Book Resources

reflections on the art of living - book coverReflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion – This is a great introduction to, or summation of, Campbell’s works. Most of his works are deep and can at times be difficult to access but well worth the effort. If you really want to probe the depths of Campbell’s work but are intimidated by his other books, this will give you a great overview and fire your desire to dig deeper.  He is pithy, humorous, practical, fact filled, and inspiring.

The Biology of Belief - book coverThe Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles
- This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

Psychobiology of Gene Behavior - book coverThe Psychobiology of Gene Expression – The Psychobiology of Gene Expression illustrates, step-by-step, how to facilitate a natural four-stage creative process on all levels from mind to molecule in our daily work of building a better brain. The book demonstrates how we can use our consciousness and our perception of free will to co-create ourselves in cooperation with nature. Rossi proposes practical approaches to optimize the natural cycles of gene expression in normal consciousness, sleep, dreaming, meditation, and the arts of daily living that are experienced by everyone. His lucid writing style and vivid illustrations inspire this text with a new vision of the creative arts, humanities, and culture in facilitating the optimal development of health, performance, and consciousness.

Cancer Ward - book coverCancer Ward – Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin’s death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes. The experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author’s own: Solzhenitsyn himself became a patient in a cancer ward in the mid-1950s, on his release from a labor camp, and later recovered.

The Human Comedy - book coverHuman Comedy (An Hbj Modern Classic) – The place is Ithaca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley’s — a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants.. In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.   Gentle, poignant and richly autobiographical, this delightful novel shows us the boy becoming the man in a world that even in the midst of war, appears sweeter, safer and more livable than out own.

The Compassionate Life - book coverThe Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness – How can compassion, a trait hardwired into our nervous system and waiting to be awakened, transform our lives and the world at large? Marc Barasch provides up-to-the-minute research to timeless spiritual truths, and weaves a stirring, unforgettable story of the search for kindness in a world that clearly needs it. With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: What can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient with practice? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually “survival of the kindest?” He comes up with challenging, ultimately inspiring answers. Barasch blends hard science and popular culture with his own hip, engaging narrative style to create a smart, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness changes pretty much everything.

The Sermon on the Mount - book coverThe Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in LifeReligion & Spirituality Books) – The Sermon on the Mount is a vital and provocative introduction to the ideas at the heart of Christian Science. At heart it means to be entirely practical, as the “Science” of the name would indicate. Denying any interest in theology (there is no theology in the Bible, Fox argues), the author instead suggests that what Jesus was after was results: “Jesus explains to us what the nature of God is, and what our own nature is; tells us the meaning of life and of death; shows us why we make mistakes; why we yield to temptation; why we become sick, and impoverished, and old; and, most important of all, he tells us how all these evils may be overcome, and how we may bring health, happiness, and true prosperity into our lives.”

Thou Shalt Not be Aware - book coverThou Shalt Not Be Aware: Society’s Betrayal of the ChildChild Psychology Books) – Miller parts company with Freud on the origins of children’s fantasies in this progressive study of repressed memory. Forget the Oedipus complex. Miller reasons that when children suffer abuse, their feelings of pain and rage have nowhere to go in a society that esteems parental power over them as a natural right. Children have no choice but to internalize the anguish, creating a wellspring of fantasy material. This book offers a fresh take on how the unconscious retains memories of childhood and, without appropriate intervention, generates emotional ills and destructive behavior. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Toward A Meaningful Life - book coverToward A Meaningful Life The Wisdom Of The Rebbe – Toward a Meaningful Life is a spiritual road map for living based on the teachings of one of the foremost religious leaders of our time: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, head of the Lubavitcher movement and recognized throughout the world simply as “the Rebbe.”  The book gives Jews and non-Jews alike fresh perspectives on every aspect of their lives — from birth to death, youth to old age; marriage, love, intimacy, and family; the persistent issues of career, health, pain, and suffering; and education, faith, science, and government. We learn to bridge the divisions between accelerated technology and decelerated morality, between unprecedented worldwide unity and unparalleled personal disunity.

Purple: A ParablePurple: A Parable – The poem “Purple,” which was once a postcard “chain-letter” that traveled around the world, is now an illustrated book rich in color and meaning. This powerful parable touches each person’s creative truth, which can survive even in the face of childhood cruelty. Page by page, Diane Katz’s illustrations take the reader ever deeper into the inner child’s profound experience.  Included in church sermons, educational texts and Bernie Siegel MD’s Love, Magic & Mudpies, this story has lasting emotional impact.

From Stage IV to Center StageFrom Stage IV to Center Stage – Denise DeSimone shares the truth about healing one’s life and how the body responds to the healing and the love of one’s life and body. Her life is an example of survival behavior bringing together her mind, body and spirit through her action, wisdom and devotion. Denise shows us through her words and deeds how to create order, the rainbow, and transform your life, the butterfly. Reading this book can be a guide for anyone facing one of life’s difficulties. If you have the courage and are willing to show up for practice and not fear change and failure then let this book become your coach and guide you to a healed life.

brain power book coverBrain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age – Virtually everyone fears mental deterioration as they age. But in the past thirty years neuroscientists have discovered that the brain is actually designed to improve throughout life. How can you encourage this improvement? Brain Power shares practical, state-of-the-evidence answers in this inspiring, fun-to-read plan for action. The authors have interviewed physicians, gerontologists, and neuroscientists; studied the habits of men and women who epitomize healthy aging; and applied what they describe in their own lives. The resulting guidance — along with the accompanying downloadable Brain Sync audio program — can help you activate unused brain areas, tone mental muscles, and enliven every faculty.  The book demonstrates that survival behavior is effective for all types of problems from cancer to how our brain and body functions.

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A Talk With Michael J. Gelb and Kelly Howell
Improve Your Mind as You Age by Michael Gelb
The 7 Laws of Neuroplasticity by Kelly Howell
Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age (video)

enjoy-every-sandwichEnjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your LastAs medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.  The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

how-to-cope-better-when-someone-you-love-has-cancerHow to Cope Better When Someone You Love Has Cancer – In 2005, Dr. William Penzer, a psychologist for more than forty years, found himself sitting with his wife in the waiting room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Their 31 year old daughter had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nothing in his life or his work had prepared him for this experience. Like a traveler in a foreign land which Dr. Penzer came to call Cancerville, this loving father and seasoned psychologist discovered the pain-filled reality of supporting a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. In this warm and powerful book, Dr. Penzer takes you by the hand as a guide on this demanding journey to help you support both yourself and your loved one.  Bernie has previously written about the book, “This is written by someone who is a native and not a tourist. He has been to Cancerville and learned from his difficulties what healing is truly about. Let his experience and words coach you on your journey.”

how-to-cope-when-you-have-cancer-book-coverHow to Cope Better When You Have Cancer – William Penzer wrote this book to help family and friends of cancer patients. He calls them “Heart and Soul Givers.” Although he wasn’t originally planning to write a book for patients, several people who read it encouraged him to write “How to Cope Better When You Have Cancer.” Bernie Siegel, M.D. wrote a strong, empowering, and comprehensive Foreword for the latter book for the patient.   Bill wandered into what he calls Cancerville when his 31-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Her journey and survival taught him how to take on the demands of Cancerville, find times of hope and optimism, and heal. Each chapter in the book for the patient concludes with a “Real People Facing Cancer” section that inspires the very beliefs and feelings Bill is encouraging.   Taken together, these companion books form a strong support net for family, friends, and the patient that allows them to speak a common language and to ride together through Cancerville on a horse named Hope and to remain STRONG!

Patterns Front CoverPatterns has been more than a year in the making.  This issue includes the work of 75 authors, including Bernie Siegel’s essay “The Power of Words.” It is handsomely illustrated.   After nearly 3 decades of continuous publication, this will be our final issue of Chrysalis. With this in mind, please contact Rob Lawson (robertfentonlawson@gmail.com) of the editorial office if you are interested in ordering a copy of this special edition of Chrysalis. ($15.95, plus $2.89 postage)

Healing: Cancer, Heart Disease & More – Jerry Rhine has written a book about innovative self healing techniques based on new research in psycho-neuroimmunology which uses imagery reverses life threatening illnesses.  Jerry, a 20 year survivor of advance heart disease and 10 year survivor of B-Cell Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer, has used these techniques to overcome the emotional and physical pain he battled with these diseases.  Visit his website at: http://www.hopefulcare.com.

Yosaif’s most recent book, Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out, was written for family caregivers and the professionals who support them. Bernie says, “If you’re ready to show up for practice, Yosaif’s coaching can help you and your loved one get the love and support you need.”  For more information, visit his site at: http://www.yestolifecoaching.com/caregivers.

Linda’s book, Wheelchair Wisdom: Awaken Your Spirit through Adversity, shatters widespread notions of what it’s like to spend life in a wheelchair, which addresses the unique circumstances of the millions of people in wheelchairs. She wants to convey the message that lies at the heart of her convictions–that people are more than their wheelchairs, more than their disabled bodies. Wheelchair Wisdom™ bears testimony to what Linda has learned and experienced–that each of us, regardless of circumstances, can move through life with freedom in a creative and joyful way.

Healing Within: My Journey with Breast Cancer came to be from MichaelKovarik’s journey with breast cancer. This healing passage evolved over a few years. It did not present itself right away, but transpired when he was ready for it to begin. First, he had to become conscious of this path and perfect a balance within. With his initial diagnosis, he gave full authority to his traditional doctors, a traditional drug therapy, and fear. It would take a second discovery of this illness to fuse him with his heart and soul. His journey to heal within drew him to a path reaching the deepest caverns of my being. It was a remarkable awakening of his ability to hear the whispers of my inner voice as it guided him to who he truly was to be. It is this disease, so grounded in dread and fear, that had the power to awaken him to his heart, his soul, and the quest they were guiding him to be part of. Its precious gift, life: a full life.

In Victory over Autism, Mary Romaniec takes the reader through the personal stages parents will experience when their child is first diagnosed with autism, and shows how to become part of the next generation of proactive parents who are making a difference in the well-being of their children and families. Romaniec explores the stages of grief associated with the diagnosis, followed by an examination of the winning attributes parents should—and will—possess or adopt as they strive toward the goal of better health and full recovery for their child. Victory over Autism includes personal accounts of overcoming the autism odds, looking out for all family members, and addressing marriage issues, and explores ways of getting the parent into the mind-set that a victory over autism is a realizable goal.

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