BOOKS

I am sometimes asked to recommend books, so here are just a very few of my
favourites to get you started.

POSITIVE THINKING

Feel the fear and do it anyway.
By Susan Jeffers.
No surprises here, what you get really is in the title.  A very straight forward easy read to help you confront your fears in life and get on with living.

The science of success.
By Wallace D Wattles.
One of the original positive thinking authors born in 1860.  This is three books in one about getting rich, being well and being great.

The secret.
By Rhonda Byrne.
This is a small bite size book based on the laws of attraction.  We are like magnets pulling our thoughts towards us.  Perfect for a quick fix.  Keep it handy and dip in and out as required.

You can heal your life.
By Louise L Hay.
This one is probably the bible of positive thinking books.  It’s got it all.  It’s especially
big on health with a whole section on linking various ailments to thought patterns and suggested mantras to use. Not necessarily ideal for the more scientifically minded but fascinating.

You can have it all.
By Arnold M Patent.
A good all rounder, easy to read, I enjoyed it. It links well being and thought processes, very much a positive thinking book.

DIET AND HEALTH.

Food combining for health.
By Doris Grant & Jean Joice.
This book made a lot of sense to me.  It seems logical and although not a diet book to lose weight, following the theory suggested of eating certain foods together and avoiding mixing others, losing weight would be a natural consequence if you are over weight.

I can make you thin.
By Paul McKenna.
I read this book after I had completed a very pessimistic NHS training course on Obesity in Children.  Thank goodness!  It was just what I needed to get things back into perspective.  This is not a book about food but about how we think about food.  An empowering positive book.

Allen Carr’s Easy way to stop smoking.
By Allen Carr.
This was probably one of the first positive thinking books I read.  I’m not sure if it was meant to be but it is.  Behaviour starts in the mind so take control of your mind and you can take control of anything.

COUNSELLING.

Counselling for toads.
By Robert de Board.
A really sweet book using the characters from Wind in the Willows to illustrate counselling practice.  If you’re interested in your child, adult and parent ego states this will be a good starting point.

Families and how to survive them.
By Robin Skynner and John Cleese.
If you’re interested in how your family have influenced you with your friends and relationships this is a great one to get started with.

PARENTING.

The secret of happy children.
By Steve Biddulph.
It would be a good idea for this book to come with all babies and then be revisited as required.  A good sound grounding in positive parenting.  User friendly and in bite
size sections for the exhausted parent.

PHILOSOPHICAL.

The Alchemist.
By Paulo Coelho.
A fable type story of a shepherd boy’s journey of self discovery.  Summing up for me the saying that ‘life is a journey not the destination’.

How to be a Buddha in 5 weeks.
By Giulio Cesare.
You don’t have to be religious to read this book.  Think of it as a positive thinking philosophy.  Buddhism is based on the elimination of suffering so that has to be a good thing.  The author makes this so easy to understand and use in a very modern and humorous way.  I love this book.

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