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1.  A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
by Daniel H. Pink
Softcover, 276 pages
ISBN: 1-59448-171-7
©2006 Riverhead/Berkley/Penguin
"The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers--creative and empathetic 'right-brain' thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't."

2.  Resilience: The Power to Bounce Back When the Going Gets Tough
by Frederich Flach, M.D.
Reprint Edition (formerly subtitled: Discovering New Strength at Times of Stress)
Softcover, 270 pages
ISBN: 1886330956
©1997 Hatherleigh Press
Dr. Frederic Flach takes the anxiety out of hard times by showing you how to embrace you fears and become stronger because of them. Drawing on over thirty years of experience, Flach reveals the remarkable antidote to the destructive qualities of stress: RESILIENCE. Readers will discover: how to develop the 14 traits that will make you more resilient; why "falling apart" is the smartest step to take on the road to resilience, the sanity-saving technique of distracting yourself, the helpful five-step plan for creative problem-solving, the power of language to destroy and heal...and more!

3.  Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl
Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN: 0-671-02337-3
© 1998 Washington Square Press.
Essential reading for anyone interested in resiliency, thriving, and surviving in adversity. This book is now listed by the U.S. Library of Congress as "one of the ten most influential books in America." This is the current printing of the book originally penned in the 1960s.

4.  Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
by Martin Seligman, PhD
Reprint Edition
Softcover, 319 pages
ISBN: 0671019112
©1998 Pocket Books (re-issue, March 1998)
This groundbreaking book teaches readers how to choose optimism--thereby gaining an essential new freedom to build a life of real rewards and lasting fulfillment. Compiles scientific evidence that optimism is vital to overcoming defeat and exhibits how readers can learn the habit of optimism necessary for a successful and happy life.

5. Still Me
by Christopher Reeve
Hardback, 312 pages
ISBN: 0-679-45235-4
LCCN: 98-10223
© 1998 Cambria Productions Inc, published by Random House
Christopher Reeve recounted his life story, successes and failures in this book. He tells of his life-changing accident that redefined his perception of a hero to an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. The central theme of his book is that people aren't disabled, rather, each person is an individual who has a difficult physical condition to deal with. Read more about his inspirational story.
(We are mournful of Mr. Reeve's recent passing, but hope that the great efforts to help people recover from neurological and spinal cord damage continue with much support.)

Resiliency Reading List :

The Survivor's Club
Ben Sherwood
Hardcover. 400 pages
© Grand Central Publishing (January 26, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0446580243
"In tough times, who bounces back and who doesn't? Who overcomes adversity and who gives up? And perhaps most important: What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don't? These are the questions that award-winning journalist Ben Sherwood explores in The Survivors Club."

What could I do... If I Were Brave
David McNally and RumJungle Media Film
VHS Video, 20 minutes
© David McNally
"Ordinary people with extraordinary attitudes share compelling stories of how they moved from despair to acceptance" and on to becoming victors, not victims. A short video full of inspirational folks who have all undergone the amputation of one or more limbs. These go-getters have come together for the National Amputee Associaion Golf Association Championship in Minnesota.

The Real Race: Skip Wilkins' Story
Skip WIlkins & Joeseph Dunn
Paternoster Press (© July 1988)
ISBN-10: 0850091608
ISBN-13: 978-0850091601
The late Skip Wilkins was an outstanding high school athlete. Three days after he graduated, he broke his neck in a water skiing accident. The lower part of his body was permanently paralyzed. His rehabilitation was a long slow process, but he handled it with good humor. He decided that being in a wheel chair would not hold him back from athletic activities and he ended up becoming National Athlete of the Year in Wheel Chair Sports. Read more about him in our story "Bloom Where You Land."

Beat the Success Trap: Negotiating for the life you really want and deserve
Ed Brodow
Hardcover, 270 pages
ISBN: 0-06-000882-2
© 2003 Ed Brodow, HarperCollins.
In Beating the Success Trap, Ed Brodow outlines his four steps for personal fulfillment. He takes the skills of business negotiation and translated them into the tools other people need to maximize their quality of life. This book will help you attract the lifestyle that will make you truly content with your self, your life and your place in the world.

So, Who Do You Think You Are? Face Your Wounds, Heal Them, and Change Your Life
David W. Pendlum
Softcover, 140 pages pages
ISBN: 0-9672942-1-5
© 2000 David W. Pendlum. Greenleaf Book Group.
Dave Pendlum was born with a cleft palate and cleft lip and received little medical care until his mid-teens. As a result, he spent many years adopting a victim complex. At the age of 30, he finally listened to a friend who convinced him he was living in the past. He took the conversation as a wake-up call and began to develop a process to face his wounds, heal them and take control of his life. In this book, he presents techniques for taking personal responsibility, overcoming self-sabotage and reclaiming the balance necessary to lead a happier, healthier life.

Chosen to Live: The Inspiring Story of Flight 232 Survivor Jerry Schemmel
by Jerry Schemmel with Kevin Simpson
Hardcover, 213 pages
ISBN: 0965208656
LCCN: 96-090387
©1996 Victory Publishing
In 1989, on a flight from Denver to Chicago, the rear engine exploded minutes after takeoff and the pilots made a mercy landing in Sioux City, Iowa. Jerry Schemmel was aboard that flight and miraculously survived.

what doesn't kill you makes you stronger: Turning Bad Breaks into Blessings
Maxine Schnall
Hardcover, 243 pages
ISBN: 0-7382-0732-2
© 2002 Maxine Schnall. Perseus Publishing.
Drawn from personal experience, Maxine Schnall provides a system of beliefs and practical exercises to help you most effectively navigate the winding path from loss to regeneration. Check the section on "Hidden Gifts" starting on page 42 for some good insights.

After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All Over Again
by Suzanne Somers
Hardback, 308 pages
ISBN: 0-609-60312-4
LCCN: 98-13230
© 1998, Crown Publishers
In this moving and inspiring memoir, Suzanne Somers revisits her years before and after Three's Company and reveals with fearless self-examination how the dizzying rise and fall of her television career mirrored the chaos and conflict in her personal life.

The 7 Greatest Truths About Successful Women: How You Can Achieve Financial Independence, Professional Freedom and Personal Joy
Marion Luna Brem
Hardcover, 195 pages
ISBN: 0-399-14743-8
© 2001 Marion Luna Brem. G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin/Putnam)
Play by your own rules / Succeed on your own terms. Rewrite the rulebook in business and life. Understand and embrace the strengths and weaknesses that every woman possesses. Marion Brem, a survivor of both cervical and breast cancer, went from jobless, divorced and $500,000 in debt to owner of two auto dealerships, and an advertising agency in 7 years.

Rainbow Remedies for Life's Stormy Times
Joanne K. Hill
Softcover, 280 pages
ISBN: 0-9707032-0-1
© 2002 Joanne K. Hill. Moorhill Communications.
When 12 members of her family died within four years, Joanne Hill discovered seven remedies not only to survive, but to thrive. Looking for rainbows through those stormy times, Joanne found her way through grief and depression to inner peace. She relates her insights in practical ways to help the reader through times of struggle.

Black Holes and Energy Pirates: How to Recognize and Release Them, How to Create the Life You Want
Jesse Reeder
Softcover, 296 pages
ISBN: 1-58091-048-3
© 2001 Jesse Reeder. The Crossing Press.
This breakthrough book provides practical guidelines on how to escape from emotional quicksand in relationships, become immune to energy draining people, and consciously create a strong flow of healthy, effective energy in every aspect of your life.

Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions
Jerry L. Fletcher and Kelle Olwyler
Hardcover, 200 pages
ISBN: 1-88105-280-X
© 1997, Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
"Based on years of real-world testing with individuals and corporate leaders, Fletcher and Olwyler's five-step method in Paradoxical Thinking helps the reader to consciously bring together the paradoxical sides of yourself to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations." (Midwest Book Review)

VIictor Frankl Recollections: An Autobiography
Translated by Joseph and Judith Fabry
Hardcover, 144 pages
ISBN: 0-306-45410-6
© 1997 Insight Books.
Frankl, author of the highly acclaimed Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning, describes his life with his words of undeniable power and insight.

High on Stress: A Woman's Guide to Optimizing the Stress in Her Life
by Simone Ravicz, PhD, MBA
Softcover, 262 pages
ISBN: 1-57224-110-1
LCCN: 97-75481
© 1998 Simone Ravicz, published by New Harbinger Publications Inc.
This book is loaded with self-evaluations and practical guidelines based on solid research. It is an excellent resource on how to sustain good energy and hold up under pressure. New Harbinger Publications, 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. $13.95

Achieving Emotional Literacy: A Personal Program to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence
by Claude Steiner with Paul Perry
Hardback, 256 pages
ISBN: 03-80975-91-2
©1997 Avon Books

How High Can You Bounce?
by Roger Crawford, CPAE
240 pages
ISBN: 0-553-10461-6
©1998, Bantam Books
Elevating and inspiring, this book is Roger Crawford's road map to resilience. Learn how to access resources you never knew you had, "flex" your mental muscles to improve them, and make resilience your springboard to success throughout life. This book blends humor, savvy and hard-worn wisdom as it shows readers how to turn setbacks into comebacks...every day.

Bounce Back Quotient
Linda Nash
Softcover, 132 pages
ISBN: 0963670220
© 2000 Linda Nash. Prism Publications.

When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success
by Carole Hyatt and Linda Gottleib
Rev/Upd Edition
Softcover, 248 pages
ISBN: 0140178112
©1993 Penguin USA (Paper)

Everyday Heroes
Edited by Beth Johnson
Softcover, 184 pages
ISBN: 0-944210-26-0
© 1996 Townsend Press, Inc.
Beth Johnson has collected 20 stories about people who have shown courage, determination, and an inner fire that kept them going in the face of all kinds of difficulties. The book was created as a textbook to teach reading comprehension, but the stories within are so moving that any reader will come away with a better understanding of what successes can be achieved in everyday life.

Miles to Go Before I Sleep: My Grateful Journey Back from the Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648
by Jackie Nink Pflug, with Peter J. Kizilos.
Hardback, 232 pages
ISBN: 1568380887
© 1995 Hazelden Foundation
Jackie Pflug miraculously survived being shot in the back of the head by hijackers on EgyptAir Flight 648 in 1985. Her account of her struggle to recover and live a normal life is a superb description of the way survivors think, the difficult road to healing, being transformed, and becoming grateful for the experience. Jackie had to overcome PTSD, depression, and survivor guilt. All this while having to cope with a learning disorder, epilepsy, a divorce, and a head injury that impairs her vision. Miles to Go Before I Sleep is more than a hijacking story. It contains a message about weathering adversity, about going for dreams and goals and about not giving up.

Developing A 21st Century Mind
by Marcia Sinetar
Reissue Edition, Softcover
ISBN: 034537648X
©1992 Ballantine Books

Growing Through Divorce
by Jim Smoke
Revised/Updated Edition
Softcover, 260 pages
ISBN: 1565073223
©1995 Harvest House Publishers
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Reading List: Hard to find / Out of Print

Winning Life's Toughest Battles: Roots of Human Resilience
by Julius Segal
ISBN: 0804101450
©1987 Ivy Books

Beyond Survival
by Captain Gerald Coffee
ISBN: 9992234768
©1991 Berkley Publishing Group

Beyond Survival
by Theresa Saldana
ISBN: 0553265172
©1987 Bantam Books

Making Miracles: A Scientist's Journey to Death and Back
by Paul Pearsall, PhD
ISBN: 0130893501
©1991 Simon & Schuster

The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation
by Robert Jay Lifton
LCCN: 63-8928
©1963 EP Dutton & Co., Inc, New York
"Great true cases of men and women who have survived extreme physical ordeals"