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Welcome to the Inner-healing Web Site

hosted by F. Michael Montgomery, LCSW, LMFT

LCS 6184, MFC 15488

Therapy for the heart, mind, body and spirit in a safe and healing setting

This Inner-healing web site is a resource center for the support and promotion of personal growth and healing.

My desire is to support people in their own healing through the compassionate and courageous work of their hearts. 

 

Books

Please enjoy browsing the following areas.  These are books that I have found to be insightful, supportive or educational.

bulletAnxiety / Depression
bulletHealing
bulletLoss / Grief
bulletRelationships
bulletRituals
bulletSpirituality

If there are any books that you would recommend for me to evaluate, please E-mail me.  I would also like to hear why you like the book and a brief description of it.

I would encourage everyone to support our local independent bookstores such as:
Copperfield's Books in Sonoma County, California.
Many are also able to provide ordering online:
http://www.copperfields.net

These are books that address how to be present in a healing way in our lives.   Enjoy!

bulletThe Four-Fold Way:  Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.

Angeles Arrien has examined and explored indigenous cultures throughout the world and describes the paths to healing and wholeness available to us all.  This is a warm and inspiring book.

(Also see Quotes: Being Present: The Four-Fold Way)

(See also Healing Quotes)

 

bulletKitchen Table Wisdom:  Stories That Heal

Rachel Naomi Remen

Ms. Remen shares the stories of people she has worked with in a manner filled with warmth and wisdom.  As someone who has struggled with chronic illness herself, she is able to deeply describe how our struggles can transform us.

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These books describe ways in which we can address the anxiety and depression we experience in our lives.  Please also check out the books under "Healing" and "Loss & Grief" as these, too, address many aspects of these issues.

bulletThe Anxiety and Phobia Workbook:  A Step-by-step Program for curing Yourself of Extreme Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias

Edmund J. Bourne, Ph. D.

This book is a practical and complete  guide describing anxiety, panic attacks and phobias with a step by step approach to working with them.

 

bulletThe Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

Martha Davis, Ph.D.,  Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, M.S.W., and Matthew McKay, Ph.D.

This, too, is another practical yet clear book describing stress in our lives and the many approaches and exercises to help us effectively deal with it.

 

bulletThe Feeling Good Handbook

David D. Burns, M.D.

This is a book filled with charts and examples of how our moods affect us and how we can work with them to build our self-esteem and build our confidence.

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These books help explore the many different types of loss and grief that we experience in our daily lives. 

bulletA Grief Observed

C. S. Lewis

A small yet incredible book of a man struggling with the death of his beloved wife, the painful feelings that arise from this and his own struggle with his faith.

 

bulletA Year To Live:  How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last

Stephen Levine

Stephen and his wife Ondrea decided to live one full year as if it were their last year to be alive.  In this way they were able to address their denial of death so as to better live their lives.  "This is a book of renewal.  It is not simply about dying but about the restoration of the heart."

(See also Quotes: Healing: Touching with   mercy)

 

bulletFacing Death and Finding Hope:  A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying

Christine Longaker

This book, written by a woman who cared for her dying husband and who committed herself afterwards to her own healing, describes the healing and transformation of suffering that can take place when we care from a deeply compassionate place.  While Longaker writes from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective, this is an inspiration for people of all faiths.

 

bulletHealing Into Life and Death

Stephen Levine

This book explores how even in the midst of our living or dying we can find our healing rooted in our compassion.  The book includes meditations on forgiveness, healing, letting go and others.

 

bulletThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist teacher known for his wisdom, warmth and humor.  In this book, he addresses how to bring spiritual support and care to the dying from a compassionate and heartfelt place.

(See also Grief Quotes)

(See also What Is Grief Article)

(See also Grief Obstacles Article)

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These books help us explore the deepening of relationships and how we can learn and grow through  them.

bulletEmbracing the Beloved:  Relationship As A Path of Awakening

Stephen and Ondrea Levine

Stephen and Ondrea explore how living our relationships in a deeply mindful and compassionate way can be a path to our healing.  This book also includes meditations that support our becoming more aware of who we are and support the healing that "we were born for."

 

bulletJourney of the Heart:  Intimate Relationship and the Path of Love

John Welwood

Welwood invites us to more deeply live in our relationships and the possibilities that a relationship offers.  He asks us to be willing to "dance on the razor's edge" to have the intimacy we yearn for that supports both the individual and the couple.

 

bulletLove Is the Answer:  Creating Positive Relationships

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane V. Cirincione

This book is based on A Course in Miracles and describes seven "stepping stones" for moving beyond the fear and blaming of relationships and into the more loving and satisfying nature of relationships.

(See also Relationship Quotes)

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This book describes how to bring the power and support of ritual into our everyday lives.

bulletRites of Passage:  Celebrating Life's Changes

Kathleen Wall, PH.D. and Gary Ferguson

This book describes "the five steps of ritual" and is full of warmly told stories of many types of ritual that can support and help transform our lives.  There are rituals for relationships and families, rituals for youth and for work, rituals for divorce and for midlife passage to name a few.

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Spirituality addresses the connection with the Divine we each have whether or not we are part of a particular church.  These books are ones that I have found to support and awaken the passion of our spirituality.

bulletCreation Spirituality:  Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth

Matthew Fox

Fox describes his four paths of a creation-centered spirituality.  In this perspective, he asks us to open to the roles of mysticism, awe, compassion, community, justice and sacrifice.  His is a spirituality for the "Americas."

 

bulletGuided Meditations, Explorations and Healings

Stephen Levine

Stephen offers dozens of meditations that address the pain, fear, grief and every other emotion in a deep and compassionate way.  "Sometimes it breaks my heart / to watch my mind. /  And sometimes it stays broken / long enough to touch / even this pain / with love."

 

bulletManifest Your Destiny:  The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

Wayne W. Dyer

Dyer addresses issues of awareness, trust- worthiness and our connection with the universal Divine which is present to us all in supporting  us in living our lives fully.

 

bulletMeditations with Meister Eckhart

Matthew Fox

This book is a series of short meditations and writings of Meister Eckhart whom Fox describes  as a "mystic, prophet, feminist and...poet."

 

bulletOpen Mind, Open Heart:  The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

Thomas Keating

In a simple yet clear and concise way, Keating describes "Centering Prayer" as a way to profoundly move our lives through prayerful, non-judgmental meditation.

If there are any books that you would recommend for me to evaluate, please
E-mail me.  I would also like to hear why you like the book and a brief description of it.

Please E-mail me with any suggestions, comments, or feedback you may have. I would really like to hear from you!

 

 

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