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BR’s Must-Read Book Picks

12 Mar

Hello again.

I want to point you to some terrific books, if I may: 

EMDR lovers, listen up!  You should know that your fearless leader, Francine Shapiro, has written a wonderfully literate self-help book for lay folk and clinicians alike on how to use EMDR techniques for healing pain from the past.  It’s called Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, and it uses the example of real stories and real protocols to show readers how to use her groundbreaking work.  It’s an important contribution that makes many of her excellent techniques accessible to the average reader.

If you want some clarity and understanding about a returning warrior’s experience, and need an updated look at how the field is now viewing Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress, not to mention some solid, practical advice and techniques for veterans and their families, you simply must check out Charles Hoge’s zero-baloney book, Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home. It should be required reading for all of us. Period.

I also want to remind you of Marsha Lucas’ wonderful book on using mindfulness in the service of relationship.  I hate the title Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness – yikes!) but love the book, so it’s hard to complain.  It’s a brainy, funny and easy to read examination of interpersonal neurobiology, meditation and relationship wisdom… kind of like Ann Landers meets Jon Kabat-Zinn, laced with a healthy dose of wry Stephen Colbert humor.  

And of course I can’t recommend a bunch of books without again mentioning the luminous, earthy, smart, generous, funny and adorably self-deprecating Priscilla Warner’s Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life. Anyone who wants to go mano-a-mano with his or her panic attacks and bring them to their knees must read this.

OK, that’s it for now.

Take care and be well!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award