Elevated Existence February 2018 Spiritual / Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

I created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help narrow down your search, and make sure you don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for February 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.


The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love and Happiness,” by Derek Rydall
In his new book, Derek Rydall offers a step-by-step guide to design and create abundance in any area of life, including money, time, love, creativity and more. Built on universal, proven principles, the author teaches the laws of giving and circulation that will release the channels of abundance-creating energy in your life through his Seven Gifts that Give You Everything. He will help you identify Abundance Blind Spots and Shadows that get in the way and walks you through the step-by-step Abundance Boot Camp so you can design and master the life you’ve envisioned.


“Already Here: A Doctor Discovers the Truth About Heaven,” by Leo Galland M.D.
In his new book, Dr. Leo Galland tells of his son Christopher’s death at the age of 22, and the direct visual evidence Christopher showed him that our souls do go on. In life, Christopher was a brain-damaged special needs child who challenged everyone he knew with his unpredictable behavior and uncanny insights. After his death, Christopher’s wisdom was revealed to Leo over the course of a year, coalescing into three themes, which Leo calls the Gift of the Opposite, the Gift of Presence, and the Gift of Timelessness. This book offers a unique dialogue in which an analytical, scientific mind tries to comprehend truths from another plane of existence — one that, nonetheless, is inseparable from our own.


“Anything Is Possible: 7 Steps for Doing the Impossible,” by Dr. Joe Vitale
In his new book, bestselling author Joe Vitale reveals “The 7 Steps for Doing the Impossible,” which Joe demonstrated when attending would famous strongman grandmaster Dennis Rogers’ Strongman seminar. By the end of the day he had twisted a horseshoe, bent a steel bar into the shape of a fish, and with one blow of his fist, drove a nail so far through a piece of construction lumber that he surprised everyone. The book is about bending your mind so you can achieve dreams that others will marvel at.


“Bridging Two Realms: Learn to Communicate with Loved Ones on the Other Side,” by John Holland
Whether you’re a student of psychic studies or a practicing medium, a believer or a skeptic, or someone who is bereaved as a result of a loss, John Holland’s newest book was written to provide you with all the answers to your questions about the Other-Side, and learning to communicate with loved ones there Holland offers one of the clearest pictures anyone could have of the Spirit World, and draws on his decades of personal experiences with Spirit.

He also includes inspirational stories and real-life case studies to help you pursue the unfoldment of your own spiritual abilities safely and wisely. You will learn that mediumship is not just about connecting to the Spirit World. It’s just as much about helping and healing the living. There are spiritual bridges that can be built to connect to your loved ones who have passed, as well as the most important bridge of all: the bridge to your own spirit.


“Food: What the Heck Should I Eat,” by Mark Hyman M.D.
Did you know that eating oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? Even the most health conscious among us have a hard time figuring out what to eat in order to lose weight, stay fit, and improve our health. And who can blame us? When it comes to diet, there’s so much changing and conflicting information flying around that it’s impossible to know where to look for sound advice.

In his new book, bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman takes a close look at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. From grains to legumes, meat to dairy, fats to artificial sweeteners, and beyond, Dr. Hyman debunks misconceptions and breaks down the fascinating science in his signature accessible style. He also explains food’s role as powerful medicine capable of reversing chronic disease, and includes wholesome recipes too.


“From Anxiety to Love: A Radical New Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace,” by Corinne Zupko
Author Corinne Zupko undertook her study of psychology out of necessity when debilitating anxiety threatened to derail her life. Seeking ways to do more than temporarily alleviate her symptoms, she began to study A Course in Miracles (ACIM), mindfulness meditation, and the latest therapeutic approaches for treating anxiety. In this book, she shares what she learned and gently guides you through the process, helping you undo anxiety-based thinking and fostering mindful shifts in your thoughts and actions. Whether struggling with everyday stress or near-crippling discomfort, you will find a new way of healing from — rather than just coping with — fear and anxiety.


“Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days,” by Dr. Mike Dow
Are you anxious, frazzled, exhausted? Do you find yourself constantly worrying? Do you feel like you’re “running on empty”? Like millions of people living today, you could be experiencing brain drain. The short-term effects of brain drain are uncomfortable, but the long-term effects can be life-threatening. Living with a drained brain increases the risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke and cancer. In his latest book, Dr. Mike Dow offers a 2-week plan designed to help you naturally boost your brain health. He explains how brain drain works and why we’re wired for brain drain, and provides helpful tools and remedies to get you back on track. Features nutritional information and supplements, as well as breathing techniques, self-hypnosis, and mindfulness.


“I’ve Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life,” by Maria Shriver
As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, Maria Shriver shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field — a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion — a place of joy. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart — whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again.


“Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation,” by Bob Roth
Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Dalio, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow, Howard Stern, Tom Hanks and Gisele Bündchen all practice Transcendental Meditation and learned form Bob Roth. Roth spent that last 45 years helping people learn this meditation technique — a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life’s challenges. With scientifically proven benefits— reduced stress and anxiety, and improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity, and memory, to name a few — this five-thousand-year-old technique has a clear and direct impact on our very modern problems.
In this book, Roth breaks down the science behind Transcendental Meditation in a new, accessible way, and highlights the three distinct types of meditation — Focused Attention, Open Monitoring and Self-Transcending. And he showcases the evidence that the third, Self-Transcending, or Transcendental Meditation, is a uniquely accessible, effective, and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience.


“Soulpreneurs: Live Your Purpose, Lift Your Platform and Leap into Prosperity,” by Yvette Luciano
From rockstars and record companies, to bestselling authors and celebrity chefs, Yvette Luciano has worked with thousands of Soulpreneurs internationally in the past two decades to achieve soulful success. Whether you wish to start up (or supercharge) your business, create your blog or book, attract abundance as an artist, or transition from your day job to your dream career, Soulpreneurs is your instant life and business coach. Filled with inspirational stories, lessons, practical tips, action steps and easy exercises for developing your clarity, courage and platform, this book is a guidebook to living your purpose, lifting your platform and leaping into prosperity.

Congressman Tim Ryan Talks Mindfulness & The Real Food Revolution

Last year, Congressman Tim Ryan published his book “The Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance Recapture the American Spirit,” and shared how mindfulness and meditation can transform one’s life. Now he is releasing a new book called “The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries and the Return of the American Family Farm,” encouraging the public to take control of their own health starting in their own kitchen.

Last Thursday, gathered at Deepak Homebase in ABC Carpet & Home in New York, he spoke about his passion on the topic, and was joined by New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman and producer of the films “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Fed Up,” Laurie David. “Fed Up,” is a documentary featuring Katie Curic, President Bill Cliton and others, exposing the food industry and sugar.

“I was inspired by the film ‘Fed Up,’” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Stress effects our health, but it’s also our food. Through a mindfulness practice you start to see how things are interconnected, and it kept coming back to food for me.”

He explained how his wife realized she had a gluten allergy, and they went to see Dr. Mark Hyman to get help.  He emphasized diet and how if she shifted it, she could heal herself. Hyman asked her what type of food she ate as a child, and how many antibiotics she took. After a few months of dietary changes, she began to feel better and is now healthier then she ever was before, said Ryan.

‘In Washington we put things in silos, like food, education, healthcare, and we need to start seeing how all of them are interconnected,” he said. “This may be the first generation that may not live as long as their parents.”

His new book is about how Americans can begin to build out a new food system and instead of subsidizing companies who make processed food to make it more affordable, we should be subsidizing the agriculture and farmers so they can move to a new type of farming that is healthier for Americans.

Ryan also suggested starting with major universities, such as Ohio where he is from. Ohio University has 60,000 students and if they agreed to take 2 percent of the food budget and spend it on locally sourced vegetables and fruits, and then increased it to 4 percent and then 6 percent, that is how we can create a market for the farmers.

“What about public schools and prisons, which are now relying on highly processed foods,” he said, explaining we need to start educating every child in America how to eat properly.

“We need a garden in every school yard and a kitchen in every singles school, and a salad bar in every cafeteria,” Ryan said. “We need Homec 2.0. If we are going to be a competitive country, you have to be a healthy one.”

tim-ryan-groupDr. Mark Hyman also spoke, explaining his approach is to treat the person as a whole, and to treat the cause not just the symptom, which is a paradigm shift for many doctors today. And much of the disease we deal with today begins with the flora balance in out gut. Our gut health is connected to our immune system, brain function, metabolism, and many issues faced today, from autism, depression, auto immune disease, eczema, asthma and migraines can go back to the flora in the gut, Hyman noted.

Additionally, Laurie David spoke and said the film “Fed Up” opened the eyes of many people to how much sugar is hidden in our foods, and how giving up processed foods and beginning to cook again is an important step in the Real Food Revolution.

“We have been told it takes too long and is too hard to cook, but these are marketing myths the food industry convinces us with,” she noted. “Our children are not being given a chance at a healthy future.”

She pointed out a deal Girl Scouts of America has with Nesquik to create a Thin Mint Chocolate Milk, but this chocolate milk has 12 teaspoons of sugar per serving, she explained.

“That is more than a kid should have in four days,” David said. “One mom who is a Girl Scout troop leader was outraged and started a petition on Change.org that people can sign now.”


She shared that 4 grams of sugar on a label is equal to 1 tsp of sugar, and one of the easiest ways to begin to eliminate processed ingredients and sugar is to make our own salad dressing. Sugar is the single biggest toxin we face, Hyman added, explaining its poisoning America more than any other toxin.

“We’ve outsourced our kitchens to corporations,” said Hyman. “We do have to cook ourselves out of this mess, and we do have to do it one kitchen at a time.”

For more information on Tim Ryan’s new book click here: “The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm”.

For more information on Mark Hyman click here.

For more information on the film Fed Up click here.