Thanks to an e-mail participant’s suggestion and LifeRing’s Board of Directors, I have been given the approval to create a Books-slash-Recommended-Reading page on Lifering.org, and in addition to LifeRing’s own series of books written by Martin Nicolaus, I would love to include some of your favorite titles, along with your reviews of them, there as well!
Specifically, we’re looking to add books regarding addiction, recovery, mental health and well-being, physical health and well-being and/or self-help that you have found to be the most helpful, inspirational, important, moving, relatable or downright easily readable within that subject range.
Generally, this can include just about any genre – memoir, scientific study, psychological profile, cookbook, manual or guide, anthology, reference, fiction – as long as it has meant something to you that you feel others would benefit from reading as much as you have.
You’re certainly welcome to list as many as you’d like, we just need for each one:
- The book’s title and author name(s)
- A little blurb or review – i.e. why the book spoke to you so much – which can be as short as a sentence or two or as long as a paragraph or two.
The information you provide (edited for spelling and grammar) will be featured on the Books page along with your first name and last initial (or your alias of choice) so that anyone looking at it can see these are real recommendations by real people, not a bunch of critics’ opinions (which mean far less, in mine ).
The total list eventually featured will depend on how many recommendations we get, and any duplicates will, for hopefully obvious reasons, only be included once.
Below is a partial list I’ve collected so far with examples of reviews and reviewers’ names so you can get an idea of what we’re looking for; please feel free to reply to this post with your additions, and I’ll be sure and let you know when the Books page is up and running!
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
“Best book I’ve ever read. May look like a new age psychobabble self-help offering at first glance, but it is the best book I’ve ever read.” – Mark W.
Overcoming Alcohol Misuse: A 28-Day Guide by Conor Farren
“He covers so many bases.” – P.J.M.
The Sober Kitchen by Liz Scott
“A good reference guide.” – Mary S.
Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism by James Milam and Katherine Ketchum
“It was first published in 1981, but so much about the relationship between alcoholism and hypoglycemia was already known by then that many millions of dollars worth of hard, scientific research later not much has really changed since then beyond the addition of dozens of interesting but not terribly important (for the layman) details concerning stuff like the peculiarities of many different isomers of the alcohol-dehydrogenase enzyme. Most of the book is about understanding the progression from what he calls the ‘early adaptive stage’ where drinking does not appear to be a ‘problem’, on through to the ‘late deteriorative stage.’
I recommend it highly, not only for alcoholics themselves, but also for non-alcoholic family members and friends who just want to understand what the hell has been happening to the wonderful person they used to know. In my opinion, it is nothing short of criminal that it is not available at cost on the literature table of every AA meeting. It is, by group conscience, on the literature table of both of the very LifeRing-like AA meetings that I founded.” – Greg H.