A note from Dr. Chacko:

Dear friends, 

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. Our journey to serenity, health, and God is not primarily an intellectual one, but sometimes the right words at the right time can open our eyes or hearts and expand our spirits in dramatic ways.

The links that I include at the bottom may also be useful resources for your journey.  So, proceed in whichever way you feel called, and enjoy! 

God bless.



Borysenko, Joan. (2007). Minding the body, mending the mind. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

de Caussade, Jean-Pierre. (1981). Sacrament of the present moment (new translation by Kitty Muggeridge, originally written in the 1700’s). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Foster, Richard J., and Smith, James. B. (Eds.). (1990). Devotional Classics, Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups. SanFrancisco, CA: Harper.

Greenberger, Dennis, and Padesky Christine A. (1995). Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think. New York, NY:  Guilford Press.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2013). Full catastrophe living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness (2nd. ed.). New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Katz, David L. (2013). Disease Proof: The remarkable truth about what makes us well. New York, NY: Hudson Street Press.

Keating, T. (1994). Intimacy with God: introduction to centering prayer. New York, NY: Crossroad.

Keating, T. (2006). Open mind, open heart (2nd ed.). London: Bloomsbury.

Peck, M. Scott (1978). The road less traveled: a new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Van der Kolk, Bessel A. (2014). The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Willet, Walter C. (2001). Eat, Drink and Be Healthy. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster



**Right click on the links to open

Centering Prayer -  www.contemplativeoutreach.org

Center for Action and Contemplation, Fr. Richard Rohr - www.cac.org

Harvard's excellent site on nutrition- https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/

Physical Fitness: A Pathway to Health and Resilience,  open link to download this excellent 2013 summary



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