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    Suggested Books and Readings of Interest to People interested in Creating a Life Worth Living

    (When possible, I have linked the title of the books below with Amazon.com so that you can easily acquire them at a reasonable price. I would appreciate if you would use these links. Although it won’t affect the book price in any way, Amazon will know I referred you and will thank me with an infinitesimally small monetary token of their appreciation.)


    Join my Facebook Group: Most books like mine, that I have read, usually left lots of questions that I would have loved to have asked the author and couldn't. Well, this author has always believed that my relationship with my clients and readers was an ongoing and evolving one based on their needs and what they felt I could contribute to their making their life's journey better. To that end, I have created an exclusive Facebook Group for you to be able to ask those questions that come up from applying what you read to your life and get answers from me as well as from other group members. You can join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/663645381379447

    Stage II Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction by Earnie Larsen. This is the book for people who have been in recovery long enough to have worked the Steps through, at least once, and who are ready to deal with the rest of their lives now that substance abuse and addictions are no longer the issues. Definitely a companion book to my coaching. https://amzn.to/2WZomlb

    Stage II Relationships: Love Beyond Addiction by Earnie Larsen. In the same mode as Stage II Recovery but in this book, he takes that one chapter on relationships and gives it a full book treatment. Another companion to my relationships coaching. https://amzn.to/3ngWmEq

    Napkin Notes on the Art of Living by G Michael Durst, Ph.D. The best self-help book on the market!" is the summation for all of the five-star ratings on Amazon. Although countless self-help books have been written, none have been able to translate psychological theory into practical, day-to-day application as well as this one does. By integrating Eastern and Western philosophy with science and religion, Napkin Notes provides a concise, easy-to-read guide for living. Dr. Durst promotes the concept that we are 100% responsible for everything in our experience and for our reactions to life's events. This focus provides not only increased knowledge, but also the impetus to change. In so doing, it directs us to greater insight, satisfaction, and fulfillment. https://amzn.to/3yQu0CU

    Actualizations: You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself by Stewart Emery Stewart Emery was one of the first people to lead EST training, and one of the founders of Actualizations, a supportive and loving workshop that helps people establish joyful relationships in their lives. The purpose of this book is to provide the groundwork for a complete transformation of its reader’s relationships—into sources of joy, satisfaction, and exhilarating personal growth. The philosophy described here will allow you to deepen not only your connection with others, but your understanding of yourself. Emery’s Actualizations will allow you to live life to its fullest—no reservation, or rehearsal, required! https://amzn.to/3ttivA5

    Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom by William Glasser, M.D. Dr. Glasser offers a new psychology that, if practiced, could reverse our widespread inability to get along with one another, an inability that is the source of almost all unhappiness.

    For progress in human relationships, he explains that we must give up the punishing relationship; destroying external control psychology. For example, if you are in an unhappy relationship right now, he proposes that one or both of you could be using external control psychology on the other. He goes further. And suggests that misery is always related to a current unsahttps://amzn.to/3jTGoh3tisfying relationship. Contrary to what you may believe, your troubles are always now, never in the past. No one can change what happened yesterday. https://amzn.to/3jTGoh3

    Counseling with Choice Theory by William Glasser, M.D. In Counseling with Choice Theory, Dr. William Glasser takes readers into his consulting room and illustrates, through a series of conversations with his patients, exactly how he puts his popular therapeutic theories into practice.

    Counseling with Choice Theory by William Glasser, M.D. In Counseling with Choice Theory, Dr. William Glasser takes readers into his consulting room and illustrates, through a series of conversations with his patients, exactly how he puts his popular therapeutic theories into practice.

    These vivid, almost novelistic case histories bring Dr. Glasser's therapy to life and show readers how to get rid of the controlling, punishing I know what's right for you psychology that crops up in most situations when people face conflict with one another.

    Practical and readable, Counseling with Choice Theory is Dr. Glasser's most accessible book in years. https://amzn.to/3hhQuXv

    Getting Together and Staying Together: Solving the Mystery of Marriage Dr. Glasser and his wife Carleen co-wrote this book. Using the Choice Theory principles, they build a great life together which they told me had been fight-free since they were married. They stayed a happy couple until Dr. Glasser's death. https://amzn.to/2Yu2PRN

    When The Shoe Fits: Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu by Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) This is one of my favorite practical philosophy books. “Only that which is attained through effortlessness will never be a burden to you.” That is the message of the renowned Indian philosopher Osho, one of the 10 people (others include Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha) said to have changed the very destiny of his nation.

    This previously little-known study—a true classic of interpretation—presents his distinctive and highly illuminating exploration of Taoism. Osho offers penetrating commentary on the stories of Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu, the tradition's founder, as well as inspirational anecdotes on the quest for love, spiritual understanding, and true happiness. The powerful combination of Taoist wisdom and Osho's insightful interpretation make this a true gem, appropriate for the growing audience interested in Eastern thought. https://amzn.to/3EaDDAm

    Influencing with Integrity: Management Skills for Communication and Negotiation by Genie Z. Laborde, Ph.D.  Dr. Laborde is one of the original group of folks surrounding the founders of NLP and who was very involved in the foundational work of NLP. This book was the first one to apply the NLP framework and techniques to business communication and management. https://amzn.to/3l0GCSU

    The Parent as Coach Approach by Diana Sterling, - Parents: Are you having problems with your teenager? Tired of constant conflict, struggle, attitude, miscommunication, and chaos in your home? Are you overwhelmed and frustrated with crazy-making behavior and teenage antics? This is THE handbook! If you are in any country and there are teens present - GET THIS BOOK NOW!!! Professionals: Are you looking for a handbook that is easy to read for your parent and family clients? Here is the ONE you have been waiting for! COACH YOUR CLIENTS FROM THIS BOOK WITH PARENTS OF TEENS AND TEENS, PRE-TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS! I personally know Diana as a colleague, and this is the book that I use when teaching parenting to parents of teens. https://amzn.to/3ngfimz

    The next four books are the most wonderful books to explain some of the fundamental personal and intrapersonal issues. They are mainly comic-style illustrations with commentary. They are a valuable resource for folks of all ages: https://amzn.to/3ngfimz


    The Facade: A View of Ourselves by Jim Cole. The Facade is an expression of the sharing of ourselves and the risking of ourselves with others. It looks at the resistance to risk taking and the joys that come from being known and sharing one’s self with another. This book is very simple yet seems to hold some personal truths for many people. https://amzn.to/3l7nWB5

    Helpers: A View of Our Helpfulness By Jim Cole. The Helpers looks at our motives for behaving both helpless and helpful and then examines what effects these motives have on ourselves and on those we try to help. It expresses the helplessness of trying to help others. It then examines how we often escape these helpless feelings and what this does to us and those we are trying to help. https://amzn.to/38Qx1sj

    The Controllers: a view of our responsibility by Jim Cole, The Controllers is a look at freedom and responsibility for one's own behavior. It explores how escaping the responsibility for one's behavior often results in loss of freedom. It explores the fear and the loneliness that comes with feeling free and responsible. This cartoon book has been used with both alcoholics and juveniles for many years.  https://amzn.to/38PzqDt

    Filtering people: A view of our prejudices by Jim Cole An excellent tool for workshops, courses, and personal reflection, Filtering People: Understanding and Confronting Our Prejudices gently and sympathetically helps us identify our prejudices, explore how and why we become prejudiced-and learn how we can begin to overcome our prejudices. Filtering People enriches our lives by helping us see each other as we are, in all our fascinating diversity. Filtering People has been used widely and avidly by people trying to understand, confront and change prejudices. https://amzn.to/3BVMVOI

    Real Boys and Real Boys Handbook by William S Pollack, Ph.D

    Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William S. Pollack, Ph.D. Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School over two decades, Real Boys explores this generation's "silent crisis": why many boys are sad, lonely, and confused although they may appear tough, cheerful, and confident. Pollack challenges conventional expectations about manhood and masculinity that encourage parents to treat boys as little men, raising them through a toughening process that drives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really like, says Pollack, can we help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression, love and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, divorce, and violence. https://amzn.to/3mXGG8m


    Real Boys Workbook : The Definitive Guide to Understanding and Interacting with Boys of All Ages by William S Pollack, Ph.D and Kathleen Cushman The Real Boys' Workbook is a unique, instructive workbook, full of advice, exercises, and stories to help parents, professionals, and boys themselves understand boys—and how to make life with them better. How to listen to boys, talk and be with them, exercises to teach you new ways to handle situations, and strategies for coping with problems (drug and alcohol abuse, gender identity, depression, bullies) are addressed, as readers are encouraged to respond to questions and situations, to learn how to think about boys with new understanding, and to react more creatively. Through writing down responses in the workbook, using the charts and summaries, and taking part in the provocative question-and-answer sections, you will gain insight into boys and their problems and be better able to be with them in effective and powerful ways. https://amzn.to/308AQsl

    Frogs into Princes by Richard Bandler, Ph.D. and John Grinder, Ph.D. "Frogs Into Princes" three-part introduction to NLP (short for "Neuro Linguistic Programming"), a form of therapy conceived of in the 1970s. NLP is founded on the premise that "the kinds of problems that people have usually have nothing to do with content; they have to do with the structure, the form of how they organize their experience." (47) The central thesis of NLP, then, is that the best way to help others overcome emotional, behavior, and psychosomatic problems is to discern the processes by which they organize and access their thoughts and feeling and alter it. https://amzn.to/3wu94Cc

    The Street Shrink Chronicles by Jason Wittman, MPS is fond of saying, “All teens and young adults deserve 24/7 access to at least one responsible, caring adult who loves them unconditionally.” Unfortunately, many teens get cut off from their families and end up on the streets fending for themselves. For the past thirty-five years, Jason has been a father figure to countless teens and young adults.

    Follow Jason as he deals with street violence, suicides, judges, and cops. Be there as hopelessly lost kids begin to turn around their lives as they receive his attention and guidance. With a mixture of high drama, raw dialogue, and tender moments, that novel capture what it is like to work with street kids on their turf.

    Loosely based on his real-life experiences working with kids living on their own, Jason captures the essence of what it takes to work those miracles for which he has become renowned. https://amzn.to/3l4wXeh

    I am regularly adding to this list on my website. Check there for the latest additions. http://stage2recovery.com/suggested-readings/


    [ Please note: Any book or program that I am recommending is one that I either read, use and/or know well enough to put my credibility behind the suggestion. Some of these referrals might give me a small monetary gift as a thank you. Rest assured that my referral cannot be bought and I only list what I can stand behind and where what you have to invest is either the same or less than if you ordered directly. ]


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