Mary's Favorite Authors & Teachers

My Favorite Authors & Books

Brene Brown, PhD

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • Rising Strong:How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Stephen Cope

  • The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide For The Journey of Your True Calling

Kristen Neff, PhD

Tara Brach, PhD

  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart of A Buddah

Pema Chodron

  • The Places That Scare You: A Guide To Fearlessness in Difficult Times

John Bradshaw

  • Healing The Shame That Binds You

Debbie Ford

  • The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance & Dreams
  • The Secret of the Shadow: The Power of Owning Your Whole Story
  • Why Good People Do Bad Things:How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy
  • The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It
  • Spiritual Divorce:Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life
  • Courage: Igniting Self-Confidence

Fred Luskin, PhD

  • Forgive For Good: A Proven Prescription For Health & Happiness

Colin Tipping

  • Radical Self-Forgiveness: The Direct Path To True Self Acceptance

Colin Beavan

  • How To Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind Of Happiness That Helps The World

Cheryl Richardson

  • The Art of Extreme Self Care: Transform Your Life One Month At A Time
  • Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways To Improve Your Life One Week At A Time

Kyle Cease

  • I Hope I Screw This Up: How Falling In Love with Your Fears Can Change the World

Byron Katie

  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
  • Who Would You Be Without Your Story: Dialogues With Byron Katie
  • I Need Your Love – Is That True? : How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them Instead

Marianne Williamson

  • A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles

Terry Cole-Whittaker

  • What You Think of Me Is None of My Business
  • How To Have in a Have Not World

Melodie Beatty

  • Codependent No More: How To Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself
  • Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All The Time

Darlene Lancer

  • Conquering Shame & Co-Dependency: 8 Steps To Freeing The True You
  • Codependency For Dummies

Gershen Kaufman, PhD & Lev Raphael, PhD

  • Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay & Lesbian Lives

Ruth Schwartz, PhD & Michelle Murrain, PhD

  • Conscious Lesbian Dating & Love: A Roadmap To Finding The Right Partner & Creating The Relationship of Your Dreams

Shasta Nelson

  • Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide To Creating A Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends

Wayne Dyer

  • You’ll See It When You Believe It
  • The Power of Intention

David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Power vs. Force
  • Truth vs. Falsehood
  • Healing & Recovery
  • Transcending The Levels of Consciousness

Esther & Jerry Hicks-Abraham

  • Ask & It Is Given
  • The Astonishing Power of Emotion
  • Money & The Law of Attraction
  • The Vortex

Alan Watts

  • In My Own Way: An Autobiography
  • Become What You Are
  • Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence & The Cosmic Game of Hide & Seek

Susan McNeal Velasquez

  • Beyond Intellect: Journey Into The Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind

Robert Fritz

  • The Path Of Least Resistance: Learning To Become The Creative Force In Your Own Life

Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal

  • Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

Daniel J. Levitin

  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload



Healing Childhood PTSD, Relationships, Attachment & Addiction 

Bessell Van der Kolk, M.D.

  • The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind & Body In The Healing of Trauma

This book was a GAME CHANGER for me.  It has been the most influential book I have ever read (I have read hundreds of books over the past three decades).  It has completely changed the trajectory of my life and has been the catalyst of enormous levels of healing and transformation for me.  Therefore, if you read any book in my favorite book section, I highly recommend you read this one FIRST. 

  • Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body & Society

Nadine Burke Harris

  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

  • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, & How To Heal

Mark Wolynn

  • It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are And How To End The Cycle

Jolene Philo

  • Does My Child Have PTSD?: What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting

Pete Walker

  • Complex PTSD: From Surviving To Thriving

Lawrence Heller, Aline Lapierre, PsyD

  • Healing Developmental Trauma

Jonice Webb, PhD

  • Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect

Diane Poole Heller, PhD

  • Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How To Create Deep & Lasting Relationships

Richard Lannon, MD, Thomas Lewis, MD, Fari Amini, MD

  • A General Theory of Love

Kathy Brous

  • Don’t Try This Alone: The Silent Epidemic of Attachment Disorder

Tian Dayton, PhD

  • The ACOA Trauma Syndrome: The Impact of Childhood Pain on Adult Relationships

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

  • The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach To Regaining Emotional Control & Becoming Whole

Peter Levine, M.D.

  • Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring The Wisdom of Your Body w/CD
  • In An Unspoken Voice: How The Body Releases Trauma & Restores Goodness
  • Healing Trauma: Restoring The Wisdom of the Body

Bruce Perry, PhD & Maria Szalavitz

  • Born For Love: Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered
  • The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog

Sebern Fisher

  • Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain

Daniel Siegel, MD

  • The Neurobiology of WE: How Relationships, the Mind, & The Brain, Intersect To Shape Who We Are

Johann Hari

  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions
  • Chasing The Scream: The First & Last Days of The War On Drugs

Gabor Mate

  • In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
  • When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
  • Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder

Robert Sapolsky

  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping

Marc Lewis, PhD

  • The BIology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not A Disease

Amir Levine, Rachel Heller

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love

Dr. Sue Johnson

  • Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships