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When asked, “How many books do you read a year?” I couldn’t say. Out of curiosity, I counted 100 that year. I still don’t keep track, but I read a lot.

Here is a short-list of books I recommend.

Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond, Gay Hendricks, Ph. D., Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph. D.

“Midlife is a time when we all face a choice: to settle into fixed routines and beliefs or to expand toward new horizons. With candor, compassion, and plenty of humor, drawing on experiments in the “living laboratory” of their own marriage as well as stories from their clients and colleagues, Katie and Gay offer insights and practices…”

Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-commitment, Gay Hendricks, Ph. D., Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph. D.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, I recommend this book as the primer for waking up to what you perpetuate which keeps you from having what you say you want in your life. All who come to Break Free read this book!

The Relationship Ride, Julia Colwell, Ph. D.

Great book for couples navigating their “Relation-Ship.” Through nautical terms and sailing imagery, Julia Colwell weaves the Hendricks’ principles and practices with her own research to create a practical guide to evolving rather than tanking your own relationship.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Dr. Joe Dispenza

This is a good book; a bit text bookie but combines neuroscience, biology, genetics, brain chemistry and quantum physics to demonstrate that it is not only possible, but very doable to change what is not working in your life via what you think and how you behave. In other words, forget genetics, and realize that you can do the changing from the inside out.

Out of Control, Why Disciplining Your Child Doesn’t Work and What Will, Shefali Tsabary, Ph. D.

ALL of Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s books are great. If you only read one, this is it. Here she explains how discipline is a huge cause of generations of dysfunction. Just like our parents did, we perpetuate and project our own subconscious expectations, fears, needs, right/wrongs/shoulds and mixed messages onto our kids. By waking up to what is happening with your child while becoming aware of what is going on with you, you learn to see and develop your child’s authenticity, while also teaching how to contain certain behaviors to live peacefully with others.

Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hahn

This is a beautifully written, easy to follow book about living in harmony with yourself and the world. By following simple steps in your daily life, moment-to-moment you can experience peace and presence. You do not have to sit on a cushion!

The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

Love this book! I particularly work with people around the issue of taking things personally. Ruiz teaches that to keep these four agreements leads to great freedom.

  • Be Impeccable With Your Words
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally
  • Don’t Make Assumptions
  • Always Do Your Best


Outrageous Openness, Tosha Silver

A clever and humorous collection of short mini-stories from the author’s experiences provide wisdom and guidance in letting go, allowing or surrendering to a greater force of love and purpose in our lives. When control, fear and anxiety runs so thick in our lives, and we effort and struggle to force outcomes and relationships, this book teaches how to let it go and watch for the path which is right there in front of us.

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