A book can be a friend, a teacher, entertainment, a source of valuable wisdom, and a fountain of inspiration. Books allow us the opportunity to see through the eyes of another and to contemplate life from a different perspective. Here’s a list of some of my favorite inspirational books, packed full of joyful gems that will help you to live your happiest life–they may even change your life.
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron
For the love of reading, I wanted to share this quaint collection of inspirational books (and the positive results that have come from reading them) that continue to support me on my journey of knowing happiness. These books are full of priceless lessons and insightful messages that will stir your spirit and awaken you to a new perspective.
From one bookworm to another, enjoy.
10 Inspirational Books That Will Enrich Your Life
1. You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay
This is the book that started it all for me; it opened my eyes to a new way of seeing things, and it challenged me to bring more love into my life so that I could heal myself. It marked a new chapter in my journey that ultimately led to the creation of Aim Happy, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Louise’s continued inspiration, affirmations, and lovely attitude.
This is a book you can put down and pick up again and again to see how the obstacles you’re facing and the physical pains you’re feeling have come about, and what they might be trying to tell you.
2. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book also catapulted me in a more compassionate direction. It makes you stop and think about how you’re living your life and treating others. It’s especially relevant when selfish desires have dominated your perspective, and you either need a lesson in being humble or a reminder that you’re a precious piece of one, big, amazing puzzle.
3. A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
When I began to recognize the spiritual journey I didn’t even know I was on, this book literally changed everything. I had become familiar with A Course In Miracles, though I hadn’t yet gotten to reading it, and Marianne’s book was the perfect preview to the Course. Not only that, though: This book sincerely woke me up.
I absolutely love and recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience a miracle, a positive shift, and a happier life.
4. A Course In Miracles
The wisdom of this profound text is beyond inspiring–whenever I’m reading this book, all my problems fade away and I become totally engrossed in the text.
This is a complete self-study spiritual thought system that teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and your return to love. The language might be a bit mindboggling (and it does speak of God, though in a very nontraditional), and that’s why I began with Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love first. I think this text is meant to be absorbed slowly. It’s a basis for living one’s life.
5. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
This extraordinary bestseller serves as a powerful reminder to follow your internal guidance system and live a life that feels good to you, regardless of the obstacles you might face. It’s an inspiring tale of self-discovery that combines magic, mysticism, wisdom, wonder, and adventure.
6. The Motivation Manifesto, by Brendon Burchard
I’ll just quote what Paulo Coelho (the author of The Alchemist) had to say about this: “The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.”
7. Life’s Golden Ticket, by Brendon Burchard
As the title of this book hints, this is a story about second chances. Written by the same brilliant author who wrote The Motivation Manifesto and The Millionaire Messenger (which I’ve yet to read), this triumphant tale of personal growth will encourage you to embrace a new vision for your life, one where love reigns.
8. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
For those who have never seen the inside of this book, I highly recommend it. If you’re going through something major in life, this book offers an enlightening take on transition. It will encourage you to leave behind the life you aren’t in love with (either metaphorically or quite literally) and venture into new territories with courage and hope.
9. Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
After becoming acquainted with Liz Gilbert’s witty writing style in Eat, Pray, Love, I dove right into her most recent book, Big Magic. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was not only for the creative-at-heart, but for every human being. The point is that we’re all creative beings, because that’s simply the way we were born to live. Whatever captures your heart, this book will inspire you to do that.
10. The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein
This is the newest book to enter my hands, and I’m actually still in the process of reading it (since it just came out the other week). Gabby is one of the most inspirational spiritual teachers that I follow and adore, and her light shines through every page. In the book, Gabby teaches how to transform fear into faith, and release the resistance to happiness, security, and clear direction. It’s beautiful.
- Are you familiar with any of these books?
- Do you have any other inspirational books you would add to this happy list?
- What are you reading now, and what’s on your list to read next?
Please share your own favorite books, your love of reading, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share these inspirational books with someone who loves a good read.
Whatever captivates your heart–read that.