It's World Book Day! In honour of this most amazing day, I have updated my list of Best Self Help Books!
How do you get from where you ARE, to where you WANT to be?
These short Book Reviews and Recommendations for personal growth will give you a strong starting point on your journey.
Infinite Self, Silent Power- his humour on how to deal with "your crazy mother in law who is driving you crackers" or how to increase your energy from a "slug in a puddle" keeps me focused and interested in everything he writes. I would say I read both books many times per year, and often carry Silent Power in my purse, as it is great little volume to pore over when stuck in line-ups or traffic. If you take life very seriously, skip this author. He’ll make you nuts with his "lighter side". He offers some personal growth solutions, with a dry wit that is often not found in the self help aisle of the bookstore.
Dr. Wayne Dyer: Sacred Self, Power of Intention, You’ll Believe it When you See It, anything by Wayne Dyer is fantastic, these have had the most impact on my life, and are the ones I read and re-read constantly.
Also, if you ever have a chance to see him in person, or attend his seminars, don’t think twice as he vibrates at such a high frequency, and yet exudes humility. (Update: the late Dr. Wayne Dyer made his transition to non-physical in August, 2015. We miss and love him always!)
His challenges in life haven’t been few, and yet he writes of
himself from a perspective where you know he is living what he says, and
he is doing exactly what he writes. What I’ve learned from his work is
to constantly renew my commitment to myself in growth, and see
opportunities for kindness at every turn. Definitely one of the best
self help books around.
Check out this great book on manifesting your desires: Dr Wayne Dyer book review: Wishes Fulfilled.
Sarah Ban Breathnach: Simple Abundance, a calm in the storm of everyday life, a beautifully written and inspiring work that takes the different seasons into consideration when deciding what to work on within you. One of the best self help books for working on balance in one's life. For example, suggest when to clean & start new projects...when to hibernate, pull back, and guard your energy. Small “snippets” of entries make for an easy, light read before bedtime.
Louise Hay: You Can Heal Your Life, an especially great resource for those battling illness to self-forgive and concentrate thoughts on wellness, rather than self-flagellation. My sister was diagnosed with cancer at 30 years old and found this books a comfort. At last count she is 13 years cancer-free.
Also helpful for those who are “adult children of alcoholics” as much of the guilt & shame associated with living in a household of chaos can begin to be acknowledged and healed. Those who are centered on healing as part of their priorities when reviewing personal growth solutions will benefit from this book.
Dr. Joseph Murphy: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, a classic on understanding how the subconscious mind works, and how we can direct it to our greater good, an excellent starting point for beginners, or those who need a refresher on success in messaging to one’s own subconscious mind, past the “critical factor”. I’ve given countless numbers of this volume away, and usually don’t have one on hand for that reason. One of the best self help books to change paradigms and habitual ways of thinking.
Bob Proctor: You Were Born Rich, Understanding universal laws and how they relate to money in your life are great steps to take to begin changing lifelong attitudes inherited with regards to money.
For a full Book Review on You Were Born Rich, click here.
Be forwarned: Bob Proctor is brutal when it comes to making you think, and you can’t get away with not examining yourself critically, waking up, and taking responsibility for EXACTLY where you are. The opportunity reveals itself, and once you’ve done that, you move forward. I fondly refer to him as “Uncle Bob”.
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To read more about Bob Proctor, click here.
Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends & Influence People: the first three C’s: don’t criticize, condemn, or complain…could you imagine a world without these 3 things?
Moreover, a world where the opposite of these three things exist in our lives daily? DO praise, accept, and compliment?
The changes we’d see in just our daily lives & the people we interact with would be phenomenal. And that’s just the first of the “golden rules” that you’ll learn from this book.
One of the best self help books on embracing “everyday little changes” that you can begin at once. Small changes will give enormous results.
Caroline Myss: Invisible Acts of Power. This book is an amazing story of acts of service, big and small, and the far-reaching impact they might have on making our world a better place. Some stories brought me to tears, as I often have a heart of mush. I found it a grounding book that brought me to the realization that I have a purpose, and there is always room for more compassion in my actions everyday. It is a good way to understand the grace and divinity that is found in managing one’s spiritual energy.
Anthony Robbins: Awaken the Giant Within-
this was the book that started it all for me. The one word that comes
to mind is empowerment. To realize that I have control of how I react to
others (or not) was life-changing, and came at the perfect time, as I
had just lost my father to lung cancer…and my beliefs were being
challenged left, right, and centre about the meaning of life, and my
role in the world. This book offers personal growth solutions to change
your perspective, tools to set goals, and a HUGE wake up call for those
who are unconsciously moving around their world with no focus.
Special Mention: The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner
I couldn't resist adding this book to my "top 10" so now this list is really a "top 10 +1"! This book had immediate results in my life, and was a simple and easy technique to learn.
Check out the review of The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner for great techniques on managing emotions!