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While more and more people are discovering the amazing world of mental health and wellness every day, many of the field's time-tested ideas have been around for quite a while. Because of that, there is a wealth of information that is immediately available to anyone who might feel energized to learn more.

While making this film, I was hungry to absorb as much as I could on the topic of trauma and healing. This naturally led me to consume a great many books, audiobooks, podcasts, articles, blogs, videos, and films, and to get a sense for what was really resonating with me (and what wasn’t). Many of the following books (also often available in audiobook and ebook format) are among the books I still pick up every now and then, while some are brand new. 

You should not consider these to be the “best” books or the only good books there are. On the contrary, think of these merely as one possible starting point on a journey of your design. Some tackle the science hard. Others delve into the world of spirit.

- Luke A. Renner

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk

In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Peter Levine

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The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Dan Siegel

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The Whole Brain Child

Dan Siegel

Brain Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools – A Heart-Centered Movement for Wiring Well-Being

Maggie Kline

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Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy, and Resilience

Maggie Kline & Peter Levine

The Tao of Fully Feeling: Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame

Pete Walker

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Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma

Pete Walker

Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

Eva Mozes Kor

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Michael A. Singer

Black Mental Health Matters: The Ultimate Guide for Mental Health Awareness in the Black Community.

Aaren Snyder

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Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change

Maggie Smith

Reasons to Stay Alive.

Matt Haig

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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Laurence Gonzales

Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience

Laurence Gonzales

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