The Best Inspirational Books For Young Adults

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspirational Books For Young Adults. 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.

God Owns My Business by Stanley Tam

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This story is inspirational because of the tremendous amount of faith the author took to build his business empire. His resilience and persistence are the best kind of inspiration.

Code 47 to BREV Force by F. Barish-Stern

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Code 47 BREV Force – Cracko is the first in the trilogy about the Kane twins. They are college students who try to live up to their famous scientist parent’s image, but who only want to make their own way. They struggle with feelings of letting their parents down and how to cope with a new town, a new school and new friends. Suddenly they are seeing their friends change…and they know they must do something Evie and Brad use one of their parent’s formulas to enhance their mental abilities to meet that challenge and find themselves creating something they know is illegal. What they do in response makes all the difference, but first they must learn that everything they did has prepared them for the battle of their lives: against a computer virus that is threatening the world…they must do defend their family, friends, town and the world against the agents and holograms of this virus; determined to take over the world. This story will inspire young people to be themselves, but to also be aware that what they believe are their super abilities come with vulnerabilities and they must balance the two.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief is a story about a girl named Liesel living in Germany. Liesel steals books from graves and from her neighbors and is brought into a new family where she starts to learn how to read. Liesel steals books throughout the whole book, and it is a coming-of-age story about a girl who learns to understand and love a new language, and how doing that can change her whole life. I chose this book because it is different, and I know people who haven’t read it and would love it.

Walk by Faith Christian Bible Verse Coloring Book For Women by Amazing Grace Activity Books

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Coloring can be Fun! Forty unique, hand-drawn original colouring pages you won’t find anywhere else (no stock images). Each page has lots of lettering to colour and a bible verse relevant for the illustration, not just all random patterns or mandalas but floral prints. More than just pictures–everyone also includes some scripture from God’s word, which is great when kids need extra encouragement like they do on their own while doing this fun activity at home.

A Year of Self-Esteem by Judith Belmont MS

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This book helps you along the road to finding your self-worth and helps you in self-forgiveness. This book is full of short snippets of truth as well as many inspirational quotes. The writing isn’t heavy-handed which is what young adults prefer. I highly recommend this book to those young adults who wish to go on a journey of self-love.

Happy Sexy Millionaire by Steven Bartlett

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I read this book for the first time a few weeks ago, and I remember thinking that I wished that I had had this book when I was in school. Academia is not natural to me, but when I was in school this was the be-all and end-all. If you weren’t academic then you were considered to be stupid which in turn meant that you would fail not just at school but in life. This book from Steven Bartlett shows that there is not just one route to success. You do not have to get straight As to be successful in life. You can take other routes that you may not have been told about in school.

Working hard hardly working by Grace Beverley

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This novel has completely changed my working experience – and I wish that it had been around when I was younger. It can be hard on a day-to-day basis to always work to your best ability and to always be super productive. However, this book has proved to me that you can always find ways to optimize your time. You might not always be working at 100%, but that does not mean you can’t get through your to-do list and get things done. Grace Beverley is so aspirational and so inspiring, that any words of wisdom that she can pass on, readers are sure to lap up!

Not a Life Coach by James Smith

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This book is incredible. Period. As a young person, reading self-help books can be a bit wishy-washy. It’s not always something you gravitate towards when you’re younger, looking inwards and finding your true self isn’t super attainable at that stage in your life. But Smith’s book is so much more than a self-help book. Smith challenges everything that you THINK you know about happiness and fulfilment through tough love and brutal honesty; it is readable and refreshing and is sure to inspire young people.

Wheels for the World by Douglas G. Brinkley

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Why? It’s the unfettered and extraordinary story of how one man’s vision changed the world, and a true American success story, that examines the minutia of automotive change and development during the last century. Brinkley’s book shows the reader how know-how, innovation, and invention are key to success in any endeavor and can, and should, inspire them to embrace the triumvirate that will help them to seize every opportunity that presents itself to them.

The Little Big Things by Henry Fraser

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A book that is easy to read and is packed full of inspiration is The Little Big Things by Henry Fraser, it’s a beautiful memoir that tells us that we can make a good day out of every day. Henry Fraser was in a terrible accident at the age of 17, and lost all movement from his shoulders down. The Little Big Things tells the story of how he adjusted to his new way of living, and how you can enjoy whatever life you are given if you try.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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Why? There was no one like Tony Bourdain. He was a shooting star that burned brightly, and faded out far too soon. ‘Kitchen Confidential ‘is the story of a life well lived that’s part biogra[phy and part inspirational journey that teaches its readers that anything is possible as long as you hold yourself to account and don’t let circumstance and fate slow you down…

Period Power by Nadya Okamoto

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Young adults should read Period Power by Nadya Okamoto. Periods have been kept secret from the general population throughout history. They are taboo. They are both awkward and disgusting. Nadya Okamoto, the creator of PERIOD and a student at Harvard College, provides a statement on menstruation that explains why we can’t ignore individuals who bleed any longer and how young people can become involved in activism. The purpose of Period Power is to define menstruation, expose the stigmas and their accompanying prejudices, and develop a plan to break the taboo and encourage discussion about periods.

Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton.

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I originally bought this novel as a joke. It seemed funny and unrealistic. And I definitely did not believe that a book could help me with my problem of overthinking and worrying about little things. The book consisted of several techniques to overcome anxiety and overthinking. I began doing some of them and found out that the author had done a thorough research and then written this novel because everything about the techniques was insightful and very helpful. The book skillfully helps those dealing with anxiety and depression and overthinking. Our mental health is our topmost priority after the outbreak of COVID, I recommend this book to everyone so they can understand and manage their stress.

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

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This book is a quintessential read for a young adult who wants to build a foundation of discipline and build good habits that’ll last the rest of their lives. Make Your Bed eloquently preaches on the impact of the ‘little things,’; the daily process of gradually pursuing your goals and personal fulfillment. This book written by a former Navy Admiral is a fantastic read on how to push through hardships with courage, determination, and compassion—it crystalizes the value of building good habits and leading a life of clarity and perspective.

Life 101 by Peter McWilliams

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One of the best inspirational books for young adults is *Life 101* by Peter McWilliams. The book is available on amazon and on kindle as well. It helps one understand that while one can’t control everything in life, it is futile to sit around and wait for something good to happen. It is an inspirational book that gives a practical outlook on life and provides another perspective.

Chess Tactics for Intermediates by Karthik PM

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Building on knowledge first, this book allows you to recognize and learn the concepts first, before teaching you the different strategies to win the game. It even includes several puzzles and challenges to help you practice your chess game strategy.

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Amy Newmark

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This is such an inspirational book that it became a best seller. It talks about counting your blessings and being thankful because it makes your life happier and more worthwhile. Reading this book will give you a more positive outlook, and this will lead you to enjoy life more.

How to Adult by Jake Cousineau

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Managing personal finances is of utmost importance in the current economic setting. Hence, if you are a new college graduate and looking for an easy-to-understand finance book, then the *How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World by Jake Cousineau book *is perfect for you. This book touches on the basics of personal finance but also discusses how to build wealth as early as now. It shows how to avoid the common financial missteps that usually cause financial problems among people. It also teaches you how to budget, decide which insurance to get, and most especially,. how to file your taxes.

Peak by Anders Ericsson

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This is a highly motivational and inspirational book. Dr. Ericsson has assimilated his years of research and written this book in a very simple manner. The book talks about the power of the mind and explains how one can achieve almost anything by doing purposeful and goal-oriented practice. Dr. Ericsson calls it Deliberate Practice. The book refers to many case studies to prove how Deliberate Practice outscores natural talent. After reading the book, you start feeling that you can achieve almost anything in your life.

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

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While this book (at its core) is an essay collection, all of the pieces of writing work together in a way that creates an empowering and inspirational narrative for young adults. It discusses how life can affect us, how we can affect others, and ultimately it leads readers into thinking positively and creatively about their future. This is important because many young adults are worried about where their life is going to lead – but this book explains how this is all in their control!

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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I loved this book, and I know that every single person, of every age, will love it too. It follows the story of people who wish to go back in time to complete some sort of quest – but they can only do it from one spot in a café, and they only have until their cup of coffee gets cold. The story discusses regret in a truly unique way, and I believe that any young adult reading this will begin to view their life as something that holds hundreds of possibilities and many chances to build something brilliant for yourself..

Personal Finance for Teens by Carol H Cox

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If you a high school student, soon to be a graduate and heading off to college or to work full time? Or wish that they had been given guidance on money matters before they’d finished school. This book answers that need. In Personal Finance for Teens Carol H. Cox offers practical advice on how to build a rock-solid financial & leaedership foundation for life after high school. Now is the time for young adults to get a handle on their finances, before life gets more complicated. Carol covers how to choose, open, and manage a student checking account; network, write resumes, and impress interviewers; control spending and achieve savings goals; build a high-ranking credit score and manage credit cards wisely; assess the cost of car ownership and select an affordable car; evaluate college from a financial perspective; and take advantage of time and start building a retirement account now. This book is a great reference tool for any library and a great graduation present for recent or soon-to-be grads. Personal Finance for Teens is the book that every teen needs to read before leaving home.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Vincent Peale

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Having a positive mindset towards life can bear fruitful results. Dr. Vincent Peale enlightens the strength that comes from having a positive outlook toward life. The book contains wonderful insights that can help us thrive and attain our goals in life. A key takeaway from this book is how our attitude determines our life. Life is full of struggles. We can either stay negative and worry about the problems. Or, we can change our attitude and find ways to cope. This is a choice we must make every day. Such lessons can help shape young minds.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

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Books offer a form of a vicarious learning experience. The book narrates the story of Julian, a lawyer who quits his job and sells his mansion and Ferrari after a heart attack. The story is filled with valuable lessons about life. The most influential one is ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ Teenagers are at that age where life is extremely confusing. Carrying such a bleak outlook towards life is not healthy. Understanding that everything – the embarrassing moments, sadness, and heartbreaks are all experiences. They are a part of your life. Embrace them, and you will find true happiness.

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