Book Resources



On Growth & Healing:

The Courage to Heal, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

This book has been wonderful for me through my healing process. It is a guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse and covers a number of other topics. I started on it at the beginning of my counseling in December and I am still reading and growing. This is a definite must for those who decide to take that step into healing.



List Yourself By Ilene Segalove and Bob Velich

I found this book on a search for you. In turn it is one that I would like to have as soon as possible. Basically the title gives away what the book is about. There are different sections (business, friendships, family, etc.) in which they have a title at the top of each page for you to make a list. For Example: List as many things that you can do with your eyes closed. I found this to be very insightful and fun at the same time. If you like self discovery and lists this is the book for you!



Laurie Tells By Lind Lowery

This book I found in the children's section. It is about a girl who makes the decision to break silence of her abuse. At the beginning it shows her leaving her mom and telling her that she will be back in time for supper. I found this to be very strengthening for the inner child in us that needs so much strength. This would be a nice treat.




Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom

Do you ever find yourself yearing to invest in people but you are feeling too empty to do just that? I had reached that point when I decided to read this book. In opening it's pages it opened my heart wide open...it helped me see what I had lost sight of, it helped me feel what I had lost touch of, and it helped me realize all that I had forgotten. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It is short so it won't be overwhelming to you...and, the words are soothing to the soul. May you find pleasure in this story of 'an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson.



The Wounded Heart
Hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse

By Dr Dan B Allender

A friend loaned this book to me...and, I have ended up keeping it. I still need to pay him for it :O) Basically, I started reading it thinking "yeah yeah, just another book on how to heal", but, it wasn't long before I had gotten my pencil out and was underlining almost every other word. The best thing about this book, to me, is that it isn't afraid to talk about the pain...it isn't afraid to discuss what happens within the broken soul...and, it then goes forth and brings healing to the very heart of the pain. This is a book YOU MUST HAVE. Don't just get it at the library...you must just get it for your own. If you don't have the money to get it, then definitely get it at your local library. If they do not have it, request that they get it. And, be prepared to write down the things that strike you straight at the heart. One comment included on the cover of the book by a couple of Doctors "Dr Allender exposes the rage, fear, and confusion locked down inside every victim. And, offering guidance in the midst of this confusion, he shows that there is hope for the wounded heart."




Warm and Fuzzy Books:

Hope for the Flowers

This is a tale partly about life, partly about revolution, and lots about hope for adult and others (including caterpillars who can read). Fun book for the kid in you...it even has pictures!



365 Children's Prayers

I liked this book simply for its innocence and faith in something that cannot be seen directly. I find it to be uplifting to my spirit when it tends to be a bit draggy. I hope that you can find the joy that I find through the prayer of a child.



Guess How Much I Love You

This is a very cute book about a little bunny who does its very best to tell the big bunny how much it loves him. Very full of warmth and care. Pictures are a plenty in this book of bunny love.



Chicken Soup for the Soul

Any chicken soup for the soul book is just that...chicken soup for your soul. It is full of heartwarming stories of various challenges this life throws at us. Please be kind to yourself by getting one of these, they are all very 'generous in the portions'.



Feelings, by Aliki

This is a 'stick' figure picture book taking you through all of our human feelings. A+!



Portraits of Life with Love

This is an intimate collection of exclusive photographs of celebrities with their personal reflections on life and love. It offers a rare peek inside the souls of the famous, who have participated in this worthwhile project to benefit the most important cause - our children. Proceeds from the sales of this book will benefit the Hands On Care Foundation, distributed by the National Community AIDS Partnership, to provide funds for HIV/AIDS summer camps and direct hands on care services for children and their families living with HIV and AIDS.

If you get this book, my favorite pages are 32, 72, 74, 102, 110, 116, 134, 156, 166, *202, and 222. This is full of love...for you!





Books for Fun:

Down In The Garden

If you have not yet heard or seen this book, it is definitely worth the peak. Any of Anne Geddes work is outstanding so if this book is too high in price try to get one of her other books. These are very cute and fun to look and giggle at!



Glimpses toward Infinity

This book is full of beautiful pictures accompanied by poetry. If you have a love for the arts and serenity this is it. Take a look in the artists section of your local book store and flip through the pages of this book. Sure to please the eye, and the heart.



The Unbelievable Bubble Book

BUBBLES! How do you make those HUGE bubbles? This book will show you how to get out and enjoy all those beautiful self made bubbles!





Journals for You:

Dream Catcher

This journal is for your recording of all nighttime experiences. Remember and study your dreams with this helpful friend, as well as writing down your experiences through your sleep.


The Book of Goals

Write down any goals you have with the goal dates and keep on going! Watch yourself accomplish and grow, taking notes and giving yourself needed rewards along the way! You Can Do It!


Living Juicy
By SARK

SARK is a survivor of sexual abuse and her book lends much for the inner child in all of us. Her personal journeys in thoughts lend much inspiration for others. The pages are written in her own hand (I think) and often resemble a rainbow on the page. She helps take you on a journey, with fun along the way!

Other fun books by SARK:
Transformation Soup
Succulent Wild Woman
The Journal and Play Book

I am sure SARK has come out with more, so if you fall in love (which you will) be sure to check out her other books online!



Autism:

Let Me Hear Your Voice
By Catherine Maurice

This true story of one mothers quest to find answers for her little girl will grab you by the heart strings. This is the first book I read on autism after our son was diagnosed. The struggles that this mother went through, beating past the "theories" and "fixes" that existed in the 70s and 80s. Catherine and her daughter were true trail blazers. This book will give courage, hope, and great understanding.


Facing Autism
By Lynn M. Hamilton

This book takes you through the experience of one families search for answers. It begins with the feelings they experienced, the relationship changes and difficulties with family and friends, and the struggles they had in their own minds and hearts. Brian and I, personally, felt as if it was our story as we read through their experience.
The book then takes you through different avenues that this family personally tried or thought of trying. It is packed with information that has proved incredibly beneficial, not just for our family but for those who want to know and understand more about autism. The last pages of the book are pact with resources for further research and reading.
I would recommend this book as a must read for any parent with an autistic child. I wish that I would have picked this book up sooner. Also, this book is a must for any friend or family member who wishes to understand the dynamics surrounding a child with autism and the family that deals with autism. A must, must read.




Inspiration:

Kitchen Table Wisdom
By Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

This book enlightened my soul. It enriched many things in my heart that are even hard to put down on paper. I read this book quite some time ago, but remember it as being a true blessing. Rachel also wrote another book entitled "My Grandfather's Blessings", which I would recommend to read first.


My Grandfather's Blessings
By Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

If there is one book of Rachel's that you are going to read, it must be "My Grandfather's Blessings". This book took me on a journey in which I found a deeper understanding of other's pain and courage. Rachel shares her experiences with her Grandfather and the wisdom that he taught her. She also shares with the reader her experiences with cancer patients, showing their courage and unsurpassable strength and determination.
One of the stories she shares always sticks in my mind. It is about her Grandfather giving her a small pot with dirt in it. He tells her to water the dirt every day. As a small child she did not understand why she had to put water on the dirt every day, but she did just as her grandfather said. She continued to water that dirt, even when she was convinced that it wouldn't matter. One day the magical thing happened. A small green sprout came up out of the dirt. Rachel found great amazement in this and learned a great lesson from that dirt. To learn the lesson for yourself, you must read this book. A great read.


The 5 People You'll Meet in Heaven
By Mitch Albom

If you have read "Tuesdays with Morrie" you will be truly inspired by Mitch's second book, "The 5 People You'll Meet in Heaven". This book is such a page turner that I dare not share much about it, as the title gives enough incentive in itself. Just know that I would not recommend a book if it truly wasn't worth the time. This would be a great book for a reading group, if the group could stay together while they read. It's not easy to just read a few pages.


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