Experience the Freedom of Choice by writing your own prescriptions…Book Prescriptions that is!






“Books are not just being recommended, they’re being ‘prescribed.’” says psychiatrist Dr. Neil Frude.  Some of the world’s greatest minds were, and are, readers. But they read books that expand their mind, not limit it. It may not be a face-to-face encounter, but Dr. Neil Frude calls it ‘magic.’  He says the best books give the illusion of listening and caring, because authors who are also clinicians, can draw on years of experience interacting with people to leave each reader saying ‘that book was about me’.

Biblio-Therapy is a key ingredient to the Cognitive Behavior Therapy educational training process.  It incorporates a philosophy of self-efficacy and user empowerment. According to Johns Hopkins School of Education, the use of literature in this way can be traced far back in history to the days of the first libraries in Greece, when libraries were described as “healing places for the soul.”  The first documented use of Biblio-Therapy as an intervention technique was recorded in 1840.

The objectives of biblio-therapy:

  1. To increase a person’s understanding of human behavior
  2. To develop a person’s self-concept
  3. To help a person foster an honest self-assessment
  4. To inspire someone to find interests outside of self
  5. To provide emotional or mental relief
  6. To give a person a sense of belonging by reading about other’s similar experiences
  7. To show a person many different solutions to a problem
  8. To help a person engage in open conversation
  9. To aid in a person’s course of action to solve a problem
  10. To teach new skills for easier life transition



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Some staggering statistics:

  • Total percentage of U.S. families who did not buy a book this year.  80%
  • Total percentage of adults who have not been in a book store in the past 5 years.  70%
  • Total percentage of U.S. adults who are unable to read an 8th grade level book.  50%
  • Total amount of words read annually by a person who reads 15 minutes a day 1 million.
  • Total percent of U.S. high school graduates who will never read a book after high school.  33%
  • Total percentage of college students who will never read another book after they graduate.  42%
  • Total percentage of books started that aren’t read to completion.  57%

Source: Read Faster, Reading Stats, July 14, 2014


Inside the SELF ReClaimed toolkit, you will find over 150 great book titles that focus on 33 significant words/topics such as:  Love, Willpower, Joy, Faith, Freedom, Peace, etc.

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.
Sources: Pew 2014, Pew 2012, and Gallup

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