The Best Inspirational Books To Read

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspirational Books To Read. 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.

Fearless by Eric Blehm

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One of the most inspirational books I have ever read is Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown By Eric Blehm. This book really goes to show that no matter what your past is, or what you’ve been through, you can change your story and the outcome. Adam Brown has an incredible story that is laid out in this book, from what most would consider a loser to a Tier One Operator. It is incredibly inspiring.

Caroline’s Itch by Victoria Yap-Chung

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The Story, Behind the Story: Victoria Yap-Chung, author of Caroline’s Itch: A Story About Eczema, is a multiracial (Black, Chinese, and Jamaican) model, actor, and eczema mommy warrior and advocate. In the midst of the pandemic, her first was born with atopic dermatitis (eczema). She spent hours researching and applying different methods to identify the root cause of eczema, as her child suffered sleepless nights scratching and making her skin bleed. During these trying times, she worried that her child would experience considerable discrimination, social isolation, and poor self-esteem as she entered school. Victoria decided to do something about it, writing Caroline’s Itch. The Why: Victoria hopes this book raises awareness of the prevalence and normalcy of eczema and educates readers, both adults and children alike, to bridge the gap and help people with eczema feel less alienated and more empowered.

Way of the Wolf by Jordan Belfort

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I recommend this book because seeing how Jordan turned his life around after everything he went through is truly inspiring, pulling himself out of rock bottom.

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

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We all have a purpose in life. However, imposter syndrome prevents many people from having the confidence and courage to step up and start heading in the right direction. In the book Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do, Jordan Lee Dooley writes, Start envisioning your life as a path to walk on, not as a box to sit in. Dooley advises us to find confidence in our strengths and stop believing that we can’t live our unique purpose until we reach a specific goal or milestone.

Changing with the Tides by Shelby Leigh

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With an emphasis on self-empowerment, changing with the tides is an evocative and celebratory set of poems for anyone who dreams of following their heart and embracing their true self.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson

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This book teaches you how to deal with life’s little stuffs, which are typically the ones causing you the most suffering. This inspiring book is packed with helpful advice on how to lead a happier, more tranquil life.

Over, Under, Around and Through by Elinor Greenberg EdD

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Everyone loves to read stories about overcoming obstacles for inspiration. Over, Under, Around, and Through: How Hall of Famers Surmount Obstacles contains fifty 350-450 word stories of how women inducted into halls of fame in Colorado, across the U.S. and internationally overcame significant obstacles in their lives. They used ten skills either singly or in combination to overcome murder, murder-suicide, death of a parent, bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, incest, illness, divorce of their parents, abusive environments and much more. A diverse group of women is included across many fields of endeavor so there is someone that everyone can relate to. The ten skills include mental intelligence, emotional intelligence, social support, moral compass – spirituality, determination – perseverance – persistence, creativity, optimism, resilience, action-orientation and passion. Everyone has these skills and can surmount obstacles in their lives whether they know it or believe it or not. As one reader said “I have read a few stories. They are inspiring. So this morning I said to myself, you can overcome this. I needed to read this book. It has already helped me.” People need this book. Particularly now, coming out of the pandemic. Everyone faces obstacles in their lives. Absolutely everyone. The book provides in the words of readers – inspiration. One reader said “Reading the stories of the women in this book has reminded me that I have a deep well of experience and critical thinking skills that will help me solve anything. It is a newly found handbook for me! It gives me a boost when I wonder about my next decision!” It is not only for women although all 50 stories come from women and their experiences. The stories of overcoming obstacles are universal. One of the men who read the book said “An easy read. Both uplifting and inspirational.”

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

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Memoirs show the truth of life, and such is needed when you enter a really competitive field such as business. In this book, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares his true and vulnerable story of how he built this multi-billion company. It’s a wake up call for business leaders and everyone who wishes to scale up their career.

Dare to be Fabulous by Johanna McCloy

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This book holds together the power women find when they are honest and courageous and truthful. Some of these stories moved me to tears, others made me believe in humanity again, many I could identify with. This book brought me tremendous joy, insight and brought me back to believe in the human spirit.. ~ JULIANNA MARGULIES, multiple award-winning actor and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life Released in August, 2022, Dare to be Fabulous invites readers on an inspiring journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. This unique collection of personal stories features tenacious mountain climbers, reluctant city drivers, unlikely CIA spies, courageous journalists, and heart-driven animal activists. Their stories will inspire you, warm your heart, and make you laugh. Prompts are included after each story to help guide and encourage readers on the path to finding their own true north.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

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A recommended read for anyone who would be interested in delving into Chinese culture and Mao’s impact on China. I first read this book more than 15 years ago and although I am an avid reader, this book still tops my list as one of the most memorable and inspirational books I have ever read. Historically accurate and artfully written, there is so much wisdom to gain from this read. If you are looking for a book that inspires you, motivates you, and teaches you life lessons, you will not be disappointed.

Myung Sung by Dr. Jenelle Kim

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Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation tells the true story of author Dr. Jenelle Kim’s father as a young monk growing up in the mountains of Korea and learning the centuries-old keys for living in meditation. Alongside each chapter, Dr. Kim digs deeper, unpacking the message and inviting you to examine how the skill could be applied to your own life too. A careful weaving of storytelling and practical mindfulness advice, Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation inspires you to open your heart and mind, find your purpose, and discover a new level of inner peace.

Hero by Dr. Gloria Pope

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Dr. Gloria tackles a remarkably difficult topic to discuss with grace. By sharing a collection of stories, the reader gets real experiences with infertility and IVF. This book inspires families and friends going through IVF or supporting someone going through IVF by opening up an honest discussion. This book inspires its readers to become a Hero of their own.

A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel

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This book is incredibly motivating because it offers daily doses of quotable sayings, mantras, and questions. Given that it is secular and not gender-specific, it is ideal for all types of adult readers. Reading this piece has the potential to significantly alter someone’s perspective on life.

Shoot Your Shot by Vernon Brundage Jr.

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Your first impression from the title may be that it’s about sports, but let me assure you that it’s about much more than that. As it offers tips and guidance for living a successful life, it is both incredibly interesting and intriguing to read. One person finds it helpful in achieving their life’s objectives.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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This life-changing book is about friendship, loyalty, and fighting for what’s right. I was blown away by the characters and their stories when I read them. It’s a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I never get tired of recommending it to people. In addition to being a great book, The Outsiders is also an essential part of our history. It’s one of the first young adult novels that was written for and about teenagers. It’s a true classic, and I think everyone should read it.

A Man and his Mountain by Edward Humes

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A Man and His Mountain is the story of how Jess Jackson took his passion for farming and created a wine empire now known as Jackson Family Wines. This inspiring story shows how one man followed his dreams and turned them into reality.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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The inspiring guidelines offered by The Four Agreements may be used to guide your behavior, how you conduct relationships, and how you interact with other people. It teaches us the nature of human interactions and the necessity to understand and accept what goes on in our environment.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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It is a life-changing book. This book represents how to deal with the outer and inner worlds. We all are aware of meditation. This book shows if you are hurt by someone, you can choose your reaction toward this. This also shows you hot choose your action and balance your emotion. This book will help you be a good leader whom the world can affect. This book can give you a spiritual and modern understanding. This teaches you that if you choose not to be harmed, you won’t feel harmed and haven’t been harmed. This helps you to control your inner world to rule the outer world.

Getting More by Stuart Diamond

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This book is an excellent introduction to negotiating that will provide you with the information and methods you need to get more out of your profession and personal life. In this distinctive and innovative book, Stuart demonstrates how emotional intelligence, perceptions, cultural variety, and teamwork yield four times the value of old-school, conflictive power, leveraging, and reasoning. Because negotiations underpin all human interaction, this instantly applicable advice applies to almost any situation: children, employment, travel, shopping, business, politics, relationships, or competition.

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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In his book Wayne Dyer discusses the importance of setting intentions in all areas of our lives. He emphasizes that intention is not goal-setting, but rather a powerful way of channeling our energies and focus. When we set an intention, we align ourselves with our highest purpose. In a world where we are often pulled in many different directions, it can be difficult to stay focused on what is most important. By setting an intention for our work, and personal lives we can keep our attention on our goals and maintain our sense of purpose. Additionally, when we are clear about our intentions, we are more likely to attract people and circumstances that will help us to achieve them. As we move forward in our careers, the power of intention can be a powerful ally in helping us to create the life and work we desire.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

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In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear argues that the key to creating lasting change is not willpower or motivation but small, consistent habits. Drawing on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience, he shows how we can break down our goals into tiny steps and progress in even the most challenging of endeavours. By building good habits rather than fighting bad ones, we can achieve unprecedented success in our personal and professional lives. The book has already had a profound impact on my own life, and I believe it has the potential to change the way we think about habit formation. If you’re looking for a practical guide to creating lasting change, Atomic Habits is an essential read.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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We all have various experiences. Those may be good or bad for us, which provokes us to question ourselves. Some may get the answer, but there are still hesitations and denials if those are right in a certain way. Thus, I recommend this book to share an inspirational message that we all have a purpose, and our lives are interconnected. We couldn’t have a perfect time to obtain answers, but once we make ends meet, our sacrifices will be worth it to live with peace, love, and satisfaction.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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This book explains that everything happens for a reason and makes sense. Despite the difficulties and challenges, there is a road to what you truly want in life. You can reveal the positive frequency, life’s purpose, connection, and abundance as long as you believe in your intuition and trust the process of living the best in your present time. Those factors will inspire you from this book, which is why I recommend it.

Quiet by Susan Cain

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Susan Cain invites the reader to discover the power of introverts in a world where we celebrate the loudest voice and silence is undervalued. The loudest person in the room is not always the smartest or the most powerful; being quiet has its resonating bang. The book inspires introverts to love their traits and claim perceived weaknesses as strengths.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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In a highly fictionalized account of Marco Polo’s travels and Kublai Khan’s court, this tale by Italo Calvino leaves you with a fresh perspective of the world in your eyes. As Marco tells of cities lost to an aged Kublai Khan, the emperor realizes that these stories can be parables or meditations on the human experience.

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