27 Helpful Books About Overcoming Challenges

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Overcoming. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

This product was recommended by Craig Miller from Academia Labs LLC

This book will definitely get you through good times and hard times. It shares great stories and much advice on how to perceive things to overcome any hardships in life. Though life can sometimes be hard, it can be good too! This book is the best companion to whatever you are going through and it will surely help you overcome it. Be it losing someone, not being able to stay on top of your job, or your bills, in everything. This book is sure to help.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

This product was recommended by Scott Hasting from BetWorthy LLC

If you’re currently being confronted with the cruelties of the world and the people in it, this is the perfect book to help you restore your faith in humanity, teach you about tolerance and compassion, and allow you to overcome any adversities. It will teach you to be kind and see things from this perspective. This book provides the best ending, but you’ll definitely need tissues for that cry.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

This product was recommended by Kieran Knight from Fitness Home HQ

If you’re looking for a renewed strength and hope, then you really have to read this book. This will inspire you to respond more passionately, kindly, and intelligently to adversities coming your way as according to him, what makes a man is not what happens to him but how he responds to what happens to him. By finding the meaning of life, it will inspire us to live better and overcome all the obstacles coming our way.

Reinventing Hannah by Jack A. Ori

This product was recommended by Jack Ori from Jack A Ori, MSW

Reinventing Hannah is an empowering novel about a young woman who transforms from silent to survivor. Unlike many books about sexual assault, the novel doesn’t dwell on the assault itself or on self-destructive behavior, instead focusing on Hannah’s journey to overcome her trauma and become the leader she was always meant to become. Readers say that it has helped them or those they love with their own healing after a similar traumatic event.

An Enemy Called Average by John Mason

This product was recommended by Nikita Verma from PurpleCrest Management Consulting

This book has truly transformed my life. John Mason encourages you to push your limits. This is a great book on how we can take small steps not to live the average lifestyle and how to be great at what we do. Learning how to build on our strength and soar like eagles are some of the lessons in this book. This is a quick read but includes a bundle of information. I loved the use of parables and stories to get the message across. I would highly recommend this for anyone overcoming challenges.

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

This product was recommended by David Farkas from The Upper Ranks

A real story of Park’s harrowing ordeal as a child growing up in North Korea, where she and her peers were frequently starved and threatened, how she was successfully smuggled into China at the age of 13, where she endured even more difficult years after being sold into slavery, and how she eventually made her way to South Korea. However, while Park’s tremendous persistence of spirit and compassion are inspiring, his narrative is incomprehensible and terrible at the same time.

Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

An inspired book, easy to read with touching life stories. Perception is never a passive process to take in the objective truth of the reality around you. In every moment, you are making educated guesses to construct an internal, conceptual understanding of the world. You frequently mistake this conception for a genuine article. You take this for granted.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

This product was recommended by Laura Jimenez from Ishine365

This book helps me in understanding that how worry and stress affect the body. It also gives ways to deal with stress. The only thing you can control in your life is your attitude, and Dale gives example after example of how you can cope more effectively in life. The authors describe how to interact successfully with other people, how to overcome social anxiety, and how to put your fears and worries in perspective so that you can live a fuller and happier life. I highly recommend this book for anyone going through worry and stress

Fearless by Max Lucado

This product was recommended by Rei Garnet from Bunnyhorde

This book is special to me. This is the book that helps me overcome some of my deepest fear. This book will teach you how to overcome your worries and find peace. The author does a great job of explaining what fearlessness really means and what it means to overcome it.

What Are You Sporting About by Sivonnia L. DeBarros

This product was recommended by Sivonnia L. DeBarros from ProsportLawyer

What Are You Sporting About? educates, motivates, supports and guides aspiring, current and former professional athletes (“pros”) by providing thought-provoking conversations and tools to implement in creating, maintaining, and sustaining wealth. Pros are constantly shunned and ridiculed for their lack of finance, legal, and business knowledge because pros frequently fall victim to their new-found fame, glitz, and glamor. Author and Attorney, Sivonnia DeBarros, strategically remove the pros’ blinders and deep dive into challenging issues like why the pro should understand and find their why or purpose, she challenges them to implement a business mindset and to engage in self-preservation, and urges them to create a team of trusted advisors who can help support and guide the pro throughout their business or brand building. Pros have reached the pinnacle level of sporting success but must remain true to their purpose and strategically plan the legacy they wish to leave or return home the way that they left.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This product was recommended by Nancy Belcher from Winona

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite books, and “overcoming” is a definite theme. The main character, Santiago, must conquer many obstacles during his quest to discover and find his “personal legend.” In his case, that is a buried treasure at the Egyptian Pyramids. On his quest, Santiago exhibits an unrelenting determination to squash every stumbling block he encounters along his way. The Alchemist is a great example of how we all have to lean into blind faith at times in order to overcome.

I Am Stronger Than Anxiety by Elizabeth Cole

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This book is exclusive content for kids in overcoming struggles, anxiety and stress feelings. Here, you will also find tips for parents on handling kids affected with anxiety issues. It helps the kids in the self-realization of their emotions and assists in improving their emotional intelligence precisely. It provides a healthy way to handle the issues with emotions in kids.

Overcoming Adversity by Caroline Sakai

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

This book will help you take a second and third look at the benefits of Energy Psychology and Energy Tapping. Dr. Sakai takes you on a moving journey into the lives of people who have been transformed by the various benefits of Thought Field Therapy EP, as well as her great compassion and expertise as a master psychologist and psychotherapist. This book is useful for both laypeople and experts in reducing emotional symptoms associated with everyday problems. Today’s psychology is Energy Psychology! It works, and everybody working in the healing industry should learn it. This is a book that everyone should have.

Difference Maker by Gary Roe

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

The author provides good energy, information, and a direct approach to a tough subject, with actionable measures to take. This book is a wonderful tool to have in your toolbox if you’re dealing with this problem. This author continues to share his love for making a difference in people’s lives by assisting them in realizing their worth, seeing that most of what they believe is a lie, and kindly guiding them on a better route. Anyone who is battling with self-esteem, self-worth, or suicidal thoughts, or knows someone who is, should read this book. Choose truth above falsehoods and you can make a difference.

Noble Heart by Pema Chödrön

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Yes, this is a fantastic book with great points inside. Its condition is quite good, and you will later appreciate that! You will enjoy Pema’s words of wisdom. She is fantastic! There are so many benefits and great interest if you can get this, But you will like the fact you will be able to listen to it repeatedly. Pema Chodron is great.

Relentless and Unbeatable By: Eric H. Mennell

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This book, totally based on How to Finish What You Start, is amazing and contains information about Power Through Temptations with Daily Self-Discipline and Unbeatable Willpower Creating Successful Atomic Habits and the Mind of a Champion. You don’t need anything more to make your day than this book, buy it and enjoy your day to the fullest.

The Magical Journey of Cinderella Sapphire by Lily Waters

This product was recommended by Michelle Gamble from 3L Publishing and PR

The Magical Journey of Cinderella Sapphire is all about overcoming adversity to find a happy life. The Magical Journey of Cinderella Sapphire takes readers on a personal voyage into the life of a young girl as she grows into womanhood under the specter of child physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the loss of her entire family, and the unfathomable grief of it all. Cinderella Sapphire, a young girl who starts out in life with a happy, beautiful family soon experiences great loss when her beloved grandmother and mother die within three months of each other. Cinderella or “Ella” is left behind with her older brother and her loving father who soon falls under the “spell” of the beautiful but cruel Susanna. The abusive and wicked Susanna unleashes her jealousy, wrath, and twisted behavior on her step-children. She poisons or kills pets, sexually abuses both Ella and her brother, and makes life a living hell. When Ella’s brother runs away and her father suddenly dies, Ella is left alone in the world to fight for herself and create a better life. This important story walks readers through a story of abuse and loss, but also one of faith, hope, and resilience. Ella emerges as a heroine who overcomes unquestionable hardship only to uncover an amazing destiny. Her life story teaches readers important and unforgettable life lessons.

I capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

This product was recommended by Danny Marshall from Mortgage Rate Guru

Whether it’s the news, weather, or even people, this book provides the perfect escape. For six months in the 1930’s English countryside, a 17-year-old girl called Cassandra lives with her eccentric family in a practically derelict, but oh-so-bohemian, castle. As a fan of Downton Abbey, it’s a must-have accompaniment to a cup of tea and some toasted bread.

The Gift of Struggle by Bobby Herrera

This product was recommended by Elliott Smith from The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center

This book is geared towards leaders. It focuses on overcoming struggles that many leaders face. I think that it is a great book for leaders. It has many important lessons about how to take struggles and turn them into lessons.

How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen

This product was recommended by Mandy Yetter from Time4TransformationLLC

This is a great book about overcoming habits, more common to women although not exclusive to women, that hold may be holding you back. What I find most interesting about the book is that many of the habits are things we often take pride in and yet we are unaware of how they may be perceived by others and/or how many of the culturally expected habits may hinder us from living a life we would love.

Overcoming Anxiety by Helen Kennerley

This product was recommended by Gennady Litvin from Moshes Law

The book will help you to learn about what causes anxiety. Presented techniques are very helpful in overcoming different types of anxiety. By implementing them, you will become more confident and get rid of your fears. Just do not be lazy and find time for the exercises. The results will pleasantly surprise you.

Think Like a Warrior by Darrin Donnelly

This product was recommended by Jordan W. Peagler from MKP Law Group, LLP

With just five simple tips or beliefs, you can overcome anything that’s holding you down. It all starts with wanting to transform, learning you need to put in the work, and focusing on your goals. This book will give you the knowledge and the motivation to get started.

The Mental Toughness Handbook by Damon Zahariades

This product was recommended by Shannon Serpette from The Design Home

In my experience, one of the first things you need to do when you want to overcome something is work on how mentally tough you are. Mental toughness is something they don’t teach you in school, but you can develop it by practicing a particular set of habits. This book gives you the road map for increasing your mental toughness, so whether you’re handling a health crisis, a personal problem, or any other kind of issue, it’ll give you some new tools for sailing through it.

The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

This product was recommended by Sally Stevens from FastPeopleSearch

I love this book. The ideas aren’t entirely new. It’s more like the author has taken the most important aspects of wisdom and compiled it into effective examples and phrases that really hit home. I’ve underlined every page. It’s really helped me be less reactive, more intentional, more disciplined, and even keel. I wish the book was longer and that there were more authors writing about this philosophy. The premise is simple: focus your energy on the things that are in your power to change, and don’t waste your energy on emotional turbulence or hyper-analyzing everything. The reason this philosophy has the power to inspire so many more books is that it can apply to every aspect of our life: how and whether we muster the courage to make a change, how we drive our cars, how we schedule our days, what we choose to eat, how and whether we resolve conflicts.

KardBoard House by Nancy T. Espuche

This product was recommended by Nancy Espuche from KardBoard House

Nancy Tiegel Espuche is a speaker, author, mother, and advocate. She wrote KardBoard House, a memoir to give voice to the loving, tender, and often difficult exchanges between Lucas and herself during his years of opioid addiction. Their story highlights their unbreakable connection and the profound realization that only Lucas and not she had the power to change the course of his life.

Don’t Bring Your Vibrator to Rehab by Pam Gaslow

This product was recommended by Jennifer Johnson from Stephanie Wolf Public Relations

Many ask, is pot addiction even real? Pam Gaslow doesn’t claim to be an expert, but for her, it was very real. Her addiction completely devastated her life, hitting rock bottom with a nasty case of marijuana toxicity. Then, she had to go through the painstaking – and slightly hilarious – process of finding a rehab while high. The whole experience inspired her to write Don’t Bring Your Vibrator to Rehab: A Somewhat Comedic Memoir, a deeply personal account of her tragic yet funny downfall. Written in her trademark comedic style, it’s the story of one woman’s effort to get her life back by getting sober. This book is for anyone struggling with addiction, struggling to love someone who suffers from addiction, or simply looking for inspiration to face the scariest parts of life head-on with honesty, clarity, and of course, humor.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This product was recommended by Rohan Kadam from BikingKnowHow

Sophia Amoruso is an absolute legend. I like the fact that she organically started a company without even realizing it. Those small things like having attention to detail to deliver the highest level of service you provide to your customers, to ensure it’s clear they are valued and appreciated. She cared less about what others thought about her and she lived life on her terms. Her journey of starting a successful business from scratch is very inspiring. Sophia simply ROCKS!

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