July 2021 Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!



“Declutter Your Mind Journal: Prompts and Practices to Inspire Calm, Clarity and Focus,” by Michelle Sprouffske
If you want to declutter your thoughts, this Declutter Your Mind Journal can help you attend to your needs and bring awareness to the present moment. It’s filled with contemplative prompts and engaging exercises for quieting your thoughts, releasing the past, and channeling the power of a focused mind. It includes introspective activities where you record your thoughts so you can let go of them, and breathing exercises. There are also soothing exercises rooted in psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, along with inspiring quotes and affirmations.


“The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science: An Other Essential Works,” by Thomas Troward
Another author who wrote some of the original works form the New Thought movement that included Napoloeon Hill, is Thomas Troward. He was an English author writing in the 19th century and was deeply involved in the New Thought movement.

In The Edinburgh Lectures, he explores the ways that mental action influences the material world, and more. This edition of the book also includes “Your Invisible Power,” by Geneviève Behrend, one of Troward’s students. The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science is part of The Library of Spiritual Wisdom, which publishes curated classics written by some of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time.



“The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life,” by Joyce Marter
In this step-by-step guide for cultivating financial well-being, therapist Joyce Marter noticed an extraordinary trend: as her clients improved their mental health, they also began receiving raises, getting promotions, finding better jobs, or starting their own successful businesses.

She is now a go-to expert on the “Psychology of Success”― establishing ways to help you improve your financial well-being by focusing on your psychological and relational issues around money. In this book, Marter crystallizes her most powerful and effective practices for long-term prosperity, guiding you through 12 essential mindsets for transforming your relationship with yourself to welcome a life of wealth. Within each are exercises, self-assessment tools, and insights for shifting into a mindset of abundance.

You will discover why mindsets based on scarcity and zero-sum thinking lead to suffering; possible triggers for financially risky behavior and how to defuse their power; why holding on to resentment also holds you back from your potential; how to manage the desires of the ego without becoming either a doormat or a diva; and mindfulness, lovingkindness, self-inquiry, and other practices ― all focused on financial wellness.



 “How to Live When a Loved One Dies: Healing Meditations for Grief and Loss,” by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shares accessible, healing words of wisdom to transform our suffering. In the immediate aftermath of a loss, sometimes it is all we can do to keep breathing. With his signature clarity and compassion, Thich Nhat Hanh will guide you through the storm of emotions surrounding the death of a loved one. It offers powerful practices such as mindful breathing that will help you reconcile with death and loss, feel connected to your loved one long after they have gone, and transform your grief into healing and joy.



“The Magic of Unicorns Oracle Cards: 44 Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Diana Cooper
Discover how to connect with your unicorn guides, advance on your ascension path and attract more love, light, healing and happiness with these magical cards. Diana Cooper teaches unicorns are beings of the angelic realms who are returning to Earth to aid us on our path to ascension. They bring messages of hope and remind us to stay positive as we prepare for a golden future. This oracle deck will help you meet your personal unicorn guide, embark on a spiritual path and work with the great energies of the universe on your ascension journey.

Working with the 44 illustrated cards you’ll discover how to awaken your psychic abilities, open your heart, be ready to receive abundance and blessings, stand in your power, receive soul healing, strengthen your trust, manifest your dreams, light the way for others and reach your divine potential.


“Manifestation Magic: 21 Rituals, Spells and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity and Wealth,” by Elhoim Leafar
Elhoim Leafar, author of “The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags,” offers a clear, basic treatise on the magic of prosperity and manifesting positive abundance.

The book is divided into two sections with the first guiding the reader through some basic magical theory including the power of attraction. The second section puts theory into practice with 21 rituals, amulets, and talismans for creating and living the life you desire.

Techniques are derived from diverse influences blending modern paganism with Afro-Caribbean and Latin American magic, reflecting the author’s background and making the material accessible to readers walking a variety of magical paths.


“Surrender: Break Free of the Past, Realize Your Power, Live Beyond Your Story,” by Nicky Clinch
Do you find yourself getting caught in the same negative patterns, the same emotional spirals, the same limiting stories? The truth is that you can break free from the disempowering cycles blocking you from peace and joy and, most importantly, your freedom. The answer is already within you.

Nicky Clinch is your companion on the transformational path of surrender, providing empowering guidance as you clear the way for your true self to emerge. You’ll experience a maturation process of letting go, self-love and rebirth, so that you can grow, heal and transform–and really start living the life you were born to live. In this book, you will discover how to embrace embrace authenticity, self-love and freedom through letting go; break free from self-defeating patterns and cycles of negativity; dissolve attachments to the stories keeping you stuck in the past; clear obstacles preventing your growth and destiny to thrive and develop a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and all of life.



“Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within,” by Janet Conner
Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state (the border between the conscious and the subconscious) while writing, Janet Conner has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. After hitting rock bottom while escaping domestic abuse, Janet’s inner voice told her to start writing.

As she wrote, she gained clarity and strength, and felt an incredible connection to the divine. Miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists are providing peeks into consciousness and how it works. Their findings give intriguing clues about what is happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. This book explores this research and instructs how to access the power and beauty of our deepest selves.

June 2021 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!



“Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success,” by Ryan Leak
I love the idea that failure is actually a tool to help us move toward success, and I truly believe that, so that is why Ryan Leak’s book caught my attention. Through his journey of chasing the girl of his dreams to his NBA fantasy and his encounter with five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, this book will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live.

He also talks about the science behind why people are afraid to fail (and I LOVE when science backs things up), and mixes in real-life stories and practical steps to help readers chase failure. As he says, “God promises to be with you always, even through the failure.”



“The Genius Zone: The Breakthrough Process to End Negative Thinking and Live in True Creativity,” by Gay Hendricks
Originally published as “The Joy of Genius,” this new edition has been updated and expanded throughout, and a great follow up to Gay Hendricks’ bestselling book, “The Big Leap.”

Hendricks introduces an exercise called the Genius Move, a simple, life-altering practice that allows readers to end negative thinking and thrive authentically. By using the Genius Move, readers will learn to spend more of their lives in their zone of genius―where creativity flows freely and they are actively pursuing the things that offer them fulfillment and satisfaction.



“The Good Morning Journal: 5-Minute Guided Reflections to Start Your Day with Inspiration, Purpose and a Plan,” by Molly Burford
I love starting my day with a guided journal, and this one definitely delivers. It’s filled with quick prompts to help you get focused and start your day, recognize what you want to accomplish and make a plan to achieve your goals. There are also motivating and inspiring quotes to encourage a positive mindset and get more accomplished.



“How to Think Bigger: And Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” by Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen, bestselling co-author of The Chicken Soup for the Soul series will show you how to  multiply, magnify and magnetize simple ideas and turn them into greatness.

His techniques will obliterate obstacles and reveal solutions. Readers will learn how to open the door to opportunities by identifying and valuing them; maximize natural abilities and true talents; use fear as fuel to launch into success; and defeat limitations by applying the “12 Strategies to Big Thinking.”



“Midnight Meditations: Calm Your Thoughts, Still Your Body and Return to Sleep,” by Courtney E. Ackerman
So many people struggle with sleep, especially waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. This book offers 150 peaceful meditations to help a person relax and get back into restorative sleep, including calming racing thoughts.

It’s time to stop chasing sleep (and stressing out about it when you can’t), and trying a new approach to help welcome rest and fall back to sleep easily.



“Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess,” by Simone Butler
The moon not only has an effect on us whether we realize it or not, but its energy offers us a powerful tool to harness in our lives. This book helps us learn to connect with the feminine power of the moon, with each of the 12 chapters representing a moon sign. You will learn the basics of the moon phases, the meaning or new and full moons, and simple rituals to connect with moon power.

It also introduces a Goddess and Power Animal for each moon sign, and how to connect with this energy through activities and rituals during certain moon phases.



“Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success,” by Napoleon Hill
Bestselling author Napoleon Hill reveals the seven principles of good that allow us to triumph over obstacles . . . and find success.
I’ve been a student of Napoleon Hill for years and I love his work. He explains the power of creation in our lives so well, and so I’m always exploring new books and audios with his teachings. In this one, Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger and jealousy prevent us from realizing our personal goals. He also reveals seven principles that can help one triumph over obstacles and find success in their lives.



“Shamanic Power Animals: Embracing the Teachings of Our Non-Human Friends,” by Don Jose Ruiz
In his new book, Toltec shaman don José Ruiz takes a deep dive into animal wisdom through the shamanistic viewpoint to demonstrate how we can incorporate its lessons into our daily lives. For example, ants demonstrate the power of teamwork, bears show us how to protect what is most important to us, and Eagles embody the value of clear vision.

In the first section of this book, Ruiz explains how power animals represent a path to our own personal power and provides a foundational understanding of the animal world based on the symbol of the medicine wheel and its association with the elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

The second section contains a power animal compendium covering over 200 animals. Each entry includes exercises, prayers, and chants for use in communicating and collaborating with these powerful allies on your own personal journey toward awareness and healing.

“Surrender: Break Free of the Past, Realize Your Power, Live Beyond Your Story,” by Nicky Clinch
Do you find yourself getting caught in the same negative patterns, the same emotional spirals, the same limiting stories? The truth is you can break free from the disempowering cycles blocking you from peace and joy and, most importantly, your freedom. The answer is already within you, and in this book, author Nicky Clinch will take you down the path of surrender, providing empowering guidance as you clear the way for your true self to emerge. You’ll experience a maturation process of letting go, self-love and rebirth, so that you can grow, heal and transform–and really start living the life you were born to live.

The book will share how to embrace authenticity, self-love and freedom through letting go; break free from self-defeating patterns and cycles of negativity; dissolve attachments to the stories keeping you stuck in the past; clear obstacles preventing your growth and destiny to thrive; and develop a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and all of life.


“Universal Human: Creating Authentic Power and the New Consciousness,” by Gary Zukav
Internationally acclaimed author and teacher, Gary Zukav, gives new tools to grow spiritually and shows how to transform everyday experiences of hopelessness, emptiness and pain into fulfillment, meaning and joy in his newest book. A new human consciousness is replacing the old human consciousness.

Authentic power—the alignment of the personality with soul—is replacing external power, the ability to manipulate and control. Zukav explains that the potential of a new era of humanity based on love instead of fear is upon us, but only we can bring it into being, and with this book he shows us how.


“The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness,” by Mark Mincolla PhD
This new book is an adventure for the mind and spirit that begins with the premise that miracles don’t randomly happen—we create them! According to Mark Mincolla, PhD, developing our superconscious mind and recognizing the divine source that exists within each of us is what generates miracles.

A wholistic physician for more than three decades, Mark used his own techniques and learnings to cure himself of a life-threatening illness. In this book, he shares experiences, documented research and exercises that he provides his patients and uses himself to raise consciousness in order to cultivate the ability to heal and create miracles that have a lasting effect.


May 2021 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!



“A Radical Awakening: Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free,” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
I interviewed Dr. Shefali a few years back on conscious parenting and I loved what she had to say about living a conscious life. In her new book, she paves a path for women to transcend their fears and illusions, break free from societal expectations, and rediscover the person they were always meant to be: fully present, conscious, and fulfilled. She helps women uncover the purpose that already exists within them and harness the power of authenticity in every area of their lives.



“Calling In ‘The One’ Revised and Expanded: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life,” by Katherine Woodward Thomas
This classic guide to finding love is now revised and updated with new insights, stories, teaching points, and transformational exercises to help you call in deep happiness and love by licensed marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas.

This book will empower you to shift painful patterns in love from the inside out, graduating from unsatisfying relationships and unleashing power to manifest the happy, healthy love you desire. Based on the Law of Attraction, this forty-nine-day program includes a daily lesson, a corresponding practice, and instructions for putting that lesson into action in your life. Manifesting meditations, powerful visualizations, and clarifying journal exercises will lead you to recognize and release your hidden inner obstacles to love and help you grow beyond them. At the end of the course, you will be in the ideal state of mind to go out into the world and find your “One.”


“Healing Ourselves Whole: An Interactive Guide to Release Pain and Trauma by Utilizing the Wisdom of the Body,” by Emily A Francis
Get the tools you need to clean your emotional house from top to bottom, complete with journal prompts and access to audio meditations for you to listen along to as you read with this new book by trained body worker, Emily Francis, who offers a refreshing perspective on healing trauma. I love that it’s like a workshop in a book!

In the book, she reveals unique knowledge of the body as a holder for memory and from beginning to end, she will lead you on a path deep within yourself to rearrange the ways that pain and trauma have been holding you back from whole body, mind, spirit, and energy healing. You will rearrange the dialogue within your body memory systems as well as learn a practice to re-birth by healing your inner child and adolescent selves, coming into the present to create the best adult self possible.


How to Pray the Shaman’s Way: Ancient Techniques for Extraordinary Results,” by Jose Luis Stevens, PhD
This book will teach you how to get in touch with the universe and communicate with Spirit based on the wisdom of the ages. The author will lead you on a spiritual path that covers the entire range of human experience, from gratitude, worship, and celebration to grief, guilt, affliction, supplication and suffering.

Building on his decades of training and teaching in the shamanic tradition, the author offers a complete guide to this universal, transformative practice, and the book is not only an in-depth exploration of prayer as an innate human phenomenon, but also a practical guide for initiating or deepening your own rich prayer practice. Packed with inspired prayers that can be adapted for many different traditions, this book is a deep dive into the world of personal transformation, healing, and spiritual guidance.


“The Knowing: 11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul,” by Saje Dyer and Serena Dyer Pisoni
The daughters of beloved teacher Wayne Dyer share their ever-evolving understanding of their father’s timeless teachings.

To millions of readers around the world, Dr. Wayne Dyer was the beloved “Father of Motivation”―but to Serena, Saje, and their six siblings, he was simply “Dad.” When he died suddenly in 2015, the sisters were blindsided by grief and felt unprepared to navigate life’s challenges and conflicts without his guidance.

The experience launched them on an adventure from loss to understanding as they came to realize and metabolize their father’s teachings with a new urgency, intimacy, and power as they applied them to their lives. As their journey unfolded, they realized their father’s wisdom―“The Knowing”―was embedded in their DNA … as it is for all of us.

In this book, Saje and Serena share how they recommitted to the teachings of their father and, in doing so, created their own evolution of his principles they teach today. They share the 11 lessons that cracked them open and sparked their own spiritual journey, including:

• Parented in Pure Love―the joys, surprises, and gifts of growing up in the Dyer family
• How the Soul Remembers―how to become a host for miracles instead of a hostage to circumstance
• Take Your Shoes Off―bringing stillness to the mind to open your heart to guidance
• The Geometry of Forgiveness―change your life and the lives around you with a simple prayer
• Especially Love―how to always return to love, kindness, and receptivity


Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations,” by DeVon Franklin
Another person I interviewed years back, and now a bestselling author, Devon Franklin shares the secret to living a happier life — get rid of as many expectations as possible, of ourselves, our future, our relationships, our career and our family.

He teaches that expectations are distorting your perspective and decreasing your happiness and joy. Think about your life. How much of the sadness you feel derives from what you think should have happened—than with what actually happened? And career? How much of the discontent you feel comes from your belief about where you’d be at this point—than with the progress you’ve actually made? And relationships? How much of your dissatisfaction with friends, family, significant others, or spouses has to do with your unspoken presumptions—than with the people themselves?

You can live a life of true freedom, greater peace and less stress: release as many expectations as possible.



“This is How I Save My Life: Searching the World for a Cure — A Lyme Disease Memoir,” by Amy B. Scher
Not only is she my go-to energy therapy and healing expert, but her own story of healing is amazing, and she shares it in this book, now in paperback!

By the time Amy B. Scher was twenty-eight-years-old, she had lived through almost a decade of misdiagnoses, excruciating pain, brain lesions, bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions, and multiple hospital stays to treat her late-stage, chronic Lyme disease. And when the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal, it was up to Amy to blaze her own path forward.

Then, in a stroke of serendipity — and you know I believe there are no accidents — she heard about an experimental treatment only available in India — human embryonic stem cell therapy — which had as much probability of killing her as it did of curing her. She boarded a plane with no idea of what awaited her: culture shock, radical medical treatment, and most surprising of all, life-affirming love.

Read about her journey of healing herself and finding love in the process, and I promise you will be both inspired and moved.


“Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive Our Life,” by Jill Bolte Taylor
I loved her book “My Stroke of Insight,” and now The New York Times best-selling blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace.

For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.

In this book, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle–a tool for bringing our Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and choose which one to embody in any situation.

The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical new road map to deep inner peace.



“You are the Guru: 6 Messages to Move You Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein shares six messages that are simple, reliable, spiritual solutions to free you from fear and inner turmoil. You will learn to regulate your nervous system, calm your mind and trust your inner wisdom to provide clear direction. This Audible Original will teach you how to guide yourself back to peace at any moment.

Let the number one New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein show you how to be your own guide, tapping in to a deeply unifying awareness and empathy you may not realize you possess.

The six messages are:

  • See through the lens of love.
  • Surrender to creative solutions.
  • Inspired action clears the path.
  • In stillness, we receive.
  • Compassion creates connection.
  • You are the guru.

April 2021 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!

“Better Sleep, Better You: Your No-Stress Guide for Getting the Sleep You Need and the Life You Want,” by Frank Lipman MD and Neil Parikh
Sleep is so much more important than most people realize, and there are so many struggling with it. In his newest book, functional medicine doctor Dr. Frank Lipman teams up with Casper co-founder Neil Parikh to share how to fix your sleep schedule and improve your health.

Sleep deprivation has bigger consequences than one might think, ranging from irritability, brain fog, and weight gain to serious conditions like hormone dysregulation, heart disease, memory impairment, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. They explain the latest developments in sleep science and all the factors that affect sleep—including when and how you eat and exercise, how you handle stress, how you nap, and how you engage with technology. It also helps you create a personalized sleep protocol that works for your lifestyle and needs.


“The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Potential,” by Christy Whitman
New York Times bestselling author Christy Whitman’s newest book offers the tools for you to manifest happiness, abundance, and success, and all starts with the force of desire. However, she explains true gift is not in acquiring our desires, but it is the people we become in the process of allowing our desires to move through us. The skills, the strengths, and the character traits we develop in the process of manifesting our desires stay with us always. This book shares the precise steps for bringing about the manifestation of any desire.



“Divine Masters, Ancient Wisdom: Activations to Connect with Universal Spiritual Guides,” by Kyle Gray
Known for his books on angels, bestselling author Kyle Gray new tools and wisdom to connect with the enlightened Ascended Masters, and receive their guidance, healing, protection and support on your spiritual path in his newest book.

Gray explains how Ascended Masters can bring healing to the Earth, the cosmos and your life. The Ascended Masters are enlightened souls who once walked the Earth (or other planets) and continue to offer their emotional intelligence and spiritual teachings to the world. You may already know some of them – Mary Magdalene, Buddha and Jesus – but did you know there are many more, and that they are here to support you on your spiritual path?

In this book, you will discover some you may not know, a short history of the masters and how they ascended for the greater good of humanity; how to call upon them and for what; what the Council of Light and Etheric Retreats are and how you can access their wisdom for healing, guidance and connection; and exercises and tools to help increase your awareness and raise your consciousness.


“The Full Spirit Workout: A Ten-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, and Create a Fun and Fulfilling Life,” by Kate Eckman
In The Full Spirit Workout, Kate Eckman draws from her multifaceted training (as an athlete, executive leadership coach, and meditation teacher) to offer a program to empower you to break through roadblock, such as mental and emotional baggage, insecurity, self-judgement and overwhelming stress and anxiety, so you can accomplish your goals.

It offers a workout with daily mind-body-spirit exercises and neuroscience-based practices that bolster resilience and inner strength, and builds in creativity, flexibility, and delight so that each “rep” feels less like work and more like play.


“Napoleon Hill’s Philosophy of Success: The 17 Original Lessons,” by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill devoted his life to studying the question of what makes someone successful. After analyzing the success of more than 500 of the 20th century’s greatest achievers, his exhaustive research proved the essence of success lies within 17 principles that when used together serve as an infallible formula for achievement.

In this book, you will read these never before published lectures delivered to individuals who were being trained in his organization to teach his philosophy. Through this exclusive course authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation, you will learn how to acquire these 17 necessary skill: Definiteness of Purpose, The Mastermind Alliance, Meaning of Faith, Pleasing Personality, Going the Extra Mile•Personal Initiative, Self-Discipline, Imagination, Enthusiasm, A Positive Mental Attitude, Learning from Adversity, Accurate Thinking, Sound Physical Health, Controlled Attention, Budgeting Your Time, Cooperation and Cosmic Habit Force.


“Instinct: Rewire Your Brain with Science-Backed Solutions to Increase Productivity and Achieve Success,” by Rebecca Heiss
Evolutionary biologist Rebecca Heiss reveals the science behind our self-sabotaging behaviors that undermine our productivity, success, and happiness: instincts developed hundreds of thousands of years ago that are devastatingly mismatched to our current environments — and also offers simple, actionable techniques to redirect those instincts to work for us rather than against us.

The book explains that in every area of life, from business to relationships to health, we act on outdated instincts built to help us survive a world ruled by scarcity and danger. But in today’s world, those same instincts stop us from succeeding in the environment in which we actually live: a diverse world of abundant choices, and almost limitless connections.

Now evolutionary biologist Dr. Rebecca Heiss offers a new approach that harnesses the power of our instincts, and redirects them to work for us rather than against us. Dr. Heiss reveals the science behind our self-sabotaging behaviors, then provides simple, actionable techniques that can rebuild our instinctive minds.


“Quick Calm: Easy Meditation to Short-Circuit Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroscience,” by Jennifer R. Wolkin
Do you ever feel like your stress levels are off the charts? You aren’t alone. But there are things you can do to stay grounded that don’t take a lot of time. This book is designed to fit into a person’s fast-paced lifestyle using mindfulness skill to destress and rewire the brain. And the daily practices can be done in just five minutes each day.



“Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself,” by Dr. Sherrie Campbell
Learn quick hacks to deal with the toxic people in your life, while empowering yourself. Each devotional offer reads like an actual therapy session where it builds upon the strategies used to cope with toxic people. It is designed to bring you into a deeper and deeper understanding of the strategies being presented so they are second nature and easy to apply.

You will discover quick hacks to dealing with toxic people; practical empowerment strategies to deal with manipulation; simple mindsets that equips readers to know what to do and say in toxic relationships; practical steps to help readers find a way out of toxic ties and how to utilize withdrawal and silence as their superpowers when dealing with toxic people.

March 2021 New Spiritual and Self Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!

“Becoming an Empowered Empath: Hot to Clear Energy, Set Boundaries and Embody Your Intuition,” by Wendy De Rosa
I know I’m an empath, and I know SO many people who are on a spiritual path identify as one as well, so I’m excited about this new book for those of us who tend to take on the energy of other people and places, including emotions.

In this new book, intuitive healer and teacher Wendy De Rosa will guide you step-by-step to help you understand your empathic nature; stop taking on other people’s energy; detoxify your subtle body, including your chakras and grounding cord; recognize and heal ancestral, familial, and personal traumas; and turn your oversensitivity into powerful intuition. You will find guided meditations, journaling exercises, and practices for energetic self-care to start embracing the gifts that come with an empathic nature.


“Crystal Prescriptions: Crystals for Prosperity – An A to Z Guide (Volume 8),” by Judy Hall
Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE crystals — and not just because they are pretty! They are powerful tools we can use to create change in our life, and in the newest book in the Crystal Prescriptions series, this volume introduces the core processes of harnessing crystals to manifest an abundant life, and release blocks to prosperity.

It examines karmic debts, ancestral and familial ingrained attitudes, and how to transmute them. The book will guide you to sense the energy of your crystals, choose the appropriate ones for you and work with them in an interactive process that generates inner security and a real sense of well-being. It even includes an A-Z crystal directory with sections on crystal tools, using specific layouts, and a prosperity crystals compendium.


“Go Big Now: 8 Essential Mindset Practices to Overcome Any Obstacle and Reach Your Goals,” by Julia Pimsleur
Mindset is the key to anything we want to change or create, so of course, I was attracted to this book, written by Julia Pimsleur based on the hundreds of high achievers she interviewed and worked with as a business coach. In this book, she distills two decades of studying complex mindset practices into eight essential “mindset keys” that can be used by anyone to get the Go Big Mindset and achieve ambitious professional and life goals. She also shares personal stories of how she used these keys to raise venture capital and build multimillion-dollar companies, and illustrates each key with an example from a leader, CEO, or celebrity whose mindset catapulted them to success. You’ll learn to reframe perceived setbacks, replace unhelpful thoughts and limiting beliefs with empowering ones, and stay motivated to pursue your big goal, even in the face of massive hurdles.


“The Law of Success: Napoleon Hill’s Writings on Personal Achievement, Wealth and Lasting Success,” by Napoleon Hill
I’m such a huge fan of Napoleon Hill, most known for his book “Think and Grow Rich,” but before that book, there was “The Law of Success,” an eight-volume series with his complete Science of Success philosophy. Originally published in 1928, this success system contains sixteen lessons on personal achievement, gleaned from interviews with and research on over 500 top performers from various industries and walks of life. This condensed version details the exact steps to harness the power of thought to turn dreams into reality. This is much more than a guide or roadmap; it is a total lifestyle makeover, with concrete resources for everyday application. If you are serious about becoming the best version of yourself in your field, your relationships, your health, and your finances, then you are ready for the original master class on success.


“Sensitive is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World,” by Anita Moorjani
It seems there are a lot of books out there today to help empaths, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect with everything going on in the world. The newest is by International speaker, cancer survivor, and author of “Dying to Be Me,” Anita Moorjani. In her newest book she teaches that it’s possible for empaths to use their ability as a powerful tool, offering solutions to navigate obstacles they may face and identify what makes them unique. She also teaches how to claim their true powers as empaths, to be their most authentic selves, shifting their own trajectory and leading to shift the trajectory of the planet in a more conscientious direction. It includes eye-opening personal anecdotes, insights from other empaths, meditations and self-affirming mantras to demonstrate the power of sensitivity.


“The Shaman’s Dream Oracle: A 64-Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Alberto Villoldo and Colette Baron-Reid
Colette Baron-Reid is one of my favorite oracle card deck creators out there today and she has a brand new one that she created with renowned authority on shamanic healing, Alberto Villoldo. The imagery and the insight in this oracle draw from the shamanic dream world of archetypes and magic and offer fresh, contemporary interpretations. It is meant to help you reveal how your dreamscapes guide you to co-create your world and manifest your most precious intentions.



“The Science of Mind: The Original 1926 Edition and Other Essential Works,” by Ernest Homes
Here is another old text I am fascinated by and can’t wait to read. This a collection of the most though-provoking works of Ernest Holmes, who was born in 1887 and the founder of Religious Science, a key part of the New Thought movement. He founded what would later come to be called the Centers for Spiritual Living which now exist across the nation and throughout the world. The Science of Mind faithfully reproduces the original text of Holmes’s books, preserving their original character and integrity. Included within this edition are three classic works: The Science of Mind, The Creative Mind, and The Creative Mind and Success.




“The Secrets of Mind Power: The Secrets of Success and Other Essential Works,” by William Walker Atkinson
Yet another one of what I call “the original teachers,” on mindset and success — William Walker Atkinson. Born in 1862, he became a pioneer of the New Thought movement and wrote prolifically throughout his lifetime, leaving a vast body of published material after his death in 1932. The Secrets of Mind Power is a treasury of 10 of his most powerful and innovative teachings combined in a single volume. The books are included in their entirety and are faithfully reproduced as they were originally published to preserve the impact of Atkinson’s work.




“The Path of Greatness: The Game of Life and How to Play It and Other Essential Works,” by Florence Scovel Shinn
Classic and old spiritual books are some of my favorite to read (I like old black and white movies too!) because I always like to read the wisdom of those who came before us and found keys to success and happiness. This new book features the teachings of Florence Scovel Shinn’s work and thought, and she was a key contributor to the New Thought movement in America. The Path of Greatness is composed of unedited, original editions of Shinn’s work, and includes The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925), Your Word is Your Wand (1928), The Secret Door to Success (1940), and The Power of the Spoken Word (1945).



“Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind,” Judson Brewer
In the past year, more people have developed anxiety than ever before with everything goin on in the world — and those who have had it have seen an increase of it as well. I love books and teachings based on science because we know that it works, in this book, author Judson Brewer explains how to uproot anxiety at its source using brain-based techniques and small hacks accessible to anyone.

Anxiety lives in a part of the brain that resists rational thought, so we get stuck in anxiety habit loops we can’t think our way out of or use willpower to overcome. Dr. Brewer teaches us to map our brains to discover our triggers, defuse them with the simple but powerful practice of curiosity, and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices that his lab has proven can work. Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients, including Olympic athletes and coaches, and leaders in government and business, he offers a clear, solution-oriented program that anyone can use to feel better — no matter how anxious they feel.


“Your Brain is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons that Control Your Happiness, Habits and Hang-Ups,” by Dr. Daniel G. Amen
I’m always fascinated by the brain and how we can use it to create changes in our lives, and I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Daniel Amen in the past about his incredible work in this area. In this book, he shares how our brain is always listening and responding to hidden influences or “inner dragons,” and unless we recognize and deal with them, they can steal our happiness, spoil our relationships, and sabotage our health.

This book will teaches how to tame the dragons from the past that ignite painful emotions; negative though dragons fuel anxiety and depression; “they and them” dragons of people in your life whose own dragons do battle with yours; bad habit dragons the increase chances of being overweight, overwhelmed and an underachiever; addicted dragons that make you lose control of your health, wealth and relationships; and scheming dragons, who are the advertisers and social media sites stealing your attention.

Dr. Daniel Amen shows will show readers how to recognize harmful dragons and give us the weapons to vanquish them using practical tools so we can stop feeling sad, mad, nervous, or out of control, and start being happier, calmer, and more in control of our own destiny.

February 2021 New Spiritual and Self Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!


“Energy Healing for Empaths: How to Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires, Honor Your Boundaries and Build Healthier Relationships,” by Lisa Campion
In today’s crazy world, understanding if you are an empath and highly sensitive is more important than ever so you can protect yourself and create a healthier life. We are ALL effected by the energy around us, but some of us more than others.

Energy healer and psychic trainer Lisa Campion created this book as a guide to help you cultivate the energy management skills you need to cope with energy vampires and narcissists, increase your own vitality, and fully embrace your unique gifts. She shares the three types of energy vampires, basic energy management skills, psychic self-defense and more!



“Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive: Embrace the Science of Sensitivity, Heal Anxiety and Relationships and Connect Deeply with Your World,” by Courtney Marchesani
This is another great option for those of you who are sensitive and empathic! It utilizes the science of sensitivity to help you maximize your gifts of empath, intuition, vision, and expression, and is by integrative health coach Courtney Marchesani. It includes a sensitivity quiz to help you recognize where your strengths lie, and her Mind-Body Method to help you heal from the past and current trauma affecting your sensory processing, as well as employ coping skills to manage what can be an overwhelming onslaught of intense emotions and sensations.



“Good Morning Intentions: Sacred Rituals to Raise Your Vibration, Find Your Bliss, and Stay Energized All Day,” by Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg
I talk and teach about the importance of a morning ritual and have for years, so I love the focus of this book written by two yoga and meditation teachers and entrepreneurs. They share 21 rituals to help you make each morning really matter and set you up for daily success. It includes energy-boosting exercises, breathwork, simple meditations, and intention-setting practices, and I’m sure you will find something to add to your morning routine (or it will inspire you to start one!)



“High-Vibe Feng Shui: 11 Steps to Achieving Your Best Life,” by Ashley Cantley
The title of this book caught my attention because I love Feng Shui and when you add high vibe to it I feel like you can’t go wrong! This offers a fresh interpretation of the ancient art of Feng Shui by certified practitioner Ashley Cantley, who outlines an 11-step program to break down the foundational ideas and practices of Feng Shui. It includes guided exercises for creating intention, tapping into intuition, cleaning and decluttering, and balancing and enhancing energy in your home.




“How to Heal Yourself from Depression When No One Else Can: A Self-Guided Program to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t,” by Amy B. Scher
This book is the third in the series “How to Heal Yourself,” series by my go-to energy therapist Amy B. Scher and this one is focused on Depression — from feeling exhausted or blue to not being able to get out of bed.

Amy teaches depression is the literal depression of self and shares a proven approach of using energy therapy for releasing emotional stress and trauma to one of the most widespread mental health challenges of our time. You will learn how invisible emotions may be negatively affecting you, how to let go of the emotional baggage (even if you don’t know what it is!), how to use emotional healing techniques to clear stuck emotions and subconscious beliefs from the mind and body, get answers from your subconscious mind and so much more!


“In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life,” by Alisa Vitti
I interviewed Alisa Vitti years ago when her book “WomenCode,” was first released, and I was excited to see she had a new book out! This book offers a “biohacking” program for women, teaching them how to use their natural 28-day cycle to optimize their time, diet, fitness, work, and relationships.

Women have an important biological rhythm they experience every month that affects productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood, and it’s essential to be aware of and take care of this rhythm. This book offers a 4-week solution to manage your energy and time according to your female biochemistry, and includes a variety of tools including meal plans and recipes for each phase, charts for phase-specific exercise, work tasks and relationship activities, a daily planner and a toolkit to navigate period problems and hormonal birth control.


“Judy Hall’s Complete Crystal Workshop,” by Judy Hall
Crystal expert Judy Hall has a new book out that goes far beyond a typical reference guide and leads readers through the key ideas and concepts of using crystals with hands on exercises and rituals. The book features interactive exercises that help you to tailor the book to your needs, journaling sections for you to write down your own experiences, and a step-by-step learning program that guides you to revision work and more advanced exercises.



“Meditations and Affirmations: 64 Cards to Awaken Your Spirit,” by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
If you are a card deck lover, then check out this new one by bestselling author and spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra. He has been at the forefront of meditation in the West for 30 years, and this new deck lets you boost your meditation practice with meditation/affirmation cards featuring daily teachings from him. You’ll learn to cultivate a clear mind, heal the mind and body, and practice mindfulness in a completely unintimidating way. Each of the sixty-four cards has a meditation on one side and an affirmation on the other, both embellished with original three-color art.


“Stronger Than You Think: The 10 Blind Spots That Undermine Your Relationship . . . and How to See Past Them,” by Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., PhD
I am someone who is always looking to learn and improve different aspects of my life and that includes all relationships, so I love that this book shares 10 blind spots that could be undermining a relationship. Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. is a nationally recognized expert on the psychology of relationships and in his first book, he blends hot-off-the-press science with examples and stories. You will discover how men are the real romantics in heterosexual relationships, not women; the amount of sex you should have to keep your relationship strong (it’s lower than you think); it’s O.K. to be selfish, and so much more!