Self-study can lead to great “aha!” moments and deeper understanding. Here, you can find a list of books and bonus resources to enhance your path to serenity and health. Please proceed in whichever way you feel called, and enjoy!
All of these books have deeply influenced me over the years. I offer the list in the hope that somewhere in these books you will find just the right words that God has waiting for you. Mind-body-spirit are intertwined, but to make your browsing easier, I have subdivided the list into 1. mind-body/psychology, 2. spiritual, and 3. lifestyle medicine. Please note that I have provided links to each book for your convenience and are not affiliate links. Please choose freely whom you purchase from. Enjoy. — Donna
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
by Joan Broysenko
A classic by a pioneer of mind-body medicine.
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky
A practical book with guidelines and suggestions to help you grow from negative ways of thinking.
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (2nd ed)
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A comprehensive presentation by the founder of modern mindfulness/stress reduction.
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
by M. Scott Peck
A very old book packed with wisdom for our times. This book, Sacrament of the Present Moment, and the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran are the only books I have read multiple times in my life….that speaks volumes!
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel A. Van der Kolk
A psychiatrist shares what he has learned about trauma and stress, the way they imprint in the body, and how the damage can be healed.
Sacrament of the Present Moment
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (new translation by Kitty Muggeridge)
A slim treasure written in the 1700’s by a Jesuit priest, best prayed rather than read, transformational for me.
Devotional Classics, Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
by Richard J. Foster and James B. Smith
This book offers so much wisdom.
Intimacy with God: Introduction to Centering Prayer
by T. Keating
In this book and the one below, Father Keating explores contemplative prayer and the psychology and spirituality of the true self/false self.
Open Mind, Open Heart (2nd ed.)
by T. Keating
3. Lifestyle Medicine
Disease Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well
by David L. Katz
A doctor writes about eating and health.
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy
by Walter C. Willet
A comprehensive and readable guide to healthy eating.
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You’re 80 and Beyond
by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge
This book strongly emphasizes exercise and includes readable explanations about exercise physiology and the health benefits of exercise.
Websites and More
Contemplative Outreach provides a definition and applications for Contemplative Prayer.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Fr. Richard Rohr
Learn more about the wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition and its emergence in service to the healing of our world.
Healthy Eating, Harvard School of Public Health
Provides detailed guidance, in a simple format, to help you make the best eating choices.
Physical Fitness: A Pathway to Health and Resilience
Open link to download this excellent 2013 summary.
My Favorite Prayers [pdf]
Here are some of my favorite prayers. You are welcome to use them in your own worship.