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On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

This month I had the pleasure of working on some scripts for the next season of Oprah’s Life Class. One of her featured guests will be Deepak Chopra, whose work I’ve read before, but in a rather cursory way. Because I wanted to understand the subject matter thoroughly, I spent considerable time with Dr. Chopra’s book The - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Philip Pullman

This month, as usual, I’ve read a lot of self-help, brain research and random manuscripts given to me by hopeful coaches. The books that impacted me most, though, were recommended by my dear South African friend Kate Groch, who is not only a genius, but also one who understands enjoyment and enchantment. She recommended Philip Pullman’s trilogy - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Marriage Rules

This month’s book is a fresh offering from one of my favorite authors in psychology, Dr. Harriet Lerner. The book is called Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up. Those of you who have read Dr. Lerner’s various books such asThe Dance of Anger and The Dance of Intimacy will be happy to hear that - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Incognito – The Secret Lives of Brains

The statement “truth is stranger than fiction” is more true of current neuroscience than it is of soap operas.  Fabulous new books seem to come out on a monthly basis, and more and more things are being discovered about the strange little blob of cells our heads that are capable of changing the world and - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Now You See It

Anyone with school-aged children — or for that matter anyone who has ever been to school — should read Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Duke University Professor Cathy Davidson.  Davidson is a brilliant academic who, being gifted with dyslexia, noticed something radically important - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Mary Roach

I read two very entertaining books last month by non-fiction author Mary Roach. The first, and best, is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. You wouldn’t expect this to be a riotously funny and deeply fascinating book, but the same perverse interest that makes CSI and Bones such popular TV shows — plus Mary Roach’s hilarious and ingenious word-play - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Anything You Want

I don’t know if ya’ll are following The Domino Project, Seth Godin’s brilliant publishing experiment based on good solid research into what makes entertaining, high value reading.  I, myself, am a hard core fan.  Godin and the authors in The Domino Project (I hope to be one of them) are publishing a series of very short books - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: The Sociopath Next Door

This month’s selection is The Sociopath Next Door.    It is a brilliant combination of expert social science and fascinating story telling from one of the world’s leading authorities on sociopathy, Martha Stout.    Sociopaths are people who are born without a conscious the same way a person born blind is born with no eyesight.  Some anthropologists - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: Beyond Boundaries

I am all hopped up about the latest book I’ve read about the brain:  Beyond Boundaries by Miguel Nicolelis.  The author is a professor of neuroscientist at Duke University who works with the interface between the brain and machines.  The first half is a rather dense read, but it’s worth it to get to the stories in the - Continue Reading


Martha’s Bookshelf: The Wayfinders

On a recent tribe conference call, someone (I don’t know who it was, but God bless you), mentioned the term “Wayfinder” as another label for what we are now calling “Life Coach.”  After a quick Google search, I found that this term is the title of a book by an anthropologist named Wade Davis.  This got my - Continue Reading