Powerful Books: The Power of Books

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones and this book opened me up to the concept that I am actually more than what I just think. That my thinking might in fact be flawed and driven by my ego, which really wasn’t my friend. And that all we ever have is this moment, right now, to live and breathe and wonder. Simple but oh, so powerful!!

The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruis

Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Four agreements to make with yourself that if you can live by them, they will rock your world and change your life. Just practice one for any period of time and see how much easier life gets.

Becoming Human

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the son of a rich and famous Canadian political family. His father was the Governor General ofCanada.Vanierleft fame and fortune to work with individuals inFrancewho had serious mental disabilities. What he found was that he learned more from them than he could teach them and discovered that in order to become human he had to rediscover love and compassion.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Written by a broken down stockbroker and a drunkard doctor who found each other and founded the Twelve Step movement this book has changed the lives of millions of people. If you or someone close to you has been touched by addiction, read this book, it might help. If you or your family is in the midst of the terror and agony of addiction, read this book, it may save your life and those you love.

The Art of Happiness

The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

My daughter, physical age 19, emotional age 100, gave me this book because it had helped me through a difficult period when she was away from home for the very first time. It came to me just at the right moment. I was sick, depressed and ready to give up. This book gave me hope in the simplicity and brilliant wisdom of what I believe to be a living saint. Compassion and love are always his answer.

What are your powerful books?

Mike Martin is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in workplace wellness and conflict resolution. He is the author of “Change the Things You Can” (Dealing with Difficult People). For more information about Mike please visit:


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4 Responses to Powerful Books: The Power of Books

  1. Laura says:

    A book I’m currently reading is: Hypnotic Writting by Joe Vitale

  2. Right now, it is “the Optimistic Child” by Dr. Martin Seligman. It teaches parents how to raise kids with an “I can do it, positive” attitude. And that can make a big difference in a child’s life and for the people they interact with.

  3. fieldtripmom says:

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

  4. Mike,

    I am going to have to check out some of those books that you recommend, sound like great choices. I read the Four Agreements many years ago. I want to recommend two. Dark side of the light chasers and The power of the subconscious mind.


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