MindGourmet’s Best of 2017 Book Recommendations


Dr. Joe Dispenza

Becoming Supernatural

How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon

Why we chose this book:
We have the power to create an amazing life for ourselves! Let Dr. Joe Dispenza show you how!

Becoming Supernatural marries some of the most profound scientific information with ancient wisdom to show how people like you and me can experience a more mystical life.

Readers will learn that we are, quite literally supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction, and when we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we should experience a greater expression of our creative abilities; that we have the capacity to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world and receive more orderly coherent streams of consciousness and energy; that we can intentionally change our brain chemistry to initiate profoundly mystical transcendental experiences; and how, if we do this enough times, we can develop the skill of creating a more efficient, balanced, healthy body, a more unlimited mind, and greater access to the realms of spiritual truth.


Lewis Howes

The Mask of Masculinity

How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives

Why we chose this book:
There are so many preconceptions about how men have to be – both among men and women. Redefine your idea of masculinity with Lewis Howes!

Lewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American, played almost every sport in high school, and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, “The School of Greatness,” into a global phenomenon and becoming successful beyond his wildest dreams.

At 30 years old, outwardly thriving but unfulfilled inside, Howes began a personal journey to find inner peace and to uncover the many masks that men―young and old―wear: by asking for advice from some of the world’s best psychologists, doctors, and household names like Tony Robbins, Alanis Morissette, and Ray Lewis. That journey created this book―a must read for every man, and for every woman who loves a man.


Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness

The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Why we chose this book:
We’re social beings. Everybody strives to belong. Through Brené Brown’s work you can learn why it is so important to first belong to yourself. Let this be your only “must” regarding belonging.

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.


Lynne McTaggert

The Power of Eight

Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World

Why we chose this book:
It is scientifically proven – we humans can do the seemingly impossible, especially if we join forces with others. Learn with Lynne McTaggart how to tap into the potentials of healing, success, relationships and everything that matters to you.

Discover how to tap into your extraordinary human capacity for connection and healing, using astonishing new findings about the miraculous power of group intention and its boomerang effect, in this new book by the author of the international bestsellers The Intention Experiment and The Field.

What we send out into the universe comes back to us, magnified. Although the power of intention—the energy of positive thoughts—is widely accepted as an influential force in transforming lives, the exponential power of group intention has never been explored, until now. In The Power of Eight, Lynne McTaggart, an expert on the science of spirituality, reveals her remarkable findings from ten years of experiments about how group intention can heal our lives—and change the world for the better.


Mo Gawdat

Solve for Happy – Engineer Your Path to Joy

Why we chose this book:
Being happy is a choice. It has to do with mindset, determination and commitment. You have to want to create happiness in and around yourself. Let Mo Gawdat explain to you his formula to “Solve for Happy”!

According to Mo Gawdat, one of the genius minds at Google X and the author of “Solve for Happy” there is. Mo analyzed happiness from an engineering standpoint and developed a logical view on it – a methodology that he says is scalable and repeatable like an engineering model.

Mo’s happiness equation was put through an extreme test when his son Ali suddenly died a few years ago. Was there any chance for profound happiness despite this devastating loss? Was it possible to feel the pain and not the suffering?

If you’re interested in cultivating your own personal happy, dive deeper into “Solve for Happy”! You’ll learn about the Six Grand Illusions, the Seven Blind Spots and the Five Ultimate Truths. This book will upgrade your understanding of happiness and show you how to be your own happiness engine!


Carol Kershaw, EdD and Bill Wade, PhD

The Worry-Free Mind

Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You

Why we chose this book:
Worry and anxiety have become the most reliable companions to many of us. They can even feel like personality traits and leave uncomfortable assumptions that it’s not possible to live without them. Wrong! Psychologists Dr. Kershaw and Dr. Wade explain in a very practical way how to give yourself a worry-free mind and life.

Everybody knows that feeling… worry, but when it becomes your most reliable companion, life can get overly difficult. We all know worrying doesn’t get us much of anywhere and it surely doesn’t give us solutions. So why do we still do it? Why does it all too often, act as our autopilot? Can we ever get rid of this default mode of worrying?
Upgrade your beliefs and habits to break the cycle of worry that wears you down!
“We’ll help you think outside the rules and boundaries you’ve set for yourself – consciously and unconsciously – and upgrade your beliefs and habits to break the cycle of worry that’s been wearing you down”, say Drs. Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade in the introduction of their book.

“The Worry-Free Mind” shares easy-to-implement tools and exercises, which can enable you to go beyond the endless noise and thought streams that keep you in constant worry. These practices support you in meeting everyday challenges with clarity and confidence as well as dealing with crisis. They help you free your mind for the more joyful tasks of being fully and happily alive!


You are the Universe

Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

Why we chose this book:
We’re often told that we’re the co-creators of our own reality. What if the universe is far less “out there” and far more “in there”, inside of you? Dare to take the journey into your cosmic self with Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos!

Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world.

What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know about reality? In this brilliant, timely, and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we’ve reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a “human universe” radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

You Are the Universe literally means what it says–each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself: What Came Before the Big Bang? Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly? Where Did Time Come From? What Is the Universe Made Of? Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life? Do We Live in a Conscious Universe? How Did Life First Begin?


Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule

Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Why we chose this book:
Change seems to be a weird phenomenon – almost everybody desires it but when it comes to realizing the changes we need to make for ourselves, we tend to self-sabotage. Why does that happen and how can we harness the power of change? 5-4-3-2-1! Let Mel Robbins explain to you how it works!

Do you ever get that weird feeling? A nudge, an intuition, a great (and maybe crazy) idea. It’s an urge to do or say something… and before you’re able to really dive into it, you have already talked yourself out of it.

That time window, in which you decide to take or not to take action towards what may be your most important thing to do, is around five seconds long. And exactly this tiny, but critical time span is what Mel Robbins’ book “The 5 Second Rule” is all about.


Oprah Winfrey

The Wisdom of Sundays

Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

Why we chose this book:
Few things are as encouraging and contagious as inspiring stories told by people we admire. Dive into “The Wisdom of Sundays” and pick the right inspiration for your transformation.

Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. “I see it as an offering,” she explains. “If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to.”

Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply-affecting book.


Pedram Shojay, OMD

The Art of Stopping Time

Practical Mindfulness for Busy People

Why we chose this book:
Time has become a most limited and limiting component in our lives. So much stress originates from the feeling of not having enough time. Give yourself some relief and a completely new perspective on the phenomenon of time with Pedram Shojay’s “The Art of Stopping Time”!

We’re all struggling to find time in our lives, but somehow there’s never enough to go around. We’re too tired to think, too wired to focus, less efficient than we want to be, and guilty about not getting enough time with our loved ones.

We all know that we feel starved for time, but what are we actually doing about it? Precious little. In The Art of Stopping Time, New York Times bestselling author Pedram Shojai guides us towards success with what he calls Time Prosperity―having the time to accomplish what you want in life without feeling compressed, stressed, overburdened, or hurried.


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