Book Recommendations


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National Coach Academy‘s Top 3 Books for Coaches


Coaches Training Institute‘s public recommended list for coaches



  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins
  • Even Eagles Need a Push, David McNally
  • *Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, Susan Jeffers
  • – I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, Barbara Sher
  • Immunity to Change, Robert Kegan
  • Inner Path Leadership, Paul F. Sincock
  • *Linchpin, Seth Godin
  • *Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It, Marshall Goldsmith
  • No Ordinary Moments, Dan Millman
  • Positive Intelligence, Shirzad Chamine
  • *Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jawroski
  • *The Aladdin Factor, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  • The Big Leap — Conquer Your Fear And Take Life To The Next Level, Gay Hendricks
  • *What Should I do With My Life, Po Bronson



  • A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink
  • Elegant Choices, Healing Choices, Marsha Sinetar
  • Enough is Enough, Marsha Sinetar,
  • How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson, Liz Franklin
  • The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
  • – The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  • The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist



  • A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield
  • Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford
  • Focusing, Eugene Gendlin
  • *How to be a Help Instead of a Nuisance, Karen Kissel Wegela
  • **Mastery, George Leonard
  • Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • *The Path of Least Resistance, Robert Fritz
  • The Secret of the Shadow, Debbie Ford
  • *Wherever You Go There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn



  • Becoming a Life Coach, David Skibbins
  • *Book Yourself Solid, Michael Port and Tim Sanders
  • Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice, Deborah Brown-Volkman
  • Get Clients NOW!, C.J. Hayden
  • Marketing Your Services, Anthony Putman
  • Small Time Business Operator, Bernard B. Kamoroff
  • *The Business of Coaching, Dorcas Kelly
  • The E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber
  • *The Right-Brain Business Plan, Jennifer Lee
  • The Success Principles, Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer



  • *Ethics and Conflict of Interest, Michael McDonald
  • *Ethics and the Learned Professions, John W. Lewis, MD, JD
  • Ethics Incorporated, Thomas I. White
  • *Ethics, Morals and Values, The Ethics Resource Center (



  • Getting the Love You Want, Harville Hendrix
  • – Men are From Mars; Women are From Venus, John Gray
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
  • Undefended Love, Jett Psaris, PhD



  • How to Get out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, Jerrold Mundis
  • Your Money or Your Life, Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin



  • A Simpler Way, Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers
  • Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman
  • Awakened Wisdom, Patrick Ryan
  • Change for Good, James Prochaska
  • Coaching for Performance, John Whitmore
  • Coaching with Spirit, Teri E. Belf
  • Collaborative Spunk, Gayle Hudgens
  • – Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind, Anodea Judith
  • Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart, Mary Beth O’Neill
  • Falling into Grace, Adyashanti
  • Fearless Living, Rhonda Britten
  • Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott
  • Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Inner Game of Work, W. Timothy Gallwey
  • – Leadership and Self-Deception, Arbinger Institute
  • * Loving What Is, Byron Katie
  • * Non-Violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg
  • Practical Intuition, Laura Day
  • Smart Questions, Dorothy Leeds
  • The Anatomy of Peace, Arbinger Institute
  • The Art of Possibility, Zander and Zander
  • – The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  • The Intuitive Way, Penney Peirce
  • The Love Response, Eva Selhub, MD
  • The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle
  • Winning Through Enlightenment, Ron Smothermon


My favorites not already listed above

  • Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan
  • The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
  • Strengthsfinder 2.0, Tom Rath
  • The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, Margaret Lobenstine
  • Travels, Michael Crichton
  • The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life, Tal Ben-Shahar
  • (Todo: Goodreads coaching shelf link here)