A Little Extra Help – In a Variety of Ways
What if from a young age you had not only been exposed to being on a stage, but had been systematically educated, tutored and coached to be a public speaker?
Standing up in front of a group of people and giving a talk wouldn’t be so scary then would it?
Now if we only had that kind of training and education for other challenges we have to regularly face in life, we’d be more confident in our abilities and less anxious in general.
The reality is that most us are doing the best we can with what we’ve got, and that’s okay unless:
- you’re not getting what you want out of life, or
- life is way more difficult for you than for other people, or
- you simply want to be happier but nothing seems to work.
If we weren’t all in that same boat, there would be fewer self-help books for sale.
There are a ton of self-help books out there already and more are being published every day.
All you have to do is go to Amazon, type “self help books” in search box, hit enter and get something like this:
Personal Transformation Self-Help (87,553)
Happiness Self-Help (17,060)
Motivational Self-Help (68,906)
Religion & Spirituality (130,899)
Success Self-Help (33,767)
Psychology & Counseling (39,982)
New Age & Spirituality (50,886)
Spiritual Self-Help (29,054)
(Just so you know those numbers add up to 957,850)
Ready for a real shocker? A little bit further down you’ll find something that will make your head spin!
Last 30 days (8,960)
Last 90 days (28,412)
Coming Soon (1,744)
That’s 37,372 self-help books alone that have been added to the Amazon database in the last ninety days (as of March 15, 2016)
Those may be the actual numbers of books available, but as Amazon will list the same book for sale by different vendors, the same book will be listed multiple times.
How Did I Find the Books I’m Going to Be Reviewing?
The books in this section of the site got here in one of any number of ways such as:
- the title of the book caught my eye and I dipped into it and would up reading it,
- it was by, about, or explained the writings of someone I admired,
- I was reading it for an entirely different reason, but realized how helpful it could be for a greater audience,
- it was a book by an author I like,
- I found it because it was on someone’s recommended reading list,
- it was the one book that would tell me what I needed to know about something, or
- the universe sent it my way.
In this section of the website, you’ll find all sorts of help for life’s challenges.
For some books, like the Dalai Lama’s book The Art of Happiness, it’s pretty obvious why it’s here. The same thing with the books on journaling, or success, or how to make decisions. Others though are works of fiction.
Why fiction? For inspiration – for a different perspective on things – for revving up your own imagination about what’s possible – for the lessons you didn’t learn but need to learn them now – happy but not necessarily perfect ending – for a break from the every day – because everyone is predisposed to wanting stories.
Don’t believe that everyone is predisposed to wanting stories, I believe Lisa Cron’s book, Wired for Story, will change your mind.
The authors in this group come from all walks of life. Some you’ll find in just this section, others you’ll find both here and under Anxiety & Panic Help/Expert Help because some of their work speaks specifically to anxiety.
Some of the titles you’ll see here are recent, and others have been around for a while.
Since I’m the only one creating content on this site right now, below is the list of what I plan on writing about. They are the Coming Attractions.
As a book gets reviewed, it will be removed from this list and have it’s own sub-menu under the Life Help menu.
The purpose of this list is two-fold: to let you know what’s on the horizon, and to give you a chance to investigate on your own those things that spark an interest with you.
My sources for the books are my own personal library, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Daedalus Books, Goodwill, my local library, library fundraisers, small bookstores whose names I can’t remember, ScribD.com (a subscription service for books similar to that of Netflix for videos) and Thriftbooks.com (a countrywide network of used book stores).
(In No Particular Order – Books Will Not Be Reviewed In This Order Either – More Will Be Added)
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg
The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times – Pema Chödrön
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chödrön
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love – Cal Newport
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom – Rick Hanson, PhD.
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time – Rick Hanson PhD.
Thoreau and the Art of Life: Precepts and Principles – Edited by Roderick MacIver
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties – Ajahn Brahm
Don’t Worry Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Make the Most of Each Moment – Ajahn Brahm
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Fiction) – Patricia A. McKillip
Od Magic (Fiction) – Patricia A. McKillip
Riddle-Master Trilogy (Fiction) – Patricia A. McKillip
The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self – Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Expect the Unexpected (Or You Won’t Find It): A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus – Roger Von Oech
Wired for Story – Lisa Cron
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work – Chip and Dan Heath
A Discovery of Witches: Book 1 – All Souls Trilogy (Fiction) – Deborah Harkness
The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – Jack Canfield
The Outspoken Princess and The Gentle Knight: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales – Edited by Jack Zipes
Encounters That Changed The World – Rodney Castleden
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, M.D.
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking – Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
Zoom – Istvan Banyai
For books specifically about panic and anxiety please go to Anxiety & Panic Help/Expert Help.