Recommended Reading

Here is the great reading list created by Unity Church of Overland Park congregants. Each of these books was suggested for the Fall Faith series. Each title has value to impart to your life. Enjoy! (Note: the list is alphabetical by author.)
  1. “Meet Me On the Other Side: A Journey Home” by Steffany Barton, RN  (Provides inspiration and HOPE to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one.)
  2. “Finding Yourself in Transition” Rev. Robert Brumet  (Explores the spiritual opportunities inherent in life's changes and helps us discover how to use them as a gateway to greater personal and spiritual growth.)
  3. “Amazing Intuition, Expanding Your Most Important Resource” by Debra Busemeyer Baker.  (Offers a unique perspective on psychic emotions, detailing just where in the body specific feelings are typically experienced and then making suggestions for how to deal with them both in others and yourself. One of the main points of the book is to remind us we are never alone. Guidance and protection are always present. It's our decision how much of a relationship we wish to have with our guides.)
  4. “Practical Metaphysics” by Eric Butterworth.  (The author of Discover the Power Within You shares his profound insights on living metaphysically. Through lectures, meditations, and activities, Butterworth's Practical Metaphysics will awaken you to the centered place of your own truth and offer you paths to health, love, prosperity, and peace of mind.)
  5. “Quantum Prayer: It’s already answered! Quantum Reality: it already exists!” By Cathy Combs.  (A melding of quantum mechanics and Unity prayer wrapped up in personal life examples.)
  6. Living in the Light: Follow Your Inner Guidance to Create a New Life and a New World by Shakti Gawain and Laurel King  (Bringing the light of awareness to every aspect of the self — intuitive wisdom and rationality, power and vulnerability, peacemaker and warrior. Exercises on subjects including creativity, the world as mirror, relationships, parenting, money, health, and transforming the world)
  7. Living By Grace by Joel Goldsmith.  (Teacher and mystic Joel Goldsmith's most advanced teachings on how to live more spiritually are collected here. It is a simple, straightforward, explanation of the spiritual life in union with God. It is filled with little gems to fill up your treasure box and return from time to time to admire the beauty. But, these are not just words, they are filled with the inspiration of Spirit!)
  8. Practicing The Presence by Joel Goldsmith  (Practicing the Presence is one of the four foundational books among Joel Goldsmith’s Infinite Way writings. In clear and direct language, Goldsmith shows that by constantly and consciously practicing the presence of God in every experience of our daily life, the struggles of existence pass and harmony is established in every department of our lives.)
  9. “The Five Thieves of Happiness” by John Izzo, PHD  (Happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. So once we've trained ourselves to be on the lookout for each of these, the 3-step process he recommends is simply notice, stop and replace.)
  10. The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes by Allyson Lewis (Lewis motivates business professionals to grow through micro-actions that can be completed in as little as seven minutes.)
  11. “The Intelligent Heart” Co-authored by David and Bruce McArthur  (OUT OF PRINT — useful, day to day tools for self-understanding and enrichment, but look also at the greater vista of your life and come away feeling empowered and at peace.)
  12. “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore  (Focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things. This inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.)
  13. If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg (Willow Creek minister — “helped me identify some issues in my discipleship journey (my personal boats, if you will) I can work on and I think many others can usefully do the same.”)
  14. Secret of Unlimited Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.  (Easy to read, captivating, intriguing, spell binding... This is a concise, clearly written formula which works if you, the reader, work it.)
  15. Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down by Sonia Ricotti  (Law of Attraction made simple / similar to other suggestions found in other self-help books of the same genre. However, while these suggestions were not all new to me, the life stories added real depth to the questions raised of "how do I apply this to my particular situation".)
  16. “365 Tao” by Deng Ming Tao (organized so that you can meditate on some aspect of the Tao every day of the year.)
  17. Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith by Judith Valente  (In this meditative spiritual memoir, Judith Valente, celebrated PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, invites readers along on her transformative pilgrimages to Mount St. Scholastica monastery in Atchison, Kansas. The Benedictine sisters who invited Valente presented her with a view of monastic life and wisdom that brought spiritual healing to her fast-paced life--and promises to do the same for her readers.)
  18. “The Zen Leader” by Ginny Whitelaw  (It's about using the pressure to propel "flips" in consciousness that create transformational leaders, leaders who create the future with joy and enthusiasm, rather than drive themselves and their people to exhaustion.)
  19. Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Charles L. Whitfield M.D.  (In 1987, Charlie Whitfield's breakthrough concept of the child within—that part of us which is truly alive, energetic, creative and fulfilled—launched the inner child movement. Healing the Child Within describes how the inner child is lost to trauma and loss, and how by recovering it, we can heal the fear, confusion and unhappiness of adult life.)
  20. “Habitual Domains: Freeing Yourself from the Limits on Your Life” by Dr. Po-Lung Yu