Book Recommendations

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Addictions, Blog, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

The other day I was getting ready to go for a haircut and decided to grab a book to read to keep me busy. I turned to the rather large stack of “to-read” books sitting next to my desk and realized I haven’t been great at reading lately! I like, many of you I am sure, get distracted by family, work, kids, etc. and sometimes put things that are important to me, like reading, on the back burner. Seeing that large stack of books made me realize I need to work on being more intentional about carving out time to read.

As I was reflecting on my own need to be reading I began thinking about you, our clients and readers. What are you reading these days? How are you making time for yourself a priority. In order to encourage you all to begin reading more I thought I would highlight some of the books I recommend most to clients…check some of them out, they are all excellent!

1.download Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I LOVE this book and recommend it to a large number of my clients. I think many if not all of us struggle with what good, healthy boundaries look like. Cloud and Townsend to a great job of explaining this in their book.

 

 

 

2. download (1)Love and Respectt by Emmerson Eggerichs

This is a great book for couples and explores how men and women need different things in a relationship. When we focus more on what are partner needs things work better for both partners. This is a great read for all couples.

 

 

 

3. download (2)The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This book has been around for a while (in fact, I first read it in undergrad….but we won’t talk about how long ago that was!), but it is an excellent relationship book. One of the things I like about this book is that it is not only relevant to intimate relationships, but to all of our relationship. This book looks at how we each give and receive love in different ways.

 

4.download (4) Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

I love this parenting book and it is something I initially picked for my husband and I to read for personal growth. However, I loved it so much I now recommend it to clients. This book is a great parenting tool that looks at how we can help to teach our children to be responsible for their own choices….really good stuff in here!

 

 

download (3)5. Search for Significance by Robert McGee

This is another book I have been recommending for a long time. This book explores how we as people tend to try to find our identity either in relationships or through our jobs. The reality is our true identity can only be found in Christ. If you or someone you know are struggling with self-worth issues this would be a great read.

 

 

download (5)6. He Loves Me by Wayne Jacobsen

I read this book a couple of years a go and it really hit home for me, so much so that I have already read it twice! This book explores God’s unconditional love for us and how we can accept that without needing to work to earn God’s favor…we already have it! This is a great spiritual growth and or devotional type book.

 

 

download (6)7. Addictive Thinking by Abraham Twerski

If you or someone you know are struggling with an addiction this book is a great read.  This book talks about how people who struggle with addictions have a different thought process than those of us who don’t. This book is really helpful in understand why addicts think and act the way they do.

 

 

OK, 7 books to get you started! Which one will you pick up next? What have you been reading that I should add to my pile?

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