May 9, 2017

Books and Publications

Books that inspire hope and healing

Healing Body     Healing Communications     Healing Communities     Healing Economies            Healing Mind & Spirit    Healing Planet


So Many Books, So Little Time

~Frank Zappa


For us bibliophiles, this can be a conundrum: so many choices, we hardly know where to begin!!   This resource page lists books that I have personally found to be inspirational on my own path to awakening and transformation. They come with my highest recommendation.

This list is by no means complete, as evidenced by the piles of books in my living room, bedroom and office, waiting to be read. It will be updated accordingly.

I like to think of these books as seeds that can be planted in the fertile ground of your soul.

…and if you should have a favorite or two that you feel should be included, please feel free to shoot me an email:

Toward Hope and Healing for us all,



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Healing Body


Holistic Medicine

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.  Trauma is an inescapable part of the human existence. Scientific research shows it literally reshapes the body and brain. This book explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.  MUST READ

Swimming with Elephants,  Sarah Bamford Siedelmann.  Journals the experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer.

You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay. International best seller with key message  “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.”



Diet for A Hot Planet, Anna Lappe.  The climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it. How to feed ourselves in a way that is healthy for our bodies and the planet.

Eat to Live  , Joel Fuhrman.  Explains why eating the wrong foods causes the desire to over consume calories; whereas a diet of high micronutrient quality decreases the sensations leading to food cravings and overeating behaviors



The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life , Phoebe Lapin.   The complexities of not just what makes us sick, but what makes us well. A fun, educational read!



Healing Communications


Alternate and Independent Media

CounterPunch  Left-Wing magazine published six times per year, covers politics in a manner described as “muckraking with a radical attitude”.

Natural Awakenings Magazine  National US publication printed with local issues presents the latest natural approaches to health, sustainable living, nutrition, fitness, creative expression, and personal growth

YES! Magazine  Re-examining our biggest problems with an eye toward solution


Heroic Journeys

Profiles in Courage , John F. Kennedy. Inspiring true accounts of eight unsung heroic acts by American patriots at different junctures in our nation’s history. Pulitzer Prize Winning.




Living, Loving & Learning , Leo Buscaglia .  Collection of Dr. Buscaglia’s (known as the LOVE Doctor)  lectures delivered worldwide between 1970 and 1981 

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation  Compilation of influential voice for global health and social justice Paul Farmer’s short speeches.




Healing Communities


We Rise! Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet  ,Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Justin Spizman.   Today’s youth will play an important role in shaping our future. The choices made right now will have a lasting impact on the world of tomorrow. We must ask ourselves:  what can we do to ensure a positive, just, and sustainable future?



Civic Engagement  

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, Joanna Macy and Molly Brown Young. Using the empowerment approach known as The Work That Reconnects, shows how we can strengthen our capacity to face this crisis, respond with unexpected resilience and creative power in order to play our role in the collective transition to a life-sustaining society.

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World, Paul Hawken.   From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, there is a movement of hope and healing on earth,  without name, leader, or location and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media.  TRULY INSPIRATIONAL…

Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth , David Korten.  Our health and well-being depend on an economy where we work in partnership with the processes by which Earth’s community of life maintains the conditions of its own existence—and ours.

Coming Back to Life: the Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects,  Joanna Macy and Molly Brown Young.  Offers personal counsel as well as easy-to-use methods for group work that points the way out of apathy, to affect peoples’ outlook and ability to act in the world.

Sacred America, Sacred World,   Stephen Dinan.  Explains how America can grow beyond our current challenges, transcend left/right political views and lead the world toward peace, sustainability, health, and prosperity.



Divine Feminine

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Gail McMeekin.  An inspirational roadmap, profiling 45 successful creative gals, provides the tools necessary for women to uncover their own authenticity and go for their creative dreams.

A Woman’s Worth, Marianne Williamson. Classic.  Exploring the crucial role of women in the world today.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur , Cara Alwill Leyba. The fiercest thing a female entrepreneur can do is to support other women:  sharing our celebrations, our breakdowns, breakthroughs, and solutions.

Sacred Marching Orders , Patricia Fero.  The qualities we are comfortable with as women: such as nurturing, receptivity, and listening are desperately needed at this time and can be used as the fertile soil to create an uncompromising, effective, powerful action as protectors of our world.

Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women, Iyanla Vanzant. Classic guide to uniting the will with the spirit teaches that only you have the power to make a change for the better.

Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be, HeatherAsh Amara. Learn to release the layers of expectations to finally see yourself for the authentic, perceptive, perfect woman you really are.

What Happens When Women Wake Up?: A Guide To Personal and Planetary Transformation , Patricia Fero.  A handbook for women’s awakening that calls us into action to play our part in planetary consciousness raising.

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype , Clarissa Pinkola Estes.   Society’s attempt to “civilize” women into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our souls. Reconnect with your fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of your instinctual nature! 



Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, Jonathan Sacks. Tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God



Conscious Aging

The Ageless Way: Illuminating the New Story of Our Age, Karen Sands. The boomer population is radically redefining the aging process and re imagining a transformative future.

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace and Savor Your Next Chapter, Ron Pevny. Making a reality the life of growth, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration you’ve always imagined.

The December Project,  Sara Davidson.  In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie. An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery.

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age. Jo Ann Jenkins.  The CEO of AARP
discusses the desire to continue exploring possibilities, to celebrate discovery over decline, and to seek out opportunities to live the best life there is.

Second Wind, Bill Thomas. Life after adulthood, filled with hope and a new sense of what is possible.

Sixty + Me  online magazine empowering women over 60 to find their voice & value in a transitional time of life.

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying,   Ram Daas.  The iconic spiritual seeker blazes a new trail, inviting all to join him on the next stage of the journey.

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite. Age pride!  It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind.

What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life,  Bruce Frankel.

What Really Matters: Seven Lessons for Living From the Stories of the Dying, Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Women’s Lives, Women’s Legacies: Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future Generations,  Rachel Freed.



The Color of Grace: How One Woman’s Brokenness Brought Healing and Hope to Child Survivors of War , Bethany Haley Williams.  Author shares how her own emotional healing led her into treacherous African war zones, where she provided care to former child soldiers and young girls used as sex slaves.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer , Tracy Kidder. Paul Farmer travels to Haiti, Peru, Russia – aiding the impoverished by treating infectious diseases like TB and AIDs.

Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?, Jim Ziolkowski.   Personal mission to change the world one community at a time,  changing inner-city youths into community leaders at home and abroad.



Human Rights

The New Human Rights Movement






I Believe in Willie Hughes: Influential LBGTQ+ Figures Throughout History, Ellen-Rose Thompson.    By revealing the true significance of LBGTQ people throughout history, the modern generation of queer youth can have positive and impactful role models.




An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  2015 Recipient of the American Book Award. The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.


Race Relations


Between the World and Me,  Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women, Brittney Cooper. Book by the same name of her well viewed Ted Talk.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, Michelle Alexander.

The Souls of Black Folk,  W.E.B.  DuBois

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race , Reni Eddo-Lodge









Healing Economies

Buying Local  








Economic Reform

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, & Society in the Age of Transition , Charles Eisenstein. Our broken economic system is built on the assumption that we are separate individuals,  living in a hostile universe. If we consider the truth that we are actually interconnected , can we start weaning ourselves away from the current unsustainable paradigm to create a new economy and, consequently, a new, more just, world?

Small is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered,  E. F. Schumacher. Originally written during the 1972 energy crisis, yet more than relevant today. Makes the case that if  we really care about our fellow human beings we need to seek a better balance between economic growth and its human cost.

This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. The Climate , Naomi Klein. Climate change is telling us we must change the way we operate.  Will we listen?


Emerging Technologies

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems , Van Jones.  How to rescue the planet and working Americans at the same time. Published in 2009, still relevant for helping make the transition to green.


Ethical Consumption


The Good Trade,  online publication that promotes search for brands, products and ideas dedicated to social good.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,  Elizabeth L. Cline. What are cheap clothes doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?

Shopping for Good , Dara O’Rourke.  Individuals, voting with their wallets, can promote better labor conditions and environmental outcomes globally.

The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better,  Annie Leonard. With just 5 percent of the world’s population,  the US consumes 30 percent of the world’s resources and creates 30 percent of the world’s waste.  We need solutions.

Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe, Greta Eagan. How can we do good while looking good?


Fair Trade










Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant.  Looks at improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?



Income Equality


$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, , Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Schaefer. The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million households, including about three million children.

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap  ,Matt Taibbi.  The fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor, where being poor is a crime and being wealthy allows you to do whatever you want.  MUST READ.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis   , J.D. Vance,  autobiography of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.  Helps you understand the whys of the 2016 election.








The More of Less,  Joshua Becker. Live a better life with less.

Simplify, Joshua Becker. Minimalist blogger details his own paring down to live life more freely. Inspirational!






Share Society

Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption,  Beth Buczynski.  Do you really need a garage, basement and kitchen filled with gadgets that get used minimally?resources and consuming less saves money, creates less waste and gives you time to focus on experiences rather than things.




Social Change



Social Services



Technological Advancement








Healing Mind & Spirit


High Existence  Magazine.  Applicable, easy, and step by step instructions on how to achieve a higher existence. Highly Recommended!

Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams,   Mike Dooley.  The first book I read by Mike got me hooked. How would live change if you could see all the possibilities that existed in any situation and you  knew, without any doubt,  your power to manifest your dreams?  MUST READ!

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Wayne Dyer.  Based on the writings of Lao-Tsu 500 years before the birth of Christ, 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom for life today.

The Power of Intention, Wayne Dyer.  Looks at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life

You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay. International best seller with key message  “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.”



Death and Dying  

On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross This seminal work explores the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.


Energy Healing and Medicine  

Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality, Donna Eden. Understand your body’s energy systems  and promote self healing.

The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy, Cyndi Dale. Thorough guide to our energetic biology and how it relates to our physical being. A must if you are interested in holistic health.


Grief and Loss  

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies , Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD. Compassionate advice and simple activities for widows and widowers.

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief, Martha Whitmore Hickman.  This classic guide for dealing with grief and loss offers thoughtful words to comfort, strengthen and inspire.

Healing Grief: Reclaiming Life After Any Loss, James Van Praagh. Viewing our losses as stepping-stones on our soul’s evolving spiritual journey

Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies, Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD.   Provides small, immediate ways to understand and reconcile your grief after your parent passes.
On Grief and Grieving, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Written shortly before her own death, Dr Ross explores how to meaning the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss.



10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story,  Dan Harris.  Great book for anyone trying to meditate for the first time.

The Art of Happiness, Dalai Lama.  This spiritual world leader is always smiling, so he must know something: he’ll you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward happiness.  CLASSIC.

The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin.   One woman’s year-long  endeavor to find what leads to true contentment.  MUST READ!

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, Sonya Lyubomirsky.  Investigates the causes and practices of human happiness

Happy for No Reason. Marci Schimoff.  Asks and answers the question: What if you could experience happiness from the inside matter what was happening in your life?



Healing with Sound





A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World, Daniel Goleman.  The Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward to transform our world in practical and positive ways.

GOOD Magazine – online and quarterly print with the mission to help people  and organizations be forces for good.

Profiles in Courage , John F. Kennedy. Inspiring true accounts of eight unsung heroic acts by American patriots at different junctures in our nation’s history. Pulitzer Prize Winning.




Living, Loving & Learning : Leo Buscaglia .  Collection of Dr. Buscaglia’s (known as the LOVE Doctor)  lectures delivered worldwide between 1970 and 1981.

Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges, Lori Deschene.  Daily inspirational guide of simple and creative challenges to help you spread the love .

Mental Health/Emotional Well Being

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ , Daniel Goleman.





Meditation and Mindfulness

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body , Daniel Goleman.  Can pre-order. Though I have yet to read, based on past writings and his lecture for Calmer Choice on August 3, 2017, I believe this will not disappoint!

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story,  Dan Harris.  Great book for anyone trying to meditate for the first time.



Personal Empowerment  

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom  , don Miguel Ruiz. Self-limiting beliefs  rob us of joy, creating needless suffering. This book offers behaviors that can transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse.  Fiction, written in 1922.  The spiritual journey of self-discovery.




Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement, Aubrey C. Daniels. Proven strategies and step-by-step instruction and positive practices to help you implement and sustain positive change in the workplace.





Post Traumatic Stress

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.  Trauma is an inescapable part of the human existence. Scientific research shows it literally reshapes the body and brain. This book explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.  MUST READ


Scarcity Mindset

Enough!  Laurie McCammon. Discover how your own never-enough thinking has been limiting you and how to challenge it .


Spirit Guides  



The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo.  As a cancer survivor, Mark has written a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. MUST READ!

Conversations with God,  An Uncommon Dialogue, Neal Donald Walsh. Books 1, 2 and 3 reveal author’s questions about life, death and all things spiritual and God’s answers.

A Course in Miracles, Foundation of Inner Peace.  Complete self-study spiritual thought system that teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of God.

The Essential Rumi, Jalal al-Din Rumi.  Spiritual poetry of thirteenth-century Sufi Mystic.





Healing Planet


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert


Climate Reality  

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein





Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution

onEarth  a bi-monthly digital magazine from the folks at Natural Resources Defense Council, provides in-depth reporting and thought leadership on environmental problems and solutions.


Oceanic Studies  


Green Energy

Clean Break: The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation and What America Can Learn from It


Green Living/Sustainability  


Green Tech  


Green Travel  


Organic Farming  








Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability, Designing for Abundance


Urban Planning  


Water Protection

Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change,  George Annandale.  Are you concerned about the scarcity of potable water?  Written in lay person terms by a water resource engineer, addresses the current and forthcoming water inadequacy with solutions that we can implement today.