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Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Recommended Books & Tapes
For Personal Development


These are the books and tapes that our readers recommend because they have given them the tools to change their lives and go after their dreams.  "Leaders are readers!"  To live the life you really want:  buy, read and USE these books!

Each book is listed just as our readers sent it in, and they are linked to, where you can safely purchase them on-line and have them delivered to your door in a few days, usually at a 20-30% discount!  While these books and tapes are widely available, we do appreciate your puchasing them from Amazon because the small commission helps support our free newsletter and the resources on this website.  

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Dr Humbert's Personal Recommendations

Wishcraft, by Barbara Sher
Recommended by:  8 TIP's Subscribers
If there was one book that changed my life immediatly, it was Wishcraft by Barbara Sher. She gives concrete advice, which is not only inspiring but exceedingly practical. What really impacted me was her ability to make me resculpt my life to include elements of the things I love. Her creative compromising tactics can help people move from escape fantasies to self-actualization. -- Rachel A.

See you at the Top, by  Zig Ziglar
Recommended by:  15 (!) TIP's Subscribers
"Zig packs as much value as he can onto every page. There are many many practical tips, amusing illustrations, fantastic analogies, and motivating stories. The book has been through at least 28 reprintings. This is the accumulated creme de la creme of Zig's long speaking career. Here is the best of Zig Ziglar." -- Sheila T.

Wisdom of the Ages by Wayne Dyer
Recommended by:  13 TIP's Subscribers
"This is one that I actually use a reference. I've read it cover to cover several times, but also find it inspiring to read certain passages relating to current issues in my life.  Dyer has spotlighted many great minds of our time and eloquently illustrated how their beliefs, quotes, works, etc. still influence our lives today, and how we can continue to learn from them." --  Jennifer P.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - and it's All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson
Recommended by:  8 TIP's Subscribers
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is a sprightly blend of old ideas and new ideas on how to how to cope with the fiendish pace of the Information Age. You won’t recognize most of the old ideas though, because Author Carlson has dressed them up to fit today. In a gentle way, there’s something rewarding here for almost everybody. -- J.G.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Don't Worry, Make Money: Spiritual and Practical Ways to Create Abudance and More Fun in Your Life, by Richard Carlson
Recommended by:  12 TIP's Subscribers
"This is one of the most insightful books I have ever read. Dr. Carlson truly understands the way fear and worry can limit a person's life. This book is NOT a finical guide or a get rich quick book. In fact, "Don't Worry, Live Better" would probably be a better title. I can honestly say that this book has helped me overcome fears that have plagued me my entire life and the difference in my life is amazing!" -- J.W.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins
Recommended by: 17 TIP's Subscribers
"There is more material on leadership and self-improvement in this book than any other.  Every page is crammed with insight that is easy to read and learn.  This book covers every topic of personal development I have ever heard of.   The sub-title says it all:  How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical & Financial Destiny!" -- M.L.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr Maxwell Maltz
Recommended by:  2 TIP's Subscribers
I read this at a young age, in my late teens & early 20's.  I was in a dead-end job, no education, no family, no religion, and on the road toward alcoholism.  After reading Psycho-Cybernetics, everything changed in my life.  For the past 30 some-odd years, I have worked at night school, gotten AA, BS and Master's degrees and started on my doctorate.  Not only that, my business life has prospered.  I now earn twenty times what I did then. My wife and I have successfully raised and educated four adult children.  And I can't wait for the next phase of my life. It is going to be wonderful." -- B.K.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Where Two Worlds Touch : Spiritual Rites of Passage, by Gloria Karpinski
Recommended by:  2 TIP's Subscribers
"[This is] book that I reach for over and over.  The cover says...learn to embrace change as part of your spiritual homework with this pathfinding guide.  The book contains a HUGE amount of wisdom.  The part I most often use with clients is the exercise "Altar of Forgiveness."  It provides a concrete step by step way of approaching forgiveness.  In fact, I have typed it out and send it by email to clients who want it." -- K.A.M.

The Game of Life and How to Play It, by Florence Scovel-Shinn
Recommended by: 2 TIP's Subscribers 
"Florence Scovel-Shinn established herself as one of the most down to earth, practical and helpful prosperity writers of the era. With a timeless message and the ability to explain success principles and how they work in an entertaining and easy to read style her writings are still considered the leaders in prosperity literature today." -- M.T.

Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!, by Dr Robert Schuller
Recommended by:  7 TIP's Subscribers
"This is one of Dr Schuller's best!  I'm not particularly religious, but his faith and his optimism are contagious.  I love this book!  It has helped me through many dark days, and encouraged me to hang in there, stay the course and triumph many times.  Everybody goes through tough times sooner or later, and when tough times come your way, reach for this book!" -- S.R.

If It's Going to Be, It's Up to Me, by Dr Robert Schuller
Recommended by: 6 TIP's Subscribers
"This is the most practical, powerful and honest book about achievement I've every read.  There's no fluff and he doesn't mince words.  To create the life I want and achieve my goals, I have to get up in the morning, do the right things, and put my faith into action.  You can just feel Dr Schuller's love and encouragement come through every page.  I recommend this to all my friends.  Success isn't magic, it's faith plus hard work plus determination!" -- T.S.M.

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Recommended by: 12 TIP's Subscribers
Simple? Yes! Inspiring?  Yes!  Practical!  Yes!  Great daily book of essays for creating abundance in your life through simplicity, gratitude, joy and more!  A great, inspiring read for each day of the year! -- J.U.

The Aladdin Factor, by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
Recommended by:  9 TIP's Subscribers
"POWERFUL book about learning and developing the skill to simply ASK for what you want in life.  Includes an incredible series of 5 tasks for asking, such as a list of 101 wished!  I loved it!  I put it into practice in my life and things started happening!!!" -- J.U.

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway! by Susan Jeffers
Recommended by: 8 TIP's Subscribers
"This is one of the best self-help books I've ever read. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I will love her for life because of it. The book is easy to read, absorb and Jeffers makes taking action seem like a breeze! It's full of so much common sense and honesty, you can't read it without feeling compelled to do something to change your life." -- K.B.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Get Out of Your Own Way! : Escape from Mind Traps, by Dr Tom Rusk
Recommended by: 4 TIP's Subscribers

"Rusk puts forth an easy-to-understand list of 16 mind traps that inhibit personal change.  Traps range from self doubt to the "Great American Success" trap.  He also gives a method to free yourself from the traps and initiate a persoansl change plan.  The book is helpful in identifying barriers that keep coming between what I want and the familiar pattern of what I get." -- J.B

The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron
Recommended by:  11 TIP's Subscribers

"This book is useful, inspiring, and full of wisdom from cover to cover. It is not just for artists, but for anyone who is creative, in any way. (Hint: Anyone in business for themselves is creative!) The Artist's Way is a 12-week course in discovering, recovering, and empowering the inner creative. (You know, the part of you that yearns to learn photography, wear red silk ties, or just plain goof off.) The tools given in Cameron's book can be used every day, long after you've finished the book itself. Gentle, but not wimpy, this book will help you discover fact from fiction, reality from fantasy, want-to's from shoulds. I've done the 12 week course twice, and each timetruly miraculous things have opened up in my life." -- P.C.

The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck
Recommended by:  15 TIP's Subscribers
"I truly enjoyed this book very much because Dr. Peck really tells the truth about life. LIFE IS TOUGH! There's no doubt about it. No other authors, I know of, have the courage to tell it like it is.  I did not agree with all of the author's views about Christianity, but that was easy to over-look because the book is so real, so true, so helpful and so honest.  A refreshing and wonderful book of hope in the midst of real life.  Very inspiring!" -- P.K.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Recommended by:  9 TIP's Subscribers
"This book is a master piece. I bought it because it's so famous, and my boss wanted me to read it.  I was skeptical, but the first 20 pages turned me around!  This book is far superior to most of the other self help books in the market because he doesn't promise quick fixes or easy solutions.  He writes about living with principle, and practicing what we preach. A must read for everyone." -- P.B.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Recommended by:  7 TIP's Subscribers

"This book was written by a Psychiatrist who survived several years of concentration camp life, and emerged to help other survivors discover how to go on after incredible loss. It will teach you tolerance, courage, and how to see the positive side of negative situations."-- M.B.  "This book has inspired hope, strength and brought meaning and purpose to millions of people, including me.  This book turned my life around, and gave me hope." -- S.A.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra
Recommended by:  9 TIP's Subscribers
This is the most spriritual, practical and powerful book I've ever read!  Deepak has distilled the essence of both his own books and the best writers from 2000 yeas into 7 simple, powerful spiritual laws.  Success does not require hard work or luck or even a lot of faith.  It does require an understanding of life.  Living successfully is about our priorities and about cooperating with the way life is.  The most important book I've ever read!" -- M.B.
Also available on tape cassettes!

Reason for Hope : A Spiritual Journey, by Jane Goodall
Recommended by:  3 TIP's Subscribers
Although known by the public for her work with Chimps this latest book from Jane is excellent. While overviewing her life and how she has come to be where she is know she also openly discusses her view of spirituality and our link and need for nature. How she views life and why she has hope despite all the environmental and spiritual problems in the world. A wonderful and powerful book from a strong and serene woman."  -- L.J.
Also available on tape cassettes!

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