Rob Sullivan's Bookstore of Highly Recommended Books!
(Books That Changed How I
Look at Life)
Over the past few years, countless people have emailed, written, or come up to me at events to tell me how much they liked the Recommended Reading. I kept thinking to myself, "I've just got to update that list. There are so many books I've read recently that need to be on there." I've got more to add, but I promise to be better about adding books as I read them. (Now that I've put that promise in writing, I'm bound by it.)
As you will see, I've added a section highlighting new additions. I am also considering a section dedicated to the many books readers have recommended that I haven't had a chance to read.
For now, this list is divided into two main sections: Professional Development and Personal Development. The Professional Development section includes business-related books that may help in your job search or professional life. In contrast, the Personal Development section is a separate list of books that changed the way I approach life. Whether the goal is survival, self-improvement, or business success, these books are a source of power, positive thinking, motivation, and courage. Each, in its own way, has had a significant impact on the person I have become and may, in turn, help you.
To order a book from the list below, just click on the title and you'll go directly to the book's listing on Amazon.com (or the website where the book can be ordered).
(Alphabetically by author)
The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016)
A well-thought out, effective method to help you nurture and develop your own creativity.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (Penguin Books USA Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014)
A beautifully crafted, inspiring parable about getting out of debt and building wealth. The principles are extremely straightforward and, with a certain amount of discipline, easy to apply. If you have even the slightest difficulty saving money or getting out of debt, I urge you to read this book.
by Rita Emmett (Walker & Company, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014)
Written by a reformed procrastinator, this book is sure to inspire everyone who has projects they've been putting off indefinitely. I had the privilege of seeing Rita speak so I know first hand how motivating she is. Rita definitely knows what she's talking about.
Making A Living While Making A Difference: The Expanded Guide to Creating Careers with a Conscience by Melissa Everett (New Society Publishers, P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island B.C., Canada)
A wonderful book with countless real-life examples of people who have created careers based on their highest values. A must read for anyone committed to having a positive impact on the world.
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain(New World Library, 58 Paul Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903)
This is a step-by-step description of the meditations, exercises, and affirmations that are the basis for creative visualization. The process is often used for personal growth, health, and relaxation. A heart transplant patient I know used these techniques to deal with pain.
Loaded with inspirational stories of people who overcame difficulties on the road to financial independence and prosperity. This book explores the power of imagination, creativity, and focus as it applies to goal setting and creating the life you desire. Don’t be put off by the title. It’s not a get-rich-quick type book.
The Problem Solving Journey: Your
Guide for Making Decisions and Getting Results by
Christopher Hoenig (Perseus Publishing, Inc., Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge,
The Back Door Guide to Short-Term
Job Adventures by Michael Landes
(Ten Speed Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707)
What to Charge: Pricing Strategies
for Freelancers and Consultants
to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising by Maxine
The 101 Best Freelance Careers
by Kelly Reno
(The Berkeley Publishing Group, 375 Hudson, New York, NY 10014)
The Savage Truth On Money
by Terry Savage
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158-0012)
A Whack on the Side of the Head :
How You Can Be More Creative
Value-based Fees by Alan Weiss
Anyone who has ever struggled to price their services would benefit from the strategies in this book. One idea I learned from Weiss helped me negotiate a deal that paid for the cost of the book many times over. My only issue with the book is that Weiss rejects "performance-based" fees. My firm belief is that anyone who is hired to achieve results--whether on a full-time, freelance, or project-basis has an opportunity to consider performance-based compensation. That's especially true in the work I do as a career consultant because the value is in the results. People come to me, and other consultants, expecting performance. In that case, the value IS the performance so separating the two isn't always realistic.
and Other Wonderful Books
Without question, this book should be required reading for every student in American schools.
I truly don't understand why it isn't--aside from the fact that it casts our forefathers in a very disgraceful light. I remember hearing about "manifest destiny" in grade school and thinking what a wonderful philosophy it was. The concept may have been interesting, but the execution was abominable. On an intellectual level, I was aware of what the U.S. did to the American Indians, but I had no idea just how awful it really was.
This book provides a compelling history of what happened to various tribes as the early settlers moved west across the United States. Driven by greed and fear, the white race all but wiped out countless American Indians taking away their land and their way of life.
In describing the lack of integrity on the part of the U.S. government, Red Cloud, leader of the Oglala Tetons (part of the Sioux tribe), said it best: "They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it."
In one of life's great synchronicities, I heard about Tom Brown's books from a guy I met when I switched planes at the last minute and took an earlier flight from Colorado to Chicago. Among the many things we had in common was a love for the outdoors. Saying only that I had to read it, he told me to go to the bookstore the next day and buy "The Vision." I devoured that book and 11 of Tom's other 16 books in the next few months.
When Tom was eight years old, he met an 83-year-old Lipan Apache named Stalking Wolf. Stalking Wolf, or Grandfather as he was called, never lived in civilization. At a young age, Grandfather left his tribe, which lived in the mountains of Northern Mexico, and spent over 60 years wandering across North America and South America. When they met, Tom was collecting fossils by a river bed in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Grandfather recognized Tom from a vision he had had as a young man. Knowing that he was meant to teach Tom the ways of the earth, Grandfather stayed in the Pine Barrens for 11 years teaching Tom everything he knew about the earth, wild edible and medicinal plants, tracking, spirituality, and the Sacred Silence (a form of meditation).
Tom now runs a Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School called The Tracker. I have been fortunate to attend Tom's Standard Course as well as a specialty tracking course in Search & Rescue. Tom's work has deepened my appreciation of life, nature, and our place in the world. Read his books. Attend his classes. It will change your life.
The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen(The Berkley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016)
An outstanding book about the power of asking for exactly what we want in every area of our lives. Includes some great goal setting exercises as well.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie(Simon & Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020)
Double Your Dating: What Every Man Should Know About How To Be Successful With
Women by David D'Angelo
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting
by Lynn Grabhorn
If you have already read this book and found it valuable, you might consider visiting Abraham-Hicks.com and ordering the "Starter Set" -- a 5-CD series that takes Grabhorn's book to another level. There are so many parallels, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Grabhorn's work is based on the Abraham-Hicks material. Or, you can order the book Ask And It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
A very enlightening book that break down meaningful coincidences and synchronicity into 17 distinct categories ranging from dream and premonitions to enigmas, warnings, guidance, and transformational experiences. After reading this book, I started my own synchronicity journal to keep track and categorize the meaningful coincidences in my own life.
What Was Good About Today by Carol Kruckeberg (Madrona Publishers, 3202 Fuhrman East, Seattle, WA 98102)
A truly moving story about the author’s 8-year-old daughter Sara. From the initial diagnosis of leukemia to her untimely death, Sara’s spunk and positive energy rarely wavered. Despite her pain and prognosis, Sara and her family finished every day by answering the title’s question: "What was good about today?" Deeply moving, yet hopeful.
of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by
Joseph M. Marshall III (Penguin Books, 2005)
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman(H.J. Kramer, Inc., P.O. Box 1082, Tiburon, CA 94920)
In this engaging story of self-discovery, Dan befriends a gas station attendant named Socrates who, through a series of late-night conversations, becomes his mentor. With wit, wisdom, compassion, and a collection of bizarre experiences, Socrates helps Dan replace his inner confusion and cynicism with peace and understanding. This book is to emotional and personal development what "The Celestine Prophecy" is to the forces at work in the universe.
This is the story of the author’s 40,000-mile bicycle trek across the globe. Even more memorable than Nasr’s descriptions of the countries are his insights about the people. For all of their cultural barriers, Nasr and the people he encountered found ways to communicate and enjoy each other’s differences without relying on language, laws, or government. This book is as much about human relations as it is about adventure. After traveling through North and South America, India, Thailand, Japan, Africa—70 countries in all—Nasr reached this conclusion:
(New World Library, 2006)
I had the pleasure of meeting Darrin for a session and am pleased to give him an enthusiastic endorsement. He is a truly gifted psychic/spiritual director. I decided to schedule a session with Darrin after reading his book because I was so struck by some of the exercises he presents. His forgiveness exercise is particularly helpful and something I've been doing every day since. In addition, Darrin was instrumental in helping me identify and change a few limiting beliefs that were holding me back. I am forever grateful for his help, insight, and wisdom. To learn more about Darrin, visit his website: www.darrinowens.com
Celestine Prophecy is an adventure of discovery and understanding that revolves around the search for a series of nine manuscripts. Each describes an insight essential to understanding the nature of life itself and our place on this planet. If nothing else, you will pay more attention to coincidences.
I know so many people with strong and opposite feelings about these books that I must also include a word of caution. These are not literary masterpieces. If you are a critical reader, don’t let your feelings about the writing or story-line camouflage the value of this work.
Diet for a New America : How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth by John Robbins (H.J. Kramer, P.O. Box 1082, Tiburon, CA 94920)
If anyone ever had a vested interest in maintaining America's appetite for processed food, it would have been John Robbins, heir to the Baskin & Robbins ice cream empire. Instead, Robbins has dedicated his life to exploring the links between diet, health, and the environment. While this book may not turn you into a vegetarian, it will absolutely make you think twice about nutrition and the foods you consume. As antiobiotics, irradiation, and genetic engineering play an ever-increasing role in the world's food production, you owe it to yourself to read what the food industry doesn't want you to know.
Awakening Intuition : Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing by Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D.(Three Rivers Press, 201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022)
This wonderful book explores the ways you can develop your intuition to help you gain insight into your life and health. This book will help you recognize and tap into the voice of intuition in your own body. As you develop your intuition, you'll realize more than ever the important role it plays in your ongoing happiness and satisfaction.
Learned Optimism : How to Change
Your Mind and Your Life
(Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1230 Avenue of the
Americas, New York, NY 10020)
(Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1230 Avenue of the
Americas, New York, NY 10020)
(McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New
York, NY 10020)
A factual and inspirational reference for anyone who has ever considered starting their own business. This book opens the mind to different ways of thinking. By the time I read the last page, I had three solid, original ideas for starting my own company.
134 Burgess Lane, Charlottesville, VA)
Whether or not you accept Walsch's assertion that he maintains an ongoing dialogue with God, anyone even remotely interested in God and/or spirituality would find these books thought provoking in a good way. Of particular interest is the discussion about both the validity and the shortcomings of all organized religions.
A conservative, analytical Yale-trained psychiatrist and former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Weiss was not exactly a poster-child for new age thinking on past lives, spirituality or anything even somewhat related. Nevertheless, during the course of one life-changing therapy session, Weiss took Catherine, his patient, back to her childhood without uncovering the cause of her anxiety. Not having had any luck guiding Catherine to specific points in her childhood, he decided on a more open approach. During hypnosis, Weiss suggested to Catherine that she go back to the source of her trauma. Both were shocked when she began to have vivid recollections of a past life as a slave in ancient Egypt. Better still, her symptoms improved dramatically.
Having achieved similar results with other patients, Weiss could no longer deny the validity or effectiveness of the past life regression therapy. At great risk to his professional reputation, he has published these books to share his experiences and encourage dialogue. Absolutely fascinating reading.