I often get asked about books that I have found to be helpful. The following is a list of books that somehow or another have found a way into my life that I continue to return to often. (This list excludes religious cannon) Whether it be in working with a troubled teen, Veteran struggling from PTSD, or mother struggling to get over her past, all of the lessons and principles found in these books have shaped who I am and how I help others.
The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman
Anatomy of Peace, The Arbinger Institute
Beyond Anger, Thomas Harbin
Codependent No More, Melody Beattie
Vulnerability, Shame, and Belonging
The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, PhD.
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown, PhD.
Rising Strong, Brene Brown, PhD.
Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown, PhD.
The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Getting Past your Past, Dr. Francine Shapiro
Come to Your Senses, Dr. Stanley Block
Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Mate
Refuge Recovery, Noah Levine
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
The Art of Happiness, The Dalai Lama XIV
Book of Joy, The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley
7 Habits for Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
Grit, Angela Duckworth
As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl