10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life


Fiction

1.Beloved by Toni Morrison
“Something that is loved is never lost.”
I read this novel after my father died, and this quote stayed with me and helped me heal. I hope this gem can comfort you too.

2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
I love this book and the idea of seeking meaning in your own life. It taught me the difference between seeking and finding, and how we should enjoy the pursuit of our dreams. Now my daughter is reading the book and is loving it as well.

3. Wonder by RJ Palacio
“Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”
This author is one of my soul sisters, and seeing her fulfill her dreams and talents inspires me every day. She is my hero, because she made no excuses. While writing Wonder, she was a busy mom and wife, had a demanding full-time career, an elderly parent who needed her support and attention and yet she still found time to write this beautiful novel. She woke up in the middle of the night to write. Inspiring.

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
I read this book in high school and it taught me that what is valuable in life is invisible like love. And that a certain level of magical thinking is necessary for living a creative life.

Nonfiction

5. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
“Pray to catch the bus; then run as fast as you can.”
This book opened me up to the flow of creativity and hard work.

6.The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
“It’s a shame to waste [the uniqueness that is you], by doing what someone else has done.”
This book started me on my spiritual path. I have lived my life by his philosophy of “follow your bliss” and have encouraged my daughters to live that way too.

7. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
“When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”
This book — and this quote in particular — truly changed my thinking. When you think about it, complaining is just madness. Leave the situation or accept it, all else is madness.

8..The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
“What makes you vulnerable, makes you beautiful.”
Brene Brown encouraged me to open myself in a way I had never done before and it is liberating. It’s a beautiful gift when a book can encourage you to be just who you are — flaws and all.

Business Books

9.Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization by Daniel Patrick Forrester
“Only by carving out think time and reflection can we actually understand, in an entirely different context, the actions we take.”
This book changed the way I approach work. I understood that being busy is not the same as being productive or profitable. In business and in life, the best decisions happen when we take the necessary time to step outside of our day-to-day routines and reflect on our decisions.

Career Advice

10. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go …”
I have read this book many times. Once it gave me the courage to quit a great job to start my own company to do online book publicity before I fully understood what that was. Don’t we all need a reminder that “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
Just one book can change your life. I hope you find your inspiration from my list. I’d love to know your favorite books.

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