Books that have mattered to me in the past few years

Here is a list of books that have mattered to me or influenced me in the past few years. Many of these authors have websites and blogs to explore.

The Mindful Woman – Sue Patton Thoele

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom – Rick Hanson and Rick Mendius

A return to Love – reflections on the principles of a Course in Miracles – Marianne Williamson

A walk on the beach – Joan Anderson

A year by the sea – Joan Anderson

An unfinished marriage – Joan Anderson

A cup of sunlight – Juliet Batten

Growing into wisdom: change and transformation at midlife – Juliet Batten

Listening below the noise: a meditation on the practice of silence – Anne D LeClaire

The church of 80% sincerity – David Roche

The Happiness project –Gretchen Rubin

Focusing: how to gain direct access to your body’s knowledge – Eugene Gendlin

The intention experiment – use your thoughts to change the world –Lynne McTaggart

Everything I’ve ever done that worked – Lesley Garner

Love the life you live – Anne Hartley

The sword of heaven – a 5 continent odyssey to save the world – Mikkel Aaland

Transforming depression – the Heartmath solution – Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman

The artist’s way – Julia Cameron

God is no laughing matter – observations and objections on the spiritual path – Julia Cameron

Letters to a young artist – building a life in art – Julia Cameron

The vein of gold – a journey to your creative heart – Julia Cameron

Walking in this world – practical strategies for creativity – Julia Cameron

Your body speaks your mind – Debbie Shapiro

A complaint free world: the 21 day challenge that will change your life –Will Bowen

Wherever you go, there you are –Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full catastrophe living – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Common Ground – the true story of 2 friends and 2 very different gardens – Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey

Common Table – an uncommon tale of friendship and food – Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey

Changing patterns: discovering the fabric of creativity – Daena Giardella and Wren Ross

Plan B – Ann Lamott

Grace (Eventually) –Ann Lamott

Operating Instructions- Ann Lamott

Traveling Mercies- Ann Lamott

This piece of earth – Harvey McQueen

Shift happens – Robert Holden

Simple Abundance -Sarah Ban Breathnach


8 thoughts on “Books that have mattered to me in the past few years

  1. Juliet batten

    I can see some favourites of mine on your list – Julia Camerson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joan Anderson, Lynne McTaggart . . . and I’m honoured to be listed there among them; thank you.
    Now I’m going to look at some of the ones I don’t know, because it looks like a great reading list.

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  3. simplytrece

    OMG!! Joan Anderson (one of the girls I went to high school with showed up in her acknowledgements!!), Julia Cameron, Ann Lamott and Simple Abundance!! We MUST be sisters!!

    1. ordinarygoodness Post author

      It is fascinating just how connected we are through blogposts showing up the same favourite authors, the same issues being addressed, the same support sought. Global sisters!

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    1. ordinarygood Post author

      “Shift Happens” has some great ideas to use too. The title makes me giggle every time! It is very clever. I will certainly search out your recommended book. Thank you! You may enjoy exploring Juliet Batten’s blog and website. Juliet is a psychotherapist as you are and I really enjoy the books she has written. I haven’t read her latest but hope to very soon. Her website is here: and her blog is called Seasonal Inspiration and is listed on my blogroll.


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