The Top 24 Inspiring Books About Life

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspiring Books About Life. 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.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

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The book I recommend is ‘The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World.’ By Chi-Young Lim. This book is full of insight and practical advice, and in this day and age is more relevant than ever. In a world where we feel the need to constantly be switched on and on the go, it was refreshing to read about the ways to slow down and relax.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

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Hari’s book has completely changed my perspective on how I view depression and happiness. As a person dealing with symptoms of depression at a very young age, I couldn’t really understand why I feel the way I feel. I also felt extremely hopeless at what I could do to make myself feel better. Hari, in his book, explains nine major causes of depression and anxiety, which were uncovered and evidenced by several different scientists from across the world. When reading Hari’s work, I slowly started realising why my anxiety levels were so high and figured out how, unintentionally, some of the major depression causes are present in my own life. Thanks to this discovery, I began a shift in the way I live my life – from being around nature more often, to improving my relationships with friends and family and reflecting on my true values. But this book is not only for those struggling with depression – it’s for everyone who seeks inspiration for improving the quality of their own life.

Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

This product was recommended by Deepa Tailor from Tailor Law

I have always lived with the philosophy of starting any new change or task in a small way, and this book just ascertains that fact. It’s like if you make your bed when you wake up, you are ready to go on with your day. It’s the little success in the morning that defines the rest of your day. It’s quite inspiring because even if you face failures ahead, you would be better prepared with one success in your pocket. If nothing works, at least you come back to a neat bed!

Love Does by Bob Goff

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Each chapter of Love Does is a short story of an extraordinary incident in the author’s life that came about by either helping others, saying yes, or just being willing to jump into a situation without knowing the outcome. Every story has a lesson that could easily apply to anyone’s life. It’s truly a unique way of looking at the world and a must-read for everyone who wants to be inspired and enjoy their life to the fullest.

Facing Adversity by Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian

This product was recommended by Shane Paarman from Awesome Stuff 365

I find that it is always easiest to find inspiration from those that have hard a life filled with adversity and struggle. It is why this book speaks to me so much, and why i consider it a great work of insight into how you can find inspiration in any sort of life, regardless of the circumstances. This book is full of various stories that focus on different real life people and the adversities they have faced in life, along with a psychological commentary by Dr Jeffrey. It’s an incredibly interesting read, and is guaranteed to leave you inspired.

On Fire by John O’Leary

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The title of this book explains how you’ll feel after reading it. John O’Leary challenges your perception of what life means to you and how to get the most out of it. Don’t go another day without reading this book to light the fire of life that lives inside of you

Give and Take by Adam Grant

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The main lesson to take away from this book is that putting others first in certain situations is actually one of the best ways to achieve things in life. I love this idea because I am of the firm belief that helping others thrive and feel happier in themselves and their body can also make me happier and more fulfilled. This book’s perspective has definitely confirmed for me that I am pursuing the right career path and that helping others is a worthwhile goal for a full and brilliant future.

Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

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If you’re looking to be inspired right on your doorstep, then I recommend reading Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon. It’s a travel book that takes a look at the places that tourists won’t necessarily see, and how the small towns of America have just as much, and more, to offer when compared to the big cities.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

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I highly recommend, “Heal Your Life,” by Louise Hay as an inspirational book. Louise is incredibly inspiring, motivational, positive, and talks about how we can all become a bright, shimmering, being of light and radiance. So often, we get clouded by painful moments of the past, regrets, and anger. She talks about how giving love to ourselves first and foremost is a path of healing and emotional rejuvenation from all of this pain and suffering. I love how she talks about spiritual connection and she is so encouraging sharing that each person can create a healthy, loving, nurturing life for selves by the choices they make. Louise is a spiritual guide and a spiritual teacher to many women and her books are incredibly powerful to read. If you are going through something really challenging or painful in your life, reading this book can really help you feel a sense of empowerment and give you the ability to feel strong and get through. Even if you are just looking for a little inspiration in your daily life, I highly recommend adding this book to your bookshelf. Everyone can relate to Louisa‘s teachings.

Grief 2 Hope by Hope Reger

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This is my story of how I have taken my grief to hope in honoring my son who was murdered at 19. I also lead a support group for others who grieve. I use my devastation to determination to show others you can live again, despite tragedy…I do it in honor of him.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Steve Jobs revolutionized the tech space and forever altered the way that humanity interacts with technology and how we view and interact with the digital world. He made it possible for multiple generations to create online businesses and thrive from the comfort of their own homes using their imagination and creativity, and his inspiring life story encouraged me to follow my own digital dream and found my own online business. Steve Jobs helped me discover who I really am, and his story ensured that I found, and now walk, the path I needed to be on.

The Nine Gifts by Christine Marie Mason

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This book is a field guide for flourishing; filled with strategies for tapping into the natural upliftments built into our human biology. We already have everything we need to live lives of harmony, happiness, and joy – an inner ‘first aid kit’ of simple and instantaneous ways we can shift and lift our state of being. We hope you enjoy these many proven interventions for greater well-being.

Over, Under, Around and Through by Elinor Greenberg EdD

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Everyone loves to read stories about overcoming obstacles. 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. 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!” 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.”

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.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

This product was recommended by Gennady Litvin from Moshes Law – A Law Firm

A very inspiring book to read, especially when you are living through a tough period of your life. The author reveals a Great Secret, as she puts it. The book will teach you how to implement the Secret to improve all spheres of your life. Even if you do not believe in the existence of a great secret, the book will still cheer you up.

Whole Brain Living by Jill Bolte Taylor

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Do you want to see yourself in a new way and be able to embrace different characters in your personality that contribute to your decision making? This book by Ted Talk phenomenon and brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, helps us learn about the four separate parts of our brain and how to help us work with all of them in our daily lives. With this knowledge, we can be our whole selves in each moment of the day.

The Shaman & His Daughter by Gregory Drambour

This product was recommended by Gregory Drambour from Sedona Sacred Journeys

Come Quiet Your Mind, Warm Your Heart, & Lift Your Spirit! We all need a book that we can reach for to make us smile and cry and laugh in joy – words that can give us hope that we can survive the hard days that will come in anyone’s life. These pages will guide you to deeper levels of acceptance and letting go, no matter what’s happening in your life. The Shaman & His Daughter takes us inside the world of a 35 year veteran master shamanic healer/spiritual teacher and his powerful apprentice daughter three years after a devastating loss. Their journey will inspire and touch you in a deep part of your soul. Through these 18 tender tales you’ll learn how to trust that there is always a way out of tragedy, out of the deepest sadness and a way out of not understanding why life can sometimes feel so unfair.

Brida by Paulo Coelho

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There are no certain inspiring books. Some books inspire you, regardless of the genre. I like stories that stay with me, long after reading them. Brida by Paulo Coelho is that book for me. Paulo Coelho is an amazing author, who has a way with subtle storytelling. He draws you in with his flawed characters and leaves you in awe of their development. Brida has a lot of inspiring lessons. The book emphasizes how it requires courage to make mistakes. And how mistakes should be made. Often in life, we obsess over our mistakes and regret them. But there is nothing to feel sad about. The book is about a self-journey and you, the reader are also taking this journey with Brida.

Rich As F*ck by Amanda Frances

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The title might make it seem like this book is merely about money, but the principles in this life-changing book can be used to make-over any aspect of your life. The book walks you through the process of figuring out what’s holding you back, of discovering what limiting beliefs are in the way of having the life and things that you desire, and how to overcome and change them. It helps you see (and more importantly- believe) that the life you desire truly is possible, and it inspires you to stop settling for less than you want.

It’s All in Your Head by Joseph D. Pianka

This product was recommended by Erin Conti from PR by the Book

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph D. Pianka, M.D. faced physician burnout and depression, so he sat at his computer and typed until the sun came out (literally and metaphorically). His book, *It’s All in Your Head*, compiles insight gained from his experiences as well as prior acquired knowledge for everyone who simply isn’t motivated by traditional fitness ads. He wants to start a conversation about basic concepts that have made an enormous difference for both himself and his patients, everyday individuals with busy lives and varied hobbies.

In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings

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Caitlin Billings aims to prove that people can build a depth of understanding and acceptance if they embrace imperfection and self-love. By sharing her memoir, “warts and all,” she hopes to change the lives of others with her message, “You matter. You are no other. You are not alone.” She thought she could neatly walk away from her past, until a hold-up at gunpoint breaks her carefully balanced world apart. Suddenly, Caitlin must accept her own bipolar disorder diagnosis while raising two young children, one of whom comes out as gender-fluid child and inherited depressive behaviors. Part coming-of-age, part reckoning of motherhood, *In Our Blood* is a therapist’s honest account of professional and personal struggles and an intergenerational story of acceptance, self-love and fluidity.

The American Spirit by David McCullough

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This was the award winning book as it is one of the best inspiring books that collects thirty years of his speeches that were delivered before college grads, congress members and everyone in between. No matter where you want to hail from you have to wave the blue, red and white before reaching the final page.

Atomic Habits By James Clear

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Atomic Habits is a game-changing book on the power of habits, continued self-learning and strides for improvement. It will reshape the way to think about progress and self love. No matter what goals you have in life, this book will provide you with a framework to achieve success while empowering you mindset as you move forward.

Can You Hear Me? by FRANCES FOMAI

This product was recommended by Frances Fomai from LML Logistics

In the book, Can You Hear Me? Fighting through the dysfunction of cultural conditioning influenced the breakdown of communication with her children who were turning into young adults. That same energy poured into her workspace and love life. Faced with a decision to keep the old traditions or finally take ownership of a behavior that no longer served her. The environment was calling her to change and it was a painful journey of self discovery.

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