Annotated Book Lists

Classics, Handbooks, and Pioneering Works

Below are links to six annotated lists of books that cover what I consider to be the six primary areas of focus when it comes to using mindfulness to find meaningful work.

Each book in this list has passed the test of time and many foresee the troubles of today 10, 20 or 30 years ago. The problems have increased in seriousness, but the tried and true solutions are as applicable today as they were at any time in the past, if not more so.

Many of the volumes listed here are technically out of print. But a visit to Amazon.Com, Bookfinders.Com, or EBay will help you locate used copies. These books are still steady sellers known in the book business as “backlisted” books.

Check them out for yourself. We think you’ll be glad you did.

For reviews of more recently published works on these topics, check our blog.

What are you reading?

What books or recordings have inspired you in your search for meaningful work and a better life? Please let us know by leaving a message. Please give us the title, author(s), publisher, publication date, and a brief review. If we publish your review, we’ll add the suggested book to our list and post what you said, giving you full credit. So be sure to include your name (and your email if you want to be notified).

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