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Welcome to Susan's Bookshelf where our aim is to share with you those special books from Susan's bookshelf that made such a wonderful difference in her life. Each month, we will give a brief description of one of her favorite books with the hope that it will become part of your bookshelf as well. Susan would feel privileged to be able to share with you the treasures she had found.

(Note: If you belong to a Book Club, we suggest that, in order to derive even more meaning from these books, you consider using Susan's monthly pick. And if you don't belong to a Book Club, why not start one with a few friends. A Book Club encourages us to read enriching books and to support each other in growing. Fantastic!)


Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millenium   Carl Sagan
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Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millenium

This easy-to-read, yet profoundly relevant book is a series of articles which covers many issues that affect each of our lives…and our children’s lives. These topics include overpopulation, religion, global warming, and many other issues that can no longer be ignored. And it is written in a way that pulls us in with its heart felt sentiments.

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Peace Is The Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End   Deepak Chopra
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Peace Is The Way: Bringing War and Violence to an EndAs I began searching for ways we can all get involved in creating an explosion of love in the world, I revisited one of Deepak Chopra's finest books entitled Peace is the Way. This book speaks to me very deeply. It confronts what is most essential in creating a world that works. More...

Man's Search for Meaning   Viktor Frankl
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Man's Search for MeaningMan's Search for Meaning is my first selection from Susan's Bookself. This book has inspired millions of people around the world ... just as it has inspired me. In fact, it became a part of all that I live and all that I teach. Originally I didn't want to read this book, since it was about Viktor Frankl's experience in a concentration camp, a subject that was very painful for me to look at. But as I read, my heart began to lighten. And by the end of the book, I realized that my life was forever changed for the better. More...

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life   Thich Nhat Hanh
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Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday LifeAs I read Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, I could feel a subtle transformation taking place within me. He offers many practices, including the art of mindfulness, to open our minds and hearts. He gives us a vivid picture of what we are missing in the world within and around us...from the inherent beauty of everyday experiences to the deteriorating state of the world around us...he shows us what we can do about it.

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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything   Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

This is a very valuable book for anyone who feels that they have not yet reached their full potential, and it comes from the best authority since Ken Robinson is widely considered one of the world’s leading thinkers on creativity and innovation.

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The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare   Kristina Wandzilak and Constance Curry
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The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst NightmareAs I was reading the manuscript of The Lost Years, I became aware that this was one of the most touching...and revealing...memoirs I have ever read. Immediately, I felt it was a book meant to be published by Jeffers Press. Not only does this book give us a vivid picture of a child's descent into the horrors of drug addiction, but as importantly, of a mother who stands helplessly by wondering how this could happen after she tried as a parent to do everything right. The transformation of both of their lives over a ten year period is surprising and enlightening...and the outcome is as good as it gets. Both are now participating in this world in a meaningful and important way. This is a book you will definitely want to read. More...

Shortcut to a Miracle   Michael C. Rann & Elizabeth Rann Arrott
How to Change Your Consciousness and Transform Your Life
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Shortcut to a MiracleOriginally Shortcut to a Miracle was sent to me for an endorsement. I loved it so much that I felt it was a wonderful book for Jeffers Press to publish. So Shortcut to a Miracle not only got my endorsement, it also got a publisher! You may ask, 'Are there really miracles?' Yes, of course, there are. All of us have heard of miracles in the form of physical healings that cannot be explained by medical science. There are also miracles when the perfect solution presents itself at just the right time, or when a person's actions puts him or her in just the right place to realize greater good than ever seemed possible. There are miracles in finding the perfect job, the perfect mate, a wonderful business opportunity or money when it's most needed. Shortcut to a Miracle explains it all. More...

Awakening the Buddha Within   Lama Surya Das
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Awakening the Buddha WithinThe meditative face of the Buddha on the cover hides the immense lightness and humor of Awakening the Buddha Within. Expecting to read a rather serious book, I found myself thoroughly entertained, even laughing hysterically, within just a few pages. More...

One Small Step Can Change Your Life   Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
The Kaizen Way
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One Small Step Can Change Your LifeIt's time for an easy, delightful and very helpful book: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph.D. This is a 'calm down' kind of book that is perfect for all of us who tend to get frustrated and frightened when so many tasks lie ahead of us. It was sent to me for an endorsement…and I ended my endorsement with the words, 'You will breathe a sigh of relief as you read it!' I certainly did! And so will you. More...

Send Me Someone: A True Story of Love Here and Hereafter   Diana von Welanetz Wentworth
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Send Me Someone: A True Story of Love Here and Hereafter

Diana and Paul von Welanetz were the founders of The Inside Edge, a wonderful group that I talk about in many of my books. So as I read Send Me Someone, it was like stepping back into the past and re-living so many heartening and poignant moments I remember so well.

Diana and Paul had been married for 25 glorious years…until cancer took his life. As he realized he was going to die, he told Diana, 'I don’t want you to be alone.' She replied, 'Then send me someone!' He answered, “I will.” And within a very short time, he did. That promise is at the heart of the beautiful relationship she has created with Ted Wentworth, who had lost his wife of many years also to cancer. More...


The Artist's Way   Julia Cameron
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The Artist's WayI loved reading The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Guide to Higher Creativity by Julie Cameron, as did over a million others...and I believe you will love reading it as well. Don't let the title put you off. Even if you are not an 'artist' in the traditional sense, we are all artists when it comes to creating a beautiful and productive life for ourselves.

As Julie Cameron tells us, 'The Artist's Way is a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage home to the self.' And the chapter titles reveal the essence: Recovery of a Sense of...Safety, Identity, Power, Integrity, Possibility, Abundance, Connection, Strength, Compassion, Self-protection, Autonomy, and Faith...all components of a life very well-lived. More...


Happiness is a Choice   Barry Neil Kaufman
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Happiness is a Choice

In End the Struggle and Dance with Life, I mention a truly wonderful book by Barry Neil Kaufman entitled Happiness is a Choice. This insightful book shows us that no matter what happens to us in life, we all have the choice to choose happiness instead of misery. His healing insights are based on his and his wife's personal experience of totally healing their autistic child who was mute and functionally retarded. When first confronted with this situation, they actively decided to choose happiness instead of misery. And this decision transformed their lives.

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Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation   Shakti Gawain ( with Laurel King)
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Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary TransformationIt was a joy for me to revisit Living In The Light by Shakti Gawain as a possible addition to Susan’s Bookshelf. I have admired Shakti’s work for many years and this book is one of my favorites. Shakti reveals so much of herself in her writing, which I find so inviting and important in a self-help book. In the revised edition of what is considered a classic work, Shakti expands on some of her original ideas, and includes many of her own continuing experiences of learning and growing. It is an easy and joyful read.

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Legacy of the Heart   Wayne Muller
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Legacy of the HeartThis book is for everyone who has ever been a child! That, of course, is all of us. Who hasn’t felt pain as a child? This pain could be from illness, rejection, family difficulties, fear, neglect, or simply the difficulty in just growing up. Clearly what is important is for us all to let go of the victim mentality and not let the pain of the past run our lives today. Wayne Muller has beautifully woven into the fabric of this book the teachings from Christian, Buddhist, Hebrew, Sufi, Hindu and Native American traditions, as well as voices from contemporary culture who write about the heart and the spirit…all meant to point us in the right direction. More...

All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten   Robert Fulghum
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All I Need to Know I Learned in KindergartenLet me share with you a very special book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. To me, this book is a total delight! In today's world of chaos, it brings us back to the joy of a simple life. I don't think the smile left my face in the entire reading of this book. More...

The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life of Work into a Work of Art   Thomas F. Crum
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The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life of Work into a Work of ArtIn 1987, I read…and loved…The Magic of Conflict by Thomas F. Crum. In re-reading it as a possibility for Susan’s Bookshelf, I was overcome with the feeling that it is even more relevant today than it was when it was originally published. Conflict is everywhere in our daily lives and this life-changing book shows us how to handle this conflict in an elegant, powerful and loving way whether it is conflict with our parents, our boss, our children…or even the conflicts that threaten our world today.

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Chop Wood, Carry Water   Rick Fields
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Chop Wood, Carry WaterI am so happy to recommend from Susan's Bookshelf the amazing book, Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life. I read this book in 1984 just three years before Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway was published. Even though I had been on the spiritual path for a number of years, reading this book made me feel like a kid in a candy shop. All the 'tastes' the interesting format offers are so delicious...the stories, the quotes, the evocative photographs of times gone by, and the contributions from the greatest minds from ancient times to 1984 when the book was published More...