My Naked Life Reading List – Top 11 Books

There is incredible power in the written word. It can tear you down or build you. Books are able to inspire and encourage you, take you away or reassure you that others have experienced what you have. As an author myself – I understand the incredible power in books and today I’m sharing with you the top 11 books you need on your Naked Life reading list. These are the books you need to be reading during your journey to discovering yourself in your purest form.

Top 11 Books on your Naked Life Reading List

1) The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

the war of art by steven pressfieldThis is a short, easy yet incredibly profound book. I found it both inspiring and useful. I sometimes feel that I have all these amazing ideas and things to share yet there is this deep resistance that keeps me stuck. This book addresses resistance directly and provides specific strategies for overcoming. It’s also applicable to anything you know you should be doing but can’t find the daily motivation to do – exercise or meditation for example. I will be reading this book again!

2) The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

the willpower instinctThis is an incredible book. I was able to get so much value out of each and every chapter. She cites many of the studies that I reference in This Naked Mind – explaining them very helpfully from a Willpower and Psychologist’s perspective. She expands on the concept of wanting vs. liking in terms of why (neurologically) we do what we don’t want to do and how we can exercise our willpower muscle to use it to our advantage. It is an excellent read. 

3) The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

the power of your subconscious mind
I was blown away by this book. I read it as further research for a new Naked Mind program that will be launching soon. It will be a guided multi-media course for This Naked Mind. It will be a 30 day program, including video, audio and CBT (cognitive behavior change) worksheets and exercises. The course will expand on the book/ audio program and provide additional tools for the continuous protection and retaining of your unconscious mind in regards to the constant pro-alcohol influence. I am really excited about it (I’ve been working on it since January!). The course will include video, audio or some worksheets and exercises. In the meantime I highly recommend this fascinating book!

4) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S Sharma

the monk who sold his ferrari
I read this book a few months ago and got a lot out of it. I’ll admit that I don’t practice all the techniques in the book but the concepts opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities. I found it an enjoyable and educational read. If you are doing any type of seeking – for inner peace and purpose – I would recommend this book as a great entry point to asking some bigger questions.

5) Change Your Brain Change Your Body by Daniel Amen

change your brain change your body
My aunt who is a PhD gave me this book after discussing the theories of This Naked Mind with her. I am finding it really interesting. So much great information about how the brain and body work together. 

6) The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters

chimp paradox
This book was recommended to me by a good friend and reader. He got a lot out of reading this after This Naked Mind as a way to further understand the dissonance that occurs within our brains when it comes to decisions – specifically around drinking. It was a fun, easy read that put things in really relatable terms. 

7) The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

the upside of stressThis is an incredible book. Not only does it provide techniques to deal with stress (which is a primary cause of drinking more than we would like) but it also pulls together so many scientific studies that support how powerful our minds are. For example, Dr. McGonigal goes deep into the science behind the fact that ‘what you expect is what you get’. It is eye opening to see this proven as it is a tenant of This Naked Mind. I am certain that if you think you are miserable without drinking you will be and equally if you come to know that you don’t need alcohol to make you happy, you will be incredibly happy without it. Seeing the science for this concept, and again supporting the incredible power of the mind, is very cool.

8) Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

carry on warrior

Wow. This book. I will admit it might be a more engaging read for moms who have struggled with addiction, but…wow. It is a funny, empowering, truthful accounting of the stuff that so many of us struggle with. You read this book and you feel less alone in the world. And you feel encouraged to tell your truth – out loud – because you realize that inside we are all the same, we all struggle and none of us (not one!) has it figured out.   

9) The Five-Minute Journal

5 minute journalThis book is on my nightstand but it is not a reading book. I should say that I have a bunch of journals, one at my desk, in my purse and an actual notebook on my nightstand. I like to be able to write down my thoughts / feelings whenever they strike so I am never very far from a pen and paper. This journal is a bit different. It is a great tool to get you into the habit of reflecting positively on your day both before it begins and after it is over. Studies show that simply recalling the good things that happened during your day can actually change your neural pathways to make you a happier and more positive person – this journal is a tool for doing just that and I love it. 

10) The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


the power of now
This book is one that you need to read a tiny bit at a time and then consider. As you may know I’ve struggled with depression and I consider the tools in this book vital in my overcoming a negative state of mind on a regular basis. 

11) The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

the obstacle is the way

This is completely different than his marketing books – but still well researched and very educational. Borrowing from Stoic tradition and specifically Marcus Aurelius, this book gives some very good perspective on how to overcome obstacles by letting us know that everything difficult that comes is truly part of the path and teaching us the lessons we most need to learn to show us the way forward.

So there you have my list of the Top 11 books for your Naked Life reading list. You need to read these and begin revamping your life – continuing on this great journey called life.

 

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