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Life Transition Resources


The Presence Process by Michael Brown
We can only breathe in the present. Learn to breathe intentionally & responsibly in the present
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness meditations in everyday life
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
Words matter. Find common ground with anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Gratitude Works! Encore by Robert A. Emmons
A 21-day program for creating emotional prosperity
The Little Book of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons
Create a life of happiness and wellbeing by giving thanks
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
How to embrace your curiosity and creativity and let go of needless suffering
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A deep dive into a love of food, language, humanity, God and love of self
The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Doing the most important thing is always the most important thing
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankel
Surviving the horrors of life in a Nazi death camp by finding meaning in choosing how to cope
The Power of Purpose by Richard J. Leider
Purpose – an active expression of values and compassion –  is what gives life meaning


Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Newly updated and revised 5th edition on how to create health and healing for women.
Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath
A practical guide to living better and longer
Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney
4 blood types, 4 individualized diets to staying health healthy and living longer
Your Body Knows Best  by Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S.
The eating plan to achieve optimal weight and energy level for life
Food – Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper
How to use food to alleviate common maladies and prevent major illnesses
Stop Aging Now! By Jean Carper
A plan based on cutting edge research for staying young & reversing the aging process
Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil, M. D.
How to enhance your body’s natural ability to maintain and heal itself
Preventing & Reversing Osteoporosis by Alan R. Gaby, M.d.
A natural approach to increasing bone mass
The Change before The Change by Laura E. Corio, M. D.
Everything you need to know to stay healthy in the decade before menopause
The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Creating physical and emotional health and healing during the “change”
Energy Medicine for Women by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, Ph.D.
Aligning your body’s energies to boost health and vitality
Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
Balancing your body’s energies for optimal health, joy and vitality
What to Eat When by Michael Roizen, M.D. and Michael Crupain, M.D.
A strategic plan to improve your health and life through food


Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power & Healing by Carolyn Myss
Overview of “energy medicine” and the connection of emotional and physical wellbeing
Entering The Castle by Caroline Myss
Finding the inner path to God and your soul’s purpose
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A guide to spiritual enlightenment and discovering the truth that is within you
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
Conversations, stories, and meditations to overcome anxiety, insecurity and anger
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D
The proven power of being kind to yourself
Wintering: The Power of Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
A moving personal narrative on the transformative power of rest and retreat
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamotte
How to bring hope back into lives filled with despair and uncertainty
Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm
A combination of kindness and mindful meditation to nourish your body, mind and soul
The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Demond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
Learn the Eight Pillars of Joy and work through daily practices to anchor their growth
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
How to find mental peace and quiet every single day, even amid stressful routines
The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson
Spiritual guidance for living your best life
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
366 essays – one for every day – for women who yearn to express their authentic self
Falling Upwards: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
Fr. Rohr teaches how the first half of life’s journey leads to spiritual joys in the 2nd half
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
How to overcome difficult times with heart and spiritual advice
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
Learning how to change the way we respond to difficult moments in life.
Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
How to recognize the basic goodness in ourselves and in people we share our life with.
The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron
Learning the true value of having “no escape” from the ups and downs of life


Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser
Learn why when women are the storytellers, the human story changes
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The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott
Fascinating overview of how this new longevity will impact all areas of life
A Long Bright Future by Laura Carstensen
Fascinating overview of longevity by the Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity
Encore, The Big Shift and How to Live Forever by Marc Freedman
Three books written by arguably the pioneer in this field. The last book, How to Live Forever is his latest and explores a specific approach to the Bonus Life – intergenerational living and mentoring.

Life Reimagined by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber
AARP primer that helps shift perspective on Bonus Life
Work Reimagined by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro
AARP primer that helps shift perspective on what work might look like in Bonus Life
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
Discusses the importance of the 20's in adult life but can be read as analogous to approaching Bonus Life
Disrupt Aging by Jo Ann Jenkins
AARP President discussing this new Bonus Life
Unretirement by Chris Farrell
Journalist approaches Bonus Life from several angles
Life Reimagined by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Journalist approaches Bonus Life from several angles
Halftime, Stuck in Halftime and Finishing Well by Bob P. Buford (and Jim Collins for Halftime)
All three books by Buford, who founded the Halftime Institute in Dallas, TX, are heavily grounded with a Christian message
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
A woman in midlife takes a year to determine her Bonus Life.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Emphasis on becoming a Modern Elder
This Time I Dance by Tama Kieves
Inspirational story of moving away from societal expectations
It Ain't Over by Marlo Thomas
Each chapter highlights someone who has created a Bonus Life
How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
Strategic approach to using your capabilities effectively
Late Bloomers: the power of patience in a world obsessed with early achievement by Richard Karlgaard
It's not too late to start something new to you at this stage in life!
Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by Ron Pevny
Intentional process for finding possibilities through purpose, growth and service
Ageless Soul by Thomas Moore
Looks at aging as an activity – not something passive that happens to you. Speaks from a soul perspective
Transitions by William Bridges
Important to understand how to navigate transition (versus change) in this Bonus Life!
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ by Kerry Hannon
AARP - Practical ideas on jobs and job searching
Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Terrific approach to discerning your next steps based on Stanford's most popular course.

Now What? By Nicholas Lore
Like The Defining Decade, this book is written for a younger audience but is entirely applicable to Bonus Life.
What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
A classic for a reason. There is a version for Retirement which may be appropriate for your situation.
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Another classic – a wonderful tool to explore living creatively (and we all need creativity for our Bonus Life!). There's a version for Retirement that may be helpful.
Born for This by Chris Guillebeau
Thought-provoking approaches, including exploring the concept of a side hustle. Chris also hosts a daily Side Hustle School podcast which describes various side hustles
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Aimed at women who want to lead – could be helpful if your Bonus Life is calling you to play big...
Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra
Helpful to break out of previous identities to create new ones in Bonus Life
perspectives by this revered Benedictine nun

Wishcraft, I Could Do Anything if I Only Knew What It Was, Refuse to Choose, It's
Only Too Late if You Don't Start Now
, Live the Life You Love by Barbara Sher
Practical, helpful resources. I Could Do Anything… is useful to approach resistance,

Refuse to Choose is useful if you are a renaissance soul/scanner who doesn't seem to like to go deep into one area. It's Only too Late… helpful with that concern.

Wake Up Inspired by Marian Baker
Nice exercises to try with inspiring messages
Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
A great approach to discerning what's next
Sabbath by Wayne Muller
A useful exploration of creating time for reflection, especially as you consider your Bonus Life – not heavily religious despite the term
The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Albhoer
From Marc Freedman's (see above) organization. Practical guidance
The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us to Grow  by Elizabeth Lesser
Tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion 
Women and Transition: Reinventing Work and Life  by Linda Rossetti
Framework and a roadmap for transition repositioning it as optimistic, positive and approachable for women from all walks of life
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
Three stages of any life transition, and their inner workings. A roadmap to navigate the change to a hopeful future is explained.
Life Is In The Transitions by Robert Feiler
Strategies for transforming life's turbulent moments into periods of creativity and growth
Loving What Is by Byron Katie 
Question your thoughts that cause you suffering – anger, frustration, conflict, sadness, and get introduced to the four-question, turn-around process for dismantling them.  It’s called: “The Work.” 
Who Would You Be Without Your Story: Dialogues with Byron Katie  Edited by Carol Williams
Conversations between Katie and 15 various participants in her workshop “The Work” to show the kinds of things that happen when people question their thoughts that cause their suffering and stop believing them
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Twelve years of research on the power we have when we address life’s situations from the courage to be vulnerable and show up from our true selves 
The Power of Personal Accountability by Mark Samuel & Sophie Chiche
An excellent summary of the non-negotiable acts for taking complete charge of your actions, choices, and behaviors.
The Art of Possibility  by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
Beliefs, thought processes, and practices that invite possibility to be present in our lives as a common, everyday phenomenon  
Busting Loose from The Money Game by Robert Scheinfeld.
The paradigm shift about money to have it be a non-issue in your life and the way to create and experience total abundance