“Take what you like and leave the rest” is wisdom regularly shared in 12 Step rooms – I’ll leave that thought with you here.
Self-help books abound and I encourage you to find authors who speak your language, writers with a story that mirrors your own. Below are a few tomes I return to time and time again.
Most are best described as “originals”. They are written by the pioneers in their space…to quote ancient advice: “the rest is just commentary”.
Financial Times reviewer Simon London said it best: “The biggest challenge for any management writer is to find something to say that management guru Peter Drucker has not already said better”.
A wise colleague cited the plethora of mediocre “short cut” quick fix self-help books that go in and out of fashion. “What I dislike is that the pioneers always cite the sources of their wisdom, the bible, ancient teaching, Confucius, the Buddha –these new experts never cite the wisdom that informed theirs.”
Start with the biblical advice to “do unto others….” then consider:
IN EXPLORING THE WAY FORWARD PERSONALLY:
The Artist’s Way – by Julia Cameron
And her subsequent work informing your relationship to money, food and telling your story.
ON COPING WITH SUBSTANCES:
It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You – By Janet Greeson
Women Food and God – By Geneen Roth
The Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions – Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc.
ON GROWING WILLINGLY OR NOT:
Broken Open – By Elizabeth Lesser
Necessary Losses – By Judith Viorst
Crossing to Avalon – By Jean Shinoda Bolen
ON CAREER AND WORK:
Career Satisfaction and Success – By Bernard Haldane
How to Wins Friends and Influence People – By Dale Carnegie
Good to Great – By Jim Collins
The Essential Drucker – By Peter F. Drucker
To Sell is Human – By Daniel H. Pink
Outliers – By Malcolm Gladwell
ON WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE:
The Right to Write – By Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones – By Natalie Goldberg