Looking for a great read? Check out some of my favorite books!

The conversations can get pretty deep in the clinic, bringing up the topic of favorite books. I’ve started adding client recommendations that I’ve read and loved. You’ll be able to identify these books by the (Client Recommendation) after the title.

Caregivers Survival Guide

HOW CAN YOU MANAGE THE STRESS OF BECOMING A CAREGIVER? Have you suddenly found yourself thrust into the role of caregiver? Years after raising your own children, you thought you were moving into a quiet time in your life where you could start to relax and reap the benefits of a life well lived. Although the data shows becoming a caregiver is happening more and more later in life, it doesn’t just happen in our later years.

Starting at $8.99

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Discourse

Discourse on Transforming Inner Nature: Hua Xing Tan

This is my absolute FAVORITE book. This was the first book I read that finally made sense from a Daoist perspective. Beautiful.

-Kim

This wonderful and remarkable book by Wang Fengyi (1864–1937) is a true testament to the benefits of Daoist spiritual cultivation. At age thirty-five, having become aware of the repercussions and implications of emotions on his own health condition, Wang attained the Dao and began spreading his teachings. Furthermore one of his most remarkable accomplishments was the founding of countless schools for young women, thus making education accessible to them on a large scale at a time when Confucianism prevailed.

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The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion, and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life

The practice of meditation, according to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, is like the power of the sun, illuminating the areas of our life that dwell in darkness. Instead of suppressing anger, fear, and guilt, Hanh suggests that we should be mindful of these emotions, which will allow our natural patience and appreciation for life to unfold. Recorded during an intimate family retreat, The Art of Mindful Living presents Thich Nhat Hanh’s practical, traditional gathas (teachings) that join ancient meditation practice with the challenges of the modern world. It includes step-by-step guides to meditation, breathing exercises, contemplation, and communication, opening our hearts and minds to the joyous wonder of tranquility and love.

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4 Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

Here is a classic that continues to bring wisdom to generations. I was lucky enough to work in Mexico and was able to visit the Toltec ruins. It was truly enchanting, like this book.

– Kim

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.

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Chakras

The Chakras 

First published in 1927, this pioneering book by famed clairvoyant C. W. Leadbeater was the first to introduce the chakras to the West. With great clarity, he explains what each chakra means regarding our well-being, insight, and personal power, his color illustrations showing the chakras as they actually appear to those who can see them. Anyone can perceive the chakras, he says. We must merely become sensitive to vibrations finer than those to which we normally respond

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Rumi

Teachings of Rumi

Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has ever seen, and the establishment of a spiritual movement that would eventually stretch from Africa to China, enduring to our own day.

This collection of versions of Rumi by Andrew Harvey contains some of the master’s most luminous verse, along with selections from his lesser-read prose works, with the aim of presenting a balanced view of his teaching that includes both the high-flying love of God and the rigorous path of discipline essential for those who seek it.

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Dogen

The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master 

Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master’s incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works.

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nonviolent communication

Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values

What if you could defuse tension and create accord in even the most volatile situations – just by changing the way you spoke? Over the past 35 years, Marshall Rosenberg has done just that, peacefully resolving conflicts in families, schools, businesses, and governments in 30 countries all over the world. On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others.

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Pranic Healing

Your Hands Can Heal You: Pranic Healing Energy Remedies to Boost Vitality and Speed Recovery from Common Health Problems

In Your Hands Can Heal You, you’ll find easy-to-learn methods to generate energy, including non-touch hand movements; the basic tenets of energetic hygiene; full-body breathing; and brief meditations.

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The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology 

When was the last time that learning about a scientific breakthrough left you feeling invigorated, optimistic and empowered to take charge of your life? In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting edge science into clear, accessible language-Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness. On this full-length audio course, Dr. Lipton shares his lucid and startling insights about the building blocks of life, and how each one of our cells has far greater innate intelligence than we once believed.

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Eckhart_Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

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the eye of revelation

THE EYE OF REVELATION: The Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation

Learn Tibetan Secrets For:
* Age Reversal
* Renewed Health
* Greater Sexual Energy
* Hair Regrowth
* Positive Affirmations

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fear

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway

Are you afraid of making decisions . . . asking your boss for a raise . . . leaving an unfulfilling relationship . . . facing the future? Whatever your fear, here is your chance to push through it once and for all. In this enduring guide to self-empowerment, Dr. Susan Jeffers inspires us with dynamic techniques and profound concepts that have helped countless people grab hold of their fears and move forward with their lives.

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Chinese Nutrition Therapy

Chinese Nutrition Therapy: Dietetics in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Joerg Kastner provides an introduction to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the “energetics” of foods. Emphasizing a holistic approach throughout, Chinese Nutrition Therapy provides readers with tools for integrating the principles of Chinese dietetics into their daily lives. The book includes a comprehensive classification of more than 300 readily available foods such as vegetables, grains, herbs and spices, fruit, meat, seafood, dairy products, oils and fats, and more. Numerous clinical examples and treatment suggestions artfully combine Western medical conditions with Chinese diagnostic techniques.

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Karma

Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru’s work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful.

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Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

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Chinese Nutrition Therapy

Chinese Nutrition Therapy: Dietetics in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Joerg Kastner provides an introduction to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the “energetics” of foods. Emphasizing a holistic approach throughout, Chinese Nutrition Therapy provides readers with tools for integrating the principles of Chinese dietetics into their daily lives. The book includes a comprehensive classification of more than 300 readily available foods such as vegetables, grains, herbs and spices, fruit, meat, seafood, dairy products, oils and fats, and more. Numerous clinical examples and treatment suggestions artfully combine Western medical conditions with Chinese diagnostic techniques.

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Astrology

The Complete Guide to Chinese Astrology: The Most Comprehensive Study of the Subject Ever Published in the English Language

Chinese astrology predates its Western cousin by millennia, and this comprehensive text traces its history from the earliest records to the present, and explains the founding principles of the art. In-depth analysis offers insight on all the essential aspects: its foundation in astronomical observation, its development in historical context, and the methods used in interpreting the portents. There are also comprehensive studies of popular concepts such as Feng Shui, the Chinese calendar, and divination plates. The inclusion of actual Chinese horoscopes from different periods provides an intimate, unmediated look into this ancient form of divination.

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The Secrets of Chinese Astrology

By using simple formulae created by the author you can build a Personal Life Plan and at the same time develop a better understanding of your relationships. This guide to interpreting Chinese horoscopes takes the reader beyond the simple interpretations of the 12 Chinese animal signs and offers instructions on how to analyze and construct a personal horoscope.

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3 Boys

Three Boys and Other Buddhist Folktales From Tibet

A virtuous young woman journeys to the land of the dead to retrieve the still-beating heart of a king; a wily corpse-monster tricks his young captor into setting him free, the king falls under a curse that turns him into a cannibal; a shepherd, who understands the speech of animals, saves a princess from certain death. These are just a few of the wondrous tales that await the readers of this collection.

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rawsome

The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living

Emily von Euw is back and better than ever, this time with mouthwatering raw and lightly-cooked savory recipes to delight any palate, whether you’re vegetarian, a raw vegan or just looking for something healthy, interesting and delicious to add to your dining. The wide selection of stunning main dishes are easy to make and so tasty, you’ll be celebrating veggies instead of missing meat and dairy.

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Vegan Baking

Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes

Emily Von Euw, creator of the popular blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, makes treats that are so phenomenal and so stunning they should be considered masterpieces. Oh yeah, and they’re raw, vegan AND gluten-free. So whether you’re a vegetarian, a raw vegan or even a meat-lover just looking for something healthy, new and delicious, this book has something for you.

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Oh She Glows

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

A self-trained chef and food photographer, Angela Liddon has spent years perfecting the art of plant-based cooking, creating inventive and delicious recipes that have brought her devoted fans from all over the world. After struggling with an eating disorder for a decade, Angela vowed to change her diet — and her life — once and for all. She traded the low-calorie, processed food she’d been living on for whole, nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and more. The result? Her energy soared, she healed her relationship with food, and she got her glow back, both inside and out. Eager to share her realization that the food we put into our bodies has a huge impact on how we look and feel each day, Angela started a blog, ohsheglows.com, which is now an Internet sensation and one of the most popular vegan recipe blogs on the web.

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Blood type diet

Eat Right 4 Your Type (Revised and Updated): The Individualized Blood Type Diet® Solution

If you’ve ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you’re right. In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differ with each blood type.

Your blood type reflects your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of disease, longevity, fitness, and emotional strength. It determines your susceptibility to illness, the foods you should eat, and ways to avoid the most troubling health problems.

Based on decades of research and practical application, Eat Right 4 Your Type offers an individualized diet-and-health plan that is right for you.

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The Stress of Life

Considering stress, this text covers the discovery of stress; the dissection of stress; the disease of adaptation; and implications and applications. Annotated references are also included.

Starting at $22.27

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Client Recommendation)

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

Starting at $2.07

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Educated (Client Recommendation)

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. In her memoir, she recounts with candor her upbringing. She clearly express the confusion, fear, disassociation that happens in an unhealthy family. She can do this without requesting pity or charity allowing the reader a chance to hear the universal questions she asks, not as something outside of themselves, but as something within themselves.

Starting at $1.46

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Graham Hancock

Fingerprints of the Gods

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society.

Starting at $12.45

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God: an anatomy

God: An Anatomy

Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion here at the University of Exeter.

She studied Theology at the University of Oxford, where she completed her doctorate. Ms. Stavrakopoulou spent a further three years teaching and researching in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow, before joining Exeter’s Department of Theology and Religion in 2005. She was appointed to a personal chair in 2011. Alongside her research and teaching, she also undertake various media activities, including writing and presenting the BBC TV documentary series Bible’s Buried Secretswhich was re-aired on Netflix US.

In “God: an Anatomy”, Ms. Stavrakopoulou shares her close examination of and research into the Bible – of a god in ancient myths and rituals who was a product of a particular society, at a particular time, made in the image of the people who lived then, shaped by their own circumstances and experience of the world. From head to toe – and every part of the body in between – this is a god of stunning surprise and complexity.

Starting at $21.00

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