The best books on resilience

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Book cover of The Art of Resilience

The Art of Resilience

By Ross Edgley,

Why this book?

Once again this is about so much more than the incredible physical feat involved in swimming a lap of Great Britain. Ross Edgley is also a student of the world with the smarts and courage to write his own rule book. Once again this is an engaging mix of the deeply personal, science, philosophy, and the humanity of community that has to come together to make extraordinary stuff possible.
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Comeback & Beyond: How to Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

By Tim Storey,

Why this book?

If you’ve been alive longer than 15 minutes, you’ve probably suffered a setback. I know I have! When hopes and dreams turn into a nightmare, it may seem like life is over and there’s no way out. But this book reminds me that God is in the business of resurrecting dead visions, and He has already prepared a comeback. Tim shares the strategies and motivation I needed to turn tragedy into triumph! 

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Sunday Funday in Koreatown

By Aram Kim,

Why this book?

Growing up as a first-generation Korean American my heart ached with love to read this book. It truly celebrates Korean culture and its ties to family. Kim portrays our young protagonist Yoomi, a black and white cat experiencing something everyone has gone through—a bad day while highlighting some of the warmth and joyful things about Korean culture, my favorite topic being food. The end cap of the book features a recipe for kimbap. I love that she does this because growing up my mother would pack me kimbap for lunch and kids would immediately peg it as sushi. Little me…

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Book cover of Resilience from the Heart: The Power to Thrive in Life's Extremes

Resilience from the Heart: The Power to Thrive in Life's Extremes

By Gregg Braden,

Why this book?

While this book is not written for artists or even about art, I found it very helpful for me as a painter. To achieve the best for my paintings, I realize I need to trust my intuition over intellect. If I get too intellectual about any of my ideas for a painting, the end result is not as fulfilling if instead, I follow my intuition or inner voice. Braden goes into depth in this book about having two sources of intelligence – the brain and the heart. I like his take on this which can also be thought of as…

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Book cover of Sensitive Is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World

Sensitive Is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World

By Anita Moorjani,

Why this book?

I love this book from Anita – it feels like it resonates a lot with the messages in my original book on the empath experience yet includes some other stories and anecdotes that can relate to an even broader audience. I appreciate her core thesis that empaths are really the world’s healers especially at this time – here to teach empathy, compassion, and true connection simply by being who they truly are.

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Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

By Rick Hanson, Forrest Hanson,

Why this book?

Resilient is a book to savor slowly. In recovery from addiction, sometimes one’s foundation is shaky and unstable. Resilient provides a beautiful way to build a new solid foundation based on compassion, confidence, and courage. Rick Hanson is a popular psychologist and has lots of great books (along with a terrific podcast with his son) but I keep returning to this one. As a psychologist myself, I think Resilient hits all the themes that are important for a mind well-cared-for and a life well-lived.  

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Book cover of The Inheritors: Moving Forward from Generational Trauma

The Inheritors: Moving Forward from Generational Trauma

By Gita Arian Baack,

Why this book?

This is an excellent book that speaks to those who have inherited trauma from their ancestors. While Baack uses ample research and narratives about the victims of the Holocaust, the book is relevant for other descendants of long or short-lasting, acknowledged or non-acknowledged traumas, including: victims of genocides, ethnic cleansings, refugee camp residents, racism, wars, and other forms of victimization or natural disasters - and - their witnesses. Based on interviews with many descendants of trauma, the author focuses on giving the ‘inheritors’ a platform to describe, not only, their parents’ histories, but mostly their own. The book is instructional,…

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What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry,

Why this book?

Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey go through the importance of understanding and identifying the ‘why’ behind the complexities of the human experience. Opening the discussion on the importance of processing trauma, and how it affects us all while acknowledging the experience, this book enables the opportunity to lead to a thriving path of healing and recovery. 
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