A (long) List of my Book Recommendations

booksI have read 100’s of books over the last 20 years, when I made a commitment to self education through reading non-Fiction books. It really was a game changer for me. Here is a list of some of my favourites – by topic. I have an asterix besides some of my more favourite favourites. I like to read quite broadly, so that I am more likely to come up with novel and creative ideas, but putting different pieces together in unique ways.

Generally I have 2-4 books going at once.

  1. A business related book
  2. A self-help book
  3. A more technical book to enhance my skills as a coach (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, epigenetics, nutrition, etc.)
  4. A fiction book (mostly something far removed from ‘reality’, but with good messages built into them)

The Brain

Daniel Goleman, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence

David Rock, Your Brain at Work

Dr Joe Dispenza, Evolve Your Brain

Dr Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself *

Grant Soosala & Marvin Oka, mBraining

John Medina, PhD, Brain Rules

M J Gelb and K Howell, Brain Power

Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain

 

General Health

Dr Dean Ornish, Dr Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Deepak Chopra MD, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, The Power of Full Engagement

John Robbins, Healthy at 100

Dr Joseph Mercola, EMF*D

Dr Thomas Cowan, Cancer and the New Biology of Water

 

Happiness

Byron Katie, Loving What Is *

Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

Matthieu Ricard, Happiness

Rick Hanson, Hardwiring Happiness

Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar, Happier *

Will Bowen, A Complaint Free World

 

Meditation

Eknath Easwaran, Conquest of Mind

Dr Herbert Benson and William Proctor, Relaxation Revolution

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are*

Matthieu Ricard, Why Meditate? and The Art of Meditation

 

Metaphysical (and Yoga)

Gregg Braden, The Divine Matrix

Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi *

Rod Stryker, The Four Desires (Yoga teachings)

 

Marketing (and Business)

Darren Heardy, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster*

Harry Beckwith, Selling the Invisible*

Jim Collins, Great by Choice

Patrick Lencioni, Getting Naked*

Rich Litvin & Steve Chandler, The Prosperous Coach* (for Coaches)

Robert Cialdini PhD, Influence

Seth Godin, This is Marketing

Simon Sinek, Find Your Why 

Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro*

Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness

Verne Harnish, Scaling Up*

 

The Mind–Body Connection

Anita Moorjani, Dying to be Me* (NDE)

Dawson Church, Mind to Matter

Dr Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief *

Dr Darren Weissman, The Power of Infinite Love and Gratitude

Dr David Hawkins, Power Versus Force*

Dr Joe Dispenza, Becoming Supernatural* and You Are the Placebo*

Lisa Rankin MD, Mind Over Medicine

Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life *

Nick Ortner, The Tapping Solution (EFT)

 

Inspiration (and Self-Help)

Angela Duckworth, Grit

Brene Brown, Dare to Lead

Brian Johnson, A Philosopher’s Notes on Optimal Living

Bronnie Ware, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Cal Newport, Deep Work

Carol Dweck, Mindset *

Cate Montana, The E-Word (on EGO)

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements *

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Gay Hendriks, The Big Leap

Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

James Clear, Atomic Habits

Michael Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Michael Neill, The Inside-Out Revolution*

Michael Singer, The Surrender Experiment

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow

Robin Sharma, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari

Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key (and The Obstacle is the Way)

Steven Kotler, The Rise of Superman*

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art *

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens*

 

Nutrition

Dr Colin T Campbell, The China Study *

Gene Stone, Forks over Knives

Dr Joel Fuhrman, MD, Eat To Live *

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food*

Mike Anderson, The Rave Diet and Lifestyle

 

Peak Performance

Brendan Burchard, High Performance Habits*

Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

Dr Heidi Halvorson, Succeed

Gary Keller, The One Thing*

Greg McKeown, Essentialism

 

Physical Activity

Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

John R Little and Doug McGuff, Body by Science

Rich Roll, Finding Ultra*

 

Psychology (related)

Albert Ellis, Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings and Behaviors

Bressel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score*

Kelly McGnnigal, The Upside of Stress

Johann Hari, Lost Connections*

Martin Seligman, Flourish* and Learned Optimism

 

Relationships

Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages

Spirituality

Alexander Eben MD, Proof of Heaven* (NDE experience by a neurosurgeon)

Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth*

Gary Zukav, Seat of the Soul

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha*

Wayne Dwyer, Wisdom of the Ages

 

Wealth

Brendon Burchard, The Millionaire Messenger

John F. Demartini, How to Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Get in to Heaven

M J DeMarco, The Millionaire Fastlane *

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich*

T. Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind*

Tony Robbins, Money

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