Recommended Reading

MDA ALS Caregivers Guide


This essential manual addresses the whole spectrum of caregiving for people with ALS, from respiration and nutrition to financial and legal concerns. It also contains an extensive section on finding caregiving help.

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Another Bump in the Road, by Leslie Shapiro

Another Bump in the Road follows the experiences of Linda Burge along her 7 year journey with ALS. Through a series of interviews, Linda chronicles her illness, bringing the reader into the reality of living with ALS. She describes the impact of increasing disabilities, and the accommodations necessitated as a result. 

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Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Families, by Hiroshi Mitsumoto MD

This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of the management of ALS, beginning with discussions of clinical features of the disease, diagnosis, and an overview of symptom management. Major sections deal with medical and rehabilitative management, living with ALS, managing advanced disease, end-of-life issues, and resources that can provide support and assistance.  Click here to buy.




The Journey of Man, by Spencer Wells

Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to us—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races?  Click here to buy.





Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life, by Phillip Simmons

Philip Simmons was just thirty-five years old in 1993 when he learned that he had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was told he had less than five years to live. As a young husband and father, and at the start of a promising literary career, he suddenly had to learn the art of dying. Nine years later, he has succeeded, against the odds, in learning the art of living.  Click here to buy.




Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue

John O'Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom. Click here to buy.




Stories of Men, Meaning and Prayer, by Jeffrey Duvall

This is a book especially directed to men. It is a book about how a man's life may be enriched by many different soulful activities, as well as by reflecting on the words of diverse men and women. This is also a book proving to be of great interest to women as they journey through life alongside their fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and friends. It is a book of many different stories and tales, told by men and women as they seek to live lives in touch with their hearts and souls.  Click here to buy.




Fools Crow, by Thomas E. Mails

Frank Fools Crow, a spiritual and civic leader of the Teton Sioux, spent nearly a century helping those of every race. A disciplined, gentle man who upheld the old ways, he was aggrieved by the social ills he saw besetting his own people and forthright in denouncing them. When he died in 1989 at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, he was widely loved and respected.  Click here to buy.




Neptune’s Daughter: Journey into Oneness, by Julie Yau

Immensely powerful, inspiring and thought provoking, Neptune’s Daughter, journey into oneness, is a delightful, if not somewhat astonishing, insight into one woman’s incredible spiritual journey. It beautifully relays our interconnectedness, breaking through the illusion of separation to the vast spacious awareness that we are.

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The Eagle and the Rose, by Rosemary Altea

For the first time in trade paperback comes Altea's bestselling account of her true experiences as an internationally renowned medium and healer.  Click here to buy.






Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber, by Ken Wilber

Here is a deeply moving account of a couple's struggle with cancer and their journey to spiritual healing. Grace and Grit is the compelling story of the five-year journey of Ken Wilber and his wife Treya Killam Wilber through Treya's illness, treatment, and, finally, death.  Click here to buy.




Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, by Peter A. Levine
Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. 

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Healing Into Life and Death, by Stephen Levine
In Healing Into Life And  Death, Stephen Levine deals directly with the choice  and application of treatment, offering original  techniques for working with pain and grief, and  discusses the development of a merciful awareness as a  means of healing, as well as how to encourage  others to do the same.  Click here to buy.





The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche, is the ultimate introduction to Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. An enlightening, inspiring, and comforting manual for life and death that the New York Times calls, “The Tibetan equivalent of [Dante’s] The Divine Comedy,” this is the essential work that moved Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions, to proclaim, “I have encountered no book on the interplay of life and death that is more comprehensive, practical, and wise.”  Click here to buy.




The Fruitful Darkness, by Joan Halifax

In this highly personal and insightful odyssey of the heart and mind, Joan Halifax encounters Tibetan Buddhist meditators, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders, among others. In rapt prose, she recounts her explorations—from Japanese Zen meditation to hallucinogenic plants, from the Dogon people of Mali to the Mayan rain forest, all the while creating "an adventure of the spirit and a feast of wisdom old and new”.  Click here to buy.





Trances People Live, by Stephen Wolinsky, Ph.D.

Trance is the "glue" that holds the problem in the present moment. Learning to identify the kind of trance state beneath a problem or symptom gives us the tool that finally dissolves the glue. This book offers a gold-mine of resources for those who suffer from dysfunctional patterns of behavior or for anyone who feels stuck in an undesirable emotional or addictive state.  Click here to buy.




The Dark Side of the Inner Child, by Stephen Wolinsky

Stephen Wolinsky brings us full circle in understanding the reality of our inner child. Rather than being always "precious", Dr. Wolinsky shows us the dysfunctional shadow side of our inner child and puts us in touch with those frozen, inner-child memories or trance states that keep creating problems by filtering reality through outmoded, limited, and distorted lenses.  Click here to buy.





Intimate Relationships: Why They Do and Do Not Work, by Stephen Wolinsky, Ph.D.

Unrealistic expectations are the culprit in relationship problems. Dr. Wolinsky looks at the root causes of unrealistic expectations: separation, resistance to separation, and desire for merger. It is the unresolved resistance to separation which leads people to expect partners to act as parents and fulfill past-time needs in the present. The further extension of this subconscious demand is not "seeing" or experiencing the partner as a human being in the present.  Click here to buy.




Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately, by John Lee

The author of The Flying Boy describes how repressing anger can have profound effects on personal health and guides readers step by step through the process of getting past their fears.  Click here to buy.





Home with God in a Life that Never Ends, by Neale Donald Walsch

Through his profound and personal dialogue with God, Walsch explores the process by which all human beings must end their days here on Earth and begin their new life in God's Kingdom, to which all eventually return, regardless of their earthly deeds. This astonishing spiritual work offers hope, comfort, and surprising revelations for all humankind.  Click here to buy.





Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan as he learns to live as a peaceful warrior. Click here to buy.



The Soul of Rumi, by Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi's poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi's signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart's longings.  Click here to buy.




The Final Crossing, by Scott Eberle

This personal account recalls "the final crossing" of Steven Foster - one of the pioneers of modern-day wilderness rites of passage - from the perspective of the hospice physician who helped ferry him across. Interspersed with Steven and Scott's story is a more sweeping historical view of how the rites of passage movement and the hospice movement have converged.  Click here to buy.



We Who Have Gone Before, by Steven Foster

Nearing the end of a full life as a teacher, husband, father, eco-therapist, and vision fast guide, Steven Foster calls on the coyote-wisdom of ancestral and morphogenetic memory to enliven the mysteries of great and small, love and death, reality and illusion, truth and imagination, sacred and profane, nature and human. Having given his life to initiatory experience in the wilderness, he speaks from a uniquely human perspective of solitude and the love of desert places.  Click here to buy.





Knocking on Heaven’s Door, by Kathy Butler

In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.  Click here to buy.





A True Man For Others: The Coach Jim Cotter Story, by Jim Cotter and Paul Kenney

A new, illustrated memoir that celebrates the career and life of Boston College High School teacher and coach, Jim Cotter.  Click here to buy.






Irishmen Don’t Cry, by Richard P. Flynn

Richard brings us back to his initial ALS diagnosis seven years ago, along with his interpretations as well as his doctors. Richard's use of humor keeps the book light hearted in spite of such a serious disease. His reflection on his life and experiences range from childhood memories to present day experiences living with ALS and the adjustments he has made.  Click here to buy.




Until I Say Good-Bye, by Susan Spencer Wedel with Bret Witter


Until I Say Good-Bye is Spencer-Wendel’s account of living a full life with humor, courage, and love, but also accepting death with grace and dignity. It’s a celebration of life, a look into the face of death, and the effort we must make to show the people that we love and care about how very much they mean to us. 

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