The ten books that have changed our lives
There are many sources of inspirations that inform and guide our work. And over the years, we have met many teachers, mentors, practice partners, travel companions and fellow explorers that have encouraged us, gently nudged us in a new direction or called us out to follow our impulses and deepest aspirations. Along the journey, we have bumped into extraordinary people, encountered inspirational projects, taken part in life-changing events, and come across some fascinating online and printed material.
Today, there is enough material on leadership development, transformational work, spirituality and wholeness work to keep an explorer on the track for years. In the same way, the number of tools and resources available for practicing wholeness is just breath-taking, when not overwhelming. I for one remain deeply attached to books who have become faithful companions, places to return to for nourishment and inspiration.
Here is a selection of books that have changed our lives. We want to keep this list short (maximum of ten books) and each time we feel the need to add on a book we will make place for it by taking one out.
Cynthia Bourgeault (2010). The Meaning of Mary Magdalene. Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity. Boulder: Shambala.
Brené Brown (2017). Braving the Wilderness. The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. London: Vermilion.
David Christian (2018). Origin Story. London: Allen Lane, Penguin Books
Paul Gilbert (2009). The Compassionate Mind. London: Robinson
Yuval Noah Harari (2011). Sapiens A brief History of Humankind. London: Vintage Books
Yuval Noah Harari (2018). 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. London: Jonathan Cape.
Joseph Jaworski (2012). Source. The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation. San Francisco: Berret-Koehler Publishers.
Daniel Kahneman (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. London: Penguin Books.
Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer (2013). Leading from the Emerging Future From Ego-system to Eco-System Economies. Applying Theory U to Transforming Business, Society, and Self. San Francisco: Berret-Koehler Publishers.
Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander (2000). Transforming Professional and Personal Life. The Art of Possibility. London: Penguin Books.