I’ve read a lot of books and special few have inspired me deeply. Some books have changed, and possibly saved, my life. I want to share them with you.
Here’s how I decided on my list:
- I’ve read the book multiple times because it’s been so helpful.
- It’s been so inspiring, I’ve had it in more than one format (eBook, print, audio, etc.)
- The book’s relevancy leads me to believe I will be reading and recommending it 25 years from now.
- The book follows the K.I.S.S principle (i.e. Keep It Super Simple). Basically, it does a great job of making concepts and to understandable.
- Each one has information that can be practically applied to your life TODAY.
- “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield & Turning Pro and The Artist’s Journey by the same author are excellent as well.
A clear view on the process of creativity and the battle within.
- “The Dip” by Seth Godin
How to make major life decisions.
- “How to Win Friends & Influence People“ by Dale Carnegie
The essentials of building healthy relationships.
- “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer
This book helped me understand anxiety from a new perspective.
- “The Search for Significance” by Robert S. McGhee & Your Are Special by Max Lucado
The truth about building real and lasting self-confidence.
- “48 Days to the Work You Love” by Dan Miller
Practical information on finding your right career fit and landing a good job.
- “The Wounded Heart” by Dan Allender
Understand the impact of abuse and how to heal these wounds.
- “First Things First“ by Stephen R. Covey
My all time favorite book on time management and prioritization.
- “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud
Practical tips on setting and maintaining relationship boundaries.
- “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradbury
Understanding emotional health and practical ways you can grow in this area.
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- “Choose Yourself!“ by James Altucher
Overcoming the victim mentality by making yourself a priority.
- “Feel the Fear…and Do it Anyway“ by Susan Jeffers
The 1st great practical book on facing your fears I ever read. (I was 21 years old.)
- “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
The 2nd great practical book on facing your fears I ever read. (At age 38.)
- “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl & Night by Elie Weisel
We cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how we cope with it.
- “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
The 1st great practical book on personal financial literacy I ever read. Understanding the difference between an asset and a liability.
- “The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The 2nd great practical book on personal financial literacy I ever read. How to avoid debt, budget, and save.
- “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Timeless and practical wisdom on making life work.
- “The Compound Effect“ by Darren Hardy
Intentionally create a positive future step-by-step.
- “Influence” by Robert Caildini & “Influencer” by Joseph Grenny
The psychology behind impacting others.
- “Leadership and Self-Deception” by The Arbringer Institute
Powerful insights on motivation, conflict, and collaboration.
- “Rhinoceros Success” by Scott Alexander
Fun and inspiring read on personal growth, success, and life balance.
- “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living“ by Dale Carnegie
The timeless classic on coping with anxiety.
- “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael Gelb
How to tap into the creativity we all have inside.
- “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
A classic that helped me make sense of the Christian faith.
- “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale
How to change your perspective from negative to positive.
You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat”, well, I believe “you are what you read.” Eat junk and you become unhealthy. Read uplifting, healthy, and inspiring books and that’s what you will become.
No book is perfect. I can find flaws and have issues with all those I recommend. But approach reading from a place of being willing to learn. Be willing to be inspired. These book recommendations won’t let you down.
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