Stephen Mitchell is a Bay Area writer who has done some poetic and illuminating translations of the Tao Te Ching, the New Testament, and other major spiritual texts. His translations of Rilke's poetry are gorgeous—often said to be better than the originals.
I recently became aware of Mitchell's wife, Byron Katie, whose writing is also wonderfully good company. Katie is a recovered addict, now life coach. She has summarized her method for getting through conflict in a simple, practical book called Loving What Is.
Byron's 4 Questions are hands-down the best way I've found for sleeping peacefully when anger, confusion, or indecision slow me down. Compared to the costs of almost any other "therapy" out there, the $25 investment in the book is pretty cheap.