|I have often been asked what books influenced my writing, teaching and learning. Finally, I am doing a quick review of these books and am having super positive reminders! Many of the books are old, but still in print which tells you of the quality contained between their covers. I recommend the following books to persons who want to explore their inner-self. I believe this exploration helps us become more balanced as a person and as a rider. You will get out of these books what you need to at the time you read them. I learned a lot from them when I read them years ago, but am learning more as I review them now. Each of these books played a role in my growth as an instructor and as a person. -Jill K. Hassler.|
24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success
By William J. O'Neil
McGraw-Hill Professional Pub - Dec 1999
Step by step advice to learn more about the complex process of investing. A very good book for those who want a base understanding to secure money.
Different Children, Different Needs: The Art of Adjustable Parenting
By Charles F. Boyd
A very valuable, easy to understand book that helps you identify your behavior style. While it is written for parents and children, it is very easy to translate to husband-wife, employer-employee, or co-workers, etc. Recommended for anyone who is interested in personal improvement or getting along better with those around you.
|Equine Law & Horse Sense
By Julie I. Fershtman
Published by Horses & The Law Pub., Mar 96
A valuable book to have in every horse owner's library. Julie Fershtman provides practical and easy to understand information on equine law and because she has horse experience, she is right on target keeping the horseman's interest at heart.
|Living, Loving & Learning
by Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.
Ballantine Books, 1982.
10 months on the New York Times Best Seller List!
All horse lovers will enjoy this book about LOVE. It is easy to read and covers all aspects of love and learning. While it is not written in horse terms, a horse lover can identify with the loving relationship with the horse and transfer it to their relationship with them selves and their life in general. Love is at the route of all learning, so we can all benefit from Leo Buscaglia's beautiful presentation of love and learning.
|Loving Each Other
The Challenge of Human Relationships
by Leo F. Buscaglia
Fawcett Books, 1990
This popular book is about LOVE. It offers tools that help us understand and improve all relationships. While it is designed to help in our traditional relationships, horse lovers can identify with many aspects of their "horse" relationships. This book was so valuable, I gave it to all my grown children to read. It is full of hope and concrete ideas that are very practical and useful.
|On Death and Dying
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Simon & Schuster, 1997
The Art of Being Fully Human
by Leo F. Buscaglia
Fawcet Books, 1986
An easy to understand book about self understanding. A wonderful FIRST book for those who want to understand themselves. A great gift for young adults who are embarking on the development of their philosophy of life. Helps us to understand the needs and natural changes of the different stages of life. A great book about love, life and understanding.
by Andrew Weil
Published by Knopf, 1995
|The Highly Sensitive Person
How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
by Elaine N. Aron
Broadway Books, 1997
Horses are sensitive; many of us are sensitive but suffer from not understanding our sensitivity or repressing it. The author presents a clear picture of the challenges, understanding, and development of the sensitive side of our personality. This can help us better understand ourself and our horse.
|The Relationship Toolbox
by Robert Abel
Published by Valentine Publishing House, 1998
Whether it is a relationship with our horse or with another person, relationships are challenging! The Relationship Toolbox is an easy to use book with easy reference to problems as they present themselves. Robert Abel uses a car theme to relate problems and solutions to, thus making them very easy to understand. A book used more for reference rather general reading!
|The Relaxation Response
by Herbert Benson, M.D.
Avon Books, 1974.
Most riders understand the need to be relaxed around and on a horse, but letting go of the stress related to their lives to the degree that allows them to be totally relaxed on a horse is very difficult. Herbert Benson's book gives us a technique that can help us understand the need to be relaxed, understanding of the process of relaxation and a technique to relax. Whether you choose to use his technique or not is not important, the book will definitely expand your knowledge and awareness of this subject. It may also help you live a healthier life!
|The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey
Change is part of growth. Each of life's experiences changes us in some way. How can we use life's lessons to make POSITIVE changes? This book offers a step by step program that will help people achieve their personal and professional goals. It helps open the mind to ways to improve relationships. For horse lovers it is great to help you understand how to use goals in your riding program as well as your life. Recommended for those ready to investigate change!
|The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
by Deepak Chopra
Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995
Based on natural laws that help us to understand ourselves and live in more peace and harmony. It is about fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others, one of the greatest challenges in a lifetime. This book is easy to read, and filled with wisdom and practical steps that you can begin immediately. Great for personal growth with ourselves, others and our horses.
The Wall Street Journal's Guide to Understanding Money & Investing
By Kenneth M. Morris & Virginia B. Morris
Fireside, Aug 1999
An easy to use book for the busy person who wants to insure that their personal finances are in order.
|The Wheel of Life
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Elisabeth's last book, her autobiography is an inspiration to all of us. This book helps us to understand her life's mission to help reader's accept death. Recommended for the reader who is interested in understanding the life of a woman who put actions behind her mission.
|Thinking in Pictures
And Other Reports from My Life With Autism
by Temple Grandin
Vintage Books, 1996
"Thinking in Pictures" is a fascinating book that helps readers see how animals think. Dr. Grandin sees/thinks in pictures, giving her a "real" empathy for animals. Her autism combined with her intelligence gives us a unique and indepth perception to consider.
Shifting: Creating More Time To Enjoy Your Life
by Stephan Rechtschaffen
Timeshifting will give the reader a new perspective on time. While it does not teach you how to organize your time, it tells you how to change your attitude about time. The new relationship you can develop with time promotes a reduction of stress and helps you get the most out of the time you do have and the activities you choose to be involved in. For busy people who have trouble enjoying the moment, this book is spectacular. You will discover that you have more time to enjoy life just by looking at it from Stephan Rechtschaffen's presentation. Don't expect yourself to change immediately; it will take time to change old habits and become mindful of the shift we must make in our perceptions. All riders can benefit as most are very busy people and are often too busy to enjoy the beautiful moments our horses give us, or we miss these moments because we are so busy reviewing the past or planning the next step. Super concepts!
by Christmas Humphreys
Quest book published by The Theosophical Publishing House, 1974.
Walk On has 104 powerful pages filled with new information about our inner self, how to incorporate it into our life and beliefs and moving on and using the knowledge. It is about goals, attitude, discipline, concentration, love and more. It helps readers get in touch with their own powers of accomplishment and gives insight on "how to" make appropriate changes. It is a very useful book to help readers better understand themselves and take a look into their 'soul'. A very deep "how to" book. It is very beneficial for horse lovers to read this book and examine their relationship with the horse and then transfer what they discover to their relationship and actions with themselves. This can really promote self growth.
|Where to Go from Here
Discovering Your Own Life's Widsom in the Second Half of Your Life
by James E. Birren & Linda Feldman
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1997
IA well written book that is a MUST for anyone over 40 who is ready and eager to re-examine their life and up-date their philosophy. Well written, easy to read, great questions, good suggestions and charts that help you take a helpful look at who you are and what you want to do with the next phase of your life. Horsepersons may discover the motivator behind their horse involvement, uncover their goals and put the horses into a reasonable perspective. The author's approach really helps the readers to 'know themselves', something I feel is vital to getting the most out of each ride. I can't recommend this book enough!
|Zen in the Martial Arts
by Joe Hyams
Bantam Books, 1982.
I had an issue with time and its value and use, so this book is perhaps the most influential book I read in my thirst for knowledge. Reading Joe Hyams book was one of my first exposures to the state of "being" which I had often heard about but did not understand. The style of the book makes it easy to read and understand, even for the exploratory reader who has little understanding of his/her 'inner self'. I refer to this book often as a reminder and inspiration for 'inner quietness' which is directly related to relaxing the mind. 133 powerful pages of information for me!
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