Recommended reading

Following requests from a number of class and course participants, we’ve put together a selection of recommended books on the subject of mindfulness and meditation. You’ll find the books at retailers online, on the high street or at your local library. Feel free to comment or suggest books that you’ve found helpful.

book coverMindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
Mark Williams and Danny Penman

International bestseller and one of the most popular books on the subject. From the back cover: “Life can be relentless and exhausting – but it doesn’t have to be this way. [The book] reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.”

Paperback, 288 pages (inc CD of meditations). Publisher: Piatkus, 2011. ISBN: 9780749953089.

book coverMindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

All-time classic and one of the most influential books on the subject. From the back cover: “Bhante takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. He reveals that we already have the foundation we need to live a more mindful, productive and peaceful life. He simply points to each tool of meditation, tells us what it does, and how to make it work.”

Paperback, 224 pages. Publisher: Wisdom Publications, 2011 (revised ed). ISBN: 9780861719068.

book coverThe Mindful Manifesto: how doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world
Dr Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell

An important book, offering a fresh perspective on ancient wisdom. From the back cover: “For thousands of years, Eastern traditions have taught meditation to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Now, scientific research confirms that mindfulness can help us cultivate our mental and physical wellbeing.”

Paperback, 272 pages. Publisher: Hay House UK, 2012. ISBN: 9781848508248.

book coverThe Miracle Of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh

The classic guide to mindfulness meditation by one of the world’s most revered Masters. From the back cover: “In this beautifully written book, Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment. Simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation.”

Paperback, 160 pages. Publisher: Rider, 2008 (classic ed). ISBN: 9781846041068.

book coverMindfulness for Health: a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing
Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

An excellent resource for people living with long-term health conditions. From the back cover: “Reveals a series of simple practices to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Mindfulness can also reduce anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.”

Paperback, 288 pages (inc CD of meditations). Publisher: Piatkus, 2013. ISBN: 9780749959241.

For mindfulness classes and courses in your area see the Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral pages for details.

10 comments… add one
  • Mindfulness for Health is a ‘must read’ for anyone living with chronic pain. It turned my life around and taught me how to be happy again.

    • Thanks Katie, I’m delighted to hear that. It’s a wonderful book.

  • I turned to ‘Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world’ on recommendation. The book includes an 8 week programme and comes with a CD of guided meditations. It is written in a very accessible and secular way. The guided meditations are incredibly useful and the voice is soothing and inoffensive.

    I had tried numerous self-help books but had fallen into a terrible headspace in which I woke up feeling awful and went to bed feeling worse. I felt alone, disconnected, heavy and frustrated that I couldn’t appreciate all the good in my life. I had assumed that I was one of the unlucky ones with a natural disposition towards depression.

    However, since reading the book and undertaking the course, it has changed my life! I have a much better understanding of the mind, ALL of my relationships have improved, I am far happier, am better equipped to handle fears and difficult situations, have more empathy towards others and to myself and my sense of wonder and appreciation of the world has been rekindled.

    It is incredible what mindfulness can do for you! It is a process and can take time but there are no down-sides. It hasn’t cured all the problems in my life and I’m still trying very hard to retain a positive mental attitude but I could not recommend the book enough.

    • Thanks Helen. I’m glad the book – and the mindfulness programme – has had such a positive impact on your life. It’s a great recommendation to others!

  • One that I’d include that’s helped me alot over the past year is ‘The Mindful Way Through Depression’. It’s by Mark Williams and Jon Kabat-Zinn, who are real authorities on the subject of mindfulness and mental health.

  • I found the first book on your list a big help when I was learning about Mindfulness and I’ve since passed it on to a number of friends. Doing the course made all the difference though and helped me put it in to practice.

  • A really good selection. I’ve read a couple of them and will look out for The Mindful Manifesto, that sounds quite interesting. If anyone has a copy they could lend me I’d take good care of it :)

    • Thanks Alex. I can lend you mine, I’ll bring it in for you next week.

  • “The Miracle” was the first book I read about mindfulness and was my introduction to it. I was completely inspired by the simplicity. It’s only a small book and I’d suggest anyone interested in mindfulness should read it. Thich Nhat Hanh is a prolific writer on mindfulness and helped spread it in the west. Read anything by him.


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