Reading with Madeleine: 12 books that will change your life

Reading with Madeleine: 12 books that will change your life

Some life principles may seem obvious, but we all need to remember them during key or transitional moments in our life! You know, the kind of book that contains treasures capable of revolutionizing your view of the world or the way you live your life? To perhaps finally take a new turn!

Here is a selection of books that have the merit of having had a real positive impact on Madeleine’s life, co-founder of Rose Buddha. 

Stay Where You Are: A Guide to Compassion Living

CHÖDRÖN Pema, Colorado, Shambhala, 2001.

Price: $11.95 (pocket size)

The Tibetan monk Pema Chödron comments here on a fundamental and exceptional manuscript of Buddhism, considered as the "root text on the 7 points of training the mind" of Chekawa Yeshé Dorje. Thus the Way is neither “elsewhere” nor “tomorrow”, even less “when you have changed”. It begins here and now, where you are, in the inner state that is yours.

From the same author: Entering into friendship with oneself (and several other titles).



The art of happiness

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, New York, Riverhead Books, 2009.

Price: $14.95 (pocket size)

The Dalai Lama talks about what constitutes happiness (the goal of existence) on a daily basis: The couple, illness, relationships between friends. It demonstrates how to overcome anxiety, insecurity, anger and discouragement, and it explores everyday life to learn how to overcome the obstacles of existence. A reflection on the meaning of life and a practical manual for trying to live happily.

By the same author: Our only home: a climate appeal to the world (and several other titles).



The art of meditation

RICARD Mathieu, London, Atlantic Books, 2011.

Price: $11.95 (pocket size)

If the art of meditation is a journey that even the greatest wise men learn throughout their lives, learning it on a daily basis will already transform the way you look at yourself and the world. In 3 very concrete chapters (Why meditate? On what? And How?), Matthieu Ricard opens the way to meditation.

By the same author: The monk and the philosopher (and several other titles).



How to fight

HANH Thich Nhat, Berkeley, Parallax Press, 2017.

Price: $13.50

Learn how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment, and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves and others. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the ways we act out in frustration and despair. In brief meditations accompanied by whimsical sumi-ink drawings, the author instructs us exactly how to transform our craving and confusion.

From the same author: How to connect, How to relax, How to see, How to walk, How to eat, How to love, How to sit (et many other titles).



The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

TOLLE Eckhart, New York, New World Library, 2004.

Price: $14.99

In this reassuring guide, Eckhart Tolle teaches that it is possible to live without anxiety. To reach this state of awakening, you have to come to understand that you yourself are the creators of your own suffering. You have to leave behind the false self that the mind has created, that is, the ego. By practicing letting go and forgiveness, the transformative power of the present moment will unfold.

By the same author: The art of inner calm.



Tout passe: Comment vivre les changements avec sérénité

(Only available in French)

BORDELEAU, Nicole, Montreal, Editorial, 2020.

Price: $ 26.95

Like a benevolent friend, Nicole Bordeleau returns with this luminous book which offers you concrete tools to welcome the changes in your daily life and stabilize your mind. There is a way, that of the art of attention, which allows you to live serenely, no matter the ups and downs of life. Addressing the themes of fear, vulnerability, resistance, guilt, love, joy, beauty and compassion, Nicole offers you in-depth reflections on the way to the path of inner transformation.

Nicole shares with you more in this video what this magnificent book represents:

From the same author: How to better breathe & Zénitude and double espresso (and several other titles).


Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illnes

KABAT-ZINN Jon Dr., New York, Bantam/Random House, 2013.

Price: $ 22.95

Based on the pioneering work of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, this essential book demonstrates how to use scientifically proven methods to heal body, soul and spirit. Meditation techniques have preventive and therapeutic effects on illness, social and professional stress, sleep or eating disorders, etc. How to improve the quality of your life and your relationships!

By the same author: The Spirit Is Its Own Physician: The Healing Power of Meditation (and several other titles).



Le Petit Prince est toujours vivant: Faites de votre vie un émerveillement quotidien

(Only available in French)

MICHAUD, Christine and DE KONINCK, Thomas, Montreal, Editorial, 2020.

Price: $24.95

If the Little Prince landed on Earth today, what would he like to convey? He would no doubt remind you that we only see well with the heart because the essential is invisible to the eyes ... But wouldn't he hope for more meaning, joy and hope? This is also what we call the call of the child in itself ... This book is addressed to both your heart and your reason and is an invitation to reflect in all simplicity on these 10 themes (beauty, quest for meaning, happiness, emotional ties, solidarity, conscience, childhood, Providence, God, and invisibility) that mark your life.

From the same author: It's time to live the life you imagined & Sexy, zen and happy (and many other titles).



Unlearn: 101 truth for a better life

HUMBLE, Poet, The, New York, Harper One, 2019.

Price: $24.99

Unlearn offers short, accessible, and counterintuitive lessons for reaching our full potential. Humble opens our eyes to our own lives, helping us to recognize the possibilities that await us to move forward through life. He also helps us to identify the challenges that prevent us from realizing our dreams or that limit us, from sabotaging habits, to fixed mindsets or to past regrets.

By the same author: Unlearn: 101 Life Lessons Without the Bullshit.



Your second life begins when you realize that you only have one

GIORDANO, Raphaëlle, New York, Penguin Publishing Group, 2018.

Price: $22.95 (pocket size)

Camille, active, married and mother of a family, has everything, it seems, to be happy. But why does she feel like happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find her way back to joy and fulfillment. So when Claude, a routinologist, offers her original support to help her, she doesn't hesitate for long. Through surprising, creative and meaningful experiences, she will, step by step, transform her life and set out again to conquer her dreams.

*The best seller of Raphaëlle Giordano is also adapted in comics: a graphic novel which does a lot of good!



Pensouillard le hamster: Petit traité de décroissance personnelle

(Only available in French)

MARQUIS, Serge, Dr., Montreal, Transcontinental, 2011.

Price: $22.95

His name is Pensouillard. He's a hamster. A tiny hamster. He is running. In a roulette wheel. Inside your head. How to put it back in its place? In a lively style, Dr. Serge Marquis invites you to observe the movements of your ego. Then, to slow down to find peace. An approach that goes against the grain that is both entertaining and liberating.

By the same author: Papa & Ego man.


Petit traité de vie intérieure

(Only available in French)

LENOIR, Frédéric, Paris, Pocket, 2012.

Price: $12.95 (pocket size)

Frédéric Lenoir draws lessons from wise men from all over the world: from Socrates to Spinoza via Buddha, Jesus and Montaigne, who have given him the keys to develop his interior life to live in a fully human way, to know himself and to learn to discern. A little guide that helps to live!

By the same author: Philosophy and meditate with children (and several other titles).



BONUS: À GO, on ralentit: 12 mois pour se reconnecter à l'essentiel



(Only available in French)

ARCAND, Madeleine & MORIN, Maxime, Montreal, Éditions de l’Homme, 2019.

Price: 34,95$

TIRED OF RUNNING? Being overwhelmed, rushing from place to place, working late at night and running out of time for yourself and your loved ones has become the norm. Slow living invites us to rethink the pace at which we choose to savor our time on earth and find the tools to live calmly inside, despite the hustle and bustle outside.

SLOWING DOWN, IS IT POSSIBLE? Madeleine and Maxime, pioneers of this movement in Quebec, share in this book their thoughts on life, performance, relationships, consumption, mental and physical balance. They gently guide us in the quest for a calmer and more joyful existence, in line with our deep values. Go ahead, take a deep breath, turn the first page and… finally slow down.



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