Jennifer’s Top 54 Self-Help Books
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“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” -Vera Nazarian
I confess: I love self-help books. I would like to say that I read them for “work” since I am in the business of helping others. And yes, I do find nuggets and novels that I pass along to my clients and followers who have shared that it’s very helpful to them.
But I also read them for myself. I began my journey in the self-improvement world over 15 years ago, and was immediately taken by connecting the dots to my past, my present, and sometimes my future. I am still seduced by just the right words, thoughts and ideas that I discover on the paper.
As I traversed my path to loving my life, I have embraced the wisdom of many thought leaders along the way. I have a deep respect for the writers who are bold and brave enough to put their thoughts on paper and share them with the world.
My book list below has informed me, challenged me and grown me. I hope this list will inspire you to cultivate a curious mind and become the leader of your life in love, career, health and happiness. In honor of my 54 years on October 26th, I share this list of my favorite 54 books.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Insitute
- The Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Insitute
- The Language of Letting Go by Melodie Beattie
- Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
- The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
- Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
- The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Boundaries: When to say Yes, When to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- Good to Great by James Collins
- Presence by Amy Cuddy
- The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
- The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
- The Right Questions by Debbie Ford
- The Prosperity Plan by Laura Berman Fortgang
- Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Blink (and Outliers) by Malcolm Gladwell
- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel P. Goleman
- Why Marriages Succeed or Fail…And How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman
- Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- Thrive by Arianna Huffington
- The Birth Order Effect by Cliff Isaacson and Kris Radish
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay
- Co-Active Coaching by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House and Phillip Sandhahl
- Finding True Love by Daphne Rose Kingma
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- The “Dance” Series (Anger, Intimacy, Fear, Connection) by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
- The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin
- Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions by Jeffrey Moses
- Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
- The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth, PhD
- Women & Money by Suze Orman
- The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
- The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson
- How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving by David Richo
- Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Sex and the Seasoned Woman by Gail Sheehy
- You Are Your Choices by Alexander Stoddard
- The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
- The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
And “one to grow on,”
- The True You: Tools to Excavate, Explore, and Evolve by Jennifer M. Blair
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