Recommended Reading

These are books that stir the soul, that make a difference by making a difference in the reader.

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Books by Irma Slage
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Angel Babies:  Messages from Miscarried and Other Lost Babies
by Patricia Seaver McGivern

For any parent, losing a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death is devastating. For Patricia McGivern and her husband, Tim, it was no different. They endured fear and physical pain from the miscarriage of their first child. Four years later, Patricia heard a child call to her. Thinking it was her young daughter awakening from her nap, she turned around. But Meghan was not there; she was sound asleep upstairs. The communication continued, and Patricia, seeking guidance from intermediaries, became convinced she was communicating with her miscarried child from beyond. Exploring this connection to her lost son, she was able to communicate with her deceased parents as well. It was a journey that changed Patricia's life as she never could have imagined. With Angel Babies, Patricia explores spirit communication with miscarried and other early-loss babies, a phenomenon that's quite universal. Patricia recounts her journey to bridging with her child and how the experiences lead her to become a certified hypnotist. In the course of her research, she met many others who have also communicated with their lost children. Through their inspiring stories, Angel Babies offers awareness, hope, and comfort to anyone facing the agony of the loss of a child.
Angel Babies

Buddy's Candle
Buddy's Candle
by Bernie Siegel, M.D., Illustrated by Mari Gayatri Stein

In Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, Buddy's Candle, a father shares a meaningful story from his childhood with his nine year old son. In a gentle way, the father describes how a loving dog named Buddy not only helped him to heal when facing a serious illness, but also changed his life in miraculous ways. Buddy's Candle is a touching and heartwarming story. In its gentle way, it helps us to deal with grief and teaches us how to live life fully and accept loss and death with an open heart. The original and charming illustrations by Mari Gayatri Stein take us on a joy filled adventure. These full spectrum color drawings add humor, and a heartfelt exuberance.

Dr. Bernie Siegel shares in this story his belief that there is a light in each of us by God's/Dog's design. And, that we are all a part of the candle parade of light. As long as we remember to love, our candles will glow with life as will Buddy's candle across the Rainbow Bridge. This is a story both children and adults will find healing, uplifting, and inspiring.

Church of the Dog
by Kaya McLaren

An unforgettable debut novel about finding a home, a safe haven, and family

Deep in Oregon farm country, Edith and Earl McRae are looking down the barrel of their fiftieth anniversary with none of the joy such a milestone should hold. Instead, they are stuck in a past that holds them to heartbreak and tragedy. Enter the mysterious and ever-so-slightly magical Mara O'Shaunessey who appears on their ranch with the power to mend long broken fences and show them how to recognize the enchantment of their everyday lives. Gracefully capturing the strange alchemy of people and places, Kaya McLaren's story of redemption and rediscovery will inspire readers to find the magic and power in every day shared with the people they love.

Click HERE for Kaya's thoughts on Loving the Journey.
Church of the Dog

Mindful Woman: Gentle Practices for Restoring Calm, Finding Balance, and Opening Your Heart 
by Sue Patton Patton Thoele
Mindful Woman
Women are overwhelmingly responsible for child- and eldercare, housework, maintaining primary relationships and larger-family responsibilities, and keeping their families healthy and running smoothly. And most women today are employed outside the home, despite the fact that their considerable household and caretaker responsibilities have not gone away-or even been reduced. Statistics show that employed mothers in 2003 spent an average of twelve hours more a week on child care than stay-at-home mothers did in 1975, and that women work an average of 43.5 paid and unpaid hours now at all jobs, compared with 39 hours in 1977. In addition, a growing number of women in the so-called "sandwich generation," between the ages of forty-four and fifty-nine, find themselves caring for both their aging parents and their young children or adolescents.  In this compact and engaging book, Sue Patton Thoele, a best-selling author of ten inspirational and self-help books for women, presents accessible and easy tips for the woman who is neglecting herself in order to care for her loved ones. Using techniques based on mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and positive psychology principles, The Mindful Woman provides the busy, overworked woman with simple, enjoyable ways to restore balance, calm, and harmony in her life, giving her renewed vitality and joy in all aspects of her life.

Life Safari
by John P. Strelecky (Author of The Why Cafe)

“He (Strelecky) has put his finger on the pulse of the world.” - Gannett Media (USA TODAY…)

“This is a story to love. Open the cover, take that first step on your Life Safari with Jack and Ma Ma Gombe. You’ll find within ‘the greatest birthplace of all’…to weave your dreams. ‘…because there is nothing more tragic than a life that does not meet the expectations of the person who is living it.’ In that moment, I understood the ‘why’ of my self.”  - Carol Jose, co-author, You Are Not Forgotten

Click HERE for more information or to buy this book.
Life Safari

The Body has a Mind of Its Own
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better
By Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blackeslee

In this compelling, cutting-edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of "body maps" in the brain -- and how startling new discoveries about the mind-body connection can change and improve our lives. Why do you still feel fat after losing weight? What makes video games so addictive? How can "practicing" your favorite sport in your imagination improve your game? The answers can be found in body maps. Just as road maps represent interconnections across landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self, inside and out. In concert, they create your physical and emotional awareness and your sense of being as a whole, feeling self in a larger social world.

The Voice for Love
by DavidPaul and Candace Doyle

Deep within your soul, you’ve yearned for the ability to clearly hear the Voice of God within you. The Voice for Love is the answer to your prayer.

Tapping into the Source of Loving Guidance and Infinite Wisdom is your God-given birthright. The secret of connecting to what many have called Cosmic Consciousness has long been shrouded in mystery. For the first time, The Voice for Love reveals the step-by-step keys to unlocking this Presence of God within you as a distinct and clear Inner Voice. Thousands have already mastered it using this method.

Read more about this inspiring Book of Love.
The Voice for Love

And a Sword Shall Pierce Your Heart And a Sword Shall Pierce Your Heart: Moving from Despair to Meaning After the Death of a Child
By Charlotte Mathes

Jungian psychoanalyst Charlotte Mathes suffered a parent's worst nightmare -- the death of her child. In this book, she describes her struggle to find meaning and wholeness in one of the most shattering of experiences. That journey led her to Jungian archetypal psychology and to a heartfelt desire to help others come to terms with the profound sense of grief and loss that follows such an event.

As she tells her story of "personal knowing from walking the path of mother grief," Dr. Mathes establishes a background that guides the reader through the steps and archetypes that mark the process of mourning. Through personal experience, myth, and stories, she shows how one can gain a renewed sense of inner and outer wholeness in life.
This invaluable guide will help parents discover the "myth" they have been living and find ways to greater self-awareness, understanding, and wisdom. It also offers practical resources such as movies, books, and music that help parents regain perspective and learn how and where to reach out for help. Dr. Mathes's profound psychological perspective puts it all together in a holistic way that is accessible and helpful in a time of personal tragedy.

Click HERE to read excerpt, "How We Mourn."

This I Believe
This I Believe
edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gerdman

National Public Radio listeners have been moved to tears by the personal essays that constitute the series This I Believe. Created in 1951 with Edward Murrow as host, the sometimes funny, often profound, and always compelling series has been revived, according to host Jay Allison, because, once again, "matters of belief divide our country and the world." Oral historian Studs Terkel kicks things off, and 80 personal credos follow. Essays from the original series are interleaved with contemporary essays (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) to create a resounding chorus.

Saving Graces
by Elizabeth Edwards

She charmed America with her smart, likable, down-to-earth personality as she campaigned for her husband, then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She inspired millions as she valiantly fought advanced breast cancer after being diagnosed only days before the 2004 election. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her own son, Wade, died tragically at age sixteen in 1996. Now she shares her experiences in Saving Graces, an incandescent memoir of Edwards’ trials, tragedies, and triumphs, and of how various communities celebrated her joys and lent her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times.
Saving Graces

The Why Cafe
by John P. Strelecky

Imagine getting lost and finding yourself in a location so remote, that it's in the middle of the middle of nowhere.  Imagine opening a menu and finding that the special of the day is these three questions: Why are you here? Do you fear death? Are you fulfilled?  Imagine embarking on an adventure that takes you from the executive suites of the advertising world to the surf of Hawaii’s coastline. That's the story that has captured reader's hearts and minds in over 36 countries on all seven continents.   The story of The Why Cafe.

Click HERE for more information or to purchase this book.  Also available on CD.
The Why Cafe

The Right Words at the Right Time Vol. 1
Volume One
For those of us in need of hope, a hero, or a healthy dose of inspiration, here is a heartwarming collection of personal revelations from some of today's greatest luminaries whose lives were changed by hearing the right words at the right time.

Volume Two
From big cities to farm communities, from office cubicles to hospital wards, from Normandy Beach to Boston's Fenway Park, the contributors to this remarkable volume -- selected from among thousands in a nationwide search -- tell riveting stories about the words that changed their lives forever.

Be truly inspired -- buy and read both books.  All royalties go St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, founded by Marlo's father, Danny Thomas, in 1962.
The Right Words at the Right Time Vol. 2

Letters to Sam

For twenty years, Dan Gottlieb has hosted a psychology call-in radio show, "Voices in the Family," broadcast from Philadelphia's NPR affiliate. For ten years, he has written a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Through letters and persons calling in, plus his psychotherapy practice, he has listened, observed, and learned about the cruelties, courage and compassion that touch us all. And as he writes in his introduction, "Books taught me a bit about psychology. But paralysis taught me to sit still and keep my ears and heart open so I could listen."

Dan has also for over twenty years of his fifty plus years been quadriplegic. In his introduction, Dan explains that quadriplegia puts the body at risk, and he feared he wouldn't live long enough to share with his grandson Sam lessons of life, or to be known by him. When Sam was two, it was discovered that he was autistic. Dan wrote: " I wept for Sam. I realized that I had more than ever to tell him. . . I wanted to teach him what I've learned about fighting against the kind of adversity that I face almost daily and fear he will face also. And I wanted to tell him how peace often happens when we simply stop fighting."

The Identity Code
by Larry Ackerman

In this life-transforming book, Larry Ackerman shows you how to crack your identity code.  Ackerman reveals the Laws of Identity and the Eight Essential Questions they contain. As you answer these questions, your identity will gradually become clear.

WHO AM I?: Define yourself as separate from all others
WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL?: Unearth what you love
IS THERE A PATTERN TO MY LIFE?: Make the connections that explain past events and
foreshadow your future
WHERE AM I GOING?: Use what you’ve learned so far to guide you on your path
WHAT IS MY GIFT?: Follow the signs of joy
WHO CAN I TRUST?: Take stock of who matters–and why
WHAT IS MY MESSAGE?: Declare yourself on the strength of your gift
WILL MY LIFE BE RICH?: Surrender to the pull of your identity

Identity Code

Going Deeper
Going Deeper: The Secret History of Planet Earth
by Jean-Claude Koven

Going Deeper is written for the 70 million Wanderers (advanced souls who came from distant dimensions to help with the impending shift) currently incarnated on planet Earth. These magnificent beings are strangers in a strange land . . . humans who somehow know they're not of this world but can't quite remember their true home. If this sounds like you or someone you know, this book provides the missing links and dissolves the dream that keeps Wanderers from awakening. It provides a no-holds-barred look at the myths and twisted realities that lock the human race, and those who came to serve them, into the illusion.  It's not that your parents and the rest of society intentionally misled you, they simply never knew the truth. Until recently, much of the information you are about to receive was deliberately withheld to allow the perceived realities of this planet to remain in place. People have the right to remain in the dark as long as they wish. On the other hand, for the first time in the human history, each person now has a choice. What you will read in these pages is disturbing, challenging, and threatening. However, you will never again forget who you really are.

Second Innocence: Rediscovering Joy and Wonder
By John Izzo, Ph.D.

Second Innocence is about rediscovering the wonder and joys of life at any age. Based on his own unique experiences -- the death of his father, a rowing trip with his grandfather, his first real job, first love, a family suicide, teachers he remembers for their unique courage, and his experiences as a leader, lover, parent, and friend -- John Izzo's compelling stories will encourage you to reconnect with and learn from your own life stories.

Izzo tackles four key areas of human experience (daily life, work, love, and faith) and will lead you to new perspectives on your own life and provide thought-provoking insights for reclaiming the innocence, idealism, and wonder that we often associate with youth.

Second Innocence

Finding God in the Garden Finding God in the Garden
by Rabbi Balfour Brickner

In simple and contemplative prose, Rabbi Brickner reflects on the death of his young daughter, the simple joy of daffodils, the sex of coneflowers, and the metaphorical depths of his compost pile.  Observing nature's abundant examples of order, renewal, miracles, and beauty, Brickner reinforces his faith and ours as he searches for answers to our most heartbreaking and difficult questions.  Finding God in the Garden is a passionate, witty, and provocative celebration of religious faith derived through nature, reason, and the joys of everyday work.

Magical Souveniers
by Arielle Ford

These enchanting stories shine a light along the path where reality and miracles meet.
~ Deepak Chopra

If you enjoy the stories in SpiritLink's Spirit Scripting, this book is for you.  True stories of healing, dreams and visions, prophecy and omens, synchronicities, the unexplained and divine intervention are told by those who experienced them.  Some offer high drama, but most of the contributors relate the quiet yet deeply significant miracles too often overlooked in our physically-focused lives.  Each contributor is profiled in the book's Appendix, including e-mail addresses, so readers can continue the dialogue.

Magical Souvenirs

A Sabbath Life
A Sabbath Life
by Kathleen Hirsch

I began to suspect that achievement could take a form uniquely as a woman . . . and that it might contribute something of singular and irreplaceable value to the culture in which I live. 

How can busy women's lives be more spiritually alive and whole? How,in our most productive years, can we reclaim what we sacrificed in the earlier struggle for success?  Kathleen Hirsch's search search gradually impels her to seek out a range of remarkable spiritually and socially attuned women who are consciously trying to live more balanced and integrated lives.  They lead her to conclusions that will inspire many women who at midlife are seeking a deeper and more abiding wholeness. 

Conversations with God
Books I, II and III
by Neale Donald Walsch

These books will change your life -- especially Book I, because it is more personal.  It's as simple and yet as profound as that.  I was so moved, so freed by Book I that I bought a case of copies and gave them away, each copy wrapped in love.


Gift of Life Gift of Life: A Spiritual Companion for the Mother-to-Be
by Joan Swirsky

"I have just finished reading Gift of Life and my heart is full with the wisdom the author has shared. It's amazing that a book so pure and simple is so powerful! It is sure to bring great pleasure to and strengthen the relationships of all who read it, both male and female (pre or post parenthood). What a joy it will be for me to give this 'Gift' to all the expectant and pre-expectant couples (and singles) I know and love. What a gift for every reader!" 

Susan Winkler, R.N., M.S., Director of Behavioral Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, New York.

Books About George Anderson
by Joel Martin and Patricia Romanowski

George Anderson has brought comfort and healing to thousands.  He has made a dramatic difference in my own life, which you can explore in detail in Discernment: An Initiation in our Spirit Scripting pages.  These books can change your life!

Click HERE to visit George Anderson's website.

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