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Five Books of Wisdom

By on Dec 19, 2009


Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. – Sandra Carey

When I was asked to select my five favorite books that reflect my area of expertise with clients and support my own personal soul journey, it was a challenge to only come up with five titles!

Having had the pleasure of interviewing Neale Donald Walsch, James Twyman, and Paula Langguth Ryan, I can whole-heartedly include their books as some of my faves to recommend. So, here is my list for 2009:

  1. The Proof: A 40-Day Program for Embodying Oneness by James Twyman with Anakha Coman.

    The new book offers a 40-day plan to consciously experience and embody what it feels like to be ONE with all of Creation. The phrase, “I Am that, I Am “ was the focus of James’ book, The Moses Code: The Most Powerful Manifestation Tool in the History of the World, and he invites us to remember and know that as spiritual beings, we are part of a collective conscious that connects every thing that exists in every form as part of the ONE, God, The Creator of All That Is, Higher Power .

    The Proof invites you to invest in a spiritual evolutionary journey rather than one focused on personal growth. The book also encourages you to take a conscious journey to dissolve the layers of separation and pain to invite healing, transformation, wholeness and integration of our humanity with our essential SELF and the Divine. This is the path of bringing Heaven on Earth for ourselves, the planet and the earth.

  2. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

    Imagine looking at every life experience with the perspective of possibility rather than seeing only problems, obstacles, and difficulty. The authors harmoniously and creatively weave insights and inspirational ideas through uplifting stories, parables, personal anecdotes, and fun exercises to become a more passionate communicator, leader, and teacher whose life radiates possibility into the world.

    Each of the practices offer a fresh perspective in how you look at yourself and others through your life experiences and conditioning by inviting you to stretch beyond limited thinking into a whole new attitude of possibility thinking. I’m often caught up in being too serious about my life and encouraged to “Lighten up” so I can be more playful in my outlook and response to LIFE. So when I read their practice, Rule Number 6 which means “Don’t take yourself so g –damn (or darn) seriously”, I had to smile. This book will expand your thinking in playful ways that will change the way you look at your SELF, your life and the world.

  3. The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life by Debbie Ford.

    This brilliant book offers ten profound questions that will dynamically change the choices you make to ultimately empower you to fulfill your life dreams. One of my favorite questions, “Am I choosing from my Divinity or am I choosing from my humanity? “ has been a powerful question to ask when I am wondering whether I am following my head or my heart. Each of the questions she poses will make you stop and tune into what is real and true for you so that you can make conscious decisions that align with your heart and soul. For anyone who worries or fears making mistakes they will deeply regret, this book provides a roadmap to make the best and loving choices for the life you can here to live.

  4. Happier Than God: Turn Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience by Neale Donald Walsch.

    The remarkable insights on these pages make it clear that every human being can move into the expression of spiritual mastery, turning ordinary life into an extraordinary experience. This book shines the light on the Great Principles of Life and Creation and invites us to claim our role of as deliberate Co-Creators with God to manifest our soul desires.

    Of all the books Neale has written, I believe Happier Than God: Turn Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience, summarizes so beautifully and simply, the way the Universe works. For anyone who wishes there was a guidebook to manifesting our dreams and desires, Neale gives you the nuts and bolts of how to dance with the Universe in fulfilling your life purpose.

  5. Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing by Paula Langguth Ryan.

    This is a must-have gem of a book to help you understand how to manifest abundance by aligning with the Universal Law of Prosperity. Paula beautifully explains how critical the act of tithing is in saying “thank you” to God for all the good we receive in our life and in the days to come. This book offers a systematic way to create true and lasting abundance in all areas of your life.

    I love Paula’s book because it dispels a lot of myths about tithing and fears around lack and scarcity. She sprinkles stories, quotes, and anecdotes throughout the book which adds a personal flavor and charm in her teaching and encouragement to engage in the practice of tithing. In reading her book, I added tithing immediately into my life as my way of saying thank you, thank you, thank you and cultivating gratitude for all the good that blesses my life.

I keep these five books of wisdom close so when I get lost in my personal dramas that disconnect me from my heart and guidance I know where to turn for help. I love them for their fresh perspectives and simplicity. I invite you to add them to your library and let me know what you think.

Lorraine Cohen is the CEO and founder of Powerfull Living. Join Lorraine on May 15 and 17 for two FREE calls: Awakening to Love: Revealing Your Courageous Heart in an Insane World. You are invited to register here.

  • A good reminder to me too Paul! Many blessings to you. 🙂 Lo

  • @Lorraine – Thanks for the books suggestions. I was inspired to pull out Zander’s book again and re-read it. Blessings

  • I so understand getting around to reading Evelyn!

    I have a ton of books that have been gathering some dust in addition to all the books I receive to review as a broadcaster. When the time is right
    and the book calls your name, you will read it. One thing I will say is that Neale’s book is a pretty fast and easy read which I appreciate. In fact, all of the books I mentioned are pretty easy to read. The Proof is a 40 day practice and each one is 2-3 pages.

    Have a blessed holiday Evelyn!

  • Thanks, Lorraine, for your recommendations. The last time you made a recommendation, I bought the book “Happier than God”. However, I am yet to read it. I’ll try to finish it before checking out on the rest. They all sound very interesting!

  • I’m chuckling Alex. I wrote this article as if I didn’t have these books, I’d be tempted to buy them all over again! I love each of them.