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Recommended Healing Resources


A list of publications focusing on writing, the writing process, women writers, creativity, spirituality, and healing that are useful for individual and group exploration.

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 Angelo, Jill.   Sacred Space: Turning Your Home into a Sanctuary.

 

Oakland: Kion Yamaguchi Press, 2015.  www.jillangelo.com


Angelou, Maya.  The Heart of A Woman.

New York: Random House, 1981.


Angelou, Maya. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

New York: Random House, 1969.


Ban Breathnach, Sarah.  Simple Abundance.

New York:  Warner Books, 1995.


Barks, Coleman.  Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship.

Columbia: Deckle Edge, 2011.

 

Barks, Coleman.  The Essential Rumi.

New York: Penguin, 1997.

 

Barron, Frank.  Creative Person and Creative Process.

New York:  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc, 1969.

 

Barron, Frank, Montuori, Alfonso, and Barron, Anthea, eds.  Creators On Creating Awakening and Cultivating the Imaginative Mind.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Penguin, 1997.

 

Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura.  The Courage To Heal:  A Guide for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1994.

 

Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura. Beginning to Heal (Revised Edition): A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused As Children.

New York: William Morrow, 2003.

 

Bass, Ellen and Thornton, Louise, eds.  I Never Told Anyone:  Writings By Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

New York:  Harper and Row, 1983.

 

Beck, Martha.  Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want.

New York: Atria Books, 2013.

 

Bender, Sheila, ed.  The Writer’s Journal:  40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals.

New York:  Delta/Dell Publishing, 1997.

 

Bernays, Anne and Painter, Pamela.  What If:  Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1990.

 

Berry, Daleen.  Sister of Silence.

Morgantown:  Nellie Bly Books, 2011.

 

Brande, Dorothea.  Becoming A Writer.

1934.  Reprint.  Los Angeles:  Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1981.

 

Brown, Brene.  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

New York: Gotham, 2012.

 

Brown, Brene.  Rising Strong.

London: Vermilion: 2015.

 

Cahill, Susan, ed.  Writing Women’s Lives:  An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth Century American Women Writer’s.

New York:  Harper Collins, 1994.

 

Cameron, Julia with Mark Bryan.  The Artist’s Way.

New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam,1992.

One of the most practical books about creativity that I have used. This program is designed to establish or deepen creativity from a spiritual perspective; applicable to all forms of creativity, artistic expression, recovery, healing and empowerment.

 

Cameron, Julia.   The Vein of Gold.

New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Penguin, 1996.

 

Cameron, Julia.  Walking In This World:  The Practical Art of Creativity; Further Steps Along The Artist’s Way.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002.

*  The follow-up to the original Artist’s Way, and just as inspiring.

 

Cameron, Julia.  God is No Laughing Matter:  Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000.

 

Cameron, Julia.  The Right To Write.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998.

 

Cohelo, Paulo.  The Alchemist.

San Francisco: Harper One, 2015.

 

Cousineau, Phil, ed.  Soul:  An Archeology.

San Francisco:  Harper Books, 1994.

 

DeBecker, Gavin.  The Gift Of Fear:  Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence.

New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 1997.

 

DeSalvo, Louise.  Writing As a Way of Healing:  How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives.

Boston:  Beacon Press, 1999.

*  This book was powerfully transformative for me as a writer, survivor and teacher.

 

Driscoll, Frances.  The Rape Poems.

Port Angeles, WA:  Pleasure Boat Studios, 1997.

 

Ellsberg, Robert.  The Saint’s Guide to Happiness.

New York:  North Point Press, 2003.

 

Ensler, Eve.  The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition.

New York:  Random House/Villard Books, 2000.

 

Ensler, Eve.  In The Body of The World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection.

New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013.

 

Estes, Ph.D., Clarissa Pinkola.  Women Who Run with the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.

New York:  Ballantine, 1997.

 

Evans, Patricia.  The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond.

Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2010.

 

Fox, John.  Poetic Medicine:  The Healing Art Of Poem-Making.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 1997.

 

Fox, Matthew.  Creativity:  Where The Divine and The Human Meet.

New York: Jeremy P.Tarcher/Penguin, 2002.

 

Franck, Frederick.  Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing.

New York:  Bantam Books, 1993.

 

Gilbert, Elizabeth.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.

 

Goldberg, Natalie.  Writing Down The Bones.

Boston:  Shambhala Publications, Inc.,1986.

*  One of my first, and still one of my favorite, books of writing exercises.

 

Goldberg, Natalie.  The Long Quiet Highway.

New York:  Bantam Books, 1993.

 

Groom, Kelle.  I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl.

New York:  Free Press, 2011.

 

Harvey, Andrew.  The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.

New York:  Hay House, 2009.

 

Harvey, Andrew.  The Return of The Mother.

New York: Tarcher 2000.

 

Herman, Judith Lewis, M.D.  Trauma and Recovery.

New York:  Basic Books, 1992.

 

Hillman, James.  The Soul’s Code:  In Search of Character and Calling.

New York:  Random House, 1996.

 

Hoffman, Alice.  Here On Earth.

New York:  Putnam, 1997.

 

hooks, bell.  Wounds of Passion.

New York:  Henry Holt, 1997.

 

Howe, Marie. What The Living Do.

New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.

 

Hybels-Steer, Mariann.  Aftermath:  Survive and Overcome Trauma.

New York: Fireside/Simon and Shuster Books, 1995.

 

Johnson, Mary. An Unquenchable Thirst.

New York:  Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2001.

 

Kalanithi, M.D., Paul.  When Breath Becomes Air.

Columbia: Deckle Edge, 2016.

 

Karr, Mary.  The Art of Memoir.

New York: Harper Books. 2015.

 

Karr, Mary.  Lit: A Memoir.

New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.

 

Karr, Mary.  The Liar’s Club.

New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

 

Klauser, Henriette Anne.  With Pen In Hand:  The Healing Power Of Writing.

Cambridge, MA:  Perseus Publishing, 2003.

 

Klauser, Henriette Anne.  Write It Down, Make It Happen.

New York:  Simon and Shuster, 2001.

 

LaMott, Anne.  Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts On Faith.

New York:  Pantheon Books, 1999.

 

LaMott, Anne.  Bird By Bird:  Some Instructions On Writing and Life.

New York:  Doubleday, 1994.

 

L’Engle.  Madeleine.  Walking on Water.

Wheaton:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980.

 

Levine, Peter.  Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma.

Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1997.

 

Lew, Mark.  Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse.

New York: Harper Perennial, 2004.

 

Lipsett, Suzanne.  Surviving a Writer’s Life.

San Francisco:  Harper Press, 1994.

 

Lopez, Barry.  About This Life:  Journeys on The Threshold of Memory.

New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

 

Lorde, Audre.  Sister Outsider:  Essays and Speeches.

Freedom, CA:  Crossing Press,1984.

 

Love, Heidi. Laughing at the Sky

Laughing at the Sky offers stories of courage: Wild women who have climbed mountains, crossed seas, and journeyed across foreign lands and inner landscapes. Heidi Love, founder of Laughing at the Sky and author of a much-awaited memoir about her own path of empowerment, shares brave books, words of wisdom and inspiring tales of gutsy goddesses who have transcended life challenges, rising above assault, disease, war, and loss. It is a sisterhood of strong and emerging voices because—your dreams can be bigger than your fears. 
https://laughingatthesky.blog

 

MacDonald, Ann-Marie.  Fall On Your Knees.

New York:  Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1996.

 

Markova, Dawna.  I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Puroose and Passion.

San Francisco, CA:  Red Wheel/Weiser LLC., 2000.

 

Matousek, Mark.  When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons on The Art of Living.

New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.

 

Matousek, Mark.  The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father.

New York: CreateSpace, 2008.

 

Matousek, Mark.  Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story.

New York:  Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books, 1997.

 

McQuaid, Dora E.  the scorched earth and the scorched earth: spoken, Expanded, Second Edition.

Fort Worth: Baskerville, 2014.

Dora’s pioneering collection of poems about her journey of healing from a history of both sexual and domestic violence into empowerment and advocacy as an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher. Foreword by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. Includes a comprehensive 25-page Discussion/Study Guide designed for use across a variety of settings and audiences and a full-length audio companion of Dora performing the entire collection. Order copies here.

 

Moyers, Bill.  The Language of Life:  A Festival of Poets.

New York:  Doubleday, 1995.

*  A companion to Bill Moyers’s 1995 public television series interviewing and showcasing the public readings of 34 poets.  Well done series, with excellent interviews.

 

Muller, Wayne.  Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Busy Lives.

New York:  Bantam, 1999.

 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.

New York:  Three Rivers Press, 2002.

 

Nepo, Mark.  The Book of Awakening: How to Have The Life You Want By Being Present to The Life You Have.

Newburyport, MA;  Red Wheel/Weiser, 2000.

 

Newman, Leslea.  Writing From The Heart:  Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write.

Freedom, CA:  The Crossing Press, 1993.

 

Norris, Kathleen.  The Cloister Walk.

New York:  Riverhead Books, 1996.

 

Norris, Kathleen.  Dakota:  A Spiritual Geography.

New York:  Riverhead Books, 1993.

 

Olds, Sharon.  The Dead and The Living.

New York:  Knopf, 2001.

 

Olds, Sharon.  The Gold Cell.

New York:  Knopf, 1989.

 

Oliver, Mary.  A Poetry Handbook:  A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry.

New York:  Harcourt Brace and Company, 1994.

 

Oliver, Mary.  A Thousand Mornings.

London: Penguin Books, 2013.

 

Peck, M. Scott.  The Road Less Traveled.

New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1978.

 

Perlmutter, Dr. David. With Kristin Loberg.  Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.

New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

 

Plimpton, George, ed.   The Paris Review Interviews:  Women Writers at Work.

New York: Penguin Books, 1989.

The interviews in this collection are selected from The Paris Review Interviews:  Writers at Work, Series 1-8.  Introduced by Margaret Atwood.

 

Rilke, Rainer Maria, trans. Stephen Mitchell.  Letters To A Young Poet.

New York: Random House, 1984.

 

Rose, Phyllis, ed.  The Norton Book of Women’s Lives.

New York:  W.W. Norton,1993.

 

Ruiz, Dr. Don Miguel.  Beyond Fear:  A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy.

Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books, 1997.

 

Sarton, May.  Journal of Solitude.

New York:  Norton, 1973.

 

Segalove, Ilene and Velick, Paul Bob.  Risk Your Self:  List-Making as the Ultimate Path for Personal Change.

Kansas City, MO:  Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2000.

 

Shaughnessy, Susan.  Walking On Alligators:  A Book of Meditations For Writers.

New York: Harper Collins, 1993.

 

Singer, Michael.  The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself.

Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books, 2007.

 

Sternburg, Janet, ed.  The Writer on Her Work.

New York:  W.W. Norton, 1980.

*  Excellent collection of essays by women writers about their own processes of writing and experiences, specifically, as women writer.   Erica Jong’s “Blood and Guts:  The Tricky Problem of Being a Woman Writer in the Late Twentieth Century” and Honor Moore’s “My Grandmother Who Painted” are two essays that I return to again and again.

 

Sternburg, Janet, ed.   The Writer on Her Work:  Volume II. New York:  W.W. Norton, 1991.

*  Another excellent collection of essays gathered in the same spirit as exhibited in Volume I.  All new women writers in this second volume.

 

Strayed, Cheryl.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

New York: Knopf, 2012.

 

Tolle, Eckhart.  Practicing the Power of Now.

Novato, CA:  New World Library, 1997.

 

Tolle, Eckhart.  Stillness Speaks.

Novato, CA:  New World Library and Vancouver, Canada: Namaste Publishing, 2003.

 

Tolls, Eckhart.  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

New York:  Penguin, 2005.

 

Uleland, Brenda.  If You Want to Write.

St. Paul, MN:  Schubert, 1983.

 

Van der Kolk, MD, Bessel.  The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

NY, NY: Viking, 2014.

 

Wauters, Ambika.  Chakras and Their Archetypes:  Uniting Energy Awareness and Spiritual Growth.

Berkeley, CA:  Crossing Press, 1997.

 

Welty, Eudora.  One Writer’s Beginnings.

New York:  Warner Books, 1983.

 

Whyte, David.  River Flow: New and Selected Poems.

Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2007.

 

Whyte, David.  Everything Is Waiting For You.

Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2003.

 

Wiard, Ted. With Carol Potato.  Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential Through Grief and Loss.

CreateSpace Publishing, 2011.

 

Williamson, Marianne.  A Woman’s Worth.

New York:  Random House, 1993.

 

Wisechild, Louise, M., ed.  She Who Was Lost Is Remembered:  Healing From Incest Through Creativity.

Seattle, WA:  The Seal Press, 1991

 

Woolridge, Susan.  Poemcrazy.

New York:  Random House, 1995.

 

Yuknavitch, Linda.  The Chronology of Water: A Memoir.

Portland, OR: Hawthorne Books, 2011.

 

Zukav, Gary.  The Seat of The Soul: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.

Alice Anderson, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away
New York:  St. Martin’s Press, 2017

Jill Angelo, Sacred Space: Turning Your Home Into a Sanctuary
Oakland:  Kion Yamaguchi Press, 2015

Maya Angelou

  • The Complete Poetry
    New York:  Random House, 2015
  • The Heart of A Woman
    New York:  Random House, 1981
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    New York:  Random House, 1969

Sarah Ban Breathnach,  Simple Abundance
New York:  Warner Books, 1995

Coleman Barks  

  • Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship
    Columbia: Deckle Edge, 2011
  • The Essential Rumi
    New York:  Penguin, 1997

Frank Barron, Creative Person and Creative Process
New York:  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc., 1969

Frank Barron, Alfonso Montuori and Anthea Barron, eds., Creators On Creating:  Awakening and Cultivating the Imaginative Mind
New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Penguin, 1997

Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

  • Beginning to Heal (Revised Edition): A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused As Children
    New York:  William Morrow, 2003
  • The Courage To Heal:  A Guide for Survivors of Child. Sexual Abuse
    New York:  Harper Collins, 1994

Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton, eds.,  I Never Told Anyone:  Writings By Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
New York:  Harper and Row, 1983

Martha Beck, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want
New York:  Atria Books, 2013

Sheila Bender, ed., The Writer’s Journal:  40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals
New York:  Delta/Dell Publishing, 1997

Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter,  What If:  Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
New York:  Harper Collins, 1990

Daleen Berry, Sister of Silence
Morgantown:  Nellie Bly Books, 2011

Gary John Bishop,  Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
New York:  Harper One, 2017

Dorothea Brande, Becoming A Writer
Original publication date was 1934
Reprint: Los Angeles:  Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1981

Brene Brown

  • Rising Strong
    London:  Vermilion: 2015
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
    New York:  Gotham, 2012

Susan Cahill, ed., Writing Women’s Lives:  An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth Century American Women Writers
New York:  Harper Collins, 1994

Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan, The Artist’s Way
New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam,1992

Julia Cameron

  • Walking In This World:  The Practical Art of Creativity; Further Steps Along The Artist’s Way
    New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002
  • God is No Laughing Matter:  Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path
    New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000
  • The Right To Write
    New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998
  • The Vein of Gold
    New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; 1996

Brandi Carlisle, Broken Horses
New York:  Crown Publishing, 2021

E. Jean Carroll, What Do We need Men For?: A Modest Proposal
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019

Paulo Cohelo, The Alchemist
San Francisco:  Harper One, 2015

Phil Cousineau, ed.  Soul:  An Archeology
San Francisco:  Harper Books, 1994

Gavin DeBecker, The Gift Of Fear:  Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 1997

Louise DeSalvo, Writing As a Way of Healing:  How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives
Boston:  Beacon Press, 1999

Ross Douthat, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2020

Glennon Doyle  

  • Untamed
    New York:  The Dial Press / Penguin Random House, 2020
  • Love Warrior: A Memoir
    New York:  Flat Iron Books / Macmillan Publishers, 2016

Frances Driscoll, The Rape Poems
Port Angeles:  Pleasure Boat Studios, 1997

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
New York:  Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014

Robert Ellsberg, The Saint’s Guide to Happiness
New York:  North Point Press, 2003

Eve Ensler 

  • In The Body of The World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection
    New York:  Metropolitan Books, 2013
  • The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition
    New York:  Random House/Villard Books, 2000

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Women Who Run with the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
New York:  Ballantine, 1997

Patricia Evans, The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond
Avon:  Adams Media, 2010

Erin French, Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch
New York;  Celadon Books, 2021

Marie Forlleo, Everything Is Figureoutable
New York:  Portfolio Books, 2019

John Fox, Poetic Medicine:  The Healing Art Of Poem-Making
New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 1997

Matthew Fox, Creativity:  Where The Divine and The Human Meet
New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2002

Frederick Franck, Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing
New York:  Bantam Books, 1993

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Originally published in Austria: Verlag für Jugend und Volk, 1946
Published in English:  Boston:  Beacon Press (English), 1959

Alan E. Fruzetti, The High Conflict Couple – A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation
Oakland, CA:  New Harbinger Publications, 2007

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
London:  Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015

Natalie Goldberg 

  • The Long Quiet Highway
    New York:  Bantam Books, 1993
  • Writing Down The Bones
    Boston:  Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1986

Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D.,  Why Marriages Succeed or Fail:  And How You Can Make Yours Last
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995
See also The Gottman Institute

Kelle Groom, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl
New York:  Free Press, 2011

Andrew Harvey

  • Light The Flame:  365 Days of Prayer
    New York:  Hay House, 2013
  • The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
    New York:  Hay House, 2009
  • The Return of The Mother
    New York:  Tarcher 2000

Dr. Judith Lewis Herman, M.D., Trauma and Recovery
New York:  Basic Books, 1992

James Hillman, The Soul’s Code:  In Search of Character and Calling
New York:  Random House, 1996

Alice Hoffman, Here On Earth
New York:  Putnam, 1997

Rachel Hollis

  • Girl, Stop Apologizing
    New York: Harper Collins, 2019
  • Girl, Wash Your Face
    Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 2018

bell hooks, Wounds of Passion
New York:  Henry Holt, 1997

Marie Howe, What The Living Do
New York:  W.W. Norton and Company, 1999

Quiara Alegría Hudes, My Broken Language: A Memoir
New York:  Penguin/One World, 2021

Allegra Huston, Love Child:  A Memoir of Family Lost and Found
New York:  Simon and Schuster and London:  Bloomsbury, 2009

Hybels-Steer, Mariann, Aftermath:  Survive and Overcome Trauma
New York:  Fireside/Simon and Shuster Books, 1995

Mary Johnson, An Unquenchable Thirst
New York:  Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2001
www.maryjohnson.com

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, M.D., When Breath Becomes Air
Columbia:  Deckle Edge, 2016

Mary Karr 

  • The Art of Memoir
    New York:  Harper Books, 2015
  • Lit: A Memoir
    New York:  Harper Perennial, 2010
  • The Liar’s Club
    New York:  Penguin Books, 2005

Henriette Anne Klauser

  • With Pen In Hand:  The Healing Power Of Writing
    Cambridge:  Perseus Publishing, 2003
  • Write It Down, Make It Happen
    New York:  Simon and Shuster, 2001

Sarah Knight, Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide)
New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 2016

Anne LaMott

  • Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts On Faith
    New York:  Pantheon Books, 1999
  • Bird By Bird:  Some Instructions On Writing and Life
    New York:  Doubleday, 1994

Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water
Wheaton:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980

Peter Levine, Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma
Berkeley:  North Atlantic Books, 1997

Mark Lew, Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse
New York:  Harper Perennial, 2004

Suzanne Lipsett, Surviving a Writer’s Life
San Francisco:  Harper Press, 1994

Barry Lopez, About This Life:  Journeys on The Threshold of Memory
New York:  Vintage Books, 1998

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider:  Essays and Speeches
Freedom: Crossing Press, 1984

Anne Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees
New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1996

Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion San Francisco:  Red Wheel/Weiser LLC., 2000

Mark Manson 

  • Everything Is F*cked: A Book about Hope
    New York:  Harper, 2019
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    New York:  Harper, 2016

Mark Matousek 

  • When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons on The Art of Living
    New York:  Bloomsbury, 2009
  • The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father
    New York:  CreateSpace, 2008
  • Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story
    New York:  Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books, 1997

Dora E. McQuaid, the scorched earth and the scorched earth: spoken audio companion
Expanded, Second Edition
Fort Worth:  Baskerville, 2014.

  • Dora’s pioneering collection of poems about her journey of healing from a history of both sexual and domestic violence into empowerment and advocacy as an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher.
  • Foreword by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues.

Bill Moyers, The Language of Life:  A Festival of Poets
New York:  Doubleday, 1995  

A companion to Bill Moyers’s 1995 public television series interviewing and showcasing the public readings of 34 poets. Excellent series and interviews.

Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Busy Lives
New York:  Bantam, 1999

Caroline Myss 

  • Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
    New York:  Three Rivers Press, 2002
  • Anatomy of Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
    New York:  Harmony Books/Crown Publishing, 1996

Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: How to Have The Life You Want By Being Present to The Life You Have
Newburyport:  Red Wheel/Weiser, 2000

Leslea Newman, Writing From The Heart:  Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who  Want to Write
Freedom:  The Crossing Press, 1993

Kathleen Norris

  • The Cloister Walk
    New York:  Riverhead Books, 1996
  • Dakota:  A Spiritual Geography
    New York:  Riverhead Books, 1993

Michelle Obama,  Becoming
New York:  Crown Publishing, 2018

Sharon Olds 

  • The Dead and The Living
    New York:  Knopf, 2001
  • The Gold Cell
    New York:  Knopf, 1989

Mary Oliver 

  • A Thousand Mornings
    London:  Penguin Books, 2013
  • A Poetry Handbook:  A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry
    New York:  Harcourt Brace and Company, 1994

M. Scott Peck

  • People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • The Road Less Traveled
    New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1978

Dr. David Perlmutter with Kristin Loberg, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life
New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Jordon Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Toronto:  Penguin Random House of Canada, 2018

George Plimpton, ed.,  The Paris Review Interviews:  Women Writers at Work
New York:  Penguin Books, 1989

The interviews in this collection are selected from The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Series 1-8.  Introduced by Margaret Atwood.

David Richo, How To Be An Adult – A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration
Mahwah, NJ:  Paulist Press, 1991

Rhimes, Shonda, Year of Yes:  How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
New York:  Simon ans Schuster, 2015

Nina Riggs, The Bright Hour:  A Memoir of Living and Dying
New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2018

Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, Book of Hours: Love Poems to God: One Hundred Year Anniversary Edition
New York: Penguin/Riverhead Books, 2005

Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. Stephen Mitchell, Letters To A Young Poet
New York:  Random House, 1984

Phyllis Rose, ed., The Norton Book of Women’s Lives
New York:  W.W. Norton, 1993

Dr. Don Miguel Ruiz, Beyond Fear:  A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy
Tulsa:  Council Oak Books, 1997

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