Book of The Week

The Gifts of Imperfections

Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion—our goodness. They insist, “I am not worthy.” But we are worthy—of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection—which has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages, and Forbes recently named one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life”—we find the courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world.

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

by Eckhart Tolle

It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

The Complete Works of Florence Scovel Shinn

The Game of Life and How to Play It

Your Word Is Your Wand

The Secret Door to Success

The Power of the Spoken Word. 

Florence Scovel Shinn remains one of the best-known American advocates of New Thought philosophy.  In New Thought circles she is best known for her first book, “The Game of Life and How to Play It” (1925).  This edition of the collected works  reprints “The Game of Life and How to Play It” as well as “Your Word Is Your Wand”, “The Secret Door to Success” and “The Power of the Spoken Word.” 

All four titles are reprinted in their entirety.  This edition provides handy access to Shinn’s writings covering the period from 1925 to 1940.

The Bhagavad Gita

by Stephen Mitchell

The Bhagavad Gita, or ‘Song of the Spirit’, is the best known book of India’s national epic The Mahabharata. Based on a dialogue between Bhagavan Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the eve of a great battle, it is held to be the essence of Hindu spirituality, sacred literature and yoga, as well as exploring the great universal themes of courage, honour, death, love, virtue and fulfilment. Of interest to the large number of contemporary spiritual seekers – of any faith and none – who want to read the world’s most important sacred texts, and to learn from their wisdom. Also useful for scholars of Vedic literature and students.

Personality Isn’t Permanent

Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story by Benjamin Hardy

Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation

In Personality Isn’t Permanent, Dr. Benjamin Hardy draws on psychological research to demolish the popular misconception that personality—a person’s consistent attitudes and behaviors—is innate and unchanging. Hardy liberates us from the limiting belief that our “true selves” are to be discovered, and shows how we can intentionally create our desired selves and achieve amazing goals instead. He offers practical, science-based advice to for personal-reinvention, including:

   • Why personality tests such as Myers-Briggs and Enneagram are not only psychologically destructive but are no more scientific than horoscopes
   • Why you should never be the “former” anything–because defining yourself by your past successes is just as damaging to growth as being haunted by past failures
   • How to design your current identity based on your desired future self and make decisions here-and-now through your new identity
   • How to reframe traumatic and painful experiences into a fresh narrative supporting your future success
   • How to become confident enough to define your own life’s purpose
   • How to create a network of “empathetic witnesses” who actively encourage you through the highs and lows of extreme growth
   • How to enhance your subconscious to overcome addictions and limiting patterns
   • How to redesign your environment to pull you toward your future, rather than keep you stuck in the past
   • How to tap into what psychologists call “pull motivation” by narrowing your focus on a single, definable, and compelling outcome

The book includes true stories of intentional self-transformation—such as Vanessa O’Brien, who quit her corporate job and set the Guinness World Record for a woman climbing the highest peak on every continent in the fastest time; Andre Norman, who became a Harvard fellow after serving a fourteen-year prison sentence; Ken Arlen, who instantly quit smoking by changing his identity narrative; and Hardy himself, who transcended his childhood in a broken home, surrounded by issues of addiction and mental illness, to earn his PhD and build a happy family.

Filled with strategies for reframing your past and designing your future, Personality Isn’t Permanent is a guide to breaking free from the past and becoming the person you want to be.

The Psychology of Winning

Ten Qualities of a Total Winner by Dennis Waitley

Dr. Denis Waitley, a national authority on high-level performance and personal development, reveals his formula for developing the ten qualities of a total winner:

  • • Positive self-awareness 
  • • Positive self-esteem 
  • • Positive self-control 
  • • Positive self-motivation 
  • • Positive self-expectancy 
  • • Positive self-image 
  • • Positive self-direction 
  • • Positive self-discipline 
  • • Positive self-dimension 
  • • Positive self-projection

“Read this book, follow the steps, and you too can attain the ‘Winner’s Touch.’”—Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of Who Moved My Cheese?

“A heavyweight among motivational writers.”—Charles Paul Conn, author of An Uncommon Freedom

15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy

An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy by Luminita D. Saviuc

Based on a phenomenally popular blog post, a simple and counterintuitive approach to finding true joy

When Luminita Saviuc, founder the PurposeFairy blog, posted a list of things to let go in order to be happy, she had no idea that it would go viral, shared more than 1.2 million times and counting. Based on that inspiring post, this heartfelt book gives readers permission to give up–that is, to let go of the bad habits that are holding them back from achieving authentic happiness and living their best lives. Lessons include:

  • Give Up the Past
  • Give Up Your Limiting Beliefs
  • Give Up Blaming Others
  • Give Up the Need to Always Be Right
  • Give Up Labels
  • Give Up Attachment

Simple yet wise, and informed by the author’s own inspiring personal journey, this liberating little book presents a fresh twist on happiness advice: take a step back to reflect, and give yourself permission to let things go. Includes a foreword by Vishen Lakhiani, New York Times-bestselling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and founder and CEO of Mindvalley.

The Buddha and the Badass

The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work by Vishen Lakhiani

This book will disrupt your deeply held beliefs about work, success, and, indeed, life.

If you’re the average person in the developed world, you spend 70 percent of your waking hours at work. And if you’re the average person, you’re miserable for most of those hours. This is simply not an acceptable state of affairs for your one shot at life. No matter your station, you possess incredible unique powers. It’s a modern myth that hard work and hustle are the paths to success. Inside you is a soul. And once you unleash it fully into the domain of work, magic happens. Awakening the Buddha and the Badass inside you is a process that will disrupt the way you work altogether. You’ll gain access to tools that bend the very rules of reality.

The Buddha is the archetype of the spiritual master. The person who can live in this world but also move with an ease, grace, and flow that comes from inner awareness and alignment.

The Badass is the archetype of the changemaker. This is the person who is out there creating change, building, coding, writing, inventing, leading. The badass represents the benevolent disruptor–the person challenging the norms so we can be better as a species.

Once you integrate the skill sets of both archetypes, you will experience life at a different level from most people. You will operate from a space of bliss, ease, inspiration, and abundance. The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work will show you how.Author of the New York Times bestseller The Code of the Extraordinary Mi and founder of Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani has turned his own life and company into his research lab. He’s codified everything he’s learned into the how-to steps in this book. The Buddha and the Badass teaches you how to master your work and your life.

Becoming Supernatural

How Common people Are Doing the Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Becoming Supernatural marries some of the most profound scientific information with ancient wisdom to show how people like you and me can experience a more mystical life.

Readers will learn that we are, quite literally supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction, and when we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we should experience a greater expression of our creative abilities; that we have the capacity to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world and receive more orderly coherent streams of consciousness and energy; that we can intentionally change our brain chemistry to initiate profoundly mystical transcendental experiences; and how, if we do this enough times, we can develop the skill of creating a more efficient, balanced, healthy body, a more unlimited mind, and greater access to the realms of spiritual truth.