A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps

By Stephanie S. Covington Hazelden Publishing Although written over 20 years ago, this book still provides a valid message to readers today. Covington is nationally recognized for her work with women in private treatment and correctional institutions. Using the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, she provides a “gender-responsive approach” to addiction and recovery, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality. In the introduction, Covington describes the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and explains why she thinks women may benefit from a more focused approach to recovery, one that is specific for women. Readers will find thoughtful and inspiring stories from women who worked the 12- … Continue reading

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult

By Ira Israel Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Israel acknowledges that he wrote this book as a way to share what he learned from studying psychology, philosophy, sociology and spirituality. As a psychotherapist, he teaches his clients how to learn to be present and embrace every moment of life. He describes how to be authentic and live at the higher end of the happiness spectrum. Meditation and yoga are two of his recommendations to accomplish that goal. Folks in the rooms of recovery have heard that the characteristics developed in order to get their emotional and psychological needs met as children may … Continue reading

Forty Things I Wish I’d Told My Kids

By John Allcock Morgan James Publishing Allcock says, “Ninety percent of your worries are wrong.” He maintains, “What we do is not as important as how we are.” And he thinks that most of what we fear is imaginary. These are some of the topics in emails he sent to his daughters, who are now grown, to demonstrate his care and concern for them. He states the information was what he wishes he’d known to teach his kids when they were young. Readers benefit from those emails. For example, the one stating that ninety percent of your worries are wrong … Continue reading

Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife

By Cheryl Richardson HarperOne As a best-selling author and professional life coach, Richardson is known for having answers. Then she experienced events that made her reevaluate and reexamine her life and what really mattered. She shares her journal entries and candid thoughts about age, marriage, work, friendships and priorities in life. Richardson says, “I want to give people the tools they need to take better care of themselves-the language to say no, permission to gracefully disappoint others, strategies for setting firm boundaries that honor one’s time and energy. This is not selfish, it’s spiritual. I’m encouraging people to honor the … Continue reading

Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restful Soul

By Jon M. Sweeney and Mark S. Burrows Hampton Roads Publishing Meister Eckhart was a 14th century German mystic and philosopher who thought the search for God was a search for the self. He has been credited with influencing spiritual teachers from Erich Fromm to Rudolf Steiner. Sweeney and Burrows took a collection of Eckhart’s sermons and manuscripts and put them into poems for contemporary readers. Eckhart’s description and understanding of the Divine is expressed in short, quick images that allow the reader to see and deeply experience their understanding of God. However you interpret his writing, Eckhart’s sermons and … Continue reading

The Self-Discipline Handbook: Simple Ways to Cultivate Self-Discipline, Build Confidence, and Obtain Your Goals

By Natalie Wise Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Wise explains the art and science of self-discipline. She describes boundaries and the influence of internal and external stumbling blocks. She even explains why she thinks persistence is a virtue and self-improvement is exhausting. However, to maximize progress and minimize confusion, Wise affirms, “Small positive choices set us up for success.” The handbook includes spaces to journal and draw and prompts with room to list items such as “My Values,” My Strengths,” and “Curiosity Sparks.” Readers will find thought provoking activities that may help them evaluate their goals and build the confidence to reach … Continue reading

A Course in Mysticism and Miracles: Begin Your Spiritual Adventure

By Jon Mundy, PhD Weiser Books Drawing on the teachings of A Course in Miracles, Mundy explores mysticism and how it fits in today’s world. He is also the author of Living a Course in Miracles. In this book, he describes what mysticism is, and what it isn’t. He explains how mysticism has affected various religions, but more importantly, how it influences spirituality. He expands on the topic of mysticism and how it is so simple it can be found in “ordinary” experiences. Readers will learn about self-fulfillment and that peace is available to all. Purchase If you have a … Continue reading

Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying

By Light Watkins Ballantine Books This is Watkins’ “how-to guide” for a successful meditation practice. It includes his experiences and struggles with practicing and teaching meditation since 1998. Because of those experiences, he developed E.A.S.Y. (Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield), a technique everyone who wants to have a meditation practice will find valuable. Watkins explains how he developed the principles and provides his own and students’ stories. All of which help the reader realize that meditation really can be E.A.S.Y. If you have a book you’d like reviewed or have an old favorite you’d like to share with others, please contact … Continue reading

Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

By M. J. Ryan Conari Press Ryan states, “Research has confirmed the emotional and physical benefits of giving thanks.” When we are thankful, fear and anger disappear. Additionally, she believes that more gifts come to us when we are grateful; it is a powerful change agent. She provides 60 essays to help readers identify and incorporate gratitude in their lives. Practices of gratitude include daily exercise and being grateful “in spite of.” Included are anecdotal stories of how people have opened themselves to the fulfillment of gratitude and become more alive in the present moment. Are you ready for more … Continue reading

Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom of Life’s Hard Questions

By Lori Deschene Conari Press This book began as a quote–a–day tweet. Deschene tells the story of how she moved to New York City and the lessons she learned. She shares her insight and wisdom to help readers “live mindfully, in the present and connected to others.” In her essay on pain, Deschene describes how one can learn from pain to make positive changes. Other essays include how to find the meaning of life and her thoughts on fate, happiness, and love. Deschene is honest in her reflections and answers. For example, when writing about the question “What’s the meaning … Continue reading