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

Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean

By Walter Ling, MD New World Library How the brain gets and stays addicted is described by Ling, a neuropsychiatrist with 30 years of clinical practice and a pioneer in research. He begins by describing how the brain works and how addiction is a brain disease. Ling also provides information on detoxification and explains what happens during the detox process. Relapse and relapse prevention techniques, including holistic methods, are also described in the book for readers who want to establish new patterns to create a substance-free life. Ling suggests the strategy S.T.O.P. (Stop, Take a few deep breaths, Observe, and … Continue reading

The Power of Love

By Osho St. Martin’s Press Osho is a spiritual teacher known for his contribution to the study of inner transformation. Regular readers of this publication may remember a previous review of Trust, another book in the OSHO Life Essentials series. He states in the introduction of this book, “My whole effort here is to release your love sources, to ignite your love flame. And once that is there, then it takes care; then your life will become creative of its own accord.” Searching for love? Widen your view. If you have a book you’d like reviewed or have an old … Continue reading

Life Lessons: 125 Prayers and Meditations

By Julia Cameron TarcherPerigee Julia Cameron does it again. She is an accomplished artist and active in advocating the exploration and development of creativity. She encourages everyone to improve working on their spiritual path. Readers know her for writing The Artist’s Way and Finding Water. This book provides readers who want to improve their conscious contact with a Higher Power a variety of short prayers and meditations to facilitate that action. Cameron says, “God is not distant and different; rather, God is near and easy.” Stop struggling and enjoy a deeper relationship with your HP. If you have a book … Continue reading

The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself

By Shannon Kaiser TarcherPerigee Kaiser offers readers 15 Self-Love Principles such as Be Who You Needed to Be When You Were Younger and Things Don’t Happen to You, They Happen for You. She shares her personal story of how she changed her relationship with her body and healed it. She gives loving advice to sufferers of depression, addiction, eating disorders, and corporate burnout. This includes journal prompts and a free audio mediation. The self-love experiment encourages readers to put themselves first and live a passion-filled life. If you have a book you’d like reviewed or have an old favorite you’d … Continue reading

Beyond The Imprint: A New Modality for Mental Health Practitioners and Those Seeking Their Help

By Kate O’Connell This book is an introduction to the science of epigenetics and how our DNA and environment influence thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. O’Connell uses her own family tree to describe how she was influenced by familial behaviors and patterns. Mental health professionals may find value in this approach to understanding how individuals are imprinted by their family and dysfunctional patterns are formed. Each chapter concludes with a summary such as O’Connell’s statement regarding the Therapeutic Relationship and compassion fatigue, “Fatigue, exhaustion and second-hand trauma develops from the conscious and unconscious identification that what is occurring in the moment … Continue reading

Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom

By Suzanne Scurlock-Durana New World Library Scurlock-Durana has over three decades of experience teaching and using Cranio- Sacral Therapy and other bodywork modalities to help people heal from trauma by physical and emotional disease. In this book, she provides clear instructions to help readers understand how to reconnect with the wisdom of their body. She includes individual’s stories to help describe the process of using one’s intuitive self to recognize the things that might be causing harm and the necessary steps to make changes. Each of the main wisdom areas, identified as the heart, gut, pelvis, legs and feet, and … Continue reading

Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation

By Eric Maisel, PhD New World Library Maisel is an author and retired family therapist. In the first part of the book he provides eight strategies to deal successfully with family life and “survive difficult family life and sometimes even improve it for everyone involved.” He describes how to focus on being smart, strong, calm, clear, aware, brave, present and resilient. He includes a variety of individual’s stories to demonstrate the process. Each chapter closes with a ceremony suggestion and “Food for Thought” questions for reflection. The second part of the book includes ten difficult family types and how to … Continue reading

The Wisdom of the Universe: Essential Truths from the Beloved Conversations with God Trilogy

By Neale Donald Walsch Tarcher Perigee Walsch is well known for his previous books on “contemporary spirituality and its practical application in everyday life.” With full-color photographs and quotes from Walsch’s Conversations with God Trilogy, this book is a wonderful example of how combining short essays and beautiful photos can help a reader explore and contemplate the deeper meaning of life. The reader is provided a question for reflection and its correlating answer for consideration. The book closes with the message: “I will not leave you. Call on Me, therefore, wherever and whenever you are separate from the peace that … Continue reading

Compassion is the Key to Everything: Find Your Own Path

By Alexandra Chauran Llewellyn Chauran describes how she tried to live for one full year and “harm none.” This book is the results of a New Year’s resolution to do that. She describes her struggle to create her own personal code of ethics. For example, she refrains from reading blogs and accessing other media sources of “snark and rudeness” for three days before each of the sacred holidays she observes. Readers will find well thought out practical suggestions for increasing compassion, kindness, generosity, humility, and trust. She encourages readers to find peace and make the world a peaceful place. If … Continue reading