Books are a great teacher and have the power to change lives. But healers and therapists, too, change the lives of people through their practice. So, we were keen to know which books have impacted them and which would be useful for a person keen to become a healer.
Here, then, is the list of books recommended for budding healers by our wellness experts:
1) A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen
Written as a daily read, with one page for all 365 days of the year, it provides daily contemplation, facilitating the reader’s growth in myriad ways. Written with simplicity, Alan Cohen has included a theme, a wisdom quote a parable or real-life anecdote, a prayer, and an affirmation. It’s a wonderfully transformational book because it provides the reader space to reflect on life’s journey and higher purpose.
~ Anu Sachar, Life Coach
2)Lamb, the Gospel According to Jesus’ Childhood Friend Biff by Christopher Moore
In addition to so many incredible books over the years, “Lamb, the Gospel According to Jesus’ Childhood Friend Biff” has had a great impact on me. It not only has the most insight or wisdom but it also took me on a spiritual journey and made me laugh out loud reading it. And I have found that if we can laugh we can make any situation and any journey just a bit lighter and a bit easier to navigate.
~ Greg Friedman, Guide & Mentor
3)Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimy
The words of wisdom given in the Book of Mirdad (my favourite book of all time) feels like the words of a messenger from God. This is because it wishes ‘man’ to separate from the concept of duality – ‘I’ and the ‘non I’ – in the aim of unification. With certain concepts, I felt that my awareness would shift into a super state of awareness. From there I would observe things from the point my ‘I Am’ presence. This has helped me understand that All is Well and All is God.
~ Ladan Ratcliffe, Teacher & Learner of Beingness
4)Falling Out of Grace by Sobonfu Somé
This book talks about grieving and dealing with personal crisis. You must allow yourself to grieve a loss, a change, a difference that presents itself to find a state of grace. Being in a state of grace is a fluid thing for each of us. During our lifetime we will be in and out of states of grace. This book teaches how falling out of grace is actually a gift. But this is not the way we view it in our culture and I find this to be profoundly true. In fact, one thing that Sobonfu mentions in this book is “what food is to the body – intimate relationships are to the soul.” This reiterates the need for community, which is something I have had my entire life and I find we are lacking in this society.
~ Susan Hough, Life Coach & Ritualist
5)You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
This is one of the most powerful books that I’ve read because it puts forward the most profound and spiritually intricate concepts in the most simplest manner. Ideas and thoughts need to be simplified when you choose to implement them in your life. For me, ‘spirituality is nothing but a way of life’. Louise Hay has brilliantly proven this fact through her book. This book is for EVERYBODY: whether you’re a healer or not. And the reason why healer should definitely have it; is to practice and preach simple life tools which create an amazingly qualitative reality.’
~ Radhika Deshpande, PLR Therapist, Spiritual Healer & Art Therapist
6)Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Most of us have a ‘fear’ of Death. We do not want to talk about it.The fact is that it is the ONLY certainty in life. Our life should be spent in meeting this inevitable event of our life with joy and strength. This book is about Eddie who after his Death makes connections and elicits the meaning of his life. Through Eddie we can learn some lessons and lead a more fulfilling life. My favourite quote from the book that resonates with the current times: “Hatred is a deadly weapon. We think it attacks the person we hate, but hatred has a curved blade, it also attacks us.”
~ Anamika Chakravarty, Cancer Coach
7)A Boy Called IT by Dave Pelzer
This is a true, heartbreaking, autobiographical story of a child, Dave Pelzer, who was violently abused by his alcoholic, mentally unstable mother. This book reveals how people in a family can become co-perpetrators in this abuse over 11 years. It tells of how a child has no power or resources to stand up to his/her abuser,especially if it’s a parent. It tells of how a child begins to doubt his very humanity & worth, his right to love & safety! I LOVE this book as it shows – “The Striving of a Soul To Live is much Greater than some one who aims to destroy it.” That sheer beauty in Dave’s soul that he could forgive his perpetrators without being bitter is so inspiring.
~ Dr. Sophia Roy Choudhury, Spiritual Sciences Trainer/Therapist
8)The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton
Nearly all of us get involved in relationships / marriage and many of us get bitterly disappointed when we discover that things are not working. Bruce Lipton explains from an easily understandable scientific perspective how our intimate partners can help us uncover our subconscious. How our difficulties are meant to encourage us to heal. It also reveals how we can learn to bring the ‘Honeymoon Effect’ into our daily lives for a lifetime.
~ Natalie Matos, Transformational Healer
Sonia Rao is Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul