February 26, 2017

Recommended Reading 

I’ve been blessed.  A lot of people have spent time, energy and sweat to risk putting their thoughts into a book.  I respect their effort and contribution a lot.  Here is a list of books I’ve read that have caused me to reflect and think differently.  All have added richly to my life.

Discovering What Matters in the Third Trimester Of Your Life

  • True Purpose:  12 Strategies for Discovering the Difference You Are Meant to Make, Tim Kelley
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • Tuesdays With Morrie:  An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, Mitch Albom
  • Audacious Aging:  Eldership As a Revolutionary Endeavor, Edited by Stephanie Marohn
  • The New Retirementality – Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams at Any Age You Want, Mitch Anthony
  • Loving What Is:  Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie
  • Conversations from The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop:  8 Keys to Rediscovering Lost Dreams and Finding Your Life’s Calling, Denny Stockdale
  • Blue Zone, The:  Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Dan Buettner
  • Late Life Love. Romance and New Relationships in Later Years, Connie Goldman
  • Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer, Staying Creative, Aware, and Involved in Midlife and Beyond, Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler
  • Five Stages of the Soul, The:  Charting the Spiritual Passages that Shape Our Lives, H. Moody  & D. Carroll
  • Flow:  The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Dr. Suess
  • Way of Transitions, The:  Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments, William Bridge
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are:  Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Whole New Mind, A:  Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, Daniel Pink
  • Women’s Lives, Women’s Legacies:  Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future Generations, Rachael Freed
  • Something to Live For:  Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life. (2008), Richard Leider
  • Claiming Your Place At the Fire:  Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose (2004), Richard Leider
  • Repacking Your Bags:  Lighten the Load For the Rest of Your Life (2002), Richard Leider
  • The Power of Purpose:  Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work (1997), Richard Leider

Living Life & Transition

  • Three Deep Breaths:  Finding Power and Purpose in a Stressed-Out World, Thomas Crum
  • You Are What You Say, Matthew Budd, M.D.
  • Psycho-Cybernetics, Dr. Maxwell Maltz
  • Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson
  • The Alchemist, A Fable About Following Your Dream Paulo Coelho
  • Where Do I Want to Go For the Rest of My Life by John Crystal and Richard Bolles
  • Choice-making by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
  • The Fully Effective Executive by Dr. Gerald Kushel
  • The Paradox of Success by John R. O’Neil
  • How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein
  • Finding Your Perfect Work – The New Career Guide to Making a Living, Creating a Life by Paul and Sarah Edwards (The Self Employment Experts)
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  • What Color is Your Parachute – A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career- Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
  • Whistle While You Work:  Heeding Your Life’s Calling. (2001) by Richard Leider


  • The Oz Principle – Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability, Roger Conners, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman
  • Accountability – Getting a Grip on Results,  Bruce Klatt, Shaun Murphy & David Irvine


  • Action Selling, Duane Sparks
  • Selling with Integrity – Reinventing Sales Through Collaboration, Respect and Serving, Sharon Drew Morgan, Berkley Books, NY
  • Strategic Selling – The Unique Sales System Proven Successful by America’s Best Companies, Robert B. Miller, Stephaen E. Heiman with Tad Tuleja

Business Planning

  • The Discipline of Market Leaders, Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema
  • Customer Intimacy, Fried Wiersema
  • InfoGuru Marketing Manual, Robert Middleton
  • The E Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber
  • Nichecraft – Using Your Specialness to Focus Your Business, Corner Your Market, and Make Your       Customers Seek You Out, Dr. Lynda Falkenstein
  • Growing Pains – Transitioning from an Entrepreneurship to a Professionally Managed Firm, Eric G. Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle
  • Secrets of Self-Employment – Surviving and Thriving on the Ups and Downs of Being Your Own Boss, Sarah and Paul Edwards (The Self Employment Experts)
  • Growing Your Own Business, Gregory and Patricia Kishel


  • Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni
  • The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Lencioni
  • Leadership and Self-Deception – Getting out of the Box, The Arbinger Institute
  • Failing Forward – Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success, John C  Maxwell
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell
  • Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • Primal Leadership – Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • The Situational Leader, Dr. Paul Hersey

Quality of Life/Quality Relationships

  • The Five Love Languages – How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, Gary Chapman
  • The Paradox of Success, by John R. O’Neil
  • Working Ourselves to Death – The High Cost of Workaholism & the Rewards of Recovery, Diane Fassel, Ph.D.
  • “Please Understand Me” Character & Temperament Types, David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates
  • Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus, John Gray, Ph.D.
  • You Just Don’t Understand, Deborah Tannen

Coaching – Equine Assisted Coaching

  • It’s Not About the Horses – It’s About Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Wyatt Webb
  • Riding Between the Worlds by Linda Kohanov
  • The Toa of Equus by Linda Kohanov
  • Horses Don’t Lie by Chris Irwin
  • Horses Never Lie by Mark Rashid

Coaching – Somatic Coaching

  • The Anatomy of Change – A Way to Move Through Life’s Transitions by Richard Heckler, Ph. D.
  • Holding The Center – Sanctuary in a Time of Confusion by Richard Heckler, Ph. D.

Coaching –  General

  • The Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
  • Coaching for Performance – Growing People, Performance and Purpose by John Whitmore
  • Masterful Coaching – Extraordinary Results by Impacting People and the Way They Think and Work Together by Robert Hargrove
  • Coaching –Evoking Excellence in Others by James Flaherty
  • The Portable Coach – 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success by Thomas J. Leonard
  • Co-Active Coaching – New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, Phil Sandahl

Additional Reading

  • The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcom Gladwall
  • Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwall
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time – The Historical Jesus & Heart of Contemporary Faith by Marcus J. Borg
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • A Lifetime of Riches (The Biography of Napoleon Hill) by Michael J. Ritt, Jr. and Kirk Landers
  • Reality Isn’t What it Used to Be by Walter Truett Anderson
  • The Fifth Discipline – The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
  • Sensible Self-Help – The First Road Map for the Healing Journey by David Grudermeyer, Ph.D.,     Rebecca Grudermeyer, Psy.D. and Lerissa Nancy Partrick

Meditation Books

  • Believing in Myself by Ernie Larsen & Carol Hegarty
  • Peace of Mind: Daily Meditations for Easing Stress by Amy E. Dean
  • Forgiving & Moving On by Tian Dayton
  • Gentle Reminders – Daily Affirmations by Mitzi Chandler
  • A Time to be Free Daily Meditations for Enhancing Self-Esteem by the author of “A” Day at a Time and A New Day”
  • Time for Joy Daily Affirmations by Ruth Fishel
  • Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey