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Suggested Reading

Book Recommendations List

(last updated – 9/2018)

The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chodron

Getting the Love You Want, by Harville Hendrix

Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van der Kolk, MD

Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach

Letting Go by David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD

Taming Your Gremlin, by Rick Carson

Buddha’s Brain, by Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius

Super Genes, by Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine, Ann Frederick

Facing Codependency, Pia Mellody

Fully Present, Susan S. Smalley, PhD, Diana Winston

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, John Gottman, PhD

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, Bruce Perry, PhD, Maia Szalavitz

A New Pair of Glasses, Chuck C.

A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis, MD, Fari Amini, MD, Richard Lannon, MD


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer

The Surrender Experiment – Michael Singer

Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle – by Stuart Wilde

The Power of Your Spoken Word” by Louise Hay

Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins

Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

True Refuge by Tara Brach

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield

Bringing Home the Dharma by Jack Kornfield

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

Missing piece meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein

How to Hug a Porcupine by Debbie Ellis

The Artist Way by Julia Cameron (self understanding)

Quiet by Susan Cain

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman



As A Man Thicket by James Allen

The Courage to Be Free by Guy Finley

The Creative Process in The Individual by Thomas Throward

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

Mindfulness by Ellen Langer



Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You by Spencer Johnson

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Feel the Fear… And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

The Success System That Never Fails by William Clement Stone

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie

The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Jack Canfield

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goldman

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg



Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser (Dealing with unwanted change)

Resilient by Rick Hanson

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Grit by Angela Duckworth



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Getting Things Done by David Allen

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination by Neil A. Fiore

31 Days to Productivity – by Simona Rich (yes, my own eBook)

The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark V. Hansen and Les Hewitt

First Things First, Stephen R. Covey

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankyl

The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck

Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins

Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins

Straight From the Gut, Jack Welch

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Deep Work by Charles Newport



The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

Passionate Marriage: Keeping Intimacy & Love Alive by David Schnarch

Psychology of Romantic Love, Nathaniel Branden

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

ACT with love by Russ Harris, MD

Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Way of the Superior Man, Deida

YOUR BRAIN ON LOVE: The neurobiology of Healthy Relationships by Stan Tatkin

WIRED for LOVE: How understanding your partners brain and attachment style can help you defused conflict and Build a secure relationship Stan Tatkin

Getting The Love You Want by Harville Hendrix

Keeping the Love You Find (singles)  by Harville Hendrix

Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a lifetime of love by Sue Johnson

Married & Alone by Douglas Weiss (intimacy avoidance & sex/love addiction)

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

The verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans

He’s Scared, She’s Scared and Men Who Can’t Love by Steven Carter and Julia Sokol

Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work by John Gottman

Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg



After The Affair by Abrahms

Learning To Love Again After The Affair by Gottman

Not Just Friends: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity – Glass & Staeheli

The State of Affairs by Ester Perel

When Good People Have Affairs by Kirshenbaum



You Can Heal Your Heart by Louise Hay and David Kessler



Mating In Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Ester Perel

Tickle his Pickle by Sadie Allison

Enlightened Sex annual by Deida

Becoming Cliterate by Laurie Mintz



Any Book written by author Patricia Carnes



Earn What You Deserve and How To Get Out of Debt by Jerrold Mundis

The Nine Steps To Financial Freedom and The Courage To Be Rich by Suze Orman



Redirecting Children’s Behavior by Kathryn Kvols

Be prepared – A practical Handbook for new Dads by Greenberg and Hayden

The Awakened Family Shefali Tsabary

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

Giving the Love That Heals (for parents) by Harville Hendrix

How To Talk So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How To Talk So Teens Will Listen by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel

Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay



oms House/ Dad’s House for Kids by Isolina Ricci

What In The World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? Kent Winchester & Roberta Beyer

Divorce Is Not The End of The World by Zoe and Evan Stern



The Smart Stepdad by Ron L. Deal

The Smart Stepmom by Ron L. Deal

Wisdom on Step parenting by Diana Weiss-Wisdom

Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act The Way They Do by Wednesday Martin

Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today’s Blended Family by Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green




The Red Book by Sera Beak

Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein

A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schuman

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Power of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzburg

The Road Less Traveled by M Scott Peck

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzburg



Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Kripalu Yoga by Richard Faulds

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope



The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley

Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreux



Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey

How Not To Die by Michael Greger



The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier (Adults who have been adopted)



Books by Temple Grandin or Tony Attwood



When bad things happen to good people

Option B (after the main grieving process is complete)

The fall of Freddie the leaf (Children’s book)

The Grief Recovery Handbook By John James and Frank Cherry

How To Survive The Loss of A Love by Colgrove, Bloomfield and Williams

Any Book by Author Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



The Mindful Way Through depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Williams, Teasdale, Sega and Kabat-Zinn

Uncovering Happiness by Elisha Goldstein



The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Ed Bourne

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes

Feeling Good by David Burns

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Mindful Way Through Anxiety by Orsillo and Roemer

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k by Mark Manson

Mind Over Matter Workbook by

Constructive Living by David K Reynolds

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety by William Knaus



Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD (Great EMDR)

Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller (Narcissistic Parents)

Thou shalt not be aware by Alice Miller

For your own good by Alice Miller

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Getting Past your past by Francine Shapiro

Healing Trauma by Peter Levine (somatic healing approach)

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman



For Each other and For Yourself by Lonnie Barbach

Escape From Intimacy by Ann Wilson Schaef

The Courage To Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis



Mean Mothers by Peg Streep

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend (Christian bent)

The Emotionally Absent Mother by Jasmin Lee Cori

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay Gibson

Toxic Parents by Susan Forward

Mothers Who Can’t Love by Susan Forward

Emotional Blackmail (Guilt/Obligation/Fear as Manipulation) by Susan Forward

Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse by Gregory Jantz

Emotional Abuse: A annual for Self-defense by Zak Mucha

You Carry The Cure In Your Own Heart (Essay) Andrew Vachss



It Will Never Happen To Me by Claudia Black

Perfect Daughters by Ackerman

Silent Sons by Ackerman

Outgrowing The Pain by (ACOA)

Adult Children of Alcoholics by Jane Woitiz



Toxic Parents by Susan Forward

Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattle

Beyond Co-dependency Melody Beattle

The language of letting go by Melody Beattle

Getting To Yes by Fisher

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend (Christian bent)

The Codependency Trap by Weinhold & Weinhold

Missing piece meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein




Surviving your borderline parent by Kimberlee Roth

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson




Taking charge of ADHD a guide for Parents by Russell Barkley



Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch (disordered eating)

Life without Ed by Geneen Roth

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies and Overcoming Overeating by Carol Munter

The Secret Language of Eating Disorders by Peggy Claude-Pierre

I Wish I Were Thin, I Wish I Were Fat by ichelle Joy Levine

Women Who Hurt Themselves by Dusty iller

The Don’t Diet, Live-it Workbook by Andrea LoBue

Diary of Eating Disorder by Chelsea Browning Smith

Preventing Childhood Eating Disorders by Jane Hirschmann

When Food Is Love by Geneen Roth

Bulimia: A Guide for Family & Friends by Roberta Trattner Sherman

Surving An Eating Disorder by Seigal, Brisman and Weinshel