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 Books to Live By
Useful books for rehabilitation,
motivation, and to regain fulfillment

Tools for building self-esteem
 and a successful life:

your road map for success - for stroke survivorsYour Road Map for Success: You Can Get There from Here by John C. Maxwell

PAUL:  This easy-to-read workbook helped me focus on my dreams for a fulfilling life.  I  wanted to live my life as more than a stroke survivor with aphasia, and this book helped me improve my self-esteem and vision for my future.

STEPHANIE:  Paul stole this book from me!  I bought it because I wanted to feel that I could be more than a stroke survivor's caregiver.  This book helped us both!

Defining success is a difficult task. Most people equate it with wealth, power, and happiness. However, true success is not a thing you acquire or achieve. Rather, it is a journey you take your whole life long.

In a refreshingly straightforward style, John Maxwell shares unique insights into what it means to be successful. And he reveals a definition that puts genuine success within your reach yet motivates you to keep striving for your dreams, Order online

energy addict - for stroke survivorsEnergy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life by Jon Gordon.

PAUL:  A positive attitude is very important in regaining your life after stroke. I learned how to extend my positive attitude and achieve my goals

 This book also helped me see how my attitude can be hurt by other people who are energy "vampires" - their anger and other negative emotions pull them down, and pull down everyone around them. 

It is easy to read, and I have read it a few times, for tips on improving physical and mental energy through what you eat and drink, and other daily habits.  For example, I don't drink coffee after 12:00 noon, only tea.

 His mission is to help you fuel your life, energize your career and get addicted to positive energy. Order online

Invaluable information for stroke victims and their loved ones. About 700,000 people suffer a stroke every year in the U.S. This plain-English guide addresses the many questions and concerns people have about strokes-from what a stroke feels like as it is happening to what steps should be taken immediately afterwards to the treatments and therapies that are necessary throughout long-term recovery.

It delivers the lowdown on the major types of stroke, shows how to adapt a home to the needs of a stroke patient, and shares stories of people who have made remarkable recoveries from strokes or who have successfully adapted to lingering disabilities.
Paperback: 384 pages. Publisher: For Dummies
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you can do it - by a stoke survivor - Paul BergerYOU CAN DO IT!
105 Thoughts, Feelings and Solutions to Inspire You

by Paul E. Berger & Stephanie Mensh

Do you have trouble reading? Don't have time to read?
NOW you can listen - NOW hear it all on audio cassette and CD!

Paperback book: $7.50, May 2000, 32 pages. Order now
Recorded book - Audio Cassette: Only $13.50, 47 minutes. Order now.
Recorded book - Audio CD: Only $21.50, 47 minutes Order now. Read more about this book.

hobbiesHow to Conquer Hobbies With One Hand
50 Tips and Tools to Make Things
by Paul E. Berger & Stephanie Mensh

Reasons to have a hobby...
You get a sense of accomplishment when you finish a project.
Creative expression is too important to give up after a stroke.
Paul's model train hobby was a key part of returning to a fulfilling life.  Learn easy craft tips for any hobby.

Hobbies take you away from your day-to-day problems I want other people to be able to pursue their favorite hobbies. Building dollhouses, model trains & airplanes, painting, decorating your house, any kind of arts and crafts.

Trade Soft cover, 32 pages, $7.50 Order now.  Read more about this book.

What-Color-Is-Your-Parachuteclipped102What Color Is Your Parachute? 2007: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles

Richard Nelson Bolles offers hope and presents an inspiring and detailed plan for finding your place in this uncertain job market. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has been the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists, from to Business Week.  Order online.

Tough Choices A Memoir1croppedTough Choices: A Memoir
by Carly Fiorina

When a family member has a stroke, the whole family is affected by the change in the stroke survivor. Fear of change is one of the leading fears among people everywhere, in every walk of life. Carly Fiorina, the first woman CEO of the computer company, Hewlett-Packard, was fired from that position a few years ago, and writes and speaks on her lessons learned from that sudden life-changing event.

Ms. Fiorina describes her rise and fall and transformation in her memoir, "Tough Choices," available in bookstores and order online.

The Success Principles, How to02"The Success Principles, How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be," by Jack Canfield.

I'm reading a book now that is inspiring me to dream new dreams and set new goals. Order online.

Who moved my cheese.size02Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, by Spencer Johnson

Stroke means a sudden change in your life. Physical, emotional, personal, employment -- everything changes. Life is all about changes. I enjoyed reading this little book with a big message:  click here.

Stroke After Stroke. Your Roadmap to Recovery.size02"Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery," by Peter Levine, a physical therapist, is a book I recently read that provides some helpful information and tools for stroke survivors, based on innovative approaches to rehab, similar to the one's I use:

    * Repetition
    * Scheduling practice
    * Busting through "plateaus"
    * Setting new goals.

To learn about the book, click here;

Hardwiring-BookHardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence," by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Dr. Hanson shows how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better, despite challenges and set-backs (like having a stroke). He summarizes the process of changing to a positive brain using four "HEAL steps." In a recent study with collaborators from the University of California, preliminary findings indicate that people who followed Dr. Hanson's steps experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly greater self-control.

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Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider & Alan M. Webber

Life ReimaginedStroke and other life events can give you an opportunity to take a fresh look at your life. One tool that I like to help is the series, “Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities.”  In addition to a book, there are materials that guide you through self-discovery & inspiration by others who have followed new maps.

For more information on the book, click here

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"The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind," by Michio Kaku

Future-Mind-Book-Kaku-cropI just finished reading, "The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind," by Michio Kaku.

Wow! The book describes research into how the brain works & future possibilities that could lead to better recovery from stroke. My favorite chapters were:

    Chapter 3: Telepathy: A Penny for Your Thoughts
    Chapter 4: Telekinesis: Mind Controlling Matter

To read more about the book, click here.

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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