Recommended Books

Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read. John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach



John Ratey (2008). Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. New York: Little-Brown.

Candace Pert (1997). Molecules of emotion: why you feel the way you feel. New York: Scribner.

Jeffrey Schwartz & Sharon Begley (2002). The mind and the brain: neuroplasticity and the power of mental force. New York: ReganBooks/HarperCollins.

Andrew Weil (2005). Healthy aging: a lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Don VerHulst (2008). 10 Keys that cure: bible truths for better health today. self-published.

James Prochaska, John Norcross & Carlo DiClemente (1994). Changing for good: a revolutionary six-stage program for overcoming bad habits and moving your life positively forward. New York: William Morrow.

Bill O’Hanlon (1999). Do one thing differently: ten simple ways to change your life. New York: William Morrow.

John Medina (2008). Brain Rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and school. Seattle: Pear Press.


Personal and Child Protection

Michael Asken (2010). Warrior mindset: mental toughness skills for a nation’s peacekeepers. Milstadt, IL: Warrior Science Publications.

Gavin de Becker (1999). Protecting the gift: keeping children and teenagers safe (and parents sane). New York: The Dial Press/Random House.

Gavin de Becker (1997). The gift of fear: survival signals that protect us from violence. Boston: Little Brown & Co.

Tom Patire (2003). Tom patire’s personal protection handbook: absolutely everything you need to know to keep yourself, your family, and your assets safe. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Tim Larkin & Chris Ranck-Buhr (2009). How to survive the most critical 5 seconds of your life. Sequim, WA: TFT Group/Straitview Publishing.

Dave Grossman (2009). On killing: the psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society. New York: Back Bay Books/Little Brown & Co.

Dave Grossman & Loren Christensen (2012). On combat: the psychology and physiology of deadly conflict in war and peace. Milstadt, IL: Human Factor Research Group/Warrior Science Publications.



Dave Grossman & Gloria DeGaetano (1999). Stop teaching our kids to kill: a call to action against TV, movie & video game violence. New York: Crown Publishers. (*This also applies to child protection)

Henry Cloud & John Townsend (1998). Boundaries with kids: when to say yes, when to say no, to help your children gain control of their lives. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell (1997). The five love languages of children. Chicago: Northfield Publishing.


Life & Financial Management

Dave Ramsey (2003). The total money makeover: a proven plan for financial fitness. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Dave Ramsey (1999). More than enough: proven keys to strengthening your family and building financial peace. Viking Penguin.

Thomas Stanley & William Danko (1996). The millionaire next door: the surprising secrets of america’s wealthy. Atlanta: Longstreet Press.

John Maxwell (1997). The success journey: the process of living your dreams. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Daniel Lapin (2002). Thou shall prosper: ten commandments of making money. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Timothy Ferriss (2007). The 4-hour workweek: escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich. New York: Crown Publishers.

Phil McGraw (2008). Real life: preparing for the 7 most challenging days of your life. New York: Free Press.



John Miller (2001). QBQ: the question behind the question. Denver: Denver Press.

John Miller (2006). Flipping the switch: unleash the power of personal accountability using the QBQ. New York: G.P. Putnam.

Ken Blanchard (2007). Leading at a higher level: blanchard on leadership and creating high performing organizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Subir Chowdhury (2005). The ice cream maker: an inspiring tale about making quality the key ingredient in everything you do. New York: Currency/Doubleday.

Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul & John Christensen (2000). Fish: a remarkable way to boost morale and improve results. New York: Hyperion.

Larry Winget (2007). It’s Called Work for a Reason. New York: Gotham Books/Penguin.

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