What are the best books by inspirational authors?

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    #1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Tammy Morris
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is an amazing poetry book. The author is definitely inspirational."
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    #2I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 

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    Jacob Knight
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It's always hard to internalize a hero's story. This book captures the best, and worst moments Malala had to endure. It's a truly mesmerizing experience and be prepared to do a lot of self reflection after reading this!"
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    #3Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.

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    Moisés Valdez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I've read all of Franks' novels and I must say he's inspired me to become a writer. I'm almost ready to publish my first book, and I owe a lot to Frank. Hopefully it's good, and it's too bad Frank isn't around to tell me what he thinks. I think Angela's Ashes is he best work, and I recommend it to anyone!"
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    #4A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 

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    Pranav Patel
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Though I wouldn't call him an inspirational author per se, Dave Pelzer's book chronicles his own story that is both courageous and heartbreaking. That in and of itself is worthy of being inspired by."
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    #5Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Diana Morales
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "What a great book! Dr. Frankl tells of his time in the concentration camps and how he was able to survive. I wasn't sure if this book would be something I could read or if I would become too emotional about it but I really enjoyed this book. "
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    #6The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's accounts in her life following the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne, and her attempts to make sense of her grief while tending to the severe illness of her adopted daughter, Quintana.

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    Ethan Rose
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A very thought provoking book. Beautifully written. Almost brutally honest about the process of grieving. Good one to buy for other people who have lost a spouse."
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    #7The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood is an inspiring memoir written by Kien Nguyen, one of the Amerasians who stayed in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon to the Viet Cong in April 1975. It is a real story of hope and survival.

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    Marco Antonio Anaya
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "What a truly inspirational tale. This is the story of a Asianamericano in the Vietnam that stays after the fall of Saigon. When Saigon is sai-gone, things really start to get out of hand. A thrilling book of bad stuff happening that makes us all hopeful for some reason? It's so awesome that this person didn't lie down and die!"
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    #8Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher by Margaret Davidson is a biography that features Anne Sullivan Macy (April 14, 1866 - October 20, 1936), Keller's inspirational teacher. The book is published by Scholastic.

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    Sai Jain
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Not a good book at all. This is marketed as another "children's book" so I bought it for my young nephew. After about chapter he was done with it out of complete boredom. He told me that he couldn't stand it and was sorry that he didn't like it (he's a good kid). I skimmed through it myself to see what he meant and can confirm that it's not worth the time."
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    #9The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Amanda Andrews
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is an excellent choice for someone looking to read a book by an inspirational author. This books dives into seven years of a family's life exploring their ups and downs and everything in between. "
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    #10Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like A Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself is an inspirational biography written by Jennie Finch, an accomplished athlete for the USA. The book aims to show how sports can help girls improve on every aspect of life.

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    Gabriel Barron
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I think being a male is the only reason this isn't a 5/5. Somethings failed to connect with me, but the overall point stuck. That being said I won't deny what I learned from it, or what I took away from the read. So with that being said, it's a high quality book I'd recommend anyone take a look at."
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    #11The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard is a historical fiction novel written by Layla Fiske. This fictional book is first published in 2013 by Rancho Publishing, LLC. 

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    Janet Sims
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Fig Orchard is a beautiful written story about a young girl who is wed at age 15 and who's life is torn apart from the start of a World War. Layla Fiske weaves a tale of love, heroism and family that will captivate readers. "
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    #12A Stroke of Luck

    A Stroke of Luck

    A Stroke of Luck: A Girl's Second Chance at Life is a nonfiction medical book giving information about stroke written by Juli K. Dixon and Jessica Dixon. Published in 2013 by Finding Words Press.

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    Hansika Tata
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I think this book, A stroke of luck is well written. I enjoy learning about aspects that influence my existence. I also liked this book because the wording is catchy."
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    #13The Hospital by the River

    The Hospital by the River

    The Hospital by the River is a non-fiction book written by Catherine Hamlin wherein she shares her life and career in Ethiopia along with Reg Hamlin.

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    Kathy Robinson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This was an interesting book set in an area that I don't know a lot about. So I really found it interesting."
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    #14101 Things All Young Adults Should Know

    101 Things All Young Adults Should Know

    101 Things All Young Adults Should Know by John Hawkins is a self-help book originally published in March 2017. This novel contains life lessons that prepare the readers for a new and challenging adulthood.

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    Evelyn Cox
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I should preface by saying that I never, ever thought I would read a self-help book. They were just never my style, but I received this as a gift and decided to give it a try. It turned out to be a good choice, because this book has given me tools to navigate the world that is young adulthood. I'll definitely be passing this book along to others as I get older!"
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    #15Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs by Jen Knox is a non-fiction inspirational novel originally published in 2009. This book explores the depth of family relationship challenged by mental illness and other societal issues.

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    Kyle Diaz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The mental illness are quite sad to read about. The objective is very challenging. People struggle for years with societal issues and this can certainly boost their moral. Will make it easier and you have some help to push through!"
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    #16Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful

    Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful

    Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful by Stephen Richards is a non-fiction novel originally published in April 2009. This book tells how healthy relationships balanced with a good career can turn your life into a success.

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    Grace Bishop
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I can say this book was well written. I am not sold on the topic though. I am having trouble getting into how this is supposed to work. My mom would have loved this when she was in her self-help book phase."
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    #17Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

    Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

    Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want is an inspirational book written by Ann Swindell. Published in 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers, it offers inspirational passages that teach its reader to trust in God's plans.

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    Charles Jacobs
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I was in a bit of a bind, so I wanted something by an inspirational author to pep me up. I checked out Still Waiting, and it was really good. It helped me get through my rough patch and back on the road to recovery."
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    #18The Color of Lightning

    The Color of Lightning

    The Color of Lightning: A Novel is a historical, dramatic, romance fiction written by bestselling author Paulette Jiles. It was originally published in October 2010. It was a finalist for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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    Albert Gomez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book was so boring. I do not get all the praise that people have for this novel. After the first few chapters the story just drags on slowly until one final sprint at the end. I would find something else to read."
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    #19Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality by Stephen Richards is a non-fiction book originally published in 2006. This novel delves into the idea of the "Cosmic Ordering" and how it affected Richards' life.

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    Anthony Riley
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I thought Cosmic Ordering Guide was much the same as most other new age books that attempt to inspire. It may be your cup of tea, it wasn't mine."
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    #20Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a philosophical self-help book originally published in 1937. This novel explores the challenges of personal developments and how to overcome them.

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    Andrew Young
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Although this book has some age, I found it useful and gained some good lessons for my life today. Its a great way to get your mind in the right mindset for success in whatever you choose to do."
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    #21Superior Nutrition

    Superior Nutrition

    Superior Nutrition by Herbert M. Shelton is a self-help book originally published in 1972 by the Willow Publishing. It explores the areas of self-improvement and personal growth.

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    Joseph Barnett
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is brilliant! Its chapters are short, clear, and packed with wisdom. They cover all the obvious food angles, within the larger context of Shelton's Hygienic program. Discussed are digestion, food combining, fasting, vitamins, food additives, superfoods, oxidation and fragmentation of foods, sulfured foods, amino acids, proteins, and many other issues pertaining to nutrition. The all-important difference between organic and inorganic minerals in the diet. No surprises here for Shelton followers. Consistent with his other books. The theme is stated on page 168: "Want of nourishment results from lack of power to digest as often as from lack of food." Because food is not nutrition. Nutrition is food plus digestion plus assimilation plus utilization. This book is about more than food. Much like Shelton's 1926 book, "Food and Feeding," but this is a more mature work. More up-to-date; but not so up-to-date as to include mention of acrylamides, those toxins in cooked starches, which are more recent discoveries. One wonders what Shelton would have said about acrylamides. And why does he neglect to mention aflatoxins in nuts? His menu suggestions do include cooked starches, but rarely. Raw foods predominate. Vegan foods. His chapter on salt is better, in its unqualified denunciation of salt, than any book I have found on the subject. I wish he had included a separate chapter on the role of greens in the human diet."
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    #22Principles Of Natural Hygiene

    Principles Of Natural Hygiene

    Principles of Natural Hygiene by Herbert M. Shelton is a self-help book originally published in 2005. It dwells on the importance of taking care of oneself and letting ourselves grow by overcoming life's challenges.

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    Evelyn Mendoza
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is nice to read and interest."
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    #23The Last Lecture

    The Last Lecture
    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow is a nonfiction self-help book originally published in April 2008. This is a New York Times best-selling book about life lessons taken straight from Pausch's private life.
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    Eric Herrera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Last Lecture is a very captivating book. It's packed full of inspirational and solid advice that would benefit anyone."
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    #24Pilgrims and Other Stories

    Pilgrims and Other Stories

    Pilgrims and Other Stories is a contemporary fiction book written by Elizabeth Gilbert. This literary novel was republished in April 1998 by the Picador Books. It is a collection of short inspirational stories.

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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Elizabeth Gilbert's very successful book, 'Eat, Pray, Love", is definitely more of a self-help story than the writing found in, 'Pilgrims and Other Stories'. The short stories are unpredictable and unusual and I really enjoyed them. They leave you wondering what happened to the characters. It's a great collection by an inspirational author."

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Best What are the best books by inspirational authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 54 Paid
2I Am MalalaBooks 50 Paid
3Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 49 Paid
4A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)Books 46 Paid
5Man's Search for MeaningBooks 43 Paid
6The Year of Magical ThinkingBooks 42 Paid
7The Unwanted: A Memoir of ChildhoodBooks 41 Paid
8Helen Keller's TeacherBooks 39 Paid
9The Glass CastleBooks 36 Paid
10Throw Like a GirlBooks 34 Paid
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