The best books for healing anxiety, depression, addictions, relationships, and connecting with your Divine guidance

Who am I?

I’ve known since I was 5 years old that my passion in life was helping people be all they came to this planet to be. I have been working with individuals, couples, businesses, and groups, and teaching courses for 54 years. Having had many years of my own psychotherapy, and 17 years into practicing traditional psychotherapy, I was not happy with the results, so I prayed for a teacher or a process that would really work. 38 years ago, I met Dr. Erika Chopich and we co-created the powerful Inner Bonding process, brought to us by our higher guidance, that rapidly heals on a very deep level, far beyond traditional psychotherapy. 


I wrote...

The Inner Bonding Workbook: Six Steps to Healing Yourself and Connecting with Your Divine Guidance

By Margaret Paul,

Book cover of The Inner Bonding Workbook: Six Steps to Healing Yourself and Connecting with Your Divine Guidance

What is my book about?

The Inner Bonding Workbook is a beautiful invitation to attend to our physical, emotional, and mental health. Margaret Paul’s writing is so filled with grace, I felt like she was tending to me personally. She creates such a field of safety that before I knew it, I was deep in my inner landscape facing some of my core wounds. The Inner Bonding Workbook provides a brilliant road map for anyone wanting to explore their spiritual identity and let go of the bonds that anchor us to our past.” —Sandra Ingerman, MA, award-winning author of twelve books, including Walking in Light and The Book of Ceremony

The books I picked & why

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The Magic of Surrender: Finding the Courage to Let Go

By Kute Blackson,

Book cover of The Magic of Surrender: Finding the Courage to Let Go

Why this book?

This book is deeply inspiring to me. I not only love Kute’s writing, but I love how he takes us on his personal journey to being able to let go of control. His stories are captivating and kept me glued to the book. I know Kute because he is a fellow member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and he lives what he teaches. Many of my clients have been inspired by this book.

The Magic of Surrender: Finding the Courage to Let Go

By Kute Blackson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Magic of Surrender as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From one of the boldest voices in the world of personal growth and motivation, a guide to moving past inner struggle to discover the power of relinquishing control.

Too often we limit our lives by putting conditions on them. We think things should go a certain way, and when they don't, we hold on to what isn't working, reinforcing what is causing us pain and affirming our lack of trust in the universe. There is another way: We can harness the power of relinquishing control and discover more purpose and meaning in our lives.

After the passing of Kute Blackson's…


Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy

By Ken Page,

Book cover of Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy

Why this book?

If you are tired of the game-playing that goes on with dating, and you are ready to find the love of your life, then don’t miss this book by my friend Ken Page. Ken’s book is a masterpiece for discovering how to attract the kind of person you want as a life partner, regardless of your sexual orientation. I recommend this book to all my clients who are dating. 

Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy

By Ken Page,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Deeper Dating as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With exercises, practical tools, and inspiring stories, Deeper Dating will guide you on a journey to find the love—and personal fulfillment—you long for

Lose weight. Be confident. Keep your partner guessing. At the end of the day, this soulless approach to dating doesn't lead to love but to insecurity and desperation. In Deeper Dating, Ken Page presents a new path to love. Out of his decades of work as a psychotherapist and his own personal struggle to  find love, Page teaches that the greatest magnet for real love lies in our "Core Gifts"—the places of our deepest sensitivity, longing, and…


Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

By Katherine Woodward Thomas,

Book cover of Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

Why this book?

My friend Katherine is a master at helping couples uncouple in kind and caring ways, filled with integrity. I recommend this book to all my clients who are ending their relationships, and many of my clients tell me how very helpful this book was to them. Breakups and divorces don’t have to be contentious, and even if just one of you reads this book, it will be incredibly helpful to you.

Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

By Katherine Woodward Thomas,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Conscious Uncoupling as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In 2014 a media storm erupted when Gwyneth Paltrow announced her separation from Chris Martin, describing it as a harmonious and mutual 'conscious uncoupling' and the term entered the world's vocabulary overnight. Coined and created by relationship expert Katherine Woodward Thomas, the expression 'conscious uncoupling' has become synonymous with a divorce where both partners accept that they each played a role in the breakup and, in particular, are looking to co-parent in a functional and healthy way in the future.

The Conscious Uncoupling 5 Step Process is designed to support separating couples through the thorny terrain of a breakup, helping…


Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life

By Jill Bolte Taylor,

Book cover of Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life

Why this book?

I’m delighted with this book because it so aligns with the work I do. Dr. Taylor is a very well-known neuroanatomist, who has scientifically discovered so much about how the brain works, and I love how what she discovered lines up exactly with what we’ve discovered that I’ve written about extensively. In the few conversations I’ve had with her, I’ve been blown away by how much her research validates our process of Inner Bonding. This powerful book will help you to understand so much about yourself. 

Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life

By Jill Bolte Taylor,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Whole Brain Living as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Discover how to tap into the present moment, shift out of anxiety and gain a sense of deep inner peace by understanding the brain's two hemispheres.

At age 37, Harvard neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a massive left-hemisphere stroke that took away her ability to speak, walk, read, write or remember any of her life - and gave her an unprecedented, profound experience of dwelling in the right hemisphere and the sense of oneness and peace to be found there. Her recovery led to her writing the New York Times bestseller My Stroke of Insight, being named one of Time…


The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times

By Anita L. Sanchez,

Book cover of The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times

Why this book?

Anita is a brilliant teacher of inclusion and diversity, and a fellow member of the Transformational Leadership Council. I couldn’t put her book down as she took me on her journey to claiming her personal power. The world needs this book now! Anita’s understanding of these four gifts and how important they currently are to our planet will deeply inspire you.  

The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times

By Anita L. Sanchez,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Four Sacred Gifts as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Heal your past, discover your true purpose, and become a powerful source of inspiration and leadership with The Four Sacred Gifts, a collection of Aztec and global indigenous wisdom for modern life.

Given the ongoing changes in our economic, social, political, and physical environment, we are often left gulping for air as we ride the powerful waves of change. Modern life overloads us with information yet lacks the true wisdom we seek. In this book, a group of global indigenous elders pass down their four most essential, agreed upon tools to help you fulfill your truest desire for meaning, wisdom,…


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