Holistic Psychotherapist | Sound Healer | Author | Musician
Choosing 10 Books that had a powerful influence on my life was a daunting task—there have been so many. After contemplating books that I thought other people might enjoy and also benefit from, I selected books that influenced and enhanced my spiritual development as well soothing as my emotional sensibility. I chose books that could be directed to many different levels of the human condition and spirit. It is my hope that my list will be helpful to others along this journey of life.
Jonathan and Andi Goldman have co-authored Chakra Frequencies, winner of the Visionary Award for “Best Alternative Health Book” of the Year and their new best-selling The Humming Effect which has just won the 2018 Gold Visionary Award for “Best Health & Healing Book” (both from Inner Traditions).
My 10 Best
Upstream: Selected Essays
by Mary Oliver
This is one of my favorite “go to” books when I want inspiration and solace. Mary Oliver, one of the most celebrated poets of our time, takes one on journeys with great thinkers and writers of the past such as Wordsworth, Emerson, Frost among others.
Book of Dreams
by Sylvia Browne
Sometimes a book is worth reading several times…this has definitely been one for me! Sylvia goes deep into the who, what, where, when and how of dreams like no other dream book I have come across or read (and there have been many for me as it’s a subject that I’ve been interested in my entire life).
The Isaiah Effect
by Gregg Braden
Through the monumental information in this book, Gregg Braden introduced me to a powerful form of prayer that he discovered in numerous traditions, and especially at a monastery high in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. Praying in this manner incorporates appreciation along with visualizing and feeling that the prayer has already been answered and the importance of then giving thanks.
The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
For anyone interested in Arthurian legend as told from the perspective of the influential women behind the throne this book is a must read. I found it empowering, enchanting and engrossing to discover Celtic life through this novel of myth and magic. It opened up the door for my continuous enthralling love of Glastonbury where I have visited and led workshops.
A Tale From Bali
by Vicki Baum
Anyone who has anthropological leanings will love this novel about Balinese culture. I lived in Indonesia and had the opportunity to visit Bali in 1976. What I like so much about this book is that the author Vicki Baum fist visited Bali in 1935 and was able to draw her characters and perspectives from a time before the influx of western tourism. It gives a vivid portrayal of the character of the Balinese people, with their customs, and their way of life highly connected to the earth and spirit.
Sound Healing for Beginners
by Joshua Goldman and Alec Sims
Although the title suggests it’s a book for beginners, I’d like to say it’s absolutely in-depth information for all levels of interest in sound as a healing modality. Learn how to energize and enhance your well-being on every level—physical, emotional, and spiritual; it’s subtitled “Using Vibration to Harmonize Your Health and Wellness” and indeed, it does exactly that! (for transparency, co-author Joshua Goldman is our son, but it is not due to favoritism that I chose this—it’s an exceptional book on sound healing.)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
For anyone who’s a stickler on correct punctuation this non-fiction book is a must! Lynne’s book is subtitled, “The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation”. One of the reasons I like this book so much is that Lynne Truss does a superb job mixing humor and actual rules of grammar to give the reader the necessary instruction to be grammatically correct. As we tend to write in a more relaxed manner in this digital age, this book can put us back on track to be more grammatically in sync.
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
by Kent Nerburn
This is the first book in a trilogy that delves deeply into the heart and soul of the American Indian told through the eyes of an native elder that’s lived for almost 90 years and wants the truth of his people finally told from the profound experience of living it. It opens an intimate door to the intense suffering and decimation of a people and their culture that at its core is profoundly spiritual and acutely connected to mother earth. It changed the way I viewed not only their lives but my own.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
There are a number of short, but highly effective books (including The Power of Now) that have assisted in shifting our consciousness and the way we view reality. Don Miguel Ruiz excellently gives us 4 seemingly simple yet deeply profound ways that can assist us. The 4 agreements are: (1) Be impeccable with your word. (2) Don’t take anything personally. (3) Don’t make assumptions. (4) Always do your best.
by Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman
This step-by-step guide utilizing sound as a healing modality combines both the spiritual and the scientific basis for the power of sound. Blending ancient sound techniques with holistic counseling approaches enables the reader to experience the mind/body/spirit connection for heightened awareness and healing. This was our first book written together and includes exercises on how couples can utilize sound to enhance their relationship. It works!