I want to recommend to you here, 5 books that will change your life if you let them. There are many other great books out there, but at this point in time, these are the 5 I rank the highest. They’ve had the biggest impact on me personally and I believe your outlook on life and your future can only improve from reading them.
I grew up as an avid reader, but I mostly read fiction in my youth. It wasn’t until after college really that I became more interested in reading again for learning’s sake. Reading a book can change you in ways that nothing else can. It reaches the deepest parts of your soul. It gives you the freedom to self reflect and evaluate with no judgement, in complete privacy. Books also offer you such a wealth of knowledge! I have learned more in these 5 books than in any book I read in school (that fact is very sobering considering the school loan debt I’m now paying back). Where do you want to go with your life? What do you want to do? These books can help you get there.
1. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
This powerful read appeals to my fiction loving roots. It’s written in story format, but it’s message is powerful. The book begins with the main character, David Ponder, in a tough spot. He’s just lost his job with a wife and a sick child relying on him. He has a life threatening experience that transports him into the presence of some very important and influential people throughout time. They teach him about 7 decisions essential for success. Those decisions are lessons for each of us that are applicable to any one’s life. It’s an incredible book that will really cause you to think. But you’ll be so caught up in the story and the suspense of his unorthodox journey that you won’t even realize you’re learning right along with him.
2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Don’t let the word “magic” in the title turn you off. It’s not so much magic as it is like magic. When you apply the principles in this book, good things will happen. It’s more like a law of nature. The biggest thing about this book is that it gives you a huge shift in perspective. It speaks to your attitude, taking action, building confidence and destroying fear, curing what’s termed “failure diseases”. You’ll find out what those failure diseases are and which ones may be holding you back in life. The best part about reading a book like this is all the hope and possibility it inspires in you. Doesn’t that sound good? Filling your mind with reasons why you can instead of reasons why you can’t is paramount when it comes to living to your full potential. Many of us think way too small when it comes to what’s possible for us. Anything that is today, is because it was first thought about – imagined. We must think big in order for big things to happen.
3. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
When I first saw this title, I was like, “Ugh. I hate sales. No, thank you.” The person who recommended this book to me (my husband) was quick to let me know that wasn’t really what this book was about at all. I love Og Mandino books for their story telling style. Another positive is that they’re short! A little over 100 pages and packed full of wisdom and insight.
The main character is a salesman. He comes into contact with 10 scrolls. On each scroll is a principle for success. We are given the scrolls to read ourselves, in chapter format. The reader of the scrolls is advised to spend 30 days on each scroll. As you read it multiple times a day, you develop a habit of reading as well as internalizing the principle outlined in each scroll. The goal is that each one becomes a part of you. I’ve personally only ever read the book straight through. But I would be interested to reread it in that way and see what an impact that could make on me.
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is a book that when I first picked it up several years ago, it just didn’t jive with me. I struggled to make it through the first few pages. When I picked it up again a few years later, I couldn’t put it down! Some books may not hit you where you are in life. If that’s the case, put the book down and find another that you connect with. Try again at a later date and it may end up being the best book you ever read!
The wisdom in the book is only surpassed by the wisdom in the Bible, in my humble opinion. The simple truth that your thoughts direct your life is so earth shattering and liberating. Story after story of individuals who changed their circumstances, simply by changing their imagination will astound you. You may think that riches and success are a thing of luck and chance. You won’t think so anymore after you read this book. Maybe your goal isn’t to “get rich.” That’s ok! There is so much more to this book about integrity, treating others well, planning, professionalism, overcoming fear that you are bound to find it helpful in multiple ways.
5. Without Rival by Lisa Bevere
I found this book during a time when I was really low. I had struggled for years with feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. It always felt like good things were happening to everyone around me, but not to me. I felt that if only I could be a real “go-getter” like this person, or a type A personality, or if only I had this certain opportunity or education then I might be successful. But since I wasn’t and didn’t have those things, I felt small and somewhat useless.
This book picked me up off the ground where I was wallowing in self-pity and gave me a new perspective of my worth and my purpose. I recommend this book to nearly everyone. It’s written for women, but much of it certainly applies to both genders. Anything I’ve ever read by Lisa Bevere is full of what I term, “Christian Feminism.” It’s the truest form of feminism in my opinion because it celebrates what we have to offer. If you’ve ever looked at someone else and wished you were more like her/him, you need to read this book. You are enough. You have your own unique purpose. I may or may not have put this book down at multiple points in order to regain my composure. It will pierce you to your deepest hurts, in the best way possible. It started a journey of healing for me, that I am still on. But I have come such a long way.
Well, those are my top 5 at this point in time. I look forward to bringing you another top 5 later down the road once I’ve done some more reading, growing and changing. Are there any books you would add? What books have impacted you most over the course of your life?
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