On this page I will be posting short blurbs about various books I have read that you may find helpful and interesting. I am going to organize the page by topic headings and then list the books under the heading. Scroll down to find the topic area you are interested in. I have just started this page and will be updating it often, so check back soon.
ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE USE
DRINK: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
Ann Dowsett Johnston
This book was a really, interesting combination of the author’s personal story and her research and analysis on how and why women drink alcohol. The author is a journalist and it is apparent that she put much thought, effort and heart into this book. I found a lot of really helpful and thought provoking ideas here and thought it was definitely worth reading.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Gabor Maté, M.D.
Another awesome read written by one of my favourite authors. In this book, Dr. Maté shares his experience of working in a medical clinic in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. He writes about many of his experiences working with people suffering from heroin addiction, among other things, and how these people and their stories challenged his belief system about addiction. He offers a different way to look at addiction and its development.
KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING
The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read and How They Can Learn
Ronald D. Davis
This book will offer you the most interesting assessment of what dyslexia is that you will ever read. The author himself suffered from symptoms of dyslexia and through much of his life struggled to understand what dyslexia is and how he could work with it and overcome it, which he did. This take on dyslexia offers the theory that the symptoms arise because the brain processes information so much faster than the body can respond. The other important point is about the visual aspects of learning. This book is so interesting, encouraging and enlightening. If our society was able to understand and implement these concepts, learning and reading would be a much different experience for many.
PARENTING & ATTACHMENT
Hold On To Your Kids, Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers;
Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D and Gabor Maté, M.D.
Gordon Neufeld is an expert in the field of attachment and parenting. He is local and runs training and workshops here and worldwide. This book is fairly dense and is loaded with information on parenting and disciplining in ways that strengthen the the attachment bond between parents and children. This is a book that encourages proactive parenting and explains why many parents and children are struggling in our current social environment and how parents and children are becoming lost to each other.
Scattered Minds Gabor Maté, M.D.
This book offers a different perspective on the origins, development and healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. The author creates an understandable link between attachment issues and ADD in a non-judgmental and helpful manner. There are many practical suggestions regarding dealing with ADD. I love this book.
The Explosive Child Ross W. Greene, Ph.D
I barely know where to begin in describing the outstanding man who is the author of this book. Dr. Greene is passionate about helping children, and about helping parents and teachers learn how to help children. Although this book is directed at “easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children”, the wisdom of Dr. Greene is applicable to all parents and teachers and others who work with children. Not only does Dr. Greene offer a better way to work with children, he candidly states that many of the techniques currently being used are harming our children and worsening existing issues rather than helping. He offers tons of free resources on his non-profit website and his methods are not complicated to learn. I sincerely wish I had had this book when my own son was younger, it would have been enormously helpful. Here is a link to the website: www.livesinthebalance.org
WOMEN’S ISSUES, GODDESS TRADITIONS, MENOPAUSE
The Wisdom of Menopause Christiane Northrup, M.D.
I cannot say enough good about this book! Besides information about menopause, the author provides women with holistic and spiritual insights into the meaning of being a woman, PMS, postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder. This book is of great value to all women and is particularly useful to women approaching the perimenopausal period, which could run any time from mid-thirties to mid-forties. It makes sense of the many emotional changes that women experience. I sincerely wish I had read this book when I was in my mid-thirties, it would have answered many questions.
Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Do not be fooled by the title of this book, the word ‘Crone’ is used in it’s original context of a wise, mature and alive woman. The author is a psychiatrist as well as a trained Jungian analyst and her humour and wisdom are truly inspiring. This is a great little book for any woman to read and particularly applicable for women approaching, or post, menopause. The author has written many books but next on my reading list is her book titled “Goddesses in Everywoman”