Knowledge is Power

Recommended Reading

Instead of listening to one or two ‘experts’ or listening to others mimic the chirping of a select few verbatim, the Crime Prevention Council of Alberta has and will continue to do the hard work of researching, reading and sorting through all the boring stuff others do not make the time for or have the intelligence to review themselves.   

In the past 9 years, the Crime Prevention Council of Alberta has done an extensive amount of local, provincial, federal, and international interviews with Universities, researchers, statisticians, professors, theologians, leaders of different faiths, teachers, psychologists, social worker's, criminologists, doctors, police officers, non-profit and charity organizations, government officials and staff.  People who have walked the hard road, learned a lot about themselves and life, and now offer their experience, the truth, and a helping hand to those who want to turn their lives around and our personal favourites people like you. 

In addition to all of this the Crime Prevention Council of Alberta has read: 

  • Hundreds of research papers from around the globe
  • Copious amounts of statistical data related to short and long-term studies of effective/ineffective and active/inactive programming
  • All the world's religions and belief systems, including their bibles or holy books except the Torah - just started this one
  • Many world culture books
  • Dozens of text and instruction books - have now reached into the hundreds
  • Have not made it through Robert's Rules

We do not intend to stop our research or our learning; it is a part of who we are.  What the Crime Prevention Council of Alberta has discovered is that there is a common thread amongst all the research, interviews, statistical data, religions, cultures, and life stories, and we are building our programming and our Objectives on this common thread.

Below is a growing list of reading material, listed in alphabetical order, we believe is worth your time.  The list does not include the countless research papers and books or textbooks we have worked through for our programming.  This list includes some of the books we have read that we believe may be worth your time.  Some of the information within the pages may be a true gift , some of it may require you to think about or re-consider your convictions, some of it may require you to read it more than once, some of it may make you uncomfortable, others may offer you the answers you are seeking, and others may motivate you.  Your Choice...

We do not make any money from our recommendations; our payment comes from knowing the light is on.

A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Eckhart Tolle

Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception, Abraham J. Twerski

Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

Biology of Belief, Bruce H. Pipton, Ph.D.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell

Boys Adrift, The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, Gregg Michael Levoy

Choosing Civility, P.M. Forni

Don’t Be Nice, Be REAL, A Handbook for Nonviolent Communication, Kelly Bryson, MFT

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers

Freedom from Addiction, David Simon, M.D., Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Gangsta in the House, Understanding Gang Culture, Mike Knox - "The book focuses on the underlying psychological aspects of the gang mentality. Although the outward facade of gangs may change the internal reasons for their existence have not changed since the 1700’s." M. Knox

Girls on the Edge, Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body Peter A. Levine Ph. D.

Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter MORE, Gordon Neufeld, Gabor Mate, M.D.

How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries, Deepak Chopra, M.D.

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor Mate, M.D.

Life's Too Short!: Pull The Plug On Self-Defeating Behavior And Turn On The Power Of Self-Esteem, Abraham J Twerski M.D.

Little Girls Can Be Mean, Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in Early Grades, Michelle Anthony, M.A., Ph.D. and Reyna Lindert, Ph.D.

Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention, Jeff Jay

Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz

Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl's Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style, Erika V. Shearin Karres

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his former Life on Drugs, Dr. Marc Lewis

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Nurture Shock, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, Debra Jay

Odd Girl Out, The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, Rachel Simmons

Odd Girl Speak Out, Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy, Rachel Simmons

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

Police Corruption, Deviance, Accountability and Reform, Maurice Punch

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane), Gavin De Becker

Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, The Heart of Parenting, John Gottman, Ph.D. – This book should be required reading for every parent

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood, William Pollack

Recovery, The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, Joan Borysenko

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You, Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher

Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Sticks and Stones, Scott Cooper

The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior, Craig Nakken

The Art of War, Sun Tzu – We recommend you read the Denma Translation for better understanding

The Art of War for Women, Ching-Ning Chu

The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks

The Biology of Belief, Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life, Deepak Chopra, M.D.

The Civility Solution, P.M. Forni

The Curse of the Good Girl - Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, Rachel Simmons

The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

The Economics of Enough, Diane Coyle

The Everyday Activist, Everything You Need To Know to Get Off you Backside and Start to Make a Difference, Michael Norton

The Evolution of GOD, Robert Wright

The Gift of Fear, Gavin De Becker

The Narcissism Epidemic, Living in the Age of Entitlement, Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D. and W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D.

The Other Kind of Smart, Harvey Deutschendorf

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle

The Shadow Effect, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson

The Spiritual Self: Reflections on Recovery and God, Abraham J. Twerski

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael A. Singer

The Wisdom of Insecurity, Alan W. Watts

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, Roméo Dallaire

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience, Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

Understanding Why Addicts Are Not All Alike, Gary L. Fisher

Violence Against Women, Myths, Facts, Controversies, Walter S. DeKeseredy

Waking Up Just In Time, Abraham J. Twerski

When Do The Good Things Start?, Abraham J. Twerski M.D.

When The BodySays No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, Gabor Mate, M.D.

Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

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