• Nonviolent Communication
    by Marshall B. Rosenberg

    This book changed the way I speak about my needs, make requests, and separate judgments from observations. Marshall writes in a simple language, has great stories to tell and an exquisite sense of humor!

    How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
    by Larry King

    Learnt a lot about effective communication from one of the great masters of this art, how to be simply curious and thus ask all the right questions.

    The Definitive Book of Body Language
    by Allan + Barbara Pease

    A fun book to browse through and read. I learnt a lot about body language, and see more of people now when I look at them.

    A Whole New Mind
    by Daniel H. Pink

    A great new book. The future belongs to the right-brainers! What kind of fulfilling work can I do and still have a job in 2015? A must-read in my opinion.

    Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
    by Eckhart Tolle

    Yes, there is the “Power of Now” (“Jetzt” in German), and I have read it, too. In “Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” I found a lot that helped me turn into the person I am Now . The two books complement each other beautifully.

    Embodiment (Die Wechselwirkunge von Körper und Psyche verstehen und nutzen)
    by Maja Storch, Benita Cantieni, Gerald Hüther & Wolfgang Tschacher

    If you are interested in the body-mind connection, this is a must-read. Written in German by four authors.

    The Mother Tongue
    by Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson at his best. If you read one book about the English language, this is it! A lot of information presented in a light and breezy manner, full of insight and fun comments.

    … trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen
    by Viktor E. Frankl

    For me, one of the most important books of the 20th century.

    I have read it several times, both in German and in English (Man’s Search for Meaning). If you have time for one more book, this is it.

    Complications (A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science)
    by Atul Gawande

    Not only for medical doctors. Gawande is a compassionate surgeon and a great writer. The chapter “Education of a Knife” is about the basic question: how do we learn?

    Shantaram
    by Gregory David Roberts

    Reads like a great novel, is a true story! Did not want it to end. Shantaram has everything life has on offer for us, all the way to redemption. And you’ll get to know Mumbai (Bombay) pretty well.

    The Last Lecture
    by Randy Pausch

    What do you say to an audience when it’s your last lecture as you have only a few more months to live? Randy Pausch’s last lecture is all about life and the joy of living it.

    Light on Life
    by B.K.S. Iyengar

    BKS Iyengar, the great Indian yoga guru on yoga as a way of life. Yoga is more than just a few crazy postures you put your body into!

    Fire of Love (Teaching the Essence of Yoga)
    by Aadil Palkhivala

    Not only for yoga teachers. A compassionate, extremely beautiful book by one of the senior Iyengar yoga teachers living in the US.

    Maps to Ecstasy  (A Healing Journey for the Untamed Spirit)
    by Gabrielle Roth

    The first of three books by Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the Five Rhythms dance practice & approach to life, which I keep reading all over again and again. The Five Rhythms practice has changed my life and work!

    The Art of Travel
    by Alain de Botton

    For me, simply the best book about traveling, both in the outside and inside world. A gem of wit, sophistication and insight. Traveling won’t be the same afterwards.

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