Classics in Personal Growth

Recommended Reading List

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The book list below is recommended reading for emotional growth. The descriptions are written by various editors and reviewers. My specific comments are in quotes, usually at the beginning, and followed by my initials. To purchase, just click on the book title in its associated description.

Some reviewers complain that Tolle has nothing “new” to say, which may be true. What is remarkable is Tolle’s ability to communicate the “incomprehensible” — to enable us to fathom spiritual insights that can change our lives. He demystifies many so-called spiritual mysteries. He makes “living in the now” not merely an abstract concept but a vivid reality that almost anyone can grasp.

In A New Earth, Tolle expands on the powerful ideas from The Power of Now to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment was a question-and-answer handbook. A New Earth has been written as a traditional narrative, offering anecdotes and philosophies in a way that is accessible to all. Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life — and for building a better world.

Whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish or any other faith, this book will increase your depth of understanding the basic principals of all faiths.

“Once I was willing to begin the process of accepting the chronic pain that’s with me each day, this life-changing CD set found its way to me. For those of us – I believe this is all of us – who experience physical or emotional pain Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life is a listening must. If you’re experiencing a peaceful state of being right now, this is an even better time to arm yourself with the tools available here. -BM”

Mindfulness can transform pain. Over the past three decades, Jon Kabat-Zinn has clinically proven it. Now, with Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, the man who brought mindfulness into mainstream medicine presents for the first time on audio his original practices for using conscious awareness to free us from physical and emotional suffering. This long-awaited two-CD program begins with an overview of how mindfulness changes the way our bodies process pain and stress. Listeners will learn tips and techniques for working with the mind and embracing whatever arises in our lives, however challenging. Then Jon Kabat-Zinn leads us in guided meditations drawn from his pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) methodology to help us work with and find relief from chronic pain, everyday stress, and emotional challenges, as well as to read and act appropriately in the face of acute pain. “Mindfulness can reveal what is deepest and best in ourselves and bring it to life in very practical and imaginative ways — just when we need it the most,” explains Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief gives us a ready tool for overcoming even the most extraordinary difficulties

“A powerful self-help book of exercises about deliberately creating what you want to be, do, have.”—B.M.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: the Astonishing Power of Feelings, gives us the rather startling new information that every moment of our lives is governed by our EMOTIONS, not by luck, or hard work, or circumstance, or good thoughts, or visualization. The law of attraction puts whatever you think about into your life, so you have to be careful what you put in your mind and how you feel about it. The distinction between negative wants (I don’t want to be poor) and positive wants (I want enough money to do what I want in life) is difficult for most people, but the author makes it abundantly clear with great personal examples and a lot of enthusiasm. We can choose how we frame things and thus control the vibrations we send out to the world. What we feel is what we get!

“Get a friend or several of them to do this with you as a team effort.”—B.M.

Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting Playbook includes exercises that lead you through the self-questioning process that exposes the root of your limiting belief systems. Once you really see how you’re hurting yourself with that belief, you can’t wait to pull it out! Each weed-pulling is immediately followed by a “flower-planting” — that is, an exercise that helps you feel positive, supported, and hopeful. Because Grabhorn combines left-brain (analytical) and right-brain (emotion, imagination) activities so effectively, it’s amazing how quickly the internal changes happen.

“An awesome book. I’ve been re-reading different chapters of The Prophet for the past 25 years. The more I read it, the more Gibran’s messages resonate with me.”—B.M.

This is the poet and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran’s philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 – translated into more than 20 languages. In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man’s wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran’s gift to us, as well, for Gibran’s prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world’s great religions. On the most basic topics–marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure — his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description “divinely inspired.” Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions–as millions of other readers already have.

“Here’s a book written in the 80s that is still on my bookshelf.”—B.M.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway offers readers a clear-cut plan for action that, when followed, should help them unlearn their misconceptions about of fear and replace them with attitudes of strength and conviction. By mixing positive thinking with situational exercises that examine basic fear responses, psychologist Jeffers shows that fear is what you make of it and that in most cases it is unfounded. She also illustrates key points through examining case studies, which show that when we are fearful, faulty thinking is most often the real culprit; when such thinking is corrected, the fear is gone.

“This is one of the first and best self-help books I’ve ever read – and it’s still on my bookshelf within easy reach.”—B.M.

You Can Have It All is a powerful, thought-provoking book. Arnold M. Patent explains how we can have love, joy, inner peace, and unlimited abundance. He clearly speaks with the authority of one who has actually had to make these laws work in his own life. Unlike other new age authors, Patent encourages us to experimentally verify his assertions rather than accept them “just because”.

Wheels of Life presents the Chakra System as a Formula for Wholeness and a Template for Transformation – actually a Map for the Journey through Life.

This book is a system about a system – journeying the reader through the seven major chakras with theory, example, practical application and experiential exercises to accomplish the great work of personal transformation. Each consciousness is a unit in the evolutionary process moving us from what we are to what we can become, and through that process we realize ourselves as magicians, healers and visionaries.

The journey is taken step-by-step, with each step bringing practical advantages in the development of inherent skills and abilities to meet the increasingly critical challenges of life in our times. Your life is filled with meaning and purpose. Its destiny is Enlightenment. Now, you must take the first step.

Self-help books are useful, and don’t replace working with a coach!