Recommended Reads

I often get asked about books that I have found to be helpful. The following is a list of books that somehow or another have found a way into my life that I continue to return to often. (This list excludes religious cannon) Whether it be in working with a troubled teen, Veteran struggling from PTSD, or mother struggling to get over her past, all of the lessons and principles found in these books have shaped who I am and how I help others.


The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman

Anatomy of Peace, The Arbinger Institute

Beyond Anger, Thomas Harbin

Codependent No More, Melody Beattie

Vulnerability, Shame, and Belonging

The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, PhD.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown, PhD.

Rising Strong, Brene Brown, PhD.

Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown, PhD.


The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Getting Past your Past, Dr. Francine Shapiro

Come to Your Senses, Dr. Stanley Block


Alcoholics Anonymous

Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Mate

Refuge Recovery, Noah Levine


The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

The Alchemist, Paul Coelho

The Art of Happiness, The Dalai Lama XIV

Book of Joy, The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley


7 Habits for Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

Grit, Angela Duckworth

Quick Reads

As a Man Thinketh, James Allen

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

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