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These are resources I can personally recommend.  With the exception of a few recommendations  from someone I trust implicitly, I have read every single book.  If you don't see a book you have found to be of great value, e-mail your recommendation to me and I will add it to my stack of books to read.  This page is constantly being updated, so if you don't see an item here today, you may very well see it tomorrow.

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Other Recommended Books (in no particular order):

" The Portable Coach"
by: Thomas J. Leonard
This is the quintessential book on coaching and the Attraction Principles from the founder of CoachU.

"The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living"
by: His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
East meets West and the result is wonderfully wise no matter where you are from or what your faith. 

"The Lemming Conspiracy: How to Redirect Your LIfe from Stress to Balance"
by Bob D. McDonald, Ph.D. & Don Hutcheson
Creators of the Highlands Program, the authors clarify the natural skills and abilities which are essential to career activities if one is to be happy.

"When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success"
by Carole Hyatt and Linda Gottlieb
Anyone who takes any kind of risk will fail at some time.  Any failure holds within it the seeds for personal growth.  This book is the quintessential guide for the phoenix rising from the ashes.

"The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams"
by: Deepak Chopra
An easy reading blend of East and West, physics and philosophy, the practical and the spiritual.

" If Life is a Game, These are the Rules"
by: Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
This little book is so brief and so correct.  One Christmas I gave it to close to 20 people I care about.

"If Love is a Game, These are the Rules"
by: Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
I liked the earlier one in this series, and this one is almost as good.

"If Success is a Game, These are the Rules"
by: Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
Following her format, she presents 10 rules for a fulfilling life.  Well done.

"Understanding Obesity: The Five Medical Causes"
by: Dr. Lance Levy
A very sane view of the relationship between people and the food they eat.  Especially good insights in Chapter 10 if you are concerned about a child, but primarily focused on adults.

"Intuitive Eating"
by: Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
Great book by two dietitians focusing on nurturing your body rather than starving it.  They encourage natural weight loss and help you find the weight you were meant to be. 

"Permission to Succeed"
by: Noah St. John
Wonderful wisdom about how to figure out the "why to" and the "why not to" dialogues going on in your mind.  Start asking the kind of questions he recommends and you are sure to find life getting better and better.

"Be a Loser"
by: Greer Childers
Here's an exercise program to consider if you don't have hours available for the gym, etc.  Fifteen minutes a day at home and with no equipment to buy-- at least it doesn't cost a fortune in time or money.  Assuming you are healthy, this certainly won't hurt you and it just might help.  She has a web site where you can buy videos and the book, but I bought them much cheaper through and eBay.

"Negaholics:  How to Overcome Negativity and Turn Your Life Around "
by: Cherie Carter-Scott Ph.D.
"Negaholics" was written before the "Game Rules" books, but is every bit as good.  Excellent description of negativity and how to get it out of your life.

" The Artist's Way"
by: Julia Cameron
The source of the famous "morning pages" concept will help you unblock your creativity.  The key is to do the exercises, not just read the book.

"The Artist's Way at Work"
by: Mark Bryan with Julia Cameron & Catherine Allen
Learn how to apply the concepts in "The Artist's Way" to the workplace.

"The Vein of Gold"
by: Julia Cameron
Sequel to "The Artist's Way" and found by some to be even more insightful.

"Your Heart's Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want"
by Sonia Choquette, Ph.D.
An outstanding workbook for identifying and achieving what you want in life.

"Wishcraft"  How to Get What You Really Want"
by Barbara Sher
Not what I expected, but much, much more.  One of the best nuts & bolts guides to identifying and getting whatever you may want in life.

"The Inner Game of Golf"
by: W. Timothy Gallwey
The 'Inner Game" is applied to golf.  This one will lower your handicap on the course and in the rest of your life as well.

"The Inner Game of Work"
by: W. Timothy Gallwey
Since the "Inner Game" is essentially about 'who' you are rather than 
'what' you are doing, it makes perfect sense that it be applied in the workplace.

"Living Your Best Life"
by Laura Berman Fortgang
Second fabulous book from this groundbreaking coach.  Don't miss it!

" Take Time for Your Life"
by: Cheryl Richardson
Cheryl lays out clear and effective steps for building a beautifully balanced life.  Work the steps alone, with friends or with your coach, but work the steps!

"Life Makeovers"
by: Cheryl Richardson
Fifty-two practical and inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time, presented in Cheryl's warm and encouraging style.

" Take Yourself to the Top"
by: Laura Berman Fortgang
This evocative book was written at the beginning of coaching's popularity and continues to inspire and inform thousands of people who want to know more about the coaching profession.

"Coach Yourself to Success: 101 Tips for Reaching Your Goals at Work and in Life"
by: Talane Miedaner
Talane presents  coaching concepts clearly, accurately and succinctly.  Again, you can  take these words to heart any way you like, just be sure to implement them. 

"Succeeding in the Workplace: Critical Skills for a Rewarding Career and Life You Love!"
by Susan E. Race
Significant insights from a HR veteran turned coach.  She "tells all" in the very best sense of the word.

"Becoming a Coach:  The Coach U Approach"
by: Thomas J. Leonard
The title says it all.  Well written and very informative, this book will give you the inside view of the philosophy and training of CoachU.

"Your Erroneous Zones"
by: Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D.
Step-by-step escape from negative thinking and taking control of your life.  Well done.

"The Sky's the Limit"
by: Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D.
Earlier work now out of print, but so very insightful.  An interesting contrast with the clarity of later works. 

"Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to be Free"
by Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D.
Further illumination of the author's developing insights. 

"Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want"
by Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D.
Elegant synthesis of spiritual insights from multiple sources.

"The Simple-Minded Manager:  Cutting Through Your Work-Life Chaos"
by: Forrest C. Greenslade, Ph.D.
Small but chock full of wisdom Corporate America would be wise to heed.

"Connect:  12 Vital Ties that Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul"
by: Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Dr. Hallowell's personal warmth and acceptance is reflected in this insightful book.  You don't have to have ADD/ADHD to benefit.

"Finding Flow:  The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life"
by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A later exposition of the concept of 'flow,' this book is easier to read than the original "Flow" published earlier.

" How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist:  Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul"
by: Carol Michels
One of the few books on this list that I haven't read personally (yet), but I trust implicitly the lady who recommended it.  Let me know what you think if you get to it before I do.

"Survival Jobs:  154 Ways to Make Money While Pursuing Your Dreams"
by: Deborah Jacobson
Some of these 'survival' jobs are dream careers for some people.  Still, an excellent book for brief overviews of many jobs which don't require years and years of preparation.

" How to Become a Successful Consultant in Your Own Field"
by: Hubert Bermont
Get the latest version.  This is a 'must read' for anyone who wants to start a business providing intellectual services.

"Emotional Intelligence"
by: Daniel Goleman
Becoming a classic now, but still probably the clearest explanation of the concept of emotional intelligence.  Can't live life to the fullest without EQ, so you may as well get it.

" Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Organizations"
by: Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D. & Ayman Sawaf
Big book about how top thinkers us their EQ along with IQ in making the best of decisions.  Duh!   But I guess some people need to be affirmed for doing it.

"Leadership and the One Minute Manager"
by:  Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D., Patricia Zigarmi, Ed.D. & Drea Zigarmi, Ed.D.
Short and correct, this book explains the concept of situational leadership techniques.  Anyone who has ever taught a child how to do anything will say "Of course!" to this one.  Certainly refreshing not to have to wade through tons of verbiage to get to the point.

"How to Talk with Practically Anybody About Practically Anything"
by: Barbara Walters
Wish Barbara would just up-date this book.  I found it in a used book store and the concepts are just as relevant today as they were when she wrote it.

"Games Mother Never Taught You"
by: Betty Lehan Harragan
This one too is a little out of date, but still filled with solid information for both men and women who want to know more about what women have been facing as they enter a workplace which has been dominated by the male mindset.

"Flirting for Success"
by: Jill Spiegel
Flirting is all about connecting well with people and transcends the usual sexual references.  You haven't seen real flirting until you see a Southern woman flirt with a small child.

"Who Moved My Cheese? : An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life"
by: Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Could be more clear-cut, but still those who are accustomed to CorporateSpeak will appreciate this.

"It's All in Your Head: Lifestyle Management Strategies for Busy People!"
by: Bruce A. Baldwin, Ph.D.
A bit on the academic side, but well worth wading through.

" Working Wisdom"
by: Thomas J. Leonard
What can I say?  Thomas at his list-making best.

" Power Networking:  55 Secrets for Personal & Professional Success"
by: Donna Fisher & Sandy Vilas
Redefines networking.  What can you do for others rather than trolling for your own selfish benefit.

" What Color is Your Parachute:  A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers"
by: Richard Nelson Bolles
The career seeker/changer's Bible.  If you want to know how the job search works, this is the book.

"The Pathfinder:  How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success"
by: Nicholas Lore
A slightly different approach, but still outstanding.

"Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type"
by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger
Helps identify your best career options based on your Myers-Briggs Personality Type.  Get additional help from someone who understands the MBTI.

"The Doom Loop System: A Step by Step Guide to Career Mastery"
by: Dory Hollander, Ph.D.
A terrific concept of career development that helps you identify when it's time to move on to new endeavors.

"Toxic Work: How to Overcome Stress, Overload, and Burnout and Revitalize Your Career"
by: Barbara Bailey Reinhold, Ed.D.
A terrifying book.  Here are clear examples of how people are sickening even unto death by staying in the wrong work setting.  Listen up, Corporate America, while you still can.

"Clutter Control:  Putting Your Home on a Diet"
by: Jeff Campbell of the Clean Team
Your environment truly does reflect your thinking, but it also affects your thinking.  Clean up your act with these simple, very achievable guidelines and you will be delighted with the increase in your personal productivity and satisfaction.

"Speed Cleaning"
by: Jeff Campbell of the Clean Team
Whether you do the cleaning or supervise it, you will benefit from understanding the most efficient way to clean.

"Spring Cleaning"
by: Jeff Campbell of the Clean Team
More on the in-depth cleaning needed periodically in even the cleanest of spaces.

"Living a Beautiful Life:  Five Hundred Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life"
by:  Alexandra Stoddard
Add some beauty to your environment with the advice of an outstanding interior designer.

"The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy"
by: Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko
Adjust your image of both success and of what a millionaire is really like.

" How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt & Live Prosperously"
by: Jerrold Mundis
Tired of your money always being obligated to others, before you even make it?  These guidelines are based on Debtors Anonymous and really do work.

" Earn What You Deserve:  How to Stop Underearning & Start Thriving"
by: Jerrold Mundis
Maybe you are not spending too much, but earning less than you should.  Find out how you may be sabotaging your financial success.

"The Courage to be Rich:  Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance"
by: Suze Orman
Nuts and bolts of investing plus inspiration.

"Your Money or Your Life"
by: Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin
With these instructions and some determination and persistence, you really can become financially independent.

"The Mindful Money Guide:  Creating Harmony Between Your Values and Your Finances"
by: Marshall Glickman
More on recognizing the positive role of money in your life.

"The Overworked American"
by: Juliet Schor
Frightening view of the bind the American worker is in and some sound ideas on how to get out of that bind.

"The Overspent American"
by: Juliet Schor
This is why you are overworked.

" Frogs into Princes"
by: Richard Bandler & John Grinder
The beginning of neurolinguistic programming.  I love these radical guys.

" NLP at Work"
by: Sue Knight
Best of the best on how to apply NLP in the workplace.

" NLP Solutions"
by: Sue Knight
The best text I have seen on what neurolinguistic programming  is all about.  Would that all authors could write so clearly.

" Facing Codependency"
by: Pia Mellody
As a seasoned counselor, I sometimes think I have read everything there is on codependency.  This is the best.

" Facing Love Addiction"
by: Pia Mellody
Feeling incomplete without that special someone?  Guess what you may be dealing with?  Learn and deal better.

" Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway"
by: Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
The clarion call to accept fear without letting it hold you back.

" How Men Think:  The Seven Essential Rules for Making It in a Man's World"
by: Adrienne Mendell, M.A.
Very insightful guide to how men and women mistake what the other is really thinking and saying.

"How Not to Stay Single: 10 Steps to a Great Relationship"
Nita Tucker with Randi Moret
Good common sense.  I have used it successfully as a format with clients who are committed to building a fulfilling relationship.

"A Southern Belle Primer : Or Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be a Kappa Kappa Gamma"
by: Maryln Schwartz
Laugh and recognize yourself if you are a Southern woman. Laugh and learn if all this is new to you.

"New Times in the Old South : Or Why Scarlett's in Therapy and Tara's Going Condo"
by Maryln Schwartz
Not quite as good as "A Southern Belle Primer" but still a delight.

"What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should):  Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work"
by: Ronda Rich
Good beginning with excellent insights into how Southern women think, but the quality deteriorates as the book progresses.  A true Southern lady never airs her own dirty laundry and I for one could wish she had ended the book about halfway through.

" Legacy of the Heart"
by: Wayne Muller
Painful childhood experiences leave emotional scars whether the parents and other adults intend them to or not.  This is an excellent book for those who feel they were wounded as children and would like to heal.  If you are feeling fragile, read this while in therapy.

" P.E.T.:  Parent Effectiveness Training"
by: Dr. Thomas Gordon
Better than Dr. Spock when it comes to raising civilized, emotionally healthy children.

"The Hug Therapy Book"
by: Kathleen Keating
Heart-warming little guide to all the different kinds of hugs we can engage in with those we love.  An excellent gift for parents of small children.

" Reviving Ophelia"
by: Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
Our society is damaging young girls, even to the point of death at times.  Here's a great description of how and what we can do about it.  Give it to your daughter when she is just getting into puberty.

"Don't Give It Away!"
by: Iyanla Vanzant
Very positive, empowering book for young girls.

"Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties"
by: Carmen Renee Berry & Tamara Traeder
A celebration of friendships between women.

"Girlfriends for Life:  Friendships Worth Keeping Forever"
by: Carmen Renee Berry & Tamara Traeder
More celebration.  Never hurts to remind ourselves of how much we mean to each other.

" Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom:  Creating Physical & Emotional Health & Healing"
by: Christiane Northrup, M.D.

"Wishing Well:  Making Your Every Wish Come True"
by: Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.

"The Seven Keys to Calm:  Essential Steps for Staying Calm Under Any Circumstances"
by: A. M. Matthews

" Why People Don't Heal & How They Can"
by: Caroline Myss, Ph.D.

" Hands of Light"
by: Barbara Ann Brennan

" The Psychic Pathway"
by: Sonia Choquette

"The Religions of Man" (renamed to: The World's Religions)
by: Huston Smith

" The Pursuit of God"
by: A. W. Tozer

"When There is No Miracle:  Finding Hope in Pain and Suffering"
by: Robert L. Wise

" The Confessions of St. Augustine"

Anything written by C. S. Lewis

Anything written by Charles F. Stanley of In Touch Ministries

The Holy Bible

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Great examples of women who are succeeding in the workplace.

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