I have loved books for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is that of being delighted when my dad brought me a little Golden Book in his lunch bucket after work. I was probably four years old.
Good books are like streams of water one can drink from again and again, always finding refreshment. Books have provided a lifeline for me in my recovery from depression and my work to build a strong life.
Today, I have added a Recommended Reading list to my website. A link to it will be permanently listed along the right side of the blog entries. If I can figure out how to set it up correctly, you will be able to click on a book title and immediately connect with it on Amazon.com. If not, well, I will work on it.
I am going to reproduce the original list as today’s blog entry here. Happy reading!
These are books and periodicals which I have found to be helpful in a practice of healthy thinking. This list is not complete by any means; it is a work in progress. Neither Rome nor a good library were built in a day.
I highly recommend finding audio versions of uplifting books and keeping at least one in the car CD player and/or iPod at all times.
and When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
by David D. Burns, M.D. Feeling Good is the definitive work on cognitive/behavioral therapy for lay persons. Just reading it may make you feel better. I give it my highest recommendation. When Panic Attacks focuses primarily on anxiety but draws heavily from the same toolkit.
by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D. I consider this to be the best of Seligman’s considerable body of work. I am a huge fan of Seligman’s work and consider my autographed copy of Authentic Happiness one of my most prized possessions. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life is another favorite.
by Lundy Bancroft. An eye-opener and manual of encouragement for any woman who has ever been abused, physically or emotionally, by a romantic partner.
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Sounds morbid, but isn’t. A close but comforting look at a subject that engenders so much fear and anxiety.
THE PRACTICE OF HAPPY LIVING
by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb. This book was the first to change my life for the better. All of Barbara Sher’s work is inspiring as well as practical, but Wishcraft is the most basic. I also really like her Refuse to Choose!
by Martha Beck. Chock full of ideas for charting your own path in life. A bonus: Beck’s irresistible humor. The followup to this one is Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny
by Dan Miller. Miller can come across as a little preachy and heavy on the religious stuff, but his methods work.
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. Why worry about weaknesses? Focusing on strengths works better than trying to improve weaknesses. This book will help you find your strong areas.
by Marcus Buckingham. Buckingham is another favorite. This book’s emphasis on women is unfortunate, as the advice contained in it is useful for both genders.
by David Allen. Dry as dust, boring as solitary confinement, and possibly the most practically useful book I have ever read.
by Sarah Ban Breathnach. An essay for each day of the year, written from the author’s personal experiences and non-scientific research into living in abundance. It is sometimes woo-woo, sometimes serious, sometimes silly; there is something here for everyone.
(or almost anything else) by Zig Ziglar. Even considering the preachiness, nobody does it better than the master motivator.
by Jill Connor Browne. Irreverent and hilariously raunchy guide to living however you damn well want to. I’m a southern girl, so it’s a plus that I get all the inside jokes.
Great material in every issue, some fresh, some recycled, all helpful. Each magazine also includes a bonus audio CD, a real plus even considering publisher Darren Hardy’s relentless self-promotion.