Elevated Existence August 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 August 2016. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

enlightened-marriage“The Enlightened Marriage: The Five Transformative Stages of Relationships and Why the Best is Still to Come,” by Jed Diamond
For more than 40 years, Jed Diamond has been helping couple repair even the most damaged of relationships and reweave broken marriages, and in his newest book, he reveals the five stages of relationships. He believes because most of us have had hurtful experiences in past relationships, often going back to childhood, we develop an inaccurate love map that causes us to get off track when the stresses of life increase. In this book, he helps readers get through stage three, which is disillusionment, without losing love; learn while healing childhood wounds is the greatest give of love you can give and receive from your partner; recognize and address the mid-life stresses of “menopause,” irritable man syndrome and male-type depression; and more.

expectant-mom“Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom: Tools for Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Mood Swings During Your Pregnancy,” by Dr. Alice Domar and Sheila Curry Oakes
From fun quizzes and stories of women Dr. Alice Domar worked with, to information, advice and encouragement, this new book includes mind-body techniques to relieve stress, anxiety and moodiness. It offers tools for problem-solving so expectant mothers can adjust their expectations, restructure negative thought patterns, cultivate resilience, and happily anticipate becoming a mother.


learn-almost-anything-in-48-hours“How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours: The Skills You Need to Work Smarter, Study Faster and Remember More,” by Tansel Ali
Three-time Australian Memory Chamption, Tansel Ali, reveals the secret to learning new skills fast, including easy-to-learn memory strategies such as mind mapping, visualization techniques and mnemonic devices. Whether studying for exams, learning a foreign language, mastering a musical instrument or improving something about yourself, he show readers how to do it quickly through practical exercises and brain training techniques.


take-charge-of-your-destiny“Take Charge of Your Destiny: How to Create the Life You Were Born to Live,” by Jim Donovan
Learn to create a compelling vision for your future, eliminate subconscious blocks in your way and create a life of abundant health, success, prosperity and joy. Jim Donovan shares how to break the illusions holding us back; how to easily uncover the resistance blocking our progress; how to create one’s own personal health team, how to attract more money into our lives easily and joyfully; how to feel better no matter what happens; and more.


thank-and-grow-rich“Thank and Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy,” by Pam Grout
If you are ready to connect to the field of potentiality author Pam Grout talked about in her books “E-Squared” and “E-Cubed,” her newest book will help you get on the frequency of joy and gratitude to begin experiencing miracles and communication from the universe. The book offers an updates perspective on abundance, which goes beyond financial capital, and shows readers how to grow and expand their creative, social and spiritual capital and more. The 30-Day experiment offers exercises or “party games” to help raise the readers vibration and change their thinking through “thanking,” as Grout explains in the book.

Elevated Existence Editor’s New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks: September 2014

The editor’s at Elevated Existence Magazine picked their top books introduced in the past month for the spiritual and self-help category. Here are the six choices:

“The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration,” by Dr. Linda Backman
With more than 30 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist, who has conducted hundreds of past life and between-lives hypnotherapy regression sessions, Dr. Linda Backman compiled all she’s learned over the years into a new book, “The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration.” She explains how we create a pre-birth blueprint for our lives, how our spirit guides and ascended masters influence our opportunities for growth, the life review process between lives, our soul purpose, the seven soul archetypes, soul rays, intuition and more. Using examples from regression clients, and offering questions at the end of every chapter to help the reader gain insight into their own lives, Backman gives readers a glimpse into the workings of the universe.

end-of-stress“The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain,” by Don Joseph Goewey
Don Joseph Goewey, author of the book “Mystic Cool: A Proven Approach to Transcend Stress, Achieve Optimal Brain Function, and Maximize Your Creative Intelligence,” released his newest book, “The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain.” After managing the department of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, and heading an institute that pioneered an approach to catastrophic life events, Goewey became part of a research team, or “think tank” that took on the challenge of finding a process that would end work stress. The new book details this process, which was tested in a number of high-pressure corporate environments with positive results. While traditional stress management focuses on changing stress-related behaviors, the approach he teaches works to actually rewire the brain, and is built like a workshop over four weeks.

e-cubed “E-Cubed: Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles Is Your Full Time Gig,” by Pam Grout
A follow-up to the New York Times bestseller “E-Squared,” which offered readers do-it-yourself experiments to prove thoughts can and do create our reality, author Pam Grout released her new book, “E-Cubed: Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles Is Your Full Time Gig.” She sets out to show readers how blessings and miracles are a natural part of life and available to everyone. With new experiments and tips, Grout reveals how to keep the door to abundance open in all areas of our lives, and let the limitless universe provide for us.


laws-of-growth“The 15 invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential,” by John C. Maxwell
Passionate about self-development for over 50 years, John C. Maxwell breaks down everything he has learned about reaching one’s fullest potential. These include: The Law of the Mirror – You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself; The Law of Awareness – You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself; The Law of Modeling – It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow; The Law of Rubber Band – Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be; and The Law of Contribution – Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others.

AdventuresoftheSoul “Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions,” by James Van Praagh
Created as a manual for anyone who has ever questioned where they come from, why they are here, and where they go after they die, psychic medium James Van Praagh’s newest book, “Adventures of the Soul,” takes readers on a journey to discover the unique design of their soul and unearth adventures as it travels between worlds. It will help to understand and recognize soul lessons an individual came back to Earth to learn, including sorrow, forgiveness, grief, compassion and joy, and will help them understand their soul in a whole new way in order to fulfill their destiny and follow the path of love.

oprah-book“What I Know for Sure,” by Oprah Winfrey
Organized by them, including joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity and power, this new book is a revised and updated collection of essays shared by Oprah Winfrey in her O, The Magazine, via television and more over the years — all set in a cloth-bound book with a ribbon marker. Ideally read and digested over time, readers can pick an essay a day or even week, and reflect on the inspiration and revelations shared.

How I Tested the Universe & You Can Too

I’ve always been a girl who looks for proof. Maybe it’s the Virgo in me, but the more detail and proof I can get on something, the better. I’m always up for a challenge or test to find out for myself if something is actually true, and that is what author Pam Grout offers in her New York Times bestselling book “E-Squared: Nine Do-It Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Thoughts Create Your Reality.” So I took her up on the challenge.

I decided to try the first experiment, which tells you to demand from the universe, or what she calls the Field of Potentiality, a clear sign that it exists.

The experiment Grout lays out in the book is to ask the Field of Potentiality to send an unexpected gift or blessing with the deadline of exactly 48 hours. It was 11 p.m. at night when I started the experiment, and was excited at the possibilities.

In the first 24 hours nothing happened. But knowing the universe sends us signs all the time, I didn’t worry, and kept my eyes open for my unexpected gift. However, at 11 p.m. the next night, I got worried.

Why had I not received anything unexpected? Did I do something wrong? How can I tell people the universe has their back and is always sending signs, if I just failed this experiment? I went to bed thinking maybe I would start over again tomorrow.

When I woke up the next morning, I was still thinking about how I could have possibly messed up this assignment. I live my life looking for and receiving signs from the universe, from loved ones who have passed, and from my angels and guides. What did I do wrong?

I hear from people all the time about how they don’t receive signs from loved ones who have passed, or from their angels or guides, and I always tell them the signs are there, they are just not recognizing them when they arrive.

Surely I could not have missed an unexpected gift, right?


I walked into my home office the next morning and realized what happened. The day before, I was going through the mail we receive at Elevated Existence, which is often filled with new books, CDs and DVDs to review. In one of the packages, a musician, Paul Avgerinos, included his CD Bhakti and a beautiful dark green T-shirt with the same word on it. As I walked into my office that morning, I saw the T-shirt and it hit me. That was such a nice surprise, and yes, a very unexpected gift!

Not only that, but I have been looking for some new T-shirts with inspirational words and sayings on them, and “bhakti” is a Sanskrit word meaning “love and devotion.”

Thank you universe! And thank you Paul Avgerinos, who I’m sure had no idea he was conspiring with the universe on behalf of my experiment!

I share this story for two reasons. One, to show you how easy it is to miss the signs sent to us everyday from the universe, angels and our loved ones who have passed. It has become such a big part of my life, and yet even I missed this one … temporarily!

And two, there really is a higher force who is listening to you, and who hears your cries for help and direction. It’s not about whether or not the universe or God answers our prayers. It’s about whether or not we are tuned in, conscious or aware enough to recognize the answers when they come.

Try the experiment yourself, and keep your eyes, ears, mind and heart open for your gift or blessing. I promise you, it’s already on its way.

Tammy_Mastroberte_headshotTammy Mastroberte is a three-time, award-winning writer, founder of Elevated Existence, and publisher and editorial director of the multi-award-winning Elevated Existence Magazine. She started the new age, spiritual and self-improvement publication at age 30 – eight years after the sudden death of her mother from a brain aneurysm only three days after Christmas in 1999. This tragedy led her down a synchronistic path to discover her purpose and the meaning behind many of the events in her life – including her mother’s death. She now shares her guidance, and the wisdom of today’s top authors and spiritual celebrities through Elevated Existence Magazine. Follow her on FacebookTwitter: @ElevatedTammy on Instagram: elevatedtammy. For more information, visit www.tammymastroberte.com