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Updated: Feb 5, 2022

Michele Rosenthal's books

Any author is a voracious reader. Having written three books of my own, I love exploring how other writers express their thoughts, ideas and innovative perspectives.

In fact, I've been an avid reader since my mom first took me to the library when I was just eighteen months old.

Back then, each week she'd let me check out 20+ books and we'd devour them together.

All these years I still read as many hard copy books as I can (yes, I still love to actually hold the book and smell the pages).

And I listen to even more books (on long walks with the dogs, in the sauna, cooking, making the bed — so many moments to learn something new!).

Here's a recent stack....

Recent book stack

Often, friends, clients, family members and colleagues ask me for book recommendations about trauma recovery, business development, personal growth, spiritual transformation, and neuroscience.

The following shortlist of compiled recommendations spans quite a few categories in those subjects, including:

  • motivation

  • high performance habits

  • neuroscience

  • psychology

  • trauma recovery (of course!)

  • manifestation

  • spirituality

  • business growth and development

All of the represented topics cover a range of subjects that I believe are essential in building a quality life filled with intention both personally and professionally. This is what I'm always focused on doing -- I hope it helps you too.

AND: I believe these types of books are essential for combining that quality life with the fun process of creating a meaningful professional presence that helps people and makes a difference in the world.


Table of Contents

Trauma Recovery Books

Spirituality Books

Business Development Books

Neuroscience Books


Bessel Van Der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD spends his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

Babette Rothschild

Babette Rothschild, M.S.W. is a body-psychotherapist and specialist educator in the treatment of trauma and P.T.S.D. She is the author of (among others) the bestselling, The Body Remembers, Volume 1 & Volume 2, as well as creator/editor of the 8 Keys Self-Help Series, all published by W. W. Norton & Co.

Peter A. Levine

Peter A Levine, PhD is the developer of Somatic Experiencing™, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed over the past 50 years. He is also an author of several best-selling books on trauma.

Gabby Bernstein

Gabby Bernstein is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight books. Her mission is to help you crack open to a spiritual relationship of your own understanding so that you can live in alignment with your true purpose, too.

Esther and Jerry Hicks

Esther and Jerry Hicks are the authors of over 700 books, DVDs and CDs, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Money and the Law of Attraction. Together they deliver the teachings of Abraham, a joyful, loving and witty non-physical group consciousness whom Esther calls 'infinite intelligence' and Jerry calls 'the purest form of love I've ever encountered'.

Napoleon Hill

Dr. Napoleon Hill’s work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all time bestseller in the field.

A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume

A Course in Miracles is a unique spiritual self-study program—a course in mind-training—designed to undo the illusion that you are separate in any way from God or your fellow humans. At the level of the mind we are all united as one. When we learn to live this truth consistently, fear, anger and guilt give way to a profound sense of inner peace.

Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist & unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be.

Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is the CEO of Cardone Enterprises, Cardone Capital, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author of The 10X Rule & creator of 21 best-selling business programs. He owns & operates seven privately held companies and a $2B.B portfolio of multifamily properties.

Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard is the world’s #1 high performance coach, a 3-time New York Times bestselling author, and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed motivational speakers in history.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield has devoted his life and career to helping others achieve their personal definition of success and create lives of greater joy, meaning, and fulfillment.

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson is a psychologist who has written and taught about the essential inner skills of personal well-being, psychological growth, and contemplative practice – as well as about relationships, family life, and raising children.

Daniel Siegel

Dr. Daniel Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience. His book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Bantam, 2010), offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being.


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