Knowledge for the Brain…Recommended Reading Material

Knowledge for the Brain…Recommended Reading Material

This is a book list that is helpful for many issues including; anxiety, depression, relationships, anger, and more. Numerous of these books have been recommended by professionals who have suggested them to their clients. They are both fiction and non-fiction depending on your preference.

Spontaneous Happiness – Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.

–Andrew Weil, MD

Go Ask Alice – This groundbreaking classic is more compelling than ever for today’s readers. A sensation when it was first published and a perennial best-seller ever since, this real-life diary charts an anonymous teenage girl’s struggle with the seductive — and often fatal — world of drugs.


The Dance of Anger – Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating meaningful and lasting change. The Dance of Anger has sold more than 2 million copies and been translated into more than 30 foreign editions.

–Harriet Lerner, PhD

Aromatherapy for healing the spirit – Restoring emotional and mental balance with essential oils.

–Gabriel Mojay

Acupressure for emotional healing – Learn emotional healing acupressure points and affirmations for depression, grief, PTSD, anxiety and worry.

–Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Beth Ann Henning, DIPL., A. B. T.

Love Is A Choice – Breaking the Cycle of Addictive Relationships and letting go.

–Robert Hemfelt, Frank Minirth, and Paul Meier

Finding Your Way Home – “Home” to a place of deep awareness, everyday acceptance, and sustained care of our hearts and souls, in this empowering book that makes a companionable guide for anyone on the path to healthier living.

–Melody Beattie

Codependent No More – How to stop controlling others and start caring for ourselves.

–Melody Beattie

Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway – Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a “No-Lose” situation, and much more.

–Susan J. Jeffers, PhD

Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unrevised Bride – Marion Woodman’s “Addicted to Perfection” is the best of her many works. She describes how we are all addicted to perfection and to being what our parents wanted us to be. This is expressed in active addicts through the abuse of alcohol, food, and sex according to our compulsive needs for father, mother and union (in corresponding order).

–Marion Woodman

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School – An owner’s manual for my brain! John Medina did a wonderful job of making me feel NORMAL (what is this?) or rather reiterating what I know creates peace…’of mind’.

–John Medina

Joy For Beginners – On a rare gloriously sunny day in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. Wine glass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she will do the one thing that’s always terrified her — white water rafting. But if she goes, each of them will also do one thing they always swore they’d never do — and Kate is going to choose their adventure, from getting a tattoo to learning to bake bread to reconciling with a former friend. ”

–Erica Bauermeister

The School of Essential Ingredients – Beautifully written novel that brought up questions about the important and meaningful aspects of life all emerging through cooking as related to social interactions.””

–Erica Bauermeister

The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder – The immediacy of Richard Louv’Ź”s message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us. Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can…

 –Richard Louv in Books

Last child in the woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder – Richard Louv was the first to identify a phenomenon we all knew existed but couldn’t quite articulate: nature-deficit disorder. His book Last Child in the Woods created a national conversation about the disconnection between children and nature, and his message has galvanized an international movement. Now, three years after its initial publication, we have reached a tipping point, with Leave No Child Inside initiatives adopted in at least 30 regions within 21 states, and in Canada, Holland, Australia, and Great Britain. This new edition reflects the enormous changes that have taken place since the book—and this grassroots movement—

–Richard Louv in Books

History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life – Moments of exquisite pain and surprising joy fill this memoir by a poet who sets out to understand the shocking death of her sibling.

–Jill Bialosky

Suicide: The Forever Decision – For those thinking about suicide, and for those who know, love, or counsel them, this book discusses the social aspects of suicide, the right to die, anger, loneliness, depression, stress, hopelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of a suicide attempt, and how to get help.

 –Paul G. Quinnett

Secret Life of Bees – “If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”

–Sue Monk Kidd

Dance of the Dissident daughter – A woman’s journey from Christian tradition to the sacred feminine. With exceptional storytelling skills, Sue Monk Kidd writes personally and passionately about her own unexpected journey into feminine spirituality, identifying the unseen path that women navigate in order to reclaim the wholeness lost within patriarchal faith traditions.

–Sue Monk Kidd

The Four Agreements -In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman.

–Don Miguel Ruiz

Succulent Wild Women – This delightful book, handwritten and painted by the inimitable SARK–creator of her own line of inspirational posters, greeting cards, and gift items–exults in the pleasure of living life to its fullest. Exploring everything from sexuality, love, and romance to fat, fears, and recovery, SARK offers women the keys to expressing themselves in every dimension of their lives. of color art.


Man’s Search for Meaning – Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

–Viktor Frankl

The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, & End Cravings

–Jack Challem

I Used to Be So Organized: Help For Reclaiming Order and Peace – Glynnis’ newest book, I Used to Be So Organized addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can’t handle their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized…ten or twenty years ago. By now, life seems to hand them on distraction and challenge after another. Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today’s overwhelmed woman. This book contains 23 chapters, each short enough for a busy woman to read during a lunch break. Every aspect of life come together in this one easy-to-read guide.

–Glynnis Whitwer