Recommended Reading


The books listed here are recommended reading for all members. Workshop participants and graduates will find special meaning in their pages.  The currently listed ” Recommended Reading books fall into many categories including biography, autobiography, self-help, inspiration, cultural sociology, history, social commentary, and fiction.

Many of these titles may be available at your local public library.

For all their differences, however, these books share one thing in common: they provide the reader with insightful opportunities to test their own values against the ideas and values in action demonstrated in their pages.  By doing so, readers have the potential to enrich their lives, and make a difference.

May these readings inspire and transform.  Enjoy!

–  Dr. Bill DeMarco

Featured Selection

Awakening the Leader Within: A Story of Transformation guides readers through what Kevin Cashman calls the Six Seeds of Growth.  Running parallel to the concepts and models we use in, Cashman leads the reader on a path of self-discovery and personal betterment.  He engagingly uses one compelling interactive story to draw the reader in by portraying the life of an executive who is confronted with the disconnect between what he says he stands for and how he behaves in defining moments of his life.  Authenticy, ethics, and leadership issues are front and centre.  Through the use of questions to the reader and personal reflection suggestions, the reader  is challenged to take a closer look at the link/gap between personal values and behaviour.  This book can have special value for members of the community.

Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, And The West

by Benazir Bhutto

Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

Chasing The Flame

by Samantha Power

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell


You Can Heal Your Life

by Louise L. Hay

Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life

by Gail Sheehy

The Prophet

by Kahlil Gibran

The Good Earth (Oprah’s Book Club)

by Pearl S. Buck

City of Joy

by Dominique Lapierre

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice

by  Malalai Joha

Ideas And Opinions

by Albert Einstein

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

by Nocholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

Understanding Men’s Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men’s Lives

by Gail Sheehy

Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

by Romeo Dallaire

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

by Robert Pirsig


An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

by Mohandas Gandhi

Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

by Jimmy Carter

Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau

by Nino Ricci

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

by Lee Iacocca

The Way of Chuang Tzu

by Thomas Merton

We Shall Not Fail

by Celia Sandys

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

by Stephen M.R. Covey

Eat Pray Love

by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Gift of Peace

Jack: Straight from the Gut