You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  ~ Clay P. Bedford


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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle: The first book I read that got me into spirituality (circa February 2008).  It helped me through some very tough times and made me realize that I could connect with people through their writing.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle: The prequel to A New Earth.  Speaks about living in the present.

The Shack – William Young: A metaphor that delves into our individual relationships with God.  This book introduced me to a personification of God that makes sense; it also gave me the idea of talking to God as if “he” was my imaginary friend.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – Dan Millman: One of the first books I ever remember reading.  Inspired me to understand what life is really about and that I’m not the only one who suffers.

The Magician’s Way: What It Really Takes to Find Your Treasure – William Whitecloud: Learned that happiness and the life that you desire is not something you find or catch, but is an attitude.

Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) – Neale Donald Walsch: Has given me the greatest understanding of god, religion, and spirituality that I could’ve imagined.  Also provoked me to pray again after 5 years of loneliness before sleep (I stopped praying in high school).

Buddha Facing the Wall: Interviews with American Zen Monks – Sara Jenkins: Learned from firsthand experiences how to live in the present.  Very empowering for those who regret missed opportunities and that we are where we are in life for a reason.

Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams – Mike Dooley: “The Secret– by Rhonda Byrne From A Different Perspective”

The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life – Deepak Chopra: Deepak Chopra makes spirituality very easy to understand in this book.

Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams – Deepak Chopra: One of Deepak’s first books, very inspiring on how to use belief to achieve your dreams.

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse: Amazing story that explains Buddhism, leading to the end of suffering.


Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill: The first book that taught me the mindset of creating my ideal life.  A classic.

Leap Beyond Your Limits – Chris Curran: In a similar mold as “Think and Grow Rich,” reinforcing key concepts.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book – Don Miguel Ruiz: I regularly make decisions based on one of the agreements I’ll never forget, “Don’t make assumptions.”

The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth – M. Scott Peck: Taught me what “love” really is.

Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now – Gordon Livingston: Heart-breaking book by a phychologist who lost multiple children to death and the lessons he learned.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne: All about the Law of Attraction.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey – Taught me how to be more efficient in my everyday life.  Despite all of the technology, I still carry my “Benjamin Franklin Book” with my life schedule and information in it.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World – Eric Weiner: Gives perspectives from people in the happiest places of the world. 

Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems – Cesar Millan: Yes, the Dog Whisperer has greatly changed my life.  Not only do I know how to get dogs to do what I want, but I’ve learned how not only dogs, but people, can pick up my energy.  A little bit about not only “human nature” but “inter-organism nature.”

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently – John C. Maxwell: Why being liked can turn you into a success.  The reason why I send out as many Thank-you cards and Birthday cards as I do.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World – Michael Pollan: How humans evolved with different species of plants, including apples (food), potatoes (sustenance), marijuana (psychology), and the flower (beauty).

A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams – Michael Pollan: How to dream and make your dream a reality … a story about a man who made his own one-room house. 


Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old – Deepak Chopra: The scientific and spiritual evidence on how you can live to 12o years old, happily.

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest – Dan Buettner: How to live a long life based on different examples from around the world.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan: Grossed me out on big-industry slaughterhouses … why I only eat organic and small farms now.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan: Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly Plants.  An entertaining journalist’s view of why we should be eating “paleo-style.”

The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat – Loren Cordain: Why humans need to eat in congruency with how our genes evolved.

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy – Mark Sisson: Why humans need to behave in congruency with how our genes evolved.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall: Very entertaining read on why humans have evolved and are “Born to Run.”  Read in 4 days.

The Stress of Life – Hans Selye: What stress does to your body on the physiological level of detail.

The 4-Hour Body: How to hack your body … how to experiment to achieve your ideal life.


Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin: Why community is so important, especially for your health.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber: Not all professionals are good businessmen.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! – Robert Kiyosaki: How I learned to work because I love to.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell: How impact enough people to change the world.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip and Dan Heath: How to craft the idea to change the world.


Low Back Disorders, Second Edition – Stuart McGill: About low back pain from the most prestigious back pain researcher in the world.

Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance – Stuart McGill: About preventing low back pain from the most prestigious back pain researcher in the world.

Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods, Third Edition – Warren Hammer: How to treat soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon, nerve, connective tissue) pathologies.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes – Shirley Sahrmann: How to treat musculoskeletal injuries from a physical therapist’s perspective.  She’s brilliant.





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