Sex in Recovery: A Meeting Between the Covers

By Jennifer Matesa Hazelden Publishing Are you in recovery? Are you struggling with how to have sexual relationships and still maintain your sobriety? This book looks at how addiction, recovery, and sexuality are related. Matesa interviewed over 30 people in recovery who were willing to discuss sex and sexuality with her. This book contains their candid conversations and “topic chapters” where Matesa offers her own personal story and observations. Topic chapters end with “Queries for Discussion” questions specific to the topic, such as “How long has it been since someone else last touched my skin?” in the chapter on Touch. … Continue reading

Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation

By Donald Altman New World Library Emotional clutter can appear in our personal and professional lives. Ongoing toxic habits can create patterns that impact the level of emotional clutter we experience. Altman is a psychotherapist, author, and former Buddhist monk. He proposes mindfulness activities to cut through the clutter and change the way we process information so that the past and present can be dealt with in a healthier manner. He says, “I like to think of it as a mindful lifestyle reboot—a way of clearing out the old, habitual methods of living and thinking that keep us stuck in … Continue reading

Dropping The Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have

By Roger Housden New World Library Struggling with your life? Housden was until several years ago when he realized that he was making his life unnecessarily difficult. He uses stories and poems to tell how one’s internal mental struggle can be managed and help with letting go and surrendering to peacefulness. Readers will find techniques which help with how to drop the struggles to be special (true humility), for a perfect life (being kind to ourselves), and for love (unconditional trust). What will your life become once you surrender to it? If you have a book you’d like reviewed or … Continue reading

The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes

Little Black Book of Suicide Notes by Adele Paula Royce

By Adele Paula Royce Live Your Light Publishing, Inc. A person dies by suicide approximately every 14 minutes in the U.S. alone. Royce hopes her semi-fictional book will help people considering suicide to reconsider it. She wants readers to know they are not alone in their aloneness. She reveals her own battle with suicide ideation, and in doing so, she sheds light on a dark topic while offering hope. Her nonjudgmental message includes 27 essays that she calls notes which are broken into The Reward of Death, The Ten Commandments of Suicide, and The Final Farewell. This book is the … Continue reading

Soul Courage

By Tara-Jenelle Walsch Rainbow Ridge Books Do you believe that everything you desire to know is already inside of you, in your soul? Walsch does and she wants readers to “live through the magnificence of your Soul Courage.” Soul courage is defined as daring to be and own all of you without shame, judgment, or excuses. She says that everyone already has Soul Courage and her process makes it accessible. Readers are given a formula to facilitate getting in touch with their True Self. Then, using the components of Feeling, Expressing, and Connecting to do that, supported by stories and … Continue reading

From Stressed to Centered: A Practical Guide to a Healthier and Happier You

By Dana A. Gionta, Ph.D. and Dan Guerra, Psy.D. Sea Hill Press, Inc. Both authors are psychologists who share their personal stories and experiences. They describe their paths to self-care, whether it was initiated as a stress reducer or a coping mechanism for dealing with trauma. Gionta and Guerra provide a step-by-step guide to help readers practice good stress management and self-care which will generate long term health and well-being. The book includes a questionnaire to help readers evaluate their stressors and determine their stress levels. Determining an individual’s stress level, and how it shows up in one’s life, is … Continue reading

Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want

By Christine Hassler New World Library Have you ever had things not turn out the way you though, planned, or wanted them to? We suffer when our reality doesn’t match the expectations we are attached to. Hassler states, “Expectation hangovers are doorways to tremendous opportunities to heal issues from our past, change how we are living in the present, and create a future based on who we truly are rather than who we are expected to be.” These may be situational, interpersonal, or self-imposed expectations. They are generally similar to what one experiences with a hangover from too much alcohol. … Continue reading

Color Your Dreams: 100 Inspiring Words, Captivating Coloring Images & Uplifting Activities

By Juliet Madison Sourcebooks, Inc. Do you love to color? Many are finding this pastime to be soothing and relaxing. Want to add a meditative component to this practice? A self-taught artist, Madison created the drawings for this adult coloring book. They are meant to encourage meditation and reflection while the colorer is focused on the simplicity of the moment. With 100 inspiring words to choose from, you will find a picture for you. Each word includes a coloring tip, an affirmation, and a mini meditation. For example, the coloring tip for “Imagination” is that as you color, think like … Continue reading

Ordinary Goodness: The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty

Ordinary Goodness: The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty By Edward Viljoen TarcherPerigee Do you think that wherever you are, you can create meaning and beauty in your life and the world? Viljoen does. He shares personal, heartfelt stories from folks who have done just that. He’s a New Thought minister and offers stories that exemplify the process, regardless of life’s circumstances. He provides exercises and practical tips to help readers fill their own lives with “ordinary happiness.” Viljoen breaks the book into five parts: Ordinary Goodness, Ordinary Kindness, Ordinary Compassion, Ordinary Faith, and closes … Continue reading

Dharma Parenting: Understanding Your Child’s Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment

Dharma Parenting: Understanding Your Child’s Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment By Robert Keith Wallace, PhD and Frederick Travis, PhD TarcherPerigee Would any parent turn down groundbreaking scientific research that could help their child develop to their true potential? Wallace and Travis are researchers and neuroscientists who recommend parents use Ayurveda to help recognize and nurture their child’s unique attributes. The book reviews the different Ayurveda brain/body types. It includes a website parents can access to determine their and their child’s type with recommendations to help them understand and connect with their child. In the book they … Continue reading

Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships

Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships By Kira Asatryan New World Library Wanting to feel close to someone is a universal goal. Not everyone achieves it easily as social media, technology, and myths may actually make it harder to do. The first step is to understand what closeness is and what it really means to you. After all, loneliness is not a character flaw. Understanding that makes the problem easier to handle. The second step is mastering the art of knowing oneself and others on a deeper level. The third step is mastering … Continue reading

I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

By The Mindfulness Project TarcherPerigee Readers may recognize The Mindfulness Project, a platform for teaching and spreading health and happiness through mindfulness exercises. They do this through a variety of workshops and online programs. In this easy to carry book, The Mindfulness Project wants readers to learn that they have the potential to be creative and mindful by paying attention to what is happening here and now and writing or drawing about that awareness. The book includes journaling suggestions and ample space for doodling among the many exercises. For example, the drawing of a simple tea cup encourages the reader … Continue reading

The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food

By Jean Kristeller with Alisa Bowman Perigee Based upon many years of experience and research, Kristeller identifies the myths of dieting. Using mindfulness practices specifically targeting eating, she helps readers understand why they overeat and how to change their relationship with food. To do that, she suggests letting go of calorie anxiety and incorporate mindfulness meditations. She provides information to help break the habit of mindless eating and establish a better relationship with food. In each chapter there are practices to help the reader better understand how emotional experiences and eating are related; these exercises help deepen one’s awareness and … Continue reading

Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World

By Ali Berman Hazelden Publishing Berman interviewed ten people from diverse backgrounds to discover the key to balance and fulfilment. She learned how they achieved harmony despite unimaginable hardships, illness, and loss. She shares their stories here. When asked how they handled stress, some stated that they asked themselves, “Can I do something about it or can’t I?” They told her they changed the way they processed negative information. Berman says that following their examples, she is now living the life she wants and that she no longer fells “overwhelmed, tired, and deeply unhappy.” If you have a favorite book … Continue reading

The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey

By Derek Lin Tarcher Penguin Lin reviews parables from Tzu, a Taoist philosopher who lived twenty-four hundred years ago and influenced Chinese culture through stories. He incorporates these translated teachings into today’s Western world. For example, “The end of one’s life marks the completion of one’s work.” Therefore, instead of mourning the death of a loved one, Tzu taught that it made more sense to celebrate a life well lived. Another example, “May you go far in life, live up to your potential, and achieve great things,” is translated from a story where the flight of a bird that transforms … Continue reading

Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now

By Joseph Emet TarcherPerigee Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what actually makes people happy and what makes life most worth living. Emet trained with Thich Nhat Hanh and shares how Positive Psychology compliments Buddhism. Each chapter has three sections: a story, a meditation or reflection, and a practice section with exercises to help the reader integrate the message. Emet recommends that readers choose to read the book in the order it was written, chapter by chapter, or randomly select a page and see what it brings. If you have a favorite book you’d like to share with other … Continue reading