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10 Books That Inspired and Changed My Life.

I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved losing myself in the pages of a story. As early as 14 I was already on the self-development journey. My mom would drop me and my sister off at Barnes and Nobles (like it was a library), and we would sit for hours looking through books on astrology, spiritual practices, and anything we thought would help us "grow". Now, as a mom of 5, most of my kids are not big readers and only one of them enjoys reading books that are what I would call a deeper nature.

These books are truly what shaped me in the past and today. These are books that opened my eyes to the, "something more." in life and that there were things I could do to find more joy, more success, and more happiness. I hope you find some of your favorites on my list here, and hopefully a few new ones too!

"The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman:

"The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman is a semi-autobiographical novel that combines fiction with spiritual wisdom. The story revolves around the author's encounters with a gas station attendant named Socrates, who becomes his mentor. Through Socrates' teachings, Millman learns about the importance of living in the present moment, overcoming fears, and attaining a state of inner peace. The book blends personal development principles with a compelling narrative, encouraging readers to embrace a more mindful and purposeful way of life. This was the FIRST spiritually minded book I read at 15 years old. This book changed my life literrally!

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho:

Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" is a philosophical novel that follows the journey of Santiago, a shepherd, as he embarks on a quest to discover his personal legend. The story explores themes of destiny, dreams, and the pursuit of one's purpose in life. Through Santiago's encounters with various characters and challenges, the novel imparts lessons about listening to one's heart, overcoming obstacles, and finding fulfillment in the journey itself.

The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield:

"The Celestine Prophecy" is a spiritual adventure novel by James Redfield. The story follows the protagonist's journey through Peru as he uncovers nine insights that hold the key to a higher consciousness. The insights revolve around topics like energy, intuition, and the interconnectedness of all living things. The book blends fiction with spiritual teachings, encouraging readers to reflect on their own lives and the larger spiritual tapestry of existence.

This book opened me up to seeing the magic in our lives.

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires" by Esther and Jerry Hicks:

Esther and Jerry Hicks' "Ask and It Is Given" introduces the law of attraction and how to manifest desires through positive thinking and alignment with one's inner self. The book presents a series of teachings from a non-physical entity named Abraham, offering practical exercises and techniques to help readers tap into their innate power to create the life they want.- I am a huge follower of Abraham Hicks.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle:

In "Untamed," Glennon Doyle shares her personal journey of self-discovery and empowerment. The book challenges societal expectations and encourages women to embrace their true selves. Through anecdotes and reflections, Doyle explores themes of love, motherhood, and reclaiming one's authenticity. "Untamed" inspires readers to break free from societal norms and live a life true to their desires- this book was a HUGE hit with my yoga students.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender" by David R. Hawkins:

Dr. David R. Hawkins' "Letting Go" delves into the concept of surrender as a pathway to inner peace and emotional freedom. The book explores the art of letting go of negative emotions and attachments that hinder personal growth. Using a scale of consciousness, Hawkins provides insights into how surrendering can elevate one's spiritual awareness and overall well-being. I reread this book every year.

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life" by John Assaraf and Murray Smith:

"The Answer" by John Assaraf and Murray Smith offers practical guidance on achieving success in both business and life. Drawing on their own experiences, the authors share strategies for setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and cultivating a success-oriented mindset. The book also explores the role of the subconscious mind in achieving wealth and fulfillment. This book changed the way I look at my business.

Shift Happens: How to Live an Inspired Life...Starting Right Now!" by Robert Holden:

In "Shift Happens," Robert Holden explores the principles of happiness and fulfillment. The book encourages readers to shift their perspectives, embrace change, and live authentically. Holden emphasizes the importance of self-love, forgiveness, and finding joy in the present moment. "Shift Happens" provides insights and practical exercises to inspire positive transformations in various aspects of life.- This book was so impactful for my husband.

Atomic Habits" by James Clear:

James Clear's "Atomic Habits" explores the power of tiny changes and how they can lead to remarkable results. Clear emphasizes the significance of habits in shaping one's identity and achieving long-term goals. The book provides practical strategies for breaking bad habits and building positive ones by focusing on small, consistent actions. Clear's insights are grounded in scientific research and psychology, making it a valuable guide for personal development.

The collective wisdom embedded in these ten transformative books has fundamentally reshaped my thinking and revolutionized the way I approach life. From the potent lessons in "Atomic Habits" about the power of incremental changes to the profound spiritual insights of "The Celestine Prophecy," each book has been a catalyst for personal growth. "The Science of Getting Rich" and "The Alchemist" instilled in me the belief that success is both a science and a pursuit of one's personal legend. Embracing the teachings of "Untamed" and "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" has empowered me to live authentically and embrace each moment with mindfulness. "Letting Go" and "Ask and It Is Given" offered me tools to release negativity and manifest positive change. "The Answer" and "Shift Happens" equipped me with practical strategies for goal-setting and finding joy in the journey. Collectively, these books have not only expanded my intellectual horizons but have become guiding lights, shaping a life that aligns more closely with my deepest aspirations and values.

Happy Reading!


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