Elevated Existence July 2018 Spiritual and 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 July 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.


“Healing the Soul of America – 20th Anniversary Edition,” by Marianne Williamson
In the twentieth anniversary edition of Healing the Soul of America, now updated with a new introduction, and updated material throughout, New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson reclaims her powerful voice for social conscience in American society. This is a time, according to Williamson, for Americans to return once again to our first principles, both politically and spiritually. Here, Williamson draws plans to transform the American political consciousness and encourage powerful citizen involvement to heal our society.

Williamson explores the current state of American politics, reminding us of her theory of holistic politics — the convergence of political activists looking toward spiritual wisdom and spiritual contemplatives extending their service into the political landscape. She believes that a morally concerned American must now take an active stand in turning this country away from its current identity as a nation obsessively in love with its money to a nation more seriously invested in all of its children and the potential brilliance of every citizen.


“The Heart of the Shaman: Stories and Practices of the Luminous Warrior,” by Alberto Villoldo
In his latest book, bestselling author Alberto Villoldo sets his focus on the dreaming and time-travel practices of the medicine men and women of the Andes and Amazon, whose wisdom radically changed his worldview. He shares some of their time-honored teachings that emphasize the sacred dream: an ephemeral, yet powerful vision that has the potential to guide us to our purpose and show us our place in the universe.

The practices in this book will help readers forge a sacred dream for themselves and craft a destiny infused with courage and driven by vision. Follow the footsteps of the luminous warrior and learn how to break out of the three nightmares surrounding love, death, and safety that have held us captive, and transform them into the experience of timeless freedom, known as the Primordial Light. This creative power exercised by shamans will lead readers to create beauty and healing, and dream a new world into being.


“Juice Guru’s Juicing for Rapid Weight Loss,” by Steve Prussack
Based on his proprietary Juice Guru Method, Steve Prussack (aka the Juice Guru) shares how to juice for weight loss. Packed with information on not only juice fasting, but the importance of juicing every day, Prussack packs more than 50 recipes into this new e-book specifically designed for weight loss!

Readers will find both juice and smoothie recipes for their weight loss journey, and they are designed to not only be healthy and healing (and of course encourage weight loss) but are also delicious.


“The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child,” by Marie Champeaux-Cunin
More and more children are experiencing the benefits of mindfulness practices at home and in school to reduce stress, regulate emotions and improve concentration. But true mindfulness practice also opens the heart and increases compassion and empathy. This new book is not only a guide for parents to the basics and benefits of meditation for children, but also a concise practice program of mindfulness meditation for children, ages three to seven. The program includes stories, bedtime rituals, and an audio download, featuring Yupsi, a magical dragon. Yupsi’s boundless optimism and good nature will inspire children to feel confidence in their emotions and help them develop natural kindness and altruism.


“More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power of and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World,” by Mark Nepo
The #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher presents a poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, and demonstrates how we live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness.
Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts.

His historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.


“Natural Meditation: Refreshing Your Spirit through Nature,” by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Offering easy-to-follow meditation cues for meditating in natural settings or on natural images or objects, this guidebook also offers sidebars throughout to provide suggestions on how to incorporate nature into one’s mindfulness practice. Using short entries, it allows readers to open to a page during a lunch break, at home in the evening, or on the weekend for a short “retreat,” setting off down a quiet, natural path.

This book acknowledges that nature has a lot to teach us about going with the flow, letting go, awareness, calm, silence, and pausing. Whether you practice these meditations in actual natural settings or on a cushion at home, the book’s entries will inspire you to spend more time in nature.


“The Tao Made Easy: Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World,” by Alan Cohen
In his newest book, Alan Cohen delves into one of the world’s most venerated wisdom texts bringing the lofty and enigmatic concepts of the Tao Te Ching down to earth in fresh, easy-to-grasp language with practical, personal examples we can use to uplift our daily lives.

Most other interpretations of the Tao march through the stanzas one by one. Here Alan Cohen calls forth the ancient verses around themes that are central to our modern lives — from love to work to the lessons we learn from pain. Then he brings each message to life in short vignettes where he imagines himself a student of Lao Tse and interacts with the master directly and intimately. He invites you to join the ancient sage and the contemporary seeker as they wend their way through the challenges and triumphs of the same journey you’re taking yourself.


“A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh,” by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent
This book features life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment. In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods.

There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves; the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile; and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known.

Dr. Joseph and Nancy Parent share stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises, providing all the tools readers will need to take the first step, or continue on their journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living.


“Wishes Won’t Bring Riches,” by Napoleon Hill
In this lost classic, the pioneering motivational coach, Napoleon Hill teaches how to make the crucial leap from faith to action in bringing your dreams to life. In three hard-hitting chapters, Hill teaches readers how to transform belief to action, and faith into real-life plans. Application. Enthusiasm. Action. These are the three keys required to do more than just “believe in yourself,” but to actually BE the person you want to be. It provides you the missing link necessary to go from visualizing your dreams to living them.

Elevated Existence January 2017 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.

We created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help our readers narrow down their search, and make sure they don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for January 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

beautiful-money“Beautiful Money: The 4-Week Total Wealth Makeover,” by Leanne Jacobs
Learn how to stop chasing money and start creating joyful, powerful and meaningful wealth with Leanne Jacobs book that takes a holistic approach to increasing your net worth. Her Beautiful Money program goes beyond explaining how to make more money, streamline personal finances and learning how to invest and budge. It also shares that in order to achieve true wealth, you must connect and align your inner self with clear and specific external actions.


beyond-mars-and-venus“Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World,” by John Gray
The bestselling author of “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus,” John Gray takes a more modern look at the keys to a healthy relationship. It takes the Mars-Venus framework to the next level, helping readers take their relationship to a more profound level of intimacy. He uses real-life examples and simple exercises to learn how to bring you and your partner closer.


the-heart-of-aromatherapy“The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy to Use Guide for Essential Oils,” by Andrea Butje
Aromahead Institute founder, Andrea Butje, details 40 essential oils, including the aroma, uses and safety tips for each, as well as the core physical and emotional supportive properties. It includes over 100 recipes for skin care, rest and relaxation, respiratory health, digestion, pain relief, meditation and contemplation, and more.


IKnowHowShe_CVF.indd“I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time,” by Laura Vanderkam
Author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” and time management expert, Laura Vanderkam, set out to see how women balance, work, family and more in this new book. She collected hour-by-hour time logs from 1,001 days in the lives of women who make at least $100,000 a year, and found some surprising patterns of how they spend the 168 hours in a week.


neurowisdom“NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness & Success,” by Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning PhD
Adapted from a business school course created for professions, bestselling author Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning offer simple brain exercises based on the latest neuroscience research on how to improve all parts of life, including how we think and how we feel. Learn exercises to help reduce neurological stress and increase happiness, motivation and productivity. It turns the worry circuits of the brain off and the optimism circuits on.


the-one-life-were-given-small“The One Life Wer’e Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart,” by Mark Nepo
In the same short-chapter format of his New York Times bestselling book “The Book of Awakening,” Mark Nepo’s new book, which maps an insightful path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world. He offers personal stories, questions and meditations to take the reader on an uplifting journey



the-power-of-why-small“The Power of Why,” by Amanda Lang
Author Amanda Lang show how curiosity and the ability to ask the right questions fuels innovation and can drive change in our personal lives and in business. Learn why the common methods of brainstorming don’t actually work and how to harness and develop the power of curiosity. She reveals how a major retailer set out to discover what really makes men happy—and was stunned by the results. She finds out why, at one particular hospital, nurses think it’s better if they don’t wash their hands. This book will challenge conventional wisdom and offer practical, inspiring advice.


the-worry-free-mind-small“The Worry-Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You,” by Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade
Learn how to overcome your tendency to worry every day using powerful tools to show how you can access your inner resources, lower stress, calm your reactive mind and more. You will learn how to unleash your brain’s superpowers in minutes; shatter the illusions that keep you in a constant state of worry; recondition your mind to a new state of being; discover how your brain chemistry works to tap into natural bliss; and shift your internal states to change your biology.

Elevated Existence July 2016 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.

We created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help our readers narrow down their search, and make sure they don’t miss some great options!

The books for this month were chosen by our editor’s as their picks for July 2016. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

aarp“AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family,” by Barry J. Jacobs Psy.D and Julia L. Mayer Psy.D — Offering a blend of emotional and spiritual motivation to maximize the gains of caregiving while minimizing the strains, this book will help helps readers view caregiving as a mission from the heart, and it includes chapters on accepting your feelings, embracing rewards, seeking support and managing stress. Also, each section offers three-part meditations for caregivers: an inspirational quote, an anecdote drawn from the authors’ personal or clinical experience, and direct psychological or hands-on advice to foster coping and life satisfaction.

four-questions“The Four Questions: For Henny Penny and Anybody with Stressful Thoughts,” by Byron Katie — In this modern retelling of “The Sky is Falling,” author and teacher Byron Katie created this book for both adults and children based on her teachings known as “The Work” — her method of self-inquiry for dealing with suffering, stress and more that she has based many best-selling books on.

messages-from-angels“Messages from Angels Coloring Book,” by Doreen Virtue — Bringing messages of comfort, support and hope from angels, this adult coloring book by bestselling author Doreen Virtue will help one connect with angels, open the subconscious mind and create a meditative space. “The word ‘angel’ means ‘messenger of God’. Angels carry messages between the Creator and the created, like Heavenly postal carriers,” says Doreen Virtue.


mesages-from-fairies“Messages from the Fairies Coloring Book,” by Doreen Virtue — Fairies bring messages of inspiration and joy, reminding us to lighten up, play and enjoy life. These beautiful images offer the opportunity to relax, enjoy life, and move into a meditative state, and be more receptive to the energy of the fairies. “Fairies are angels who reside very close to the earth so they can perform their Divine mission of protecting nature and animals. Fairies genuinely want to help you live a healthier, happier and more prosperous life,” says Virtue.

mindful-eating“The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger and Savor Your Life,” by Lynn Rossy, PhD — In this book, Rossy offers an effective program to help one slow down, savor each bite and actually eat less. She teaches how to listen to the body’s intuition, uncover the psychological cause of overeating and be more mindful during mealtime. Also, according to a recent study, women in the author’s Eat for Life program reported higher levels of body appreciation and intuitive eating and lower levels of problematic eating behaviors than did the wait list comparison group.

the-one-life-were-given“The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart,” by Mark Nepo — The bestselling author and spiritual teacher Mark Nepo shares personal stories, questions and meditations to bring readers on a journey to know their own hearts and enliven their souls.

“As we learn when to try and when to let go, when to give our all and when to surrender and simply receive, we unfold the moments that reveal meaning and ready us for grace,” he says in the book. “This is how the heart breaks a path to our soul’s work, leading us to our authenticity, and to how we can be useful to others and the world.”

sacred-motherhood copy“Sacred Motherhood: An Inspirational Guide and Journal for Mindfully Mothering Children of All Ages,” by Anni Daulter and Niki Dewart — Written to help mothers embrace motherhood as a spiritual journey, whether at the grocery store, changing diapers, snuggling with your baby or fighting with your partner. Both a guide and a journal, it invites readers to pause momentarily to reflect and write and then return to mothering tasks with a fresh perspective, renewed vision and more. It spans 52-weeks and sheds light on a number of subjects to illuminate the sacred journey of mothering.