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Initial post: Mar 8, 2009 11:43:14 PM PDT
Randi Lauren says:
I am looking for any kind of mental health informative book that does not contain religious references such as God or prayer. I'd really appreciate any titles. Thanks!

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 3:14:34 AM PDT
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Y>Y says:
Yes, there's a brilliant book called 'You Can Heal Your Life', written by a fantastic woman, Louise Hay. I strongly recommend this book. The first time I read it my jaw just kept dropping so true were her words. Reading this book was the beginning of my own spiritual awakening, (though not in a religious kind of way) and has helped me to understand many aspects of my life and the way I deal with stuff. Louise Hay has written many books, all of which are great, but this was the first one I ever read, and now I am never without it. In fact, I've given several copies away to friends who have found it helpful too, so it must have something!

I'd also recommend anything by Sonia Choquette, and in particular Soul Lessons.

Both of these authors make ocassional references to God, but not in a way that is the least bit preachy. It's just a passing kind of reference if you get my drift. I wouldn't be able to get along with a bible bashing religious kind of book myself!

Hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck. Remember to read whatever books you choose with intelligence and discrimination as to what is appropriate for your own self and what is not, as maybe not everything written will necessarily resonate with you, and that's ok.

Peace and blessings.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2009 11:36:33 AM PDT
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Nobody says:
Yes, there are...

"Think and Grow Rich", by Napoleon Hill

An excerpt:

"When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul," he should have informed us that we are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.
He should have told us that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with which no man is familiar, these "magnets"
attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts."

Nice, huh?

One of the best is "The Dhammapada (Teachings of the Buddha)"

Contrary to common (and erroneous ) belief, there is no "religious" content to this foundation of Buddhist teaching.

Try Byroms translation.

An excerpt:

""Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think."

Those are the first words of the book.

This book is about purifying our thoughts and training our minds... Period. No "god (s)".

Another fantastic book in "The Handbook" or "Enchiridion" by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus...You may see references to "the gods", but the mental training he stresses throughout is the important point.

Make your luck!

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 1:49:23 PM PDT
Marie Delphi says:
During a particularly trying time in my life, I found two books helpful. One is called "Plato, Not Prozac" by Lou Marinoff. He is a doctor of philosophy who worked as a "therapist" of sorts. In the book he talks about cases where he "counseled" people by applying certain philosophical views to their situation. While the book doesn't go too in depth with philosophy, it is a great starting point. Depending on religion, I think, makes people feel helpless, like their own life, health, mind etc. is not in their own hands. Philosophy is great in that there is so many different "philosophies" out there than one is bound to reach you and make sense to you at this point in your life. Also, it can be empowering. You just may stumble upon a philosopher or philosophy that resonated with you and can help you overcome/improve a situation.

Another book is "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. Now, this book has received a lot of attention since Oprah talked about it on her show. Don't discount it just because of that. It's a little more "out there" than most self-help books you'll find. Read it slowly, one chapter at a time. Absorb it. Think about it. Even if some of it doesn't sink in or make sense, I find it an overall empowering, healing experience to read. It's not religious. Rather, it takes into account all walks of life -- including religious, spiritual, non-spiritual or religious and everything in between. It's something you just have to experience yourself to understand. An explanation by someone else is impossible.

Also, have you considered guided imagery? I recommend pretty much anything by Belleruth Naparstek. I took college course in "Alternative Healing Methods" at the University of Minnesota and we studied the helpfulness of guided meditation quite a bit. It's meditation, not prayer -- and there's a big difference. Rather than having you offer up your problems to a higher power, these meditations are created to help you help yourself. It's all about you. And with regular practice, it seems to help most people.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 4:52:23 PM PDT
Evanston Guy says:
Anything by Albert Ellis would be good. I agree that Buddhist teachings if one doesn't idolize the teacher has good mental health teachings. Acceptance , commitment therapy seems to be Buddhism without any religious trappings or spiritual leaders.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 7:57:35 AM PDT
sv dutton says:
Books by Gary Zukav (refers to our creator as the universe) may be helpful

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 8:21:02 AM PDT
"Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives" by Dan Millman

Also available in DVD. No religion included.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 8:39:49 AM PDT
Neil Young says:
The forthcoming book from college basketball Coach of the Year (1996 and 2008), John Calipari titled "Bounce Back" is not religion-based but it is inspiring, motivational and a step out of the ordinary from most self-help books. It is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 8:51:01 AM PDT
Oops! I did not read your post carefully. You asked for Mental Health and not Self Help. In my opinion, "Miraculous Health" by Dr Rick Levy has no religion in it and is fully dedicated to using the power of the mind to heal yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 10:17:36 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 2:31:10 PM PDT
I would agree strongly with the suggestion of "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. After receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and dealing with this news I joined the "webinar" conducted by Oprah with Eckhart. I came to a shocking awakening about who I REALLY am. Nothing has changed me more. I am reading it now for the sixth time and will continue to re-read it. Each time I read it, I am a different person, and I understand things that I didn't understand the first time through. It is so expertly written and edited. Every single sentence is packed with intelligence. And religion?? Ah, that would a resounding no.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 3:10:54 PM PDT
Y>Y says:
Hello Christine,

Thank you for that post, I plan to get that book asap. From what you say it's well worth a read. I love the way these books work with us, and how, as you say, every time you read you gather something new, and you become a different person.

I wish you all the best, and hope that you are now well?

Peace and many blessings be yours.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 3:19:47 PM PDT
Brent H. Lee says:
There is a book entitled "Beyond Knowing" by Brent Lee that may help you discover who you are and why you are here. Best of luck in your journey.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 3:23:14 PM PDT
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Word Lover says:
Check out "Undoing Depression" and "Undoing Perpetual Stress" by Richard O'Connor.
Some of the reviews for these books complain about the de-emphasis on religion.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 4:30:20 PM PDT
Evanston Guy says:
Be aware, Many of the self (mental) help books out there say they are not religious, but are cleverly disguised religious or new age (supernatural) ideas. If you read an atheist like Albert Ellis you can be sure you are getting good psychology without the mumbo-jumbo.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 4:40:44 PM PDT
Yup. Then of course, if you want to read something really interesting, you can also look at books that claim no single religion, but are spiritual. That's the kind I prefer, not being an atheist but also not an exclusivist. I like knowing what Native Americans, Witches, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and everyone else is saying. Why not enjoy the best and toss the rest :)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2009 4:49:16 PM PDT
I liked "Ordaining Reality" by Joseph Donlan. Check out the info & reviews on Amazon's site. I think it fits the bill.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 2:23:27 PM PDT
K. Eldridge says:
The Mindful Way Through Depression here on Amazon. There are some other good ones listed on that page as well. I have started reading it and it is really good so far. It really makes sense.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 11:06:47 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 30, 2009 8:27:43 PM PDT
Riça Night says:
There any many such books. Here are some of my favourites:
* "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" (David Burns)
* anything by Barbara Sher
* "Loving What Is" (Byron Katie)
* "Learned Optimism" (Martin Seligman)
* "When I Say No, I Feel Guilty" (Manuel Smith)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2009 9:57:48 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2009 1:05:52 PM PDT
Y>Y says:
Hello Jeff Garrett,

I've noticed your exact same reply on several threads, and I have to confess that I don't get it. Could you explain please? I'm being serious here, not flippant or trying to take a pop.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 11:57:41 AM PDT
J. Wenneberg says:
Great, new book on self-improvement where the author does not talk about religion at all, instead, talks about personal spirituality, a bit, which is each individuals own understanding of a higher power.

This book on success and leadership, 'Unleash Your Inner Warrior', is extremely powerful and the author is definitely the expert on how one can turn their life around and succeed

He taught me how to greatly improve my live - he overcame unemployment, alcoholism, drug addiction, and attempted suicide to become a successful, healthy, and happy family-man, business leader, and mentor. When you read this book, you'll learn practical ways to get out of your rut, turn around your life, and live a happy, healthy, successful life.

His leadership is tried and true - according to information about him, he owns and operates the largest martial arts studio on the west coast, helping thousands of people improve their lives. In addition, he's been sober for 25 years and happily married for 35. The book is a very easy read, told through the exciting real-life experiences and struggles that he lived.

I highly recommend 'Unleash Your Inner Warrior' to improve your leadership skills and overall happiness and success in your life!

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 12:06:45 PM PDT
My book, Getting Past Your Breakup does not talk about religion. It is due to start shipping in about two weeks but is available on Amazon for preorder.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 10:18:16 AM PDT
Seek out A COURSE IN HAPPINESS, by a psychiatrist
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