Here is a selection of the most frequently requested books on coaching, spirituality, leadership, personal growth, relationships, health and money.  These are the books that have added the most value to our client's lives.

To make these easily accessible to Coach Central clients, and those people visiting our web site, we have set up an associate arrangement with Amazon.  We chose Amazon for two reasons.  

  • Firstly, in a random price check of about 10 books, their prices were as good, on average, as several other book retailers I checked out.  Some books you can find cheaper elsewhere, but on average, Amazon was competitive. (6 out of 10 were as cheap or cheaper than elsewhere.)  

  • Secondly, no one matched Amazon's selection and ability to ship as quickly. (Many of the other retailers had a 3 - 6 week shipping delay for many of these books.)

What is important it that you get the books you want.  And all of these books can make a difference in your life.  So by all means buy them wherever it is more cost effective and accessible for you.  

Finally, we hope this reference section is useful to you, and that through the wisdom contained in these books, you find the answers that inform, inspire and transform, your life. (Note - Reviews and comments by Coach Central's Steve Mitten)


Books On Coaching

Books on Relationship
Books on Spirituality Personal Growth and Development
Books on Leadership Books on Money
Books on Health  

Books on Coaching

Co-Active Coaching


This is the only coaching book that really talks about the nuances of coaching skills, and presents a simple yet proven coaching model.  The co-active coaching model is powerful, but reading about it, and experiencing it, are two different things. In other words, no book about coaching really captures the experience. (I wish they would slash the price of this book. Ouch!!)


Coaching for Performance

This is the book that started it all.  John Whitmore's classic is a brief introduction to coaching. It supplies a basic description of the process, and a simple model.  Great for people just getting their feet wet. ( It is cheap too.)

Taming Your Gremlin

This short, goofy looking book is one of the mandatory readings for coaching certification with CTI.  It is about recognizing and dealing with our inner critic or gremlin - that little voice of doubt and smallness - within us all. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Another of the mandatory readings for certification with CTI, this book is a classic that deals with the cultivation of mindfulness.  It is written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, to introduce the simple practice of meditation to North American audiences.

Books on Spirituality


The Gospel According to Jesus


For believers, unbelievers, and anyone looking for the real thing.  Stephen Mitchell has an incredible gift, to separate the baby from the bathwater, and leave you in awe.  One of my all time favorite books.


The Perennial Philosophy


A classic.  Huxley's panoramic view of timeless spiritual truths.  In the breadth of his vision, he integrates the best from East and West.  

Abba's Child


Brennan Manning, the renegade, helps readers navigate through guilt, anxiety and the lack of joy of normal life, to find a loving, forgiving God. 

Dropping Ashes on the Buddha


Stephen Mitchell's collection of Zen stories, koans and riddles gives a enlightening introduction to the Buddhist view of life, and leaves one with an appreciation of "mindfulness". 

God the Evidence : The Reconciliation of...


Harvard-educated philosopher Patrick Glynn makes a unique contribution to the debate over faith and reason, religion and science. "I am not claiming reason can bring one to belief in God," he writes." What I am saying is this: Reason no longer stands in the way, as it once clearly did."

A Return to Love : Reflections on the...


Marianne Williamson's classic work based on The Course of Miracles. The release of fear, the cultivation of love, and the practice of miracles are recurrent themes. The program has as its goal a personal transformation of the reader.

The Enlightened Mind


A breathtaking compilation of sacred writings from all traditions. This is the type of book you leave by your bedside and read, one page at a time.

The Soul's Code

In this Number 1 bestseller, James Hillman, former director of the Jung Institute, shows how our souls can exert themselves by presenting a road map to understanding our true nature.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


 In this mercifully short book (for Chopra) the author reveals how to align yourself with the subtle yet powerful, unseen forces that affect the flow of abundance and success in our lives.

Life After Death


Life After Death offers a fresh, open-minded exploration through the realms of science, psychology, the Bible, and world religions, Harpur searches not for proof, but for evidence. And he finds it in remarkable places.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections


An autobiography put together from conversations, writings and lectures with Jung's cooperation, at the end of his life.  As Jung's work permeates much of modern thought, this book serves to give the reader an appreciation of a great man.

Care of the Soul


Thomas Moore, internationally renowned theologian and former Catholic monk, offers a philosophy for living that involves accepting our humanity rather than struggling to transcend it. By nurturing the soul in everyday life, Moore shows how to cultivate dignity, peace, and depth of character.


Tao Te Ching : A New English Version


Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit.

Conversations With God


Neale Donald Walsch's work of uncommon clarity.  If you can get by the heresy, you will find some value here. 

Man's Search for Meaning

Frankl's moving and profound work, coming out of his experiences in the holocaust.  One of most powerful and relevant works of original thought, with benefit for each of us.
Books on Leadership

The Leadership Challenge


The Classic. This is the leadership book that outshines them all. With an expanded research base of 60,000 leaders, this second edition captures the continuing interest in leadership as a critical aspect of human organizations.

Leadership from the Inside Out


Kevin Cashman takes the reader on a very personal journey of leadership, starting from the inside and moving out.  This is a great book that recognizes the truth that no change is sustainable unless is built on a strong personal foundation.

Good to Great

This is Jim Collins' Bestseller that meticulously dissects what it is that makes average people and average companies, turn into great leaders and great companies.  This is one of the best reads for anyone in business, and anyone in coaching who works with business.   

The Inner Work of Leaders


There is no script for being a great leader, and no way to play act in the role. Itís the inner work that creates the difference between a manager and a leader. This book traces the common inner work done by successful leaders.

Principle-Centered Leadership

Another classic, written in Covey's wordy style, that helps the individual examine the rose of their own leadership compass.

Managing the Dream

Some of the best of Bennis.  This book puts together his thoughts on the competencies of leadership, managing change, and the character of a leader. 

The Fifth Discipline

Senge has been a must read for years.  He touches on all aspects of leadership including personal mastery, mental models, visioning, etc.

Managing Transitions

This is a classic work on the nature of change, and how to deal with it. (Great for personal as well as professional change.)

Personal Growth & Development

The Road Less Traveled

 This one started a whole new genre.  Scott Peck starts the reader on a journey towards greater truth, responsibility, choice and love.

How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have

John Gray provided a step by step program towards greater success and fulfillment, including instruction on how to deal with those pesky blocks that keep us from what we want and deserve.

Feeling Good : The New Mood Therapy

In this book, David Burns teaches readers how to recognize and change the thoughts that give rise to feelings.  Generally our unconscious mind tends to distorts reality.  This book teaches you how to change those thoughts. 

Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman's work on the importance of emotional intelligence.  This work introduces the subject.  Also see his book Working with Emotional Intelligence.  (More useful and practical.) 

Take Time for Your Life

Big seller with a step by step guide for turning around your life.  Not a lot new here, but many people have benefited from it.

A Theory of Everything

Ken Wilbur is sharp, and in this ambitiously titled book, he presents a way of looking at life, that will shift your perspective.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting

Forget about the power of positive thinking, Lynn Grabhorn will give you a great argument for focusing on the power of positive feeling.

Books for Relationships

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Great book for raising your sensitivity to the different needs and desires of men and women.

Getting the Love You Want

If you had to pick only one book to read on relationships, this would be it.  

The Five Love Languages

This book is about learning the different ways we prefer to show and receive love.  Knowledge of this work has helped many relationships.

Passionate Marriage

Fabulous book for anybody in a relationship.  Very valuable for anybody serious wanting, or needing, to make a breakthrough in their relationship.  

Practicing the Presence of People

Mike Mason does a wonderful job of helping us be very  present with people.

Books on Health

8 Weeks to Optimum Health

Just a good common sense approach.

Eating Well for Optimum Health

No fads here, simply practical and well researched advice that combines the best of east and west holistic thought on nutrition.  

Books on Money

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

This book will shake a few of your habitual thoughts on money, and have you thinking like an entrepreneur.

The Millionaire Next Door

Guess what is the vehicle of choice of America's millionaires?  If you said anything other than a Ford pickup, you have a lot to learn about the people that make and keep the most money.

Your Money or Your Life

This one explores the difference between making a living and making a life. 

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