Books of Interest

Finding and Following Your Path

  • How Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives by Wayne Muller
  • The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dreams by Paul Coelho
    I Will Not Die the Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion by Dawna Marcova
  • Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Greg Levoy
  • The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition and Uncommon Sense by Carol Adrienne
  • Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Selignman, Ph.D.

Tools for Life’s Journey

  • How to be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration by David Richo
  • The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find Embracing Them by David Richo
  • Wired for Joy: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within by Laurel Mellin
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead by Brene Brown (Also please check out her TED and TEDx videos on the TED web site or youtube.)
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Creating: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process and How to Use it to Create Anything—A Work of Art, a Relationship, a Career or a Better Life by Robert Fritz
  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Strategies for Coping with the Difficult, Painful, and Confusing Times in Your Life by William Bridges
  • The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

Relationships

  • How to be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving by David Richo (He is my new favorite writer. His web site davericho.com also has some free downloads.)
  • Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy by David Richo
  • The New Rules for Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work By Terrence Real
  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Love Without Hurt: Turn Your Resentful, Angry, or Emotionally Abusive Relationship into a Compassionate, Loving One by Steven Stosny, PhD
  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail and How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman. (I recommend any and all of the Relationship books by Gottman.)
  • If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D.
  • The Intimacy Factor by Pia Mellogy and Lawrence S. Freundlich

Spiritual Life

  • The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know by David Richo
  • Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
  • A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
  • Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love by Marci Shimoff
  • Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe
  • The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring by Parker J. Palmer.
  • A Sabbath Life: One Woman’s Search for Wholeness by Kathleen Hirsch

Work life

  • Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
  • Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job by Lewis Richmond
  • Soloing: Realizing Your Life’s Ambition by Harriet Rubin
  • Fire your Boss: A Radical Career Plan to Take Control of Your Work Life, Boost Your Income, Have a Job Offer Always in Hand, Find Happiness Outside the Office And Your Boss Will Thank You by Stephen M. Pollan
  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham

Recovery

  • The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Life When It All Seems Too Hard to Take by Melody Beattie
  • A Day at a Time: Daily Reflections for Recovering People by Anonymous
  • The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency by Mealogy Beattie
  • Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Katherine Ketcham and Ernest Kurtz
  • The Narcotics Anonymous Step Working Guides (Don’t let the title scare you. Even if you have never touched and addictive drug in your life, this is a great guide to working the 12 steps.)

Parenting

  • Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Understanding Can Help You Raise Children who Thrive by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary
  • The Mindful Child by Susan K. Greenland
  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by Ph.D. John Gottman, Joan Declaire and Daniel Goleman
  • The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable about Resoring Sanity to the Most Important Organization in Your Life by Patrick Lencioni
  • Childhood Unbound: Saving Our Kid’s Best Selves—Confident Parenting in a World of Change by Ron Taffell, Ph.D.
  • Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by Foster Cline, M.D. & Jim Fay