The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – Ian Cron

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This isn’t your typical self-help psychology book

The Road Back To You – by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile, is a really helpful and informative book. The concept of the Enneagram is complex and intricate but the authors present the information in a very practical and relatable manner. Their goal isn’t to teach you some new ideas, but to help you identify parts of your personality that you maybe have never considered. They don’t leave it at that though. They also show you things that you can do to “do the work” of soul searching and making improvements in those difficult areas of your life. Continue reading “The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – Ian Cron”


Recovery – Russell Brand

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The 12 Steps, a memoir, and more

Recovery and addiction are all over the news these days and it can be a controversial topic. I’ll say upfront that I’m not really a fan of Russell’s comedy, so I was a little reluctant to check this book out even though someone I greatly respect recommended it. It was way better than I expected.

The book goes through each of the 12 Steps that Alcoholics Anonymous is based on. He talks a lot about addiction (obviously), but also goes deeper into the fears, hurts, and pain that lead people to self-medicate. At the end of each chapter/section/step, he includes many self reflection exercises and gives examples on how he has worked these things out in his own life.

A book for everyone, not just those with substance abuse problems

I think this book could help a lot of people, not just those who identify as addicts. He makes a good case that most, if not all, of us fall somewhere along the addiction spectrum and that we’re at epidemic levels of addiction at least in part to how isolated, disconnected, and lonely we are in modern society. We lack community and connection, both of which are crucial if you are recovering from an addiction and want to stay clean and sober.

This a really helpful book. He does a good job of knowing when to insert a little joke to keep it from getting too dark, when to include a story to help illustrate a point, and when to dive into vulnerability and the dark areas. If you are offended by swear words, this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re okay with a multitude of F bombs, or able to look past it, I think you should read this book.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. I’ve been told that he did the voice for the audiobook version, but I read this book so I can’t provide any comments on that.

An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life – Marilyn Paul

You need to make room for rest, reflection, and refreshing

Are you caught up in the tyranny of busyness? It seems like everything you see on social media is the worship of hustle, grit, and working as much as possible. Americans, in general, are overworked, don’t sleep enough, and are stressed out of their minds. This has far reaching impacts on our health. Can you relate? If so, this book might change your life.

In the first half of the book, Dr Marilyn Paul does a great job of explaining why we humans need time for rest, reflection, and refreshing – for our bodies as well as our souls. She does an excellent job in going through the statistics of how detrimental stress is to our minds and bodies and why we need time away from the rat race of productivity. The practice of Sabbath rest is Jewish in origin, but the concepts are applicable to everyone, regardless of faith.

Not just theory, practical wisdom as well

There is also a lot of practical wisdom in this book for people who want to try this, but don’t know where to start. Many people dismiss the idea because they think it has to be one extreme or the other. Dr Paul lists many ways that you can get started on a small basis. Whatever you decide to do, I think you’ll benefit from the many insights in this.


I loved this book and really benefitted from it. Find out more about Dr Marilyn Paul on her website. You can this book on Amazon here.

Here’s a video interview on YouTube where the author explains why she wrote the book and what you can learn from it.

The Book of Forgiving – Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

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The Book of Forgiving: The fourfold path for healing ourselves and our world

There are few people in the world that are more deserving of respect and appreciation than Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Presidental Medal of Freedom recipient. This isn’t one of those books that are filled with cheesy cliches and fluffy stories, it is based on ancient wisdom and personal experience of living through the apartheid era in South Africa. Continue reading “The Book of Forgiving – Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu”