|Acres of Diamonds
||Conwell, Russell H.
||A timeless classic from post-Civil War times. Conwell’s famous Acres of Diamonds speech helped countless individuals to understand the meaning of true wealth. Another book I think the kids should have to read!
|As a Man Thinketh
||1902; *Any attack from another is simply their FEAR projected outwards. Once you know this is coming from their own vulnerabilities, you have more compassion and respond with either love or non attack.” WOW.
|Ask and It is Given
||Hicks, Esther and Jerry
||I explained the book to my BF about a decade ago, which is really a re-do of many other books I’ve read and he put the principles into practice IMMEDIATELY! The difference between this book and others is that the pressure is off to manifest and instead, we say, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” and then visualize. Wow! Success in a lot of little things. Now we have to work on the big stuff. Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Truth is that, “We will see it when we believe it,” and not the other way around.
|Be Rich! The Science of Getting What You Want.
||I’m not certain that I read this one, as many of them are so similar, but I believe that we need to read and re-read truths such as this over the course of our lives, or we will forget.
|Believe and Achieve
||Stone, W. Clement
||W. Clement Stone started a great magazine entitled, “Success” in the 1960’s and ’70’s. My Dad got me a subscription and I still have copies with articles by now famous people when they were starting out. He started the PMA movement – Positive Mental Attitude. He was one of the richest men in America and one of the most generous. In his long life (he lived to 100) he gave away over $300 million. In his later life he teamed up with Napoleon Hill, whom he admired and whose “Think and Grow Rich” covers much the same ground. My Dad died in 1986, but when I read these books, I get to know him better through the values and beliefs he espoused.
|Fit For Life and Fit For Life II
||Diamond, Harvey & Marilyn
||I was reluctant to read this book (first one) probably because my mother kept begging me to do so. She found the principles of FFL and Natural Hygiene to be in complete harmony with her no-meds/doctor religious beliefs. When I finally stopped being stubborn and started to read it, I found I couldn’t put it down. I was suddenly like an evangelist, preaching to everyone about how the body was an amazingly intelligent machine that could self-heal almost anything. I still believe this wholeheartedly: when we are given the right tools and environment (clean air, pure water, nutritious food, nourishing rest, fulfilling work, satisfying relationships), our body has an intelligence to maintain itself that defies logic.
|How to Win Friends and Influence People
||1936; Don’t get him confused with Andrew Carnegie, but Dale was a pioneer in corporate training, self-improvement, salesmanship, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. His book has sold over 30 million copies and he is known for his succinct pearls of wisdom: “You can’t win an argument” and “Never contradict or argue with anyone” because nine times out of ten, arguing doesn’t change anyone’s mind. Why do I continue to do it then? I think I should re-visit this book. My mother always said she could write a book, “How to lose friends and alienate people.” Sometimes I think I’ve written the forward to her book.
|In Search of Taylor Caldwell
||This was a fascinating book about a hypnotist who regressed a famous author (MY fav at the time) and found that she may have actually lived some of the lives she wrote about. Not provable, but fun nonetheless.
|In Tune With the Infinite
||Trine, Ralph Waldo
||First published in 1897 and for decades not many people knew that RWT wrote it. Almost all current well-known spiritualists were inspired by him. Henry Ford, Sr. discovered this book and loved it so much that he kept about 100 of them at his house all the time and gave one by one to his house guests. After reading it myself, I purchased a dozen and gave one to my mother and to all my close friends. I don’t know that it affected them as much as it did Mom and me, but I’d put it in my Top Ten Lifetime Reads. THIS is one of the FIRST that current-day ‘New Age’ books copy.
||Written in the style of Joseph Campbell, this book acknowledges and explains how deep and multi-layered men really are. But it’s not just a book for men.
|Joy – Expanding Human Awareness
||Schutz, William C
||William Schutz (1925-2002) was an American psychologist who practiced at the Esalen Institute in the 1960s, then later taught at Tufts University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; he was chairman of the holistic studies department at Antioch University until 1983. This was the book that started the ‘encounter group’ movement. It is the answer to a famous NYTimes question: “Are you capable of experiencing joy?”
|Man’s Search for Meaning
||Frankl, Viktor E.
||If you change the meaning of a thing, you change everything. Frankl was in a concentration camp in WWII and wondered why some people thrived and others didn’t. In his own life, it was predicated by the understanding that he could CHOOSE his own attitude. He could learn from adversity, he could become stronger. He taught this post-war to survivors, who had an incredible number of people that became doctors, lawyers, Nobel Prize winners, etc. Absolutely worth devouring!
||When I listened to the Personal Power audio tapes in the 1980’s, I was able to double my salary. When I listened to the CD’s again in the 1990’s, I doubled it a second time. I’m retired now, but I’m starting to feel that I should listen to the series yet again. Who knows what other life-expanding adventures may be in store for me!
||Maltz, Maxwell MD, FICS
||1960;This is the second of two books that I purchased by the case to give to my loved ones, that is how much it affected my psyche and has probably been one of the most instrumental books in making me who I am today. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the middle 1900’s who found that unless a patient altered their mental image of themselves, that the surgeries – although successful in the eyes of others – fell short of the desired result to the patient. It is the grandfather of books that are published today on visualization, etc. A classic and one I will read again and again!
|Raise Your Kids Right
||Carton, Dr. Lonnie
||An arrogant title, but a very good book. Another that’s not mentioned here is Hiam Ginot’s “Between Parent and Teenager” and “Between Parent and Child.”
|Riches Within Your Reach
||A follow up to the Secret of the Ages, a blockbuster book that earned the author, who was born in 1885 and was cured in Christian Science, orders exceeding a million dollars within six months of release. It was printed in many languages and remains a classic to this day – The Secret, etc. pale in comparison. Anything by Robert Collier is worth reading.
|Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures
||Eddy, Mary Baker
||This was my mother’s favorite books – the one that changed her life – and the life of her family – forever. For me, it is the quintessential book on metaphysics, and the power of prayer, visualization and right thinking. Curiously, as I age, I seem to be better able to appreciate the wisdom and innovation of this brilliant woman!
||Emerson, Ralph Waldo
||1841. There are few writers that are as commonly quoted as RWE, but that is not the only reason to devour his essays. They are a timeless admonition to “step to the music” of one’s own individuality and uniqueness. Don’t miss Thoreau and Whitman once you get the syntax of 19th c writing. Then perhaps on to ‘Moby Dick.’
|The 15-Second Principle
||Do something for 15 seconds and watch how it changes your world. Really. 15 seconds. Worth a second read. Or a 15-second read.
|The Abundance Book/40-day prosperity plan
||Price, John Randolph
||If you think you understand the Law of Attraction, you ‘ain’t seen nothing yet.’ This little book changed my relationship to money. It’s a 40-day plan to free your mind from limiting beliefs.
|The Art of Loving
||First published in 1956, this work promotes love as an art, and like art, it requires practice and maturity. Fromm distinguishes Real Love from cultural promotion in song and media and believes that a `mature love is union under the condition of preserving one’s integrity, one’s individuality.’ I wholeheartely agree!
|The Magic of Believing
||Bristol, Claude M.
||This is a classic on psychokinesis – first proposed in Psycho-Cybernetics and demonstrated by Quantum Physics.I believe this book is a must read by everyone both religious and nonreligious. George Burns loved this book
|The Magic of Thinking BIG
||Schwartz, David J.
||Arnold Schwarzenegger was given a copy of this book in the late 1960’s and he credits his success with the principles given by Bristol. Many salesmen put this book at the top of their list, but it is a classic that should be read by everyone! I gave a copy to my grandson at HS graduation, but I doubt he’s read it. Too bad.
|The Master Key System
||Once a banned book for 70 years, Bill Gates and Napoleon Hill will tell you that it made them who they were/are! We all know Bill Gates, but NH increased his salary by 10,000% in three years. It is the original book on the “law of attraction.” Might be worth a look-see!
|The Meditations of Marcus Arelius
||Published in 1902, this tiny little pamphlet can fit in your pocket, emerge at check-out counters, on long bus commutes, and fill your soul with an abundance of provoking sayings that will elevate your whole existance. Allen commands, Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” You have been warned.
|The NOW Habit
||Fiore, Neil PhD
|| “The Now Habit” sounded so gimmicky to me. After reading it I realized that my core belief needed some fine-tuning. Procrastination is a product of anxiety, not laziness. A great book if you are writing a Thesis! Fiore says that procrastination can become an addiction because it makes us feel better in the moment. But by constantly avoiding challenging situations and seeking perfection, we deprive ourselves of evolving from a physical/mental/emotional weakling into a fully actualized person.
|The Power of Myth
||Many may have seen Campbell on PBS’ show with Bill Moyers . Yet the book delves deeper into the tales and legends that bind our respective cultures. Campbell talks of the ‘hero’ – an ordinary person is faced with a decision, challenge or opportunity where he is forced to go on a journey that ultimately leads to a reawakening. He then returns to his ‘tribe’ to try to change things. Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ is a brilliant example of this myth.
|The Power of Positive Thinking
||Peale, Dr. Norman Vincent
||How could anyone not be at least aware of this book? Dr. Peale was one of the most influential clergymen of his day,and there is a reason that his book continues to sell: over 1500 reviews on Amazon will tell you why. Even though it’s filled with talk of God and religion – don’t let it deter you from reading it. The main cause of physical and mental illness is negative belief, resentment, jealousy, hatred, and the way to get better is to get rid of those beliefs.
||Kalil’s 1923 book is a beautiful and poetic look at Love, Marriage, Children, Work – at all of Life. All educated people should be familiar with his prose…who can have a favorite? “To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of living.” A wish for today.
|The Richest Man in Babylon
||Clason, George S.
||1926; This was one of my mother’s favorite books, and is a classic on personal finance written as a story that takes place in Babylon. EVERYONE should read it!
|The Science of Getting Rich
||Wattles, Wallace D.
||Wallace D. Wattles wrote that thoughts are things and we become what we think about. I have a little book by Yogi Publishing by Edward Walker called, “Thoughts are Things” but even before that is a wonderful book by James Allen: As a Man Thinketh. They are ALL good.
|The Secret of the Ages
||Some regard this book as one of the best metaphysical texts ever written.
|Think and Grow Rich
||1937; Napoleon Hill was sent to interview Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in America. During that interview Carnegie slyly dropped a hint of a certain master power he used; a magic law of the human mind—a little known psychological principle—which was amazing in its power. This is the book that resulted and I recommend that everyone needs to read, if only to say that they have. Make sure you read the original manuscript – it’s different than the updated versions!
||Anthony, Dr. Robert
||“A big little book filled with things to think about.” Includes Anthony’s Think, Think Again, Think and Win, and Think Together. For those who are not big into reading.
|Thoughts Are Things
||1909; a ‘New Thought’ primer, and a little gem that can be read and reread until its principles are carved into your brain and become a part of your DNA.
|Three Magic Words
||This is a book about metaphysics is one that many successful people keep on their bedside table. ‘The Secret’ is elementary school. This is college. One of Tony Robbins’ top reads.
|Walden Pond, Civil Disobedience
||Thoreau, Henry David
||Oh, how I wanted to escape society as a young woman, get back to Nature, and follow my own drummer! We Boomers will remember the ‘Civil Disobedience’ we experienced in the 1960’s and as retirees, we hear his battle cry, “Simplify, simplify” from the shores of Walden Pond.