Man’s Search for Meaning

rated one of the ten most influential books in America; Auschwitz survivor finds reason to live, later developed as a psychotherapeutic method

GOLEMAN, Daniel

Emotional Intelligence

first popular book of combined psychology & neuroscience insight into our “two minds”—the rational & emotional; 1995, updated 2012 

GRAY, John

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

differences of the sexes

 

HAY, Louise

Power of Your Spoken Word

what you think/say forms who you are

HAY, Louise

You Can Heal Your Life

thoughts affect health

HILL, Napoleon 

Think and Grow Rich 

mindset 

HOLDEN, Robert

Shift Happens

one of my all-time faves; concise overview of successful life principles

JEFFERS, Susan

Feel the Fear and Do It
Anyway

overcoming fear and negative people

LEVINSON, Daniel

Seasons of a Man’s Life

 breakthru study from ’86 profiling stages of adult development; still relevant, considered CLASSIC by some

McGRAW, Phil

Life Strategies

 do not underestimate this book, it is insightful & impactful especially if you are new to personal growth

McGRAW, Phil

Self Matters

 as above!

MYSS, Caroline

Archetypes: Who Are You

personality archetypes & behavior patterns: knowing can change
your life

NEILL, Michael

Inside Out Revolution:
The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever

extremely fresh new insight about how life works; simple but powerful, can read in 1-2 hrs.

NEPO, Mark

The Book of Awakening
Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

In my top 10; excellent 365 days of priority wisdom; relatable, and not the same old same old; book you will keep forever and still learn new things at the different stages of life.

NORTHRUP. Christiane

Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom

wellness from traditional & holistic viewpoints

NORTHRUP. Christiane

Wisdom of Menopause

newest info

NORTHRUP. Christiane

Mother-Daughter Wisdom

insightful link between moms/daughters/health

PECK, Scott M.

The Road Less Travelled

timeless life overview; fulfilling relationships; dependency vs. love

ROBBINS, Tony

Personal Power

audio; original NLP theory, limiting beliefs, design your life

 ROBBINS, Tony

 Awaken the Giant Within

science of peak performance; strategies, techniques for mastering emotions, body, relationships, finances & life; NLP

 ROBINSON, Sir Ken

 Out of Our Minds:
Learning To Be Creative

 exploring the current education system and prioritizing different learning styles and importance of creativity

SCHUCMAN, Helen Dr.

A Course in Miracles

 theory of mass consciousness, sort of psycho/spirit combo; extremely popular but somewhat controversial teachings channeled thru the author

SINGER, Michael A.

The Untethered Soul
The journey beyond yourself

short, extremely impactful re: thoughts, emotions, purpose, consciousness 

STEINEM, Gloria

Revolution from Within

women self esteem

TOLLE, Eckhart

The Power of Now
Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

extremely good albeit a tough read if you are new to personal growth; read this one before A New Earth; simple Q&A style helps to understand the concepts

TOLLE, Eckhart

A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose

 suggest to read Power of Now first; strong emphasis on ego mind

WILLIAMSON, Marianne

A Return to Love

 Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

WONG, Jan

Out of the Blue

One of the best descriptions of clinical depression in action; navigating the workplace, insurance and resources thru depression; by Cdn journalist Globe & Mail

ZUKAV, Gary

The Seat of the Soul

“If there was just one book on this planet that I could recommend that you read, it would be this book. It has been for me, one of, if not the most powerful book I’ve ever read, except for the bible.” – Oprah

 

 

 

REFERENCE
GENERAL

 

 

AUTHOR

TITLE

Subject, keywords

ARMSTRONG, Alison

Making Sense of Men
A Woman’s Guide to A Lifetime of Love, Care and Attention From All Men

Alison is one of my top go-to people on relationships; attachment theory; from 2008, but timeless research; my fave interview here from Attract Your Soulmate series 2016 – all audio in this folder is AWESOME if you are exploring your relationship!! (full series avail)

BAN BREATHNACH, Sarah

Simple Abundance

why we feel we need more to be happy

BAN BREATHNACH, Sarah

Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self

building on Simple Abundance book

BAKER, Dan; Greenberg,
Kathy; Yolof, Ina

What Happy Women Know

 

BEATTIE, Melody

The Language of Letting Go

recovery from tough life situations; personal power vs powerlessness

BECKWITH, Harry

You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself

 

BECKWITH, Michael Bernard

Life Visioning: A Four-Stage Evolutionary Journey to Live as Divine Love

 life is a choice; spiritual practices using unique gifts/talents toward fulfilment; basis of MBB’s ‘Agape Center’

BERNSTEIN, Gabrielle

May Cause Miracles

relatable NY girl with great life-change story; subtle shifts to radical change to happiness incl. 40day challenge; spiritual insight of bigger picture and asking for help.

BERNSTEIN, Gabrielle

Spirit Junkies

relatable insight understanding and giving self-love

BERNSTEIN, Gabrielle

Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness

relatable but impactful life perspective; great for those beginning their “self” journey

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BEHARY, Wendy,
T. Jeffrey Young and
Daniel J. Siegel

Disarming
the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed

 

BEHRENDT,
Greg, Liz Tuccillo

He’s Just Not That Into You

relationships; differences of the sexes

BOLEN, Jean Shinoda

Goddesses in Older Women

Archetypes in Women over Fifty: Becoming a Juicy Crone

BRANDEN, Nathaniel

The Art of Living Consciously

 

BRITTEN, Rhonda

Fearless Living

getting to the core of fear

BRONSON, Po

What Should I Do With My Life?

personal accounts of approaching the subject

BROWN,  Brené

Gifts of Imperfection:
Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

vulnerability, shame, guilt, being enough; loosely, the 1st of trilogy:
Gifts of Imperfection (be you)
Daring Greatly (be all in)
Rising Strong (fall. get up. try again.)

BROWN,  Brené

I Thought It Was Just Me

vulnerability, shame, guilt, being enough

BROWN,  Brené

Rising Strong

Follow up book to Daring Greatly: if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall – this is about what it takes to get back up & owning our stories

BROWN,
Nina W.

Loving the
Self-absorbed
: How to Create A More
Satisfying Relationship with A Narcissistic Partner

narcissists

BUCKINGHAM, Marcus

-First, Break All the Rules

-Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Build Your Strengths and the Strengths of Every Person in Your Organization 

-StandOut: Find Your Edge, Win at Work

3 books; first, find personal talents; second incls. StrengthsFinder tool on web to find your five most powerful signature traits; third, 2011 update to identify top two Strength Roles
Buckingham was one of the first to market these types of programs

BURCHARD, Brendon

Motivation Manifesto: A Declaration to Claim Your Personal Power (2014)

not a “how to” get motivated read, but a powerful, practical analysis of success, desired freedoms, power of intention; fast read; men generally respond well to this book

BURNS, David

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

anxiety, depression

CAIN, Susan

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

scientific definitions of introversion and extroversion as preferences for different levels of stimulation; hsp

CALLAWAY, Phil

Who Put My Life on Fast Forward

humourous;
burnout, live on less

CAMERON, Julia

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

 

CANFIELD, Jack

Power of Focus

 

CANFIELD, Jack

The Success Principles

getting where you want to be; taking responsibility for you life

CARTER,
Les

Enough about You, Let’s Talk about Me: How
to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in your Life

narcissists

CHANDLER, Steve

Reinventing Yourself

techniques to break down negative barriers and let go of
pessimistic thoughts that prevent fulfilling, or even conceiving of, your goals and dreams

 CHANDLER, Steve

 Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination,
people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos

 

CHANDLER, Steve

100 Ways to Motivate Yourself

 

CHOPRA, Deepak

Super Brain, Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

 neuropsych;
brain/mind/spirit connection; use your brain more productively

COHEN, Alan

A Course In Miracles Made Easy

greatly simplifies ACIM (companion to, not in place of); see also Robert Holden’s Holy Shift

DAWKINS, Richard

The God Delusion

scientific challenge of existence of God and other spiritual practices; there is no persuasion of views: fairly presented (tho Dawkins is a scientist!)

DE ANGELIS, Barbara

Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom & Practical Spirituality

when how we have been living, working, loving isn’t enough anymore; excellent practical, perspective-shifting wisdom, some spirituality

DUHIGG, Charles

The Power of Habit

neuroscience of habits and making small changes to alter habits

 

DYER, Wayne

You’ll See it When You Believe It

power of thought

DYER, Wayne

What Do You Really Want for Your Children

psych/philosophy re childrearing

DYER, Wayne

The Shift

take your life from ambition to meaning

DYER, Wayne

Manifest Your Destiny

thought, vision, action to change your life

ELIOT, Lise

Pink Brain, Blue Brain

neuroscience of the sexes

FELDER, Leonard

A Fresh Start: How to Let Go of emotional baggage & enjoy your life again

 practical guide to overcoming challenging life experiences

FERRISS, Timothy

4-Hour Work Week

challenge old theory about retirement; building biz

FINLEY, Guy

The Secret of Letting Go

Overcoming fears

FINLEY, Guy

The Courage to Be Free

self doubt wisdom

FORD, Debbie

The Secret of the Shadow

more on shadow beliefs; stuckness and gifts from our “dark side”

FORD, Debbie
CHOPRA, Deepak
WILLIAMSON, Marianne

Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self
(There is also a 1hr. Audio based on the book)

using shadow beliefs and your “dark” side for power; identify limiting beliefs; how to fit beliefs into life philosophically

FORD, Debbie

Why Good People do Bad Things

duality ego vs soul; overcoming patterns; integrating fear, pain, shame with whole life

GILBERT, Daniel

Stumbling on Happiness

witty neuropsych re happiness

GILBERT, Elizabeth

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
(see also non-fiction bios)

author of Eat, Pray, Love view on acknowledging purpose; overcoming conditioning, fear; shifting perspective 

GLADWELL, Malcolm

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

 new perspective on how we think; about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem

GODIN, Seth

The Dip:

A Little Book that teaches you When to Quit (and When to Stick)

GOLDMAN, Daniel

Emotional Intelligence at Work

 IQ/EQ insight into our “two minds”— rational and emotional, and how they shape our destiny; “emotional literacy” is not fixed early in life

GRAY, John

Mars and Venus in the Bedroom

Based on the classic Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus (above)

GRAY, John

Men, Women, Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex

Based on the classic Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus (above)

GRAZER, Brian and
FISHMAN, Charles

A Curious Mind
The Secret to a Bigger Life 

the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us; based on film producer Brian Grazer’s decades of weekly “curiosity conversations with an accomplished stranger”

GROUT, Pam

E2: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments
That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
Sequel: E3 

power of thought thru fun, insightful experiments
Sequel: E3 Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles is your Full- Time Gig

HALL, Stephen S.

Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

investigating wisdom from many angles

HANSEN, Rick

Neurodharma of Love:
Rewire Your Brain for Healthy Relationships

neuroscience and love & relationships

 

HANSEN, Rick

Buddha’s Brain:
The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

neuroscience and mindfulness; scientific view of thoughts changing physicality of brain

HANSEN, Rick

Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice At A Time

insight and simple routine practices to support self-worth, resiliency, security, effectiveness

HANSEN, Rick

Hardwiring Happiness:
New Brainscience of Contentment, Calm & Confidence

insight and simple methods to create new neural pathways for happiness, love, peace, confidence

HAWKINS, David

Power vs. Force

truth or falsehood of
any statement or fact; physics, chaos theory re: human behaviour

HAY, Louise

HEWITT, Fran & Les

The Power of Focus for Women

 

HOLDEN, Robert

Happiness Now

timeless wisdom concisely 

HOLDEN, Robert

Loveability

 what stands in the way of loving ourselves & others, and of being loved

HOLDEN, Robert

Holy Shift: 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles

companion guide to ACIM, greatly simplifies some of the main lessons (see also Alan Cohen ACIM Made Easy) 

HOLDEN, Robert

Success Intelligence: Essential Lessons and Practices from World’s
Leading Coaching Program

 used by artists, writers, entrepreneurs & leaders, and also global brands such as DOVE, the Body Shop, the BBC, and Virgin.

HOLDEN, Robert

Success Intelligence: Timeless Wisdom for a Manic Society

 success vs busyness; founder of Happiness Project offers broad perspective thru thematic & entertaining stories (anything by RH is a personal fave!)

HOTCHKISS, Sandy,
James F.  Masterson

Why Is It
Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of
Narcissism

 how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships

KAHNEMAN, Daniel

Thinking, Fast and Slow

 theorizes 2 inherent systems of thinking, one fast one slow, can be manipulated for our success

LANGEMEIER, Loral

The Millionaire Maker

success despite circumstances; money habits; grow business

LANGER, Ellen

Mindfulness

staying present and influences on life

LESSER, Elizabeth

Broken Open: How
Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

how staying present with change brings renewal

LEVIN, Nancy

Jump… And Your Life Will Appear

excellent book for those new to coaching, both as student or teacher; extremely relatable ‘smart’ woman who could not see own limiting beliefs and dysfunctional marriage; great audio interviews here & here

LEVINE, Madeleine

The Price of Privilege

How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation
of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids

LEVINE, Mel

Mind At a Time

neuroscience and kids; one of first authors getting attention re; kids learn differently and different brains are not a flaw but simply need unique tools & strategies
Note: this is the book that turned me on to behavioural psych!! hallelujah!

LEVINE, Mel

The Myth of Laziness

children dismissed as unproductive or “lazy” may suffer from “output failure”—a neurodevelopmental dysfunction that can cause difficulties into adulthood.

 

 

 

LEVITT, Steven D.

Freakonomics and sequel Superfreakonomics

 anecdotes/evidence-based

LIPTON, Bruce

Biology of
Belief
Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles

relatable info re mind/body connection vs DNA vs environment in creating thoughts and reality; neuroscience

McBRIDE, Karyl

Will I Ever Be Good EnoughHealing
the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

behavior patterns; narcissists

McGAREY, Gladys Dr.

The World Needs Old Ladies: They Are the Tree of Life

practical healing wisdom from active 93 yr old doctor of womens health, homebirth pioneer; mentor of C. Northrup

McGRAW, Phil

Family First

 

McGRAW, Phil

Relationship Rescue

 

McGRAW, Robin

What’s Age Got To Do With It?

life after 50; hormones 

McRANEY, David

You are NOT So Smart

science vs. psych; debunking stories we tell ourselves

 MEDINA, John 

 Brain Rules for Baby
(0-5yrs) 

 brain development 

MUKHERJEE, Siddhartha

The Emperor of All Maladies

Evolution of cancer research; tough rather clinical read…but EXCELLENT

MURPHY PAUL, Annie

Origins: How the 9 Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of our Lives

new science on nurture vs nature

MYSS, Caroline

Anatomy of the Spirit

Excellent breakdown of “chakras”; commonality of different religions;
getting on with it – time to stop evaluating and  take action

NEILL, Michael

Supercoach

extremely effective coaching style

 NEILL, Michael

The Space Within: Finding Your Way Back Home (2016)

 Michael’s perspectives are ALWAYS thought provoking and relatable; identifying the space where you are already perfect, creating infinite possibility, intimacy, peace; how we get stuck in our thinking (as in InsideOut Revolution)

NIERENBERG, Gerard

How To Read a Person Like a Book

body language

NORTHRUP. Christiane

Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body

KIDS for girls 4-10; presents simple msgs that bodies are a gift, unique, need care

NORTHRUP, Kate

Money:
A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really
Want

shift your beliefs about money; entertaining read

ORTNER, Nick

The Tapping Solution

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT); real-life stories of healing and how to release fears and clear limiting beliefs using EFT

O’ROURKE, Meghan

The Long Goodbye

death, grieving

PAUL, Annie Murphy

Origins: Why the 9 Months Before Birth Shape the Rest Of Our Lives

fetal developmental influences

PIPHER, Mary 

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

raising girls

PINK, Daniel

A Whole New Mind Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future

neuro vs psycho influences; right vs left brain differences

PRATHER, Hugh

Notes on Love & Courage

 

PRATHER, Hugh

Notes on How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy

 

QUIGLEY, Pat

Making It Through the Night

couples, surviving crisis

RANKIN, Lissa

Mind Over Medicine, Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Reader-friendly information re: integrative medicine with science
evidence

RANKIN, Lissa

Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage As Medicine For The Body, Mind & Soul

Breakthrough understanding of fear’s effects; spiritual and medical

REDFIELD, James

The Celestine Prophecy

ancient Peru manuscript on 9 key insights of life; understand where
you are in life

ROACK, Mary

Stiff

what happens to bodies post-mortem

ROBBINS, Tony

Unlimited Power

NLP; behavior patterns; influence of thoughts and self-talk

ROBBINS, Tony

Unleash The Power

audio; live life by design

ROIZEN, Michael

Real Age

how life situations affect physical biology

RONSON, Jon

The Psychopath Test

personality disorders

RUIZ, Miguel

The Four Agreements

shamanic teachings of grace, peace, love

SCHAEF,  Anne,
Fassel, Diane

The Addictive Organization

perpetuating sick orgs.

SHER, Barbara

I Could Do Anything if only I knew what it was

identifying interests, passions

SINEK, Simon

Start With Why

advice on starting a business

SOGYAL (Rinpoche)

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

leads you gently thru Tibetan teachings of Buddhism from Rigpa master

STRAUSS, Neil

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Revealing, vulnerable look at maturing and how that affects relationships and why you might want one; male view; covers infidelity; follow up to book “The Game” (interesting read but Truth book has more usable wisdom)

TRACY, Brian

Eat That Frog

procrastination

TRACY, Brian

Psychology of Selling

biz/mktg psych

VANZANT, Iyanla

Until Today

One year of daily “devotions” to stimulate thought

VANZANT, Iyanla

One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

forty days of thoughts & exercises to move forward in your life

VANZANT, Iyanla

Peace From Broken Pieces

moving forward after loss or big change

WALSCH, Neale Donald

Conversations With God

series of 9 books; ‘channelled’ writings of God; not about religion, focus is wisdom (God is your own definition)

WOODWARD THOMAS, Katherine

Conscious Uncoupling (2015)

pointed to divorce, separation, loss of relationship but info is invaluable for any stage as it focuses on what you truly want for yourself; practical guidance

WOODWARD THOMAS, Katherine

Calling In The One: 7 Weeks to Call In The Love of Your Life (2004)

relationship definitions & direction for fulfilling relationships; based somewhat on law of attraction, very mature, practical info

WURTZEL, Elizabeth

Prozac Nation

personality disorders, neuro/psychological influences, Prozac & drug therapies vs other
therapies, kids futures

YAPKO, Michael

Breaking the Patterns of Depression

break patterns; shift perspective

 

 

 

BODY/ DIET/
WELLNESS
specific

 

 

AUTHOR

TITLE

Subject, keywords

BROGAN, Kelly

A Mind of your Own
The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives (2016)

depression not as disease, but symptom; healing body/lifestyle/perceptions to heal mind; Featuring A 30-day Plan for Transformation; Brogan is traditionally trained but well established in functional/integrative medicine, offering balanced views; good insight on anti-d’s

GATES, Donna

The
Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity

coined the phrase “inner ecosystem”, book on gut incl sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and probiotic
rich

HAY, Louise with SCHULZ, Mona Lisa

All Is Well

medical science behind the affirmations in Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life,; stories and practical advice for personal
healing

 BORYSENKO, Joan

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

 1987 New York Times best-selling; founded country’s first mind-body clinics at Harvard teaching hospital

FINLAY,  Brett
ARRIETA,  Marie-Claire

Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World (2016)

current, understandable science on how microbes influence child development incl asthma, diabetes, obesity; anitbiotics, probiotics; excellent info for pre-pregnancy; well-written, entertaining read

KARR,  Kris

Crazy Sexy Diet \ or Kitchen

latest info on wellness diet \ and cooking

KARR,  Kris

Crazy Sexy Cancer

uplifting guide, four main
topics: diagnosis, mind, body and spirit.

MUKHERJEE, Siddhartha

Emperor of All Maladies

Evolution of cancer research; tough rather clinical read…but EXCELLENT 

 PICK, Marcelle

 Is it Me or My Adrenals
(renamed from Are You Tired and Wired)

 adrenal fatigue

RANKIN, Lissa

Mind Over Medicine, Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Reader-friendly information re: integrative medicine with science
evidence

SIEGEL, Ron
URDANG, Michael H. and JOHNSON, Douglas R.

Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain

new evidence points to a cycle of psychological stress, muscle tension, and fear-based avoidance of activity as the true cause for the vast majority of sufferers; focus on mindfulness

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NON FICTION
BIOGRAPHY

 

 

AUTHOR

TITLE

Subject, keywords

BERNSTEIN, Gabrielle

Spirit Junkie

relatable NY girl on fears; change

BOLTE TAYLOR, Jill

My Stroke of Insight

Neuroscientist experiences a stroke providing incredible insight

BOO, Katherine

Behind the Beautiful Forevers 

lives in Mumbai slum; reads like fiction

BLANCHARD, Bob/Melinda

Live What You Love

simple story couple gives all up to open dream biz on beach

DALE, Melanie 

Women are Scary
The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends 

funny mom perspective; also tale of adopting; some ref to spirituality 

DIDION, Joan 

My Year of Magical Thinking 

life/grief immediately after trauma 

DE VRIES, Maggie

Missing Sarah

missing women
Vancouver downtown eastside

DOYLE MELTON, Glennon 

Love Warrior: A Memoir
(2016)

early self-abusive lifestyle is forced to get real fast with unexpected pregnancy; masculine/feminine & attachment styles in relationships; creating conscious relationships; tho character comes from abuse, her wisdom is hugely universally relatable – some of the best writing (and quotes) I’ve read in this genre 

DOYLE MELTON, Glennon 

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life (2013)

witty, well-written; best-loved material from Momastery.com; invites to believe in selves, be brave, kind, let go of perfection; stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard

GILBERT, Elizabeth

Eat, Pray, Love

woman midlife journey 

GILBERT, Elizabeth

Committed

sequel EPL; why marriage

KIYOSAKI, Robert

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

wealth tips; family behaviour patterns; thought modification

KNOX, Amanda

Waiting To Be Heard

personal story of naïve young woman in her early 20’s wrongly accused of murder in a foreign country (other books re same subject from different perspectives, all good: Fatal Gift of Beauty; Honor Bound)

MASSOT SIMPSON, Christine

As You Wish: Lightness in the Darkness of Aids (Vancouver published)

husband with aids

MOORJANI, Anita

Dying to Be Me

death; near death; audio interview here

RUBIN, Gretchen

Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

 a year test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

SKLOOT, Rebecca

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

relating the life of a black woman whose cells were used to generate infamous scientific milestone and profit without family’s knowledge

SAPHIRE

Push

tough, hopeful story of teen mom raised in extreme abuse and dysfunction; to note: written in “ghetto” from voice of the teen

SELLERS, Heather

You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know

face blindness

STRAUSS, Neil

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Revealing, vulnerable look at maturing and how that affects relationships and why you might want one; male view; covers infidelity; follow up to book “The Game” (interesting read but Truth book has more usable wisdom)

STRAYED, Cheryl

 Wild

personal growth story evolving from a trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon

 

 

 

FICTION
human behaviour

 

 

AUTHOR

TITLE

 

ASHWORTH, Jenn

A Kind of Intimacy

funny, light; delusional woman

COELHO, Paul

The Alchemist

travel tale; wisdom, listen to heart, see the signs; also considered a CLASSIC by some

EGGERS, Dave

Zeitoun

 New Orleans flood

EUGENIDES, Jeffrey

Middlesex

 unisex

FRANZEN, Jonathon

The Corrections

 family dynamics, sr’s

OHLIN, Alix

Inside

 intertwining characters exploration; extremely good psych
insight

RAY, Jeanne

Invisible Women

satire about women feeling invisible

SHRIVER, Lionel

We Need to Talk About Kevin

parents of deviant son; nature vs. nurture

TSIOLKAS, Christos

The Slap

examines how people might come to their differing viewpoints after witnessing the slap of a mutual friend’s child

VERGHESE, Abraham

Cutting for Stone

epic of Brit Dr. & twin boys with
mysterious past living in Ethiopia

YALOM, Irvine

When Nietzsche Wept

Dr. trying to help Nietzsche must help himself first; fact-based fiction

 

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