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Top Ten (Nonfiction) Book Recommendations

I'm often asked by clients for book recommendations, so I compiled a new list today. Looking over these books, it's so clear to me just how much they've contributed to who I am today. Some were written decades ago, but they hold up over time. In fact, many of today's contemporary spiritual books, like those of Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, and Ekhart Tolle stand on the shoulders of these giants. I hope this list inspires you to pick one up today. May we all read just a page a day!

They're listed in the order in which I read them through my life, and all linked to Amazon. Happy Reading!

1a. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

The Seth books present an alternate map of reality with a new diagram of the psyche….useful to all explorers of consciousness.
— Deepak Chopra

My first spiritual teacher, read as a teenager. Seth was the first one to say, "You create your own reality." Self-help before self-help existed. Perennial bestsellers. Profound and illuminating. These are the first two books in a series known as "The Seth Books."

2.     Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman        

It is simplicity combined with unerring guidance to the highest good that makes (this) a powerful light along whichever path of growth you choose.
— Body Mind Spirit magazine

Should be required reading. I can't count how many times since the 80s I've reread this book. Probably my top recommendation for clients. I had the great pleasure of learning from Sanaya in her home in the 80s when I lived in San Francisco. She walks the talk. This is the first book in a series called "The Earth Life Mastery Series." 

3.     A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace

My life. I wouldn't be a hypnotherapist, an author, a podcast host, or be married to the man I'm married to without this book. It is to me what the Bible is to Christians. Absolutely life-altering.

4.     Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

One book in particular stayed with Steve Jobs his entire life, “Autobiography of a Yogi” - the guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager, then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since.
— Huffington Post, review of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs

This book is mystical. Not just in its message but I think it has special powers that transform you and transport you as you read it.  

5.     My Experiments with Truth by Gandhi

Gandhi is a far-reaching influential and inspiring figure in my life. This book resonates with my soul and stirs my spirit to do and be better. A true classic, bursting with wisdom. One of my favorite books of all time. 

6.     There is a River by Thomas Sugrue

An amazing story…the facts as he records them are incontrovertible.
— Boston Herald

Super fascinating life! I couldn't put it down. A huge influence on Jon Cusack, who I'm told, optioned the rights to this book and has been trying for years to turn it into a movie. Fingers crossed! Edgar Cayce kinda single-handedly started the New Age movement.  

7. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

An enduring work of survival literature.
— New York Times

I still quote this book... "A human being is a deciding being" all the time. Quick read that will leave you in awe and change the way you think. It's a classic. Written by an Austrian holocaust survivor, who was also a psychiatrist and neurologist. Incredible.

8.     Travels by Michael Crichton

Entertaining, and in the best sense of the word, unsettling.”
— The Washington Post Book World

A client recommended this to me and I gobbled it up. Its author, Michael Crichton, who also wrote Westworld and Jurassic Park, said it was his favorite book he wrote. I whole-heartedly agree! Reads like a piece of fiction--about his travels around the world and his inner world exploration. Fascinating.

9.     Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals isn’t just an anti-meat screed, or an impassioned case for vegetarianism. Instead, Foer tells a story that is part memoir and part investigative report....It’s a book that takes America’s meat-dominated diet to task.
— NPR, All Things Considered

Johnathan's first nonfiction book after several best-selling fiction books. I pick it up sometimes just to be inspired by his writing style. A heavily researched book that will change the way you look at eating animals. Everyone except breatharians need to read this book.   

10. How Not to Die by Michael Greger

“How Not To Die” is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that.
— John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Markets

I'm a long time fan of Michael Gregers website Nutrition Facts. No one is doing what he's doing. He compiles, compares, and contrasts all of the exhaustive research on a particular food-health-body subject and then breaks it down for us. I'm currently reading this much-needed book today. Knowledge is power, friends.


Happy Reading!