November 2020 Self-Help and Spiritual Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author 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!

“Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite: How to Unlock the Awesome Power of You,” by Napoleon Hill, Don Green and More
Based on a series of booklets written by bestselling motivational writer Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite outlines the importance of three essential principles of success: self-discipline, learning from defeat, and the Golden Rule applied.

In 1908, Napoleon Hill met industrialist Andrew Carnegie for what he believed would be a short interview for an article. Instead, Carnegie spent hours detailing his principles of success and challenged Hill to devote 20 years to collating a proven formula that would propel people of all backgrounds to happiness, harmony, and prosperity. Hill accepted the challenge, which he distilled in the perennial bestseller Think and Grow Rich. Now, more than a century later, the Napoleon Hill Founda

tion is releasing this epic conversation to remind people that there are simple solutions to the problems troubling us most, everything from relationships and education to homelessness and even democracy.

 

“Empty Out the Negative: Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence and New Levels of Influence,” by Joel Osteen
Release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down and make room for the good things you should have in your life with #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen. You were created to be filled with joy, peace, confidence, and creativity. But it’s easy to go through life holding on to things that weigh you down-guilt, resentment, doubt, worry.

When you give space to these negative emotions, they take up space that you need for the good things that move you toward your destiny. Osteen shares how every morning you have to empty out anything negative from the day before and put on a fresh new attitude. Power up and get your mind going in the right direction, and you’ll step into all the new things God has in store for you.

“The Greatest Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne
From Rhonda Byrne, the author of the worldwide phenomenon The Secret, this new book is a quantum leap that will take the reader beyond the material world and into the spiritual realm, where all possibilities exist. It included wisdom from spiritual teachers from around the world, past and present who discovered the greatest secret; healing practices that can be put to use immediately to dissolve fears, uncertainty, anxiety and pain; the ultimate key to end suffering and discover lasting happiness, and more.

 

“Grow Rich with the Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” by Joseph Murphy
From the renowned bestselling author of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” this is an authorized collection of writings that unlock the secret to extraordinary success that lies within each of us — focused on prosperity and the simple yet powerful ways we can focus our attention and beliefs to achieve life goals, obtain riches, and live the life of our dreams.

It includes original writings, including some that have never been published in book form, along with modern-day updates, examples, and insights for the contemporary reader. It goes beyond what we’ve already heard about the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking to reveal the ability that each of us has to manifest remarkable change in our lives.

 

“Messages of Grace: 111 Notes of Love and Guidance from Your Angels,” by Anna Grace Taylor
Do you ever wish you could feel more connected to your Angels? Are you in need of some Divine guidance, clarity and peace?

This book is filled with loving messages to help you navigate all aspects of life: your purpose, relationships, sensitivity and so much more — intended to be your oracle, companion and confidant, and includes space for your own journaling throughout.

 

 

“The Mindflow Method: How You Can Achieve Anything by Not-Wanting and Not-Doing,” by Tom Moegele
The MindFlow Method is meant to help people overcome anxiety, combat stress, and tackle emotional blocks, thereby releasing an infinite source of life energy. Through a powerful yet simple combination of movements, you can trigger energy shifts and reconnect to the natural flow of life.

The MindFlow Method uses movements similar to Qigong to tap into the energy field within and around us, bringing us to a higher state of consciousness (the G4 state) where our bodies release ‘happy’ hormones that help us relax. In this state, we can harness any toxic energy that comes our way and use it as our own strength. This brings us into alignment with our own inner power, calm in the knowledge that we are connected to life energy. This method and book will teach you how to release your resistance to challenges, raise your energy level, and move into a state of flow and deep inner peace.

 

“The Mindfulness Journal: Exercises to Help You Find Peace and Calm Wherever You Are,” by Corinne Sweet
The simple, calming exercises in this guided journal will help you stay mindful and centered despite the uncertainty of modern life. It offers an introduction to mindfulness and easy exercises that can be done whether you are sitting at your desk or standing in line at the supermarket.

Subjects include dealing with difficult emotions, preparing for a busy day, and sharing your space with others mindfully.

 

“My Pocket Self-Care: Anytime Activities to Refresh Your Mind, Body and Spirit,” by Adams Media
Filled with 150 activities to help you feel refreshed, refilled, and refocused every day. This allows you to focus on your own personal needs wherever you are — at home, at work, or on the go. From making your own facial cream to creating a mission statement to soaking in the moonlight and celebrating an unbirthday, there are so many enjoyable ways to reconnect with yourself.

 

 

“Pocket Therapy for Stress: Quick Mind-Body Skills to Find Peace,” by Clair Michaels Wheeler MD, PhD.
Drawing on the book, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” this on-the-go pocket guide offers simple, evidence-based strategies for coping with stress and overwhelm.

Grounded in positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy, the 10 simple but effective strategies in this book are a powerful antidote to stress.

 

 

“The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur: An Unconventional Success Plan for the Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious,” by Christine Kane
Can you succeed in business when your strength is more about sensitivity than swagger? If you’re moved by meaning, more than manipulation? A former songwriter and performer, and then founder of Uplevel YOU—a multi-million-dollar business coaching company—Christine Kane shows a new class of entrepreneurs another way.

Readers will learn how to toss out ineffective, old-school goal-setting models; reframe intuition and sensitivity as valuable assets; examine old patterns for clues into what is holding you back; clean up spaces and distractions draining energy and power; break free from fear-based decision making and more.

 

“Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted,” by Kristi Nelson
Author Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. She goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, and encourages readers to awaken to the gift of having a glass at all. It includes questions for reflection, daily exercises, and perspective prompts for appreciating the fullness of life as it is, right now, and promises personal change through the practice of taking nothing for granted.

 

“Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times,” by Katherine May
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For Katherine May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. This book explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat and invites readers to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear.

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

antiinflammatory-eating-for-healthy-brain“Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain: 75 Recipes for Alleviating Depression, Anxiety & Memory Loss,” by Michelle Babb
From the author of “Anti-Inflammatory Made Easy,” this new cookbook is dedicated to the mind and brain, and based on the latest research between a healthy gut and a healthy mind. As a nutritionist, Michelle Babb explains the science behind the eating plan she presents in the book based on the success of her clients, and shares easy recipes to balance the gut and the mind.

daily-love-365-s“Daily Love: 365 Days of Celebration,” by National Geographic
Combining beautiful landscape photography, uplifting quotes and words of wisdom, this new book is ideal for daily use — reading one per day — and is entirely focused on love. There are also monthly themes such as passion, devotion, trust and understanding.

 

how-the-secret-changed-my-life-s“How the Secret Changed My Life: Real People, Real Stories,” by Rhonda Byrne
Following the publication and movie “The Secret,” many people began to use the principles shared to change their lives for the better using the law of attraction. this book is a collection of real people sharing their stories of success and how their lives changed for the better because of “The Secret.” The stories will inspire the reader and feature a variety of themes, including money, health, relationships, family and career.

 

joyful-living-amy-leigh-mercree-s“Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit & Revitalize Your Life,” by Amy Leigh Mercree
Written as a roadmap to achieving inner and outer happiness, author Amy Leigh Mercree uses a mindful and balanced approach to offer more than 100 ways to transform and enliven the spirit in “Joyful Living.” It features affirmations, exercises, inspiring stories, mindfulness techniques and more, and it explores a variety of themes, such as spiritual ecstasy, gratitude and creative inspiration.

 

master-your-time-master-your-life-brian-tracy-s“Master Your Time, Master Your Life: The Breakthrough System to Get More Results, Faster, in Every Area of Your Life,” by Brian Tracy
International speaker and productivity expert, Brian Tracy explains why tackling the right project at the right time can make all the difference, and how using our time in the appropriate way in the most important areas of our lives will allow us to accomplish much more — and more easily — than one ever thought possible. He identifies the 10 different times we operate and what is required to perform at our best during each one.

 

namsally-s“Namaslay: Rock Your Yoga Practice, Tap Into Your Greatness & Defy Your Limits,” by Candace Moore
Combining old world yoga principles with a modern perspective, Candace Moore’s approach to the practice grew out of her own fight against illness and depression. She shares this and more in her guide to help others live a more authentic life, walking readers through more than 100 yoga poses, broken down by experience level, to include modifications and progressions. It also includes full color photos and tips to overcome common mistakes, along with three 30-day yoga programs focused on de-stressing, strengthening and back pain.

 

napoleon-hills-gold-standard-s“Napoleon Hill’s Gold Standard: An Official Publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation,” by Napoleon Hill
From the author of the classic book “Think and Grow Rich,” comes a collection of writings ranging form his earliest to his latest work, including essays, books and his course PMA: Science of Success. It’s broken into 52 chapters that will teach, inspire and encourage readers to take action toward their dreams and desires, and the selections were pulled together by Judith Williamson, a teacher of Hill’s principles at Purdue University. Williamson has unique access to the archives of the author’s work at the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center on campus at Perdue University.

 

raising-accountable-kids-s“Raising Accountable Kids: How to Be an Outstanding Parent Using the Power of Personal Accountability,” by John G. Miller and Karen G. Miller
Based on John Miller’s signature work, “QBQ: The Question Behind the Question,” this new book shares how to use this method to help parents look behind questions such as “Why don’t my kids listen?” or “When will they do what I ask?” to find better ones using QBQ, such as, “What can I do differently?” This turns the focus back to the parents, and what they can do to make a difference for themselves and their children. It provides parents with the means and inspiration to be more effective.

 

the-relationship-fix-s“The Relationship Fix: Dr. Jenn’s 6-Step Guide to Improving Communication, Connection & Intimacy,” by Dr. Jenn Mann
Whether you are in a great relationship and want to kick it up a notch, on the brink of divorce, or single and want to get it right in your next relationship, this book has something for you. Combining the latest research and Dr. Mann’s nearly 30 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, she teaches how to have a deeper and more satisfying relationship, as well as how to fix one that is not working anymore. Readers will learn how to use conflicts to strengthen their relationship; how to create connection with your partner (even if it’s been years); how to change bad patterns; how to make an effective apology using the four R’s and more.

your-three-best-super-powers-s“Your 3 Best Super Powers: Meditation, Imagination and Intuition,” by Sonia Choquette
In her newest book, Sonia Choquette shares the three super powers she says we all already possess — meditation, imagination and intuition. When we use all three together, we can learn to live in tranquility and empowerment. It starts with meditation, which allows us to tap into the other two super powers, and Choquette shares simple and practical tools and techniques on how to access each one. The book also includes a digital download of guided meditations.

Editor’s Advice: Gratitude & “The Magic” Book

Recently I accompanied a friend on a trip to the local library, and while I was waiting for her to check out, a book jumped out at me from a nearby shelf. Written by the author of the best-selling book “The Secret,” this book was called “The Magic,” and I had been meaning to review it for Elevated Existence. It was surrounded by books in all different categories, and since I know there are no accidents, I picked it up, handed it to my friend and asked, “Can you add this to the books you are taking out?”

I’ll admit, it sat in a pile on my desk for a while, and I finally picked it up because I knew it was due back soon at the library. I realized the book offered an introduction of about 20 pages, and the remainder was broken up into 28 chapters – each offering a new gratitude exercise to be done consecutively over the next 28 days. Knowing the act of gratitude immediately raises our vibration, and activates the law of attraction to bring us more of what we are grateful for – I decided to give it a try!

I even called a friend and asked if she wanted to it with me. I said, “What is there to lose. If we concentrate on gratitude consistently for 28 days, something good has to come from it.” She agreed, and told another friend, so the three of us embarked on this journey of gratitude. What we discovered is … this gratitude stuff works!!

The exercises range in topics from health and career, to money and relationships – each day applying a specific gratitude exercise in one of these areas. And it didn’t take long to start seeing results!

Within the first week, my friend did a relationship exercise where you find three pictures of people you want to improve your relationship with and find five things to be grateful about them specifically. She chose someone she was estranged from, but missed. That afternoon, out of the blue, the friend contacted her to get together!

Here are some other things we noticed in the 28 days:

  • I got unexpected checks in the mail totaling more than $500
  • My relationships improved immensely with those who I concentrated on during the practice
  • One friend got free products in the mail – a coffee maker and coffee grinder – both things she had on her list to buy, but they just showed up for free
  • One friend was concerned with how she was going to pay for a party she was giving her child, and she got a temporary job opportunity that lasted three days – just enough to pay for what she needed.

These are all exciting things, but honestly, the best part of consistently going back to gratitude is this – you begin to feel good about every area of your life. Things that would have bothered you in the past don’t seem to faze you anymore, and even when you face a disappointment, you bounce back much quicker than before. Gratitude has the ability to instantly pull you up – it lifts your vibration, your heart, your mind and your soul. To me, there is no unexpected check or free product that can even come close to that.

The three of us who started this experiment recently started round 3 of our 28 days – and we have been joined by many others through word-of-mouth. I wanted to share this with all of you loyal readers, in hopes that you might give gratitude a bigger role to play in the theater of your life. This book is certainly a way to start.

Blessings, love & gratitude,

Tammy Mastroberte
Founder, Publisher & Editorial Director
Elevated Existence Magazine
www.elevatedexistence.com