Do you love a good inspirational or motivational read? Me too!
You know the ones – those gems that on some level help you solve a problem or difficulty in your life – be it financial, spiritual or health related. Or simply the books that inspire you to live life just a little bit ‘better’.
In the past I became a bit of a closet ‘self help’ book junkie, which to be honest can get overwhelming, not to mention expensive!
It can also lead to us constantly looking to others for wisdom – wisdom I believe all of us have hidden inside of us ‘somewhere’ – if we’re prepared to really look.
This is why there are only 7 books in my inspirational books by motivational authors list.
I don’t doubt that there are many, many more books out there – but these are the ones that have truly sparked, inspired and motivated something within me.
And the books I go back to time and time again.
7 Inspirational Books By Motivational Authors I Keep Beside My Bed
You Can Heal Your Body – Louise Hay
There was something happening in my life recently I didn’t much like and I said to myself one night, ‘I don’t want to see this anymore’. I had conjunctivitis by the following morning.
According to Louise Hay I manifested this condition myself. The conjunctivitis was my body’s reaction to my thoughts that I did not want to ‘see this anymore’.
I know! This will not resonate with everyone and many people will say its utter nonsense.
But our minds are VERY powerful and negative thoughts and emotions can manifest into illness.
In her book, You Can Heal Your Body, Louise Hay offers a reason for almost all illnesses, minor and serious, as well as an account of how she healed her own life (she recovered from cancer).
It really is an inspirational (and potentially life changing) read.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Did you cringe when you read the title? So did I when I first read it. I mean you can’t ‘think’ yourself rich can you?
Think and Grow Rich literally turned how I think about money on its head. The ‘original’ source of the (many) law of attraction books on the market, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 30 million copies since its publication in 1937.
Will it make you rich overnight? Nope! But if you are serious about your future and how you want it to look, this book offers a tried and tested blueprint that could revolutionise how you go about it.
If you read just one book in the area of money and personal development, make it this one.
Playful Parenting By Lawrence Cohen
Want to be a better parent and connect more with your kids?
Then read Playful Parenting.
It turned on so many light bulbs in my head and helped me navigate so many challenging parenting moments though play (rather than through lectures and rants) that I practically wanted to marry Lawrence Cohen halfway through the book.
As a play therapist, Cohen shows us, through lots of real life examples, how we can navigate our children’s more rocky moments though play, as well as foster a life long connection with our kids, building their confidence, self esteem and ultimately happiness.
Read it, digest it, make it your friend! (You can also read my other top parenting book recommendations here.)
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
You are what you think.
So says the simple, yet profound message of this book.
As a Man Thinketh explains how our thoughts mould our personalities and how everything we achieve and fail to achieve has a direct correlation to our thoughts.
Read it. Get inspired by it. Put its teachings into practice.
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body – David R. Hamilton
Skeptical about the power of the mind and its influence over our bodies?
Then read this book. Why?
It was written by a scientist and offers proven, hard facts, from within the field of quantum physics, that the mind can (and does) influence the body.
It also explores the power of visualization, belief and positive thinking (and their effects on the body) and shows you how to use your imagination and thought processes to combat disease, pain, and illness.
I (seriously) stopped laryngitis in its tracks with this book (with some additional help from Louise Hay!).
The One Thing by Gary Keller With Jay Papasan
Do you ever get inspired to do lots of things and then want to do them ‘all’ at once?
Me too. Will this book help you achieve them all?
But it will highlight any tendency you may have to work on lots of things at once and get you to choose the one thing that matters.
The One Thing is so simple in its concept, it’s almost absurd and some reviews do point this out, as the book is pretty repetitive in it’s message. But…
…here’s the takeaway:
Since I’ve started to focus on my ‘one’ thing and made a proper plan towards achieving it, I’ve felt more focussed, less stressed and a powerful feeling that my ‘one’ thing will work.
Sometimes its the simple messages that have the most impact.
Are you the life of the party? The person everyone looks and listens to in a meeting?
I’m not a shrinking violet, but I’m also not that person who owns the room when they enter it.
And this used to bother me. Why?
I felt like I was a second class citizen who needed to self promote and speak up more.
But within a few pages of reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in World That Can’t Stop Talking, I at long last felt empowered enough to own the fact that I am essentially an ‘introvert’.
I process stuff internally, I need a lot of time on my own and I ‘ahem’ really dislike parties.
As the author puts it, society is designed for extroverts, which can lead to a ‘colossal waste of talent, energy, and, ultimately, happiness’.
Do you have any inspirational books by motivational authors you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them below.