Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Look closely; I think the bird is actually symbolic of people like Jesus Christ.
One by Richard Bach. Talk about parallel universes and infinite possibilities!
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. If Jesus could talk today…question is, would any of us listen? Would any of us even recognize him? Or any other spiritual figure, for that matter?
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. Really sums it up, concisely and brilliantly. Nothing is offensive, but nothing is sacred. The guy slams Santa Claus, for God’s sake! LOL.
True Balance: A Commonsense Guide For Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette. Takes you through the chakras one by one, how to tell if the chakra is strong or weak, and what to do about it if it’s not up to par.
Joining Hands & Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations–A Practical Guide For Couples by Susanna Stefanachi Macomb. If you want something other than a run-of-the-mill church wedding but you’re not sure what else to do or where to turn for information, this is for you. Incorporate whichever elements you want, and as much or as little as you want; mix and match. We designed our entire wedding *custom* using this book – and we *still* get strong compliments on our ceremony well afterward!
Educated Heart by Nina McIntosh. A must-read for any massage therapist, reiki practitioner, or any other bodyworker. Even chiropractors and physical therapists would do well to read this, as some elements will apply to them. Remain compassionate and heart-to-heart while maintaining your separate and healthy boundaries.
The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra. Interesting, easy read, and a crash course in herbs and nutritive therapy. Hippocrates said, let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food. A good building block for anyone interested in herbs and nutrition!
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari. A fantastic book by a fantastic woman. She overcame her own terminal cancer and lives in full force today, cancer-free. Comprehensive guide on how to eat and live according to Ayurvedic standards. Doing this will enhance your health and clear up many of the chronic issues that plague us. It was by reading this book that I cleared up my own nasty, chronic case of eczema!
13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? by Neil Howe, William Strauss, R. J. Matson, and Ian Williams. For you later Gen X-ers, here’s a lone sympathetic voice that can be heard through the din. For once, you can feel spoken to and identified with. Written in 1991, it came out when I was 13-14, but its relevance continues today.
What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N Bolles. While this book didn’t directly help me choose my career, it has had lasting influence on its direction by encouraging me to tweak an existing job into a special niche that fits me better and creates more of a demand for my services and my vision.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. A Gen-X fiction book that is hilarious and well-written, something benign and nostalgic. It won’t get your heart pumping or your adrenaline rushing, but it will keep you turning pages until well into the night. A good-natured book about a good-natured group that decides to leave safe and secure mediocrity for an unpaved but exciting life path–and all the twists and turns and evolutions that accompany it.
Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan. Written primarily for adolescents, but still bestowes both nostalgia and genuine stimulation upon the adult. A bit freaky – not in a huge thriller kind of way, but once you really start to put yourself in the girls’ situation!
You’re Being Lied To by Russ Kick. A collection of various viewpoints from different analysts and op-ed writers regarding various subjects, mostly cover-ups and behind-the-scenes facts. This book is solely responsible for my decision to enter the field of natural healthcare; it got me interested in holistic therapy in the first place, and my natural instinct upon the discovery was to share it with the world. I can only wonder about the effects it can have on the lives of others.
The Eleventh Plague by John S Marr and John Baldwin. Yes, it could happen. Here’s how…
Toxin by Robin Cook. So, you think managed health care is a good idea, do you? Bureaucracy is egalitarian and utopian, and it can do no wrong? And your meat supply is safe, right? So many, many inconvenient pesky questions…
This is just for starters; I’m sure there’ll be more, so look for those funky “Part 2” posts!