This list represents books I've read once or twice, sometimes more. They helped me tremendously during my early mental--and physical--rides. They still do. And it's a lengthy list. Of course, it took me several years to read them and do the work that some require. But these are my favorites. I've read many, many more. But these, for me, touch on the important points of emotional, physical, spiritual, and even sexual growth. We're aiming for balance in all four areas of life.
Pick and choose what works for you. Create your own list. Add to this one. Substract from it. Let your Killer instincts--your most honest and tuned-in gut reaction--lead the way. But if you don't know where to start, here are several good bets:
A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps (for all people in the process of recovery) by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
Believe in the God Who Believes in You by Robert H. Schuller
Boundaries and Relationships by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy
Choices by Shad Helmstetter
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Feel the Fear And Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
Life Application Study Bible: New Living Translation
Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Focus for Women by Fran Hewitt & Les Hewitt
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield