The Center Shelf...
I have this bookcase in my office. It's an "offset" style and the shelves are divided into "cubbies". These hold many of the books that have come to me along my journey. In the center "cubbie", I keep the books that reached a little deeper and helped me find something within me, usually at the exact moment I needed to find it. One of my goals is to share some of the sources and resources that encouraged me somehow along my journey. This page is the beginning of what I hope will become a collaboration and collection of works all intended and inspired to inform, help, and heal.
Hicks, Ester and Hicks, Jerry. Ask and It Is Given. Hay House Publishing, 2004 (rev. 2010). Given to me in 2007 as I dipped my toes into my spiritual waters. This was a powerful introduction to the ability we all have within ourselves to create the life we desire.
Hudson, Frederic.The Adult Years - Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal. San Francisco:Jossey Bass, 1999. The co-founder of the Hudson Institute shares his perspectives of life's journey as well as the founding .and underlying purpose, method, and philosophy of the Institute that bears his name.
Montgomery, Ruth. A World Beyond. Fawcett: Reissue Edition, 1972. A conversation with one of the world's best known medium's Arthur Ford. He engages Montgomery following his death and shares his exploration of the world after life.
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying The Five Stages of Grief, Scribner, 1997. This book was handed to me, to teach me one of life's most powerful lessons, grieving. I have used the tenets of this model over and over again as part of my approach to consider loss as an opportunity for growth.
Patterson, Grenny, MacMillian, Switzler. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. McGraw-Hill, Second Edition, 2011. I found invaluable approaches to conversation, interaction and listening during the moments it is often most difficult to share and communicate with others, when it counts.
Picoult, Jodi. Change of Heart. Atria Books, 2007. This novel presented me an invaluable perspective of what happens when the complexities of structured religion, political theory, and moral dilemma cross-sect with the concept of "truth".
Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art. Black Irish Entertainment, LLC, 2011. I found this a fast, informative read about the "work" of being an author and how to create a life around the passion of writing.
Robinson, Bryan, E. Chained to the Desk (Second Edition): A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them. NYU Press, 2nd Edition, 2007. My first introduction to the scope and origins of work addiction. I found myself on nearly every page.
Ruiz, don Miguel, The Four Agreements, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997. I try to read this book every year to remind myself of four basic promises we can make to ourselves as we reach into the wold, engage, and enrich life's experience.
Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now, New World Library; 1st Edition 2004.The power of presence and living life from the point of presence.
Walker, Cami. 29 Gifts, De Capo Lifelong Books, First Edition, 2010. A good friend gifted this book to me. It's the story of a woman challenged with MS who gives twenty-nine gifts in twenty-nine days and learns how the world, and her experience with it shifts and opens. I gave my copy away on day 29, and always keep one on the shelf, ready to give.
Young, William P. The Shack. Windblown Media; 1st Edition, 2007. This story gave insight and perspective during the first steps of my spiritual journey as I wrestled with the constructs of practiced religion and spiritual belief in the face of unimaginable loss and grief.
Zander, Rosemund and Zander, Benjamin, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life. Penguin Books; Reprint edition, 2002. I learned about the boundaries that confine us to everyday realities. It challenged me, as a person living only to survive to push the envelope on what it means to live.