Depending on where you are in your life, there are books that will guide you through your path. Below is a list of recommended reading for addiction recovery that we have compiled from all of our guests. Make sure to check some of these out!
The 28 Day Kick The Sugar Challenge: Get Real. Get Happy. Get Free. – Sarah J. Roberts
Why is it so important to kick sugar?
The problem is we don’t even realize how much sugar we are consuming! It is hidden from us behind all sorts of names and it is found lurking in everything from salad dressings, meats, soups and even baby formula. They want us hooked early. This book has over 90 AMAZING recipes that will make you feel awesome!
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light – Nikki DuBose
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is a memoir that recounts the experiences of model Nikki DuBose as she overcomes a more than seventeen-year battle with abuse, child sexual victimization, eating disorders, psychosis, alcoholism, drugs, depression, suicide attempts, body dysmorphic disorder, and various other mental health issues, all while trying to navigate through the dark side of the fashion industry.
Women spend so much of life nurturing and giving to others that when they find themselves alone―because of an empty nest, the end of a marriage, or the death of a partner―they often struggle with feeling purposeless. This Way Up: Seven Tools for Unleashing Your Creative Self and Transforming Your Life provides a step-by-step way out of this sense of loss and into a life filled with enthusiasm, creativity, and joy.
This story of healing centers on the essential wisdom of introspection and on the importance of following one’s dreams. Join the protagonist, Katya, a widow whose two sons have recently left home, as she learns seven tools for uncovering her best self: visualization, heart-centered goal setting, positive focus, meditation on love; meditation on forgiveness, gratitude, and taking action on inspiration.
Katya’s experience highlights these insights in an easily digestible, highly relatable format that readers can systematically apply to their own circumstances as they work through This Way Up’s twelve weeks’ worth of day-by-day journaling exercises, thought-provoking questions, and reader support. For any woman who yearns to lead a fuller life but doesn’t know how to begin, this book is an ideal starting point.
My Journey Through Darkness – Michelle Thole
It can happen to anyone! This book is a true-life story of an ordinary young girl who records her journey as a drug addict. From what starts as curiosity, she gets lead down a destructive path into drug addiction. Follow her adventures through Europe and back to South Africa where she dances in the strobe lights, falls madly in love and faces the worst struggle of her life. She does finally find salvation and freedom! The book is written by herself and mainly comprises her actual journal entries. Her hope is to reach out to anyone who may be facing a similar situation, and even loved ones of addicts – to give them hope, that there IS a way out!
It’s no wonder Full Recovery has become the go-to resource for those in recovery and treatment professionals alike. Brian McAlister’s personal journey from nomadic drug-addicted biker to successful entrepreneur and businessman is beyond inspirational.
More than simply serving as a renowned guide for navigating the road to recovery, McAlister takes readers on a spiritual journey of empowerment and self-discovery. By way of his own personal challenges, Brian discovered the secret that turns addiction and limitation into inspiration. He then created this revolutionary program to help others turn their own defeat into personal success.
Annie Highwater’s memoir follows the experiences of one mother who started her own life in a grossly neglected home and came to realize how those experiences both helped and hindered what would be the hardest, most heartbreaking, yet illuminating challenge of her life–her son’s addiction to opiates.
This book will show men how traditional notions of masculinity have been shackling them down and preventing them from being the best men and fathers they can be.
Cultivating vulnerability will allow a father to look himself in the mirror and be honest, and without judgment about who he sees staring back at him.
Fathers will learn a new, more powerful definition of what it means to be a stronger, wiser and more courageous father and they will be motivated to finally become the incredible father they were meant to be.
Bent Back into Shape: Beating Addiction Through Yoga – Esther Nagle
In 2014, following a breakdown, Esther Nagle entered Yoga teacher training, thinking it was going to give her a different way to earn money.
She emerged a year later having freed herself from the depression and alcoholism she barely realised she was suffering from, a wiser, happier, healthier and stronger woman.
This inspirational and transformative book tells the journey of Esther’s addiction and recovery, and the ancient wisdom of Yoga that helped her find inner peace, sobriety and herself.
If you think Yoga is just an exercise class, or sitting cross legged chanting OM, then you are in for a surprise when you learn of its true power.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence – Sarah Young
Uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year by missionary Sarah Young.
Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
Walking Out the Other Side: An Addict’s Journey from Loneliness to Life – Alan S. Charles
“So many people share about seeing me go in and out of the program over the years, how heartbreaking it was, thinking I would die before I got well. They talk about how I am living proof no one is ever too far gone to get clean. The common theme is: if Alan can get sober, anyone can get sober.”
Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
Velvet Elvis is the first book from Rob Bell, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins. Selected as one of 2011’s most influential people by Time Magazine, pastor Bell offers original and refreshingly personal perspectives on what Christianity is truly all about in Velvet Elvis. A vibrant voice for a new generation of Christians—the most recognizable Christian leader among young adults—Rob Bell inspires readers to take a fresh look at traditional questions of faith.
Field of Influence – Jenny Reese Clark
With an honorable discharge and wounds more than surface deep, United States Marine Thurman Casey Shaw leaves one war zone to battle for a half-life existence in another. With a former brother as his only friend in New York, Casey loses himself inside of a world that he can’t escape.
Addiction and desperate times lead him to an unusual proposal; Once you ingest the contents of this box, you must loosen its hold on your life forever. Accepting the challenge out of pure hopelessness, Casey has no clue that when he wakes up, his life will change whether he wants it to or not.
There is no end to new beginnings. If you have just set out on the journey of recovery with the Twelve Steps as your guideposts, or if you are beginning again with renewed spirit, these daily meditations will help you along your way, illuminating at every turn the simple beauty of the cornerstone concepts of recovery.
By providing a year’s worth of encouragement, reflection, and prayer, Keep It Simple gently integrates recovery wisdom into your everyday life with 366 simple action-for-the-day reminders.
Like all the Hazelden meditation favorites, Keep It Simple is a dependable companion, extending a helping hand to those who seek a daily dose of strength, support, and guidance.
Pain Drives Change – Damon Stoddard
Your pain can be your greatest motivator! Learn how to use it to change you into the person you’ve always wanted to be. I’ve had a lot of pain in my life and in 1999 it was so great that I had to change. I stopped fighting my pain and I let it transform me. Today my life is better than I ever dreamed it could be. Through my story I’ll teach you how to use your pain to transform you, too!
This is a groundbreaking book. Throughout his infancy and childhood, the author suffered severe physical and emotional abuse. He shares his personal journey and the disciplines, treatments and practices that enabled him to overcome the effects of severe maltreatment.
He studied as a professional each of these disciplines and treatments that helped him as a patient. Along the way Dr. St John had some life altering insights, such as:
- “Normal” is not nearly good enough.
- We have all been wounded to some degree or other.
- Most of can increase our ability to receive and absorb love.
- We can enjoy more life-giving love connections.
- We can improve our resilience, deal more effectively with stress, experience better health.
- We can expand our sense of who we are. -Because our bodies are mostly water, we can heal the deepest wounds to our psyche and go beyond what we can even imagine.
To make such changes we must address ourselves as a whole, which means not only our psyches, our personalities, our belief structure, our relationship capacities, but the fluids, tissues, structure and movement of our bodies as well. We are whole organisms, not just bodies with a mind.
Can’t Keep A Sober Girl Down – Amber Leone Murphy
We all need a book that motivates, challenges, and inspires us. This one does just that!
The colorful pages of experience and wisdom in this book will truly captivate you on your own personal journey of recovery. Not only will you want to carry it with you, but you’ll be proud to own it and share it with others!
In my past I had a crush on codependency. Today, I crush it!
I think of my life like this: B.D. (Before Divorce) and A.D. (After Divorce).
After my divorce at the age of 29, I became a bit obsessed with the idea of falling in love again. I began using men as my codependent scratching post so I didn’t have to feel the loss of my marriage, for it had been years since I had experienced singledom and I did not want to be alone. I desired so desperately to succumb to the comfortable numbness inside a veil of fantasy love. Though after enduring my own neurotic behavior of begging men to stay after they had promised to love me forever, losing a baby on a bitterly cold, Minnesota New Year’s Eve morning and experiencing a massive amount of pain and depression -I woke up.
This book is filled with my own experiences, faith, hope and understandings of how I started the journey of self-love, what happened and how I continue to Crush Codependency! Love is not supposed to hurt or break you. It’s meant to uplift, fill and fuel!
Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents’ expectations and win their ”love.” Alice Miller writes, ”When I used the word ’gifted’ in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb… Without this ’gift’ offered us by nature, we would not have survived.” But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.
Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters – Robert Augustus Masters
Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.
…Spiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation. A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways. This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new-age spirituality now looking for a more mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more robust relationship with themselves and others.
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy – Sarah Ban Breathnach
With the grace of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea and the wisdom of M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled, Simple Abundance is a book of 366 evocative essays-one for every day of your year-written for women who wish to live by their own lights. In the past a woman’s spirituality has been separated from her lifestyle. Simple Abundance shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self … as you choose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at flea markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year. Here, for the first time, the mystical alchemy of style and Spirit is celebrated. Every day, your own true path leads you to a happier, more fulfilling and contented way of life-the state of grace known as… Embrace its gentle lessons, savor its sublime common sense, dare to live its passionate truth, and share its extraordinary and exhilarating gift with every woman you encounter: the authentic self is the Soul made visible.
Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects – Steps Six and Seven – Bill P, Todd W, and Sarah S.
Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. As Bill P. explains, these are the “rocks” that can sink recovery- or at the least, block further progress. Based on the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories and a reference section.
This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes
The beloved classic that has awakened generations to the power within.
One of Ernest Holmes’s cornerstone works, This Thing Called You is an intimate guide through which readers learn the important lesson of how they are an immutable part of the flow of life, and how they may fulfill the longing, within all of us, to live more fully.
The book details methods of meditation used for healing, improving mind and body, and reaching one’s divine self. Included are numerous inspirations, meditations, and prayers that individuals can apply to their lives, which reveal the unlimited potential of the spiritual psychology that Holmes founded.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.
In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”
Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.
Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential – Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith — the dynamic spiritual leader who touched millions of readers and viewers in The Secret and through the spiritual community he founded, the Agape International Spiritual Center — is now sharing his transforming central message and his powerfully accessible means for embodying that message in daily life, a process he calls “aspiring toward spiritual liberation.”
Michael Beckwith teaches that inner spiritual work, not religiosity or dogma, liberates us. He draws on a wide spectrum of ancient wisdom teachers such as Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha; contemporary spiritual luminaries Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Aurobindo, and the Dalai Lama; and Western contributors to the New Thought tradition of spirituality such as Emanuel Swedenborg, Walter Russell, and Dr. Howard Thurman to create a profound new belief synthesis.
Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla Vanzant
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In the Meantime, and with nearly a million copies in print, Acts of Faith is an internationally acclaimed resource for spiritual guidance and balance, specially written for people of color.
Acts of Faith is a thoughtful and inspirational book that explores the unique pressures on people of color today with great insight and sensitivity. Each day of the year has a unique inspirational quote or message with it, along with a short essay to assist in reflection and wisdom. These messages are pulled from a great variety of spiritual practices and teachings, to assist spiritual people across faiths and disciplines. This book is invaluable for people of color in search of motivation and support as they journey on their spiritual path.
Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda
Selected as “One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century”, Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into more than 30 languages, and is regarded worldwide as a classic of religious literature. Several million copies have been sold, and it continues to appear on best-seller lists after more than sixty consecutive years in print.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure–the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most–but getting yourself back in return.
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as “liquid armor,” a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.
Joseph W. Naus was living the American Dream. He’d survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night, his American Dream-life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded.
“On Tuesday, I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday, I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed charged with attempted murder…and then it got worse.”
Straight Pepper Diet is a book about surviving one’s own wreckage. It’s harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.
7 Habits For Peaceful Sobriety: Kick your addictions, reclaim your health and thrive! by BD Nino
Overcoming addiction can be one of the most difficult things we do. It doesn’t have to be though.
These 7 habits bring peaceful lasting sobriety along with a wellness of body, mind and spirit that’s nothing short of remarkable. These same habits have worked for me and many others.
Are you ready to reinvent yourself and claim the peaceful life you deserve?
I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You: a life on the low road by Mishka Shubaly
An odyssey of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, brokenness, broke-ness, sex, love, loss, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running.
In this fiercely honest, emotional, and self-laceratingly witty book, Shubaly relives his mistakes, misfortunes, and infrequent good decisions: the disastrous events that fractured his life; his incendiary romances; his hot-and-cold career as a rock musician; meeting his newborn nephew while out of his gourd on cough syrup. I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You is an apology for choices Shubaly never thought he’d live long enough to regret, a journey so far down the low road that it took him years of running to claw his way back.
The Bitter Taste of Dying by Jason Smith
The Bitter Taste of Dying paints a portrait of the modern day drug addict with clarity and refreshing honesty. With a gritty mixture of self-deprecation and light-hearted confessional, Smith’s memoir deftly describes the journey into the harrowing depths of addiction and demonstrates the experience of finally being released from it.
SICK: A novella by Christa Wojciechowski
A woman sacrifices everything to care for her husband whose chronic illness can’t be diagnosed. Susan Branch’s life revolves around the care of her charming and inscrutable husband John, a man born into wealth and prestige who lost his family’s fortune when his mysterious chronic illnesses left him bedridden. Together they live a decrepit existence beholden to the current owners of his family’s former estate. After years of devoting herself to John’s care, Susan is worn out and frustrated. Yet she is determined to scrape together whatever resources she can to keep John comfortable and happy. This includes stealing Demerol from the doctor’s office where she works to feed John’s ever-increasing need for pain medication. John suffers a critical emergency, but he is saved and is soon released from the hospital. As his health begins to improve, Susan dreams of a normal life, but her hope for a miracle transforms into a nightmare one fateful afternoon when she discovers the true cause of John’s sickness.
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll
On the eve of his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was in bad shape. His days were filled with work, stress, and junk food, and his nights were spent on the couch, remote in hand. Taking out the trash was the closest he came to exercise, and, at 50 pounds overweight, a walk up the stairs left him winded. He decided it was time to make a change. After undergoing a diet detox, adopting a vegan lifestyle, and pushing his fitness regimen to undreamed-of heights, he was profiled by Men’s Fitness as one of the world’s 25 fittest men. Among Roll’s many jaw-dropping athletic feats: he completed the unprecedented “Epic 5”–five back-to-back Ironman-distance triathlons on five different Hawaiian islands in under a week–an achievement many said was impossible. This is the story of that remarkable transformation, a complete physical and spiritual rejuvenation that proves that anyone can “find ultra” if they know how.
A New Pair of Glasses– Chuck C
“A compelling report and guide of a step-oriented spiritual life, by a man with world-wide influence during his lifetime upon those living a spiritual, and life-saving, existence. Far more potent than some supportive literature in various 12-step and other therapeutic supportive fields. Tens of thousands have achieved sobriety and some serenity as a result of this man’s personal, direct, and indirect (the book) efforts.”
Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery by Dana Bowman
An unflinching and hilarious memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottled explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety—a blur of pain and chaos—to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.
Why you drink and How to stop: Journey to freedom by Veronica Valli
An instruction manual for staying sober
- Live the life you were meant to live.
- Learn how to manage your feelings to stay away from alcohol.
- The importance of relationships in recovery.
- Become free of the past.
- A perfect accompaniment to the Big Book of ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’.
The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early years of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the “Pioneers of A.A.” section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.’s historic roots, and shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today. Approximately 21 million copies of the first three editions of “Alcoholics Anonymous” have been distributed. It is expected that the new fourth edition will play its part in passing on A.A.’s basic message of recovery. This fourth edition has been approved by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous, in the hope that many more may be led toward recovery by reading its explanation of the A.A. program and its varied examples of personal experiences which demonstrate that the A.A. program works.
100 Days (sober) by Lauren Yoder
This is a journal entry a day for 100 days in sobriety. Most entries start with a quote followed with the author’s reflection of that day’s quote. You will see her progression and positivity throughout her sobriety. Written in a loose, casual style there are real-life stories and day-to-day problems in each situation. This book will help anyone in sobriety or not, learn how to deal with life on life’s terms.
From the Weeds: a collection of poems by by Lauren Yoder
A collection of poems from different stages in my life. From deep depression, to addict/alcoholic, to recovery. They include depressed, dark, love, loneliness, pain, happiness, nature, family and recovery.
Living Sober is an extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, “Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober.”
Acceptance: The Way to Serenity and Peace of Mind- Vincent Paul Collins
Millions of readers have found peace of mind through the inspirational philosophy in this little pamphlet. It is a classic comment on the perfect formula for contentment — the Serenity Prayer. Treat yourself to a copy, and give one to a friend in need of a little peace of mind.
Twenty Four Hours a Day– by Anonymous
Being Sober and Becoming Happy– Dr. John A. MacDougall
In this hopeful and useful guide, Dr. John MacDougall explains how to maintain our spiritual condition so that we can remain reliably sober, and come to restore our relationships with God, ourselves, and those we love. By practicing the spiritual principles of the Twelve Step programs, and making a daily commitment to our program of recovery, we reliably become happy.
What did Jesus teach? Distilled from years of study and lecture, affirmed by nearly a million readers over the last fifty years, Emmet Fox’s answer in The Sermon on the Mount is simple. The Bible is a “textbook of metaphysics” and the teachings of Jesus express–without dogma–a practical approach for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to be. For Fox, Jesus was “no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in empty platitudes, but the unflinching realist that only a great mystic can be.”
The Four Agreements– Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
The Spirituality of Imperfection– Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
I Am Not Perfect is a simple statement of profound truth, the first step toward understanding the human condition, for to deny your essential imperfection is to deny yourself and your own humanity. The spirituality of imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and Christian disciples, is a message as timeless as it is timely. This insightful work draws on the wisdom stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary wellspring of hope and inspiration to anyone thirsting for spiritual growth and guidance in these troubled times.
Memories, Dreams, Reflections – Carl Jung
In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961.
Mere Christianity– C. S. Lewis
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
The Artist’s Way– Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.
The Alchemist– Paulo Coehlo
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Think and Grow Rich– Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself.
The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.
The 4 Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
In Anthony Robbins’ exciting live audio seminar Unleash the Power Withinyou’ll discover how to transform your limiting beliefs, adding new meaning and depth to your life. You’ll learn to tap into your deepest, most personal resources, to become all that you truly desire and deserve. And when you begin to claim the abundant rewards your future has in store, you’ll not only make a remarkable improvement in your life—but consequently, in our world. In Unleash the Power Within Tony shows you how to live your life not by hope…not by chance…but by design.
Crush it!– Gary Vaynerchuk
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still used as a book of military strategy today. Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have drawn inspiration from it. And beyond the world of war, business and management gurus have also applied Sun Tzu’s ideas to office politics and corporate strategy.
Living Clean: The Journey Continues – Narcotics Anonymous
Quote from the preface: “Finding the spark that makes our recovery an ongoing, rewarding, and exciting journey requires active change in our ideas and attitudes. For many of us, this is a shift from desperation to passion.” Clean Living is meant to be useful at any stage of recovery, whether it’s the first introduction to being clean, or whether Narcotics Anonymous has been a guiding force for many years. This book is intentionally written to be relevant to newcomers and to help more experienced members develop a deeper understanding of personal transformation.
Fight Club: A Novel – Chuck Palahniuk
The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist. Fight Club‘s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight “as long as they have to.” A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.
The Captain’s Verses: Love Poems – Pablo Neruda
The Nobel Prize winner ‘s classic collection of love poems.
Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain’s Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri―the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri’s natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn’t publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world―passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love.
Beyond the Bottle is a potent courier of hope. It’s a razor-sharp scalpel expertly excising toxic emotional tumors. It’s a ten-pound hammer tirelessly pummeling mighty prison walls that have imprisoned the soul. Beyond the Bottle is a potent tool for pulling you back from the brink of utter destruction. It’s the difference between life and death!
This book was written to inspire the reader of the soul’s capacity to change. The stories of guilt, humiliation, dishonour, indignity and shame are told in brutal honesty and with courage. It impresses upon you that a happy ending is available to anyone who seeks to find it and works hard to maintain it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel so long as you don’t give up trying and you kill your addiction before it kills you.
SIT with Monk Xu: Spiritual Insights Training with a Modern Day Taoist Monk – Maria Pau, Zu Xuno Zemah
SIT with Monk Xu is filled with insights and tools that are imperative to apply in one’s everyday life. As our world is consumed by capitalism and materialistic priorities, spiritual enlightenment can become easier with practice.
FROM ROCK BOTTOM TO SKY’S THE LIMIT – Maria Pau
How to become an inspirational recovery coach in six months or less.
The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide to Change – The Center For Motivation And Change
The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide helps parents utilize Craft (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) and Motivational Techniques to help you change your child’s substance use. Family members who are trained in Craft are more likely (than those trained to do interventions or who attend Al-Anon) to reduce or stop substance use in their loved one as well as increase the loved one’s willingness to get help. In Craft, the concerned family member (that’s you!) also feels better. This guide will help you with such tools as: How to react when your child has been using substances and when he has Not been using; How to co-parent and collaborate as effectively and smoothly as possible; Getting more of what you want to see from your child and less of what you don’t; How to talk to your child so that you are more likely to be heard; How to take care of yourself all along the way.