What are the best inspirational books?

Mental wellness is often overlooked. Lack of inspiration can lead people into dark places. It might lead to a lack of things like motivation, self-esteem, and more. So if you've been feeling burnt out lately, cracking open these leading books for inspiration might just be the pick-me-up you need. 

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    #1The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a book by Mitch Albom that tells the story of Eddie. He died saving a life of a little girl and he them descended to heaven and met five people.
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    Ajay Rangan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of the most popular and well-known inspirational books on the market. It tells the story of a man who goes to heaven and meets five different individuals. Though it is aimed at Christian readers, it has proven inspirational for readers of all faiths."
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    #2Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Theresa Rivera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "While this book has received critical acclaim, I did not find it to be especially inspirational. Sure it's about a woman recovering from a lot of bad things, but I found nothing about it to be relate-able. Who can really just take off to foreign countries to blow off steam and recover?"
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    #3October Snow

    October Snow

    October Snow is a 2014 Reader's Favorite Award Winning drama novel by Jenna Brooks. This novel about a domestically-abused woman and her desire to help those who have suffered the same fate was published on November 29th, 2012 by CreateSpace. 

     

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    Stephanie Washington
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "October Snow would be a powerful read for women going through divorce. Anyone who has tried to escape a bad situation will get it. The way she moves through her own pain by helping others is powerful."

DID YOU KNOW?

You can stay inspired and on top of your game through sleeping.

Sleep helps alleviate the lack of inspiration. Being well-rested fights lack of sleep which is often caused by overworking. Although, it is often mistakenly thought that if you work long hours, it’ll seem like you’re dedicated to your job. But guess what? Overworking will probably lead you to no good in the greater scheme of things. When a person works without taking care of themselves, fatigue takes place along with its unwanted effects. Exhaustion makes a person feel burnout. This leads to a lack of inspiration and motivation. This affects not just your productivity but your creativity as well. It is, indeed, a slippery slope. So if you want to kill it in the office and you’re unsure of what you do, a good night’s sleep is probably what you’re lacking. It is important to take a good rest every day and look after your own welfare. Before a person achieves a greater realization of one’s self, they must first fulfill their physiological needs. In this case, sleep. As challenging as it may sound to achieve holistic wellness in today’s demanding society, stuff like sleep trackers and self-care apps can help you stay mindful of what your body needs. 

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    #4The Power of Now

    The Power of Now

    The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a spiritual book written by Eckhart Tolle. This non-fiction philosophy book is about the source of Chi. It was published in 1997 by  New World Library. 

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    Denise Reynolds
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Eckhardt Tolle's The Power of Now is a remarkable book that has helped many people on their life journey. We spend so much energy on worrying about the future, we don't fully enjoy the present. This is not a new idea, but Tolle gives great tools to detach from the overthinking part of the mind, so we can relax and be in touch with the now. This book taught me to meditate, and it's no exaggeration to say it changed my life."
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    #5The Alchemist

    The Alchemist

    The Alchemist is an inspirational fable written by the famous Brazilian author Paolo Coelho. The book gave Coelho the Guinness World Record for the most translations of the same book in 2009. It was originally published in 1993.

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    Mildred Miller
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was an interesting book. It's translated into pretty much any language you can think of. Pretty cool."
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    #6Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching is a non-fiction spiritual book written by Lao Tzu. This Chinese classic self-help philosophy book is about Taoism and published in 1989 by Vintage.

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    Debra Greene
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is phenomenal and life changing. It's like a breath of fresh air or a refreshing breeze blowing through the fields of your mind. I try to reread it every couple of years because each time i feel like i learn something new."
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    #7Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning is a collection of short stories written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. It tells uplifting stories about the wonders and struggles of being a teenager.

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    Emily Stewart
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is a great collection of stories that uplift the teenager. There are 101 stories that are all interesting and inspiring. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen wrote this great edition. "
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    #8The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree is a story of unforgettable perception that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. It's beautifully written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.

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    Jose Soto
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The giving tree was a book given to me when i was really little, and read to me throughout my childhood. It is an amazing book about the perseverance of a tree and the ability to see the brighter side of things that are not always so happy. It's a great inspirational book."
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    #9Peace Is Every Step

    Peace Is Every Step

    Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life is a spiritual book written by Zen master and spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. This Buddhism book was published in 1990 by Bantam. 

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    Brandon Carpenter
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "look like it fits topic"
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    #10OM Chanting and Meditation

    OM Chanting and Meditation

    OM Chanting and Meditation is a great book that provides you with a useful collection of meditation techniques. It is the perfect choice for anyone who is looking for the meaning of OM chanting meditation.

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    Ralph Stephens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Wanted an inspirational book but was recommended to me this book called OM Chanting and Meditation. However, I was a bit skeptical since the book title feels like it refers to things that have to deal with medicine, but boy was I wrong. This book give some religious insight and there are some philosophies in there that could the inspiration that everyone needs. I know it was an inspiration to me!"
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    #11The Prophet

    The Prophet

    The Prophet is a collection of essays written by Khalil Gibran, first published in 1923. The book is divided into 28 chapters that philosophically explore the concepts that govern human life.

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    Steven Fuller
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "What a fine book! I love that the author is well known for both Arabic and English works. And I love the essay format where I can take it in small chunks whenever the mood strikes."
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    #12Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a classic philosophical fiction written by Richard Back with photographs by Russell Munson. With over 90 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Scribner Book Company.

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    Laura Walsh
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I completely agree. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an inspirational book that cannot be missed. It's an easy read, and can be finished in a single afternoon."
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    #13Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian by Tina Traverse is a non-fcition book originally published in 2012. This book explores how far blood ties can take you. It tells the story of a young boy and the unconditional love of a mother.

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    Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Forever, Christian by Tina Traverse is a non-fcition book on amazon. Anyone who likes non-fiction may like this item."
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    #14Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World is a 2008 bestselling non-fiction book written by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter. It tells the story of a cat, Dewey, who was abandoned in the Spencer Public Library.

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    Brenda Mendoza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "While this book may not seem like a grand, inspirational story, it's actually quite surprising. The tale of this cute, charming cat and the library that raised him is full of hope and very inspiring moments. It's not some self-help inspirational book, but if you're looking for a nice, heart-warming story, this is the book for you."
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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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    Bobby Kim
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This story is very inspirational and heartwarming. Being non-fiction makes it feel like an ever greater triumph and makes it seem possible for anyone to overcome any trouble. How this family deals with mental illness and how they overcome all of the problems associated with it makes for an interesting story that keeps you hooked. "
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    #16Cosmic 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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    Brandon Wilson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book because it covers a variety of topics and aspects that help you gain a deeper understanding of the law of attraction. It's helpful because the author provides real examples of how it worked for him. You learn how to obtain and maintain a positive mindset that helps keep negative events from occurring. "
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    #17Mindful Being

    Mindful Being

    Mindful Being is the fourth in the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training series written by Nataša Nuit Pantović. This nonfiction self-help book is designed to guide readers about spiritual transformation.

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    Marcos González
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This solution is good because it helps you improve your life. It’s a helpful guide in transforming yourself spiritually."
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    #18Cosmic 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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    Nicholas Gonzales
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Yet another inspiration motivator author who can solve all my problems. That's what he took a whole book to try and say anyway. Who knew that having good strong relationships with people who care about me and are willing to talk and listen about my problems would be helpful? I sure didn't; it's a good thing this book was written to tell me. Now if someone would just write one that tells me how to make good relationships, I might be set."
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    #19Conscious Creativity

    Conscious Creativity

    Conscious Creativity; Mindfulness Meditations is a non-fiction self-help book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It is first published in 2017 by Artof4Elements. 

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    Phillip Walsh
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book helped me to focus and discover what is really important in live. "
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    #20A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love is a historical fiction book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It was first published in 2016 by Artof4Elements. This spiritual book is set in the 17th century. 

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    Amber Ryan
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I love the time period that it took place in. I will be reading it again."
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    #21The 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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    Mildred Garrett
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I'm a very positive person who is always looking for self help books to teach me new things. I came across "The Last Lecture" and I'm seriously impressed! This book is relatively old, but there is so much great information in it. It's really inspiring and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys self help books."
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    #22The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery

    The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery
    The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery is a nonfiction parenting book that tells a story of a mother who gains a new perspective in life through her disabled child.
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    #23How to be Successful in Present Day World

    How to be Successful in Present Day World

    How to be Successful in Present Day World is a self-help book written by Pradeep Chaswal and Deepak Chaswal. This motivational book is designed to provide techniques and pieces of advice in order to become successful.

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    Guillermo Vázquez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "A book with a lot of great tips on how to be successful in today's tough world."
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    #24Conscious Parenting

    Conscious Parenting

    Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents is the fifth in the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training by Nataša Nuit Pantović and Ivana Milosavljevic. This self-help book is specifically made for parents.

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    Benjamin Little
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "a very interesting read great coffee table book"
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    #25Boost Your Self Esteem

    Boost Your Self Esteem

    Boost Your Self Esteem is a nonfiction self-help book written by the international bestselling mind power author Stephen Richards. This was originally published in 2011.

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    Vivian Liang
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Without his book I would never have started to feel remorse for some the bad things I did. With this book it changes something inside of you. This has helped me in many ways and I can think more clearly as well. Stephen's book shows you how to feel better inside of yourself. I felt humiliated, humbled. Thanks to Stephen and this book I have change so much and just been accepted by a counseling course because I want to help to turn offenders away from crime and when I pass I will dedicate my certificate to Stephen. I am just pleased I chose the right guy that day. He and this book turned my life around."
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    #26Lessons from a CF Cornerman

    Lessons from a CF Cornerman

    Lessons from a CF Cornerman: 38 Lessons I Learned During My Wife's Illness And Lung Transplant is a book by Raymond Poole. Published in 2016, it focuses on a husband's perspective about his wife who was suffering from cystic fibrosis.

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    Wayne Clark
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Listening to the stories that were conveyed by this man's experiences with his wife's illness was amazing. It was inspiring to listen to listen the how he transformed the negative experiences into positive inspiration. The book is especially relatable for those who have had loved ones with cystic fibrosis or similar diseases, but the stories are universal enough that anyone could find inspiration and motivation from them."
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    #2712 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a nonfiction self-help book written by Jordan B. Peterson with forewords by Norman Doidge and illustrations by Ethan Van Sciver. This was originally published in 2018.

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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Do you feel like your life is chaos...or at least full of it? If so, then 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is definitely a book you should read. My life feels much less chaotic after taking the time to read it."
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    #28The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success

    The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success

    The Champion in all of Us: 12 Rules for Success is about the stories of four athletes who joined the Olympic games. This is written by Steve Backley and was published in 2012.

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    Benjamin Adams
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "we all love being successful"
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    #29A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey is a non-fiction book written by Chrissie Wellington with a foreword by Lance Armstrong. It was originally published in 2012.

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    Dennis Robertson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Chrissie Wellington is a role model juxtaposing the in-your-face arena of public figures. She is a welcome change to the ego-centric rock-star status athletes. She quite literally punches through her suffering and earns her place at the top every time she enters a race. "
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    #30The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

    The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

    The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters is a non-fiction inspirational book written by New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews. This was originally published in 2010.

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    Hao Shi
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are somone who is looking to become more introspective, or just want to learn more, you can not go wrong with this book. It is bery applicable to day to day life"
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    #31Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light is written by the Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont. This inspirational nonfiction Christian book was originally published in 2010.

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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Kaleidoscope is an eye opener but also one of the best inspirational books. The book was recommended during bible study and I had to pick it up. Our group enjoy the wits and the different perspective that this book provided. One could say that it taught me a lot which I needed to know anyways since I had trouble understanding a few things. Would highly recommend."
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    #32Still 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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    Susan Freeman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a very inspirational book about trusting in God's process and trying to understand why bad things happen. It's a great book that truly gives a new perspective to your problems. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was inspired by it."
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    #33All the Weight of Our Dreams

    All the Weight of Our Dreams
    All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism is an anthology from the Autism Women's Network. It was first released in 2017. It has poems, essays, fiction, photos, paintings, and drawings from 61 writers.
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    Jeremy Stone
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "educates on autism"
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    #34Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior

    Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior
    Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior is an inspirational non-fiction book written by Tim Shaw and Richard Sowienski. This book contains a collection of stories from a former NFL linebacker and some ordinary people.
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    Ryan Burns
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This story is truly an inspirational read. While you continue your daily lives, you should strive to become better each day."
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    #35101 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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    Esteban Vázquez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It's a good book for young readers looking to gain some knowledge on adulthood. It has some wit and humor and easy to share with the kids."
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    #36Think 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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    Aaron Stanley
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I remember trying to read this when I was a kid. I wasn't mature enough for the content back then, but man, this is the best self-help book I have ever read. New ones are made by self-proclaimed gurus. This one is legit. Napoleon Hill's ideas are timeless."
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    #37Finding Ultra

    Finding Ultra

    Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself is an inspirational non-fiction book written by Rich Roll. This book was published in 2012.

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    Andrew Garrett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a good choice for anyone wanting to find a bit of inspiration. The book is about a man who doesn't just want to become another middle aged statistic. So he sets out to become the worlds fittest man. The journey is pretty inspirational, so i would recommend it. "
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    #38Superior 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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    #39Principles 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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    Melissa Crawford
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "My teenage son has a bit of a hygiene problem. I don't know when it happened, but he has been a bit neglectful lately. I bought him this book, and subtly put it in his room. By the end of the week, something changed in him. He now takes showers twice a day and even manages to cut his own hair. I am very impressed. It definitely inspired him to be a cleaner person. "
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    #40The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success

    The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success
    The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success is a non-fiction self-help book written by Andrew C. Walton. It is first published in 2009 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 
          
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    Bryan Lee
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "After reading The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success I really found my struggles in everyday life getting less and less noticeable. I really would suggest this book for anybody looking for an inspirational book."

Summary

Best What are the best inspirational books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Five People You Meet in HeavenBooks 42 Paid
2Eat, Pray, LoveBooks 38 Paid
3October SnowBooks 36 Paid
4The Power of NowBooks 34 Paid
5The AlchemistBooks 33 Paid
6Tao Te ChingBooks 29 Paid
7Chicken Soup for the Teenage SoulBooks 27 Paid
8The Giving TreeBooks 26 Paid
9Peace Is Every StepBooks 23 Paid
10OM Chanting and MeditationBooks 22 Paid
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