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Life Strategies : Doing What Works, Doing What Matters /   by Phillip C., Ph.D. McGraw



Some people spend their lives reacting to what life hands them, while others craft life to fit their goals. Author Phillip C. McGraw, who is a psychologist but describes himself as a strategist, is determined to make sure that his readers are the creators of their lives, not created by their lives. By accepting that you are personally accountable for every element of your life, McGraw says, you can erase the negative "epidemic behaviors" (found in all of American society: denial, false assumptions, inertia, deceptive masking) in your life and reach your goals.

Written in a tough-love, sometimes cantankerous tone, this self-help book is not for those looking to explore their inner child or visualize away negative energy. No, this is pull-yourself-up-by-the- bootstraps advice from someone who's done just that. McGraw opens with a scene describing how he helped Oprah Winfrey survive--and win--the 1998 "Mad Cow" lawsuit in Texas, when she was having difficulty coping with the reality of what was happening to her. He helped her face the facts about the lawsuit, after which she was better able to participate in crafting a strategy to win it.

McGraw first forces you to take a good hard look at who you are by dissecting your personality. It may be painful to realize that you fall into the "Porcupine" or "Perfecto" or any of the other personality types McGraw delineates, but here it's true that there's no gain without pain, because (Life Law No. 4) "You Can't Change What You Don't Acknowledge." He then describes in depth all 10 "Life Laws"--the rules by which the world plays--that he learned the hard way. Laws such as "You Either Get It, or You Don't," "Life Is Managed; It Is Not Cured," and "You Have to Name It to Claim It" make up the bulk of the book and McGraw's realist philosophy.

If you learn and abide by the Life Laws and go on to create a Life Strategy, McGraw claims you will not only know yourself better and eliminate negative behaviors, you will also know how to reach any goal you set for yourself. --Stefanie Durbin


The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

Amazon.com Gary Zukav's American Book Award-winning The Dancing Wu Li Masters masterfully introduces the layman to quantum and particle physics, as well as Einstein's relativity theories. With a similar dose of amiable, easy-to-understand prose, Zukav guides readers into the spiritual realm in his bestselling The Seat of the Soul. Zukav questions the Western model of the soul, alleging that the human species is in the midst of a great transformation, evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses--"external power"--to one that pursues power based upon perceptions of the soul--"authentic power." He believes that humans are immortal souls first, physical beings second, and that once we become conscious of this transformation--once we align our personalities with our soul--we will stimulate our spiritual growth and become better people in the process. This insightful, lucid synthesis of modern psychology and new-age principles has been described as the "physics of the soul." Who better to explain such heady concepts than Gary Zukav? --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title


It's Not About Food : Change Your Mind; Change Your Life; End Your Obsession With Food and Weight / by Carol Emery Normandi, Laurelee Roark


"Women who read this book will be inspired to throw away their diets and scales and pick up on the nurturing, caring voice presented in these pages." --Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter, authors of Overcoming Overeating. Carol Emery Normandi and Laurelee Roark founded the nonprofit organization Beyond Hunger, Inc. because they had each struggled for years with eating disorders--and discovered that most of the programs available couldn't provide true, permanent recovery. To achieve that, they found they had to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that lay at the core of their unhealthy eating behavior--to go beyond the hunger of their physical bodies and meet the hunger that resided in their very souls. The techniques used in the Beyond Hunger workshops have helped many women change their minds about food and weight--and change their lives in the process. This compassionate, supportive book shows how it can be done--and offers to help women put an end to the rollercoaster of dieting and bingeing once and for all. * Includes a foreword by the authors of the bestseller Overcoming Overeating * "Normandi and Roark are like patient coaches detaching women from their obsessions with food, deprogramming societal and family messages about acceptable weight, offering tools and excercises to transform destructive behaviors into opportunities for self-reflection."--San Jose Mercury News "It's Not About Food is an important part of the growing movement to return women's bodies to their rightful owners." --Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth


Healing the Hungry Self : The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management / by Deirdra, Ph.D. Price, Dierdra Price

Amazon.com: As people in the Western world diet more and continue to grow fatter, the trend toward weight-loss books that deal with the emotional and psychological aspects of overeating--rather than simply providing another low-calorie food plan--is a welcome one. In this excellent workbook, eating-disorders expert Deirdra Price provides clear information on changing your physical and mental self-image, along with questionnaires, games, and visualizations designed to draw readers into the process immediately. Those who work through the exercises are likely to experience a boost in self-esteem that they may come to realize is more valuable than the body changes that will eventually occur.


Holy Hunger : A Woman's Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment / by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Margaret Bullitt-Jones

Reviewer: A reader from Santa Barbara, Ca: An intimate, honest memoir Holy Hunger is an intimate, honest and balanced story of one woman's brave journey out of addiction and into grace. Her desire to confront her family's troubled legacies, and her movement beyond that makes this book far more than any kind of "dysfunctional family memoir." Her portrait of her (very much alive) mother is particularly moving and redemptive.

Healing Fiction / by James Hillman


In this work, Hillman's main deconstruction of therapy, he asks "What does the soul want?" and answers "Fictions that heal." By examining the three Great Originators of depth psychology--Freud, Jung, and Adler--this book looks again at what is really meant by "case history," "active imagination," and "inferiority feelings."


Journey of the Heart: intimate relationship and the path of love / John Welwood, Ph.D.


As men and women find that they can no longer rely on old roles and formulas to get along, intimate
relationship calls for a new kind of honest and awareness, a willingness to let go of old patterns and cultivate new powers and sensitivities. This book shows how we can meet this challenge by learning to use whatever difficulties we face in relationships as opportunities to expand our sense of who we are and deepen our capacity to connect with others.


Awakening the Heroes within: the twelve archetypes to help us find ourselves and transform our world / Carol S. Pearson


In this bold and original work the author shows that the heroic quest isn't just for certain people under special circumstances. Exploring the many heroic paths available to each of us at every point in our lives, her innovative program enables us to live heroically by activating and applying twelve archetypes in our lives. This companion to The Hero Within outlines twelve archetypal patterns that can aid inner development and the quest of wholeness.


Truth or Dare: encounters with Power, Authority, and mystery / Starhawk


Starhawk's brilliant examination of the nature of power offers creative alternatives for positive change in our personal lives, our communities and our world.


The Intimacy Struggle; adapted from "The Struggle for Intimacy" / Janet G. Woititiz


The struggle for intimacy is a complex issue, key to the happiness of every man and woman. It goes on for all of us as long as we live. To be intimate is to be close, to be vulnerable, qualities that are very different from the survival skills we learned. This book helps clarify the issues for you.


Menopausal Years: the wise woman way / Susun S. Weed


This book brings together all dimensions of the Change--from meditations and quick fixes for hot flashes to safe, natural ways to keep your mood cool, your heart healthy and your bones strong.


First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy / by Stephen R. Covey, Steven R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill,rebec Merrill


This a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. The authors of First Things First disagree. In the first real breakthrough in time management in years, Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the daily problems of people who must struggle with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life. Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness.


Be the Person You Want to Be : Harness the Power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to Reach Your Potential / by John J., Jr Emerick


A profound personal transformation is the goal of this simple, step-by-step program. Millions of people attend neuro-linguistic progamming (NLP) seminars each year; now readers can achieve greater self-assurance and self-control. It pays dividends in social and business situations and provides illuminating insights into other people's thoughts and actions.


The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America / by David Whyte


A gentle finger on the pulse of the corporate worker's heart Amazing insight into the human soul and how the corporate workplace has evolved to stifle personal identity, creativity, and the joy associated with work. More than that, Whyte skillfully and poetically provides the philosophical framework for reuniting the worker with the workplace. Using references from great literature, parables, poetry and prose, and drawing from the great diversity of humanity, Whyte opens a path by which we can regain the joy of working creatively. A book to read, and read again, just to learn how to grow spiritually and remain human at work.


sweat.gif (5835 bytes) Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff : Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking over
Your Life
/ by Richard Carlson


You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as "Choose your battles wisely"; "Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in' box won't be empty"; and "Make peace with imprefection". With Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...you'll also learn how to:
Live in the present moment
Let others have the glory at times
Lower your tolerance to stress
Trust your intuitions
Live each day as it might be your last
With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

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