I’ve always enjoyed a good book. It stems from childhood. My mom was an English professor and reading was part of the daily grind. So I’ve read books all my life…well since I was old enough to read. Even during active addiction, I was an avid reader. I can’t tell you I remember all of what I read, but I’m sure it was mostly fantasy and fiction since I found it difficult to concentrate on anything that took an ounce of thought. But, when I got sober, my appetite changed and my interest shifted. I was detoxed by two Ph.D. scholars so imagine how that went. They elevated my thoughts about the universe and myself. They introduced me to different books on topics I knew very little about. Books about self-discovery and personal development, mindfulness and healing, the cosmos, chakras, and all that “mystic” stuff. I couldn’t get enough. Any and all material that examined how to heal from the inside fascinated me and I drowned myself in as much knowledge as I possibly could. This fluid record, given in no particular order, is a list of Books & More that I highly recommend to anyone who’s ready to finally get their shit together.
Corrie Ort Ph.D. gets sole credit for detoxing me. She also gets the credit for turning me on to The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. She kept stressing for me to not assume that the concepts were “simple” and to “hang in there and allow the book to unfold”. Olson’s simple concept is: small, intentional changes made consistently over time produce compounded life-changing results. Simple? You tell me. This is one of three books I read from cover to back in the first months of sobriety. Don’t borrow this book. Own it.
Conversations with God was on my nightstand the night my daddy died. I had just started to read it and ironically enough was at the part where God is explaining the soul’s desire to leave the physical realm. A few or so pages are devoted to the topic. Just a few, and these were the pages that got me through the worst night of my life. Being raised under the dogma of Seventh Day Adventists, this book opened my eyes to the idea that we are perfect, that God doesn’t judge or condemn but only loves us, and hell is…
I absolutely love this book. It’s one of three books I read in the beginning months of sobriety. I read it’s pages over and over and over again. It changed my view on religion and God and kept me sane when everything around me was falling apart. Sanity meant sobriety. This book literally saved both.