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Book Recommendations

I believe there are always more opportunities to learn about ourselves and others. My clients have found the following books to be very helpful in helping them gain more information and insight outside of therapy or coaching. Some I have read cover-to-cover. Others, I have done "over-views" to get information I needed for myself or clients. I recommend purchasing directly online at Amazon. I have had very good luck with purchasing "used" books at reduced prices.

Here are my recommendations by topic:


Fight Less, Love More  Laurie Puhn, JD (based on her work as a divorce attorney)

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: 7 questions to ask before and after you marry Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Lundy Bancroft
Becoming Soul Mates Elva Anson, M.A., LMFT 

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage Leslie Vernick
Getting Ready For Marriage Workbook Hardin & Sloan
The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman
Love as a Way of Life Gary Chapman
Why Mars & Venus Collide: Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men & Women Deal With Stress John Gray
Hold Me Tight. Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love Sue Johnson
How To Argue So Your Spouse Will Listen Sharon May 
The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands Dr. Laura Schlessinger 
How to Survive the Loss of Love Bloomfield & Calgrove
Divorce & Remarriage: A Redemptive Theology Rubel Shelly 

The Empowered Wife: Six Surprising Secrets for Attracting Your Husbands Time, Attention, and Affection Laura Doyle

Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work Matthew McKay, Ph.D. 

Destructive Relationships Jill Murray 
If the Man You Love Was Abused: A Couple's Guide to Healing Marlene M. Browne  
HIS Needs HER Needs: Building an Affair-proof Marriage Willard F. Harley, Jr. 
1001 Ways to be Romantic Gregory J.P. Godek


Not Just Friends: Rebuilding trust and recovering your sanity after infidelity  Shirley P. Glass, Ph.D.

Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder (PISD) Dennis Ortman, Ph.D.

Blindsided By His Betrayal Caroline Madden, MFT

How to Help Your Spouse Heal From Your Affair  Linda J. MacDonald, LMFT 

Out of the Dog House: Step-by-Step Guide for Men Caught Cheating Robert Weiss, LCSW

When Your Husband is Addicted to Porn: Healing Your Broken Heart Vicki Tiede

What Smart Women Know Steven Carter and Julia Sokal
The Men We Never Knew: How to Deepen Your Relationship With The Man You Love Daphne R. Kingma
I Know I'm In There Somewhere: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice & Living A Life Of Authenticity Helene Brenner (empowerment)
Women Who Love Too Much: Hoping & Wishing He'll Change Robin Norwood
Getting Past Your Breakup Susan J. Elliot
Getting To I Do Patricia Allen

Straight Talk for Men About Marriage  Martin Friedman
Every Woman's Desire Stephen Arterburn (guide for men about women)
Every Man's Battle Stephen Arterburn (guide to sexual integrity)
Getting Past Your Breakup Susan J. Elliot
The Christian Husband Bob LePine
Parenting With An Attitude Ed Wimberly, Ph.D. (21 questions successful parents ask themselves)
Positive Parenting with a Plan  Matthew A. Johnson, PsyD.  (Overall parenting help grades K-12)
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Sean Covey
Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & the New Reality of Girl World Rosalin Wiseman 
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Faber & Mazlish  
Next To Nothing Carrie Arnold  (understanding eating disorders in teens) 
Mind Race Patrick E. Jamieson (understanding bipolar disorders in teens)
Monochrome Days Cait Irwin (depression in teens)
Helping Teens Who Cut Michael Hollander (parent guide about teen cutting behavior)
Raising A Sensory Smart Child Biehl & Peske (parent guide for sensory processing disorder teen/child) 
New Skills for Frazzled Parents: The Instruction Manual that Should Have Come With Your Kid Daniel G. Amen 
Parenting From the Inside Out Daniel Siegel 
Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens Wolfelt 

Boundaries Cloud & Townsend    (boundaries in all relationships)
Necessary Endings Cloud & Townsend  (endings in relationships, career, & business)
How People Grow Cloud & Townsend (personal growth)
The Freedom From Depression Workbook Les Carter, PhD., Frank Minirth, M.D. (depression)
The Choosing to Forgive Workbook  Les Carter, PhD., Frank Minirth, M.D. (12-part plan for forgiveness) 

When Sorry Isn't Enough Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas

Grief and Loss 

The Grief Recovery Handbook James & Russell  
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens Wolfelt
When Children Grieve James & Rossell
I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye Pamela Blair, Ph.D. (after a sudden loss of loved one)
Grief Quest. A Workbook & Journal to Heal the Grieving Parent's Heart Lilly Julien & I.J. Weinstock 

Abusive Relationship
The Verbally Abusive Relationship  Patricia Evans
Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them Susan Forward 
If the Man You Love Was Abused: A Couple's Guide to Healing Marlene M. Browne  

Career Coaching

Elevate Your Career Helen Horyza

The Guide To Writing Unbeatable Resumes Rose Curtis, CPRW

Headhunter" Hiring Secrets: the Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed...Forever! Skip Freeman

Luck Is No Accident John Krumboltz and  Al Levin

Life Coaching

Someday is Not a Day in the Week Sam Horn

What's Holding You Back?  Sam Horn

Tongue Fu! How to Deflect, Diffuse, and Disarm and Verbal Conflict Sam Horn 

Mindfulness Skills Workbook Debra Burdick, LCSWR

Anxiety, Depression, Narcissism, Borderline Personality

Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now Jill P. Weber, Ph.D. 

How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out Lance Hahn (Christian-based)

The Freedom From Depression Workbook Les Carter, Ph.D. and Frank Minirth, M.D. 

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression William J. Knauss, Ed.D. 

Disarming the Narcissist Wendy T. Behary, LCSW

Stop Caretaking the Borderline Margalis Fjelstadt

Walking on Eggshells Paul T. Mason (Partner of Borderline Personality)

Anger Management

The Anger Workbook Les Carter, Ph.D. and Frank Minirth, M.D.

The Anger Workbook for Women Laura J. Petracek, Ph.D., LCSW

Anger: Taming A Powerful Emotion Gary Chapman

The Irritable Male Syndrome Jed Diamond

Beyond Anger: A Guide For Men Thomas J. Harbin, Ph.D. 

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