Life Inspiring Books to Read


When you’re feeling like life needs a little inspiration, it’s nice to know that some books carry hopeful stories about things like finding hope in the midst of struggles, learning what truly holds value in life or relationships that bring a transformational sense of belonging to a lonely individual. Here are five of those life inspiring books to read.

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

When a boisterous young family moves in next door to a cantankerous old fellow called Ove, he finds his dismal and solitary world upturned. Behind Ove’s curmudgeonous exterior, there is a story and sadness, but then a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters flattens his mailbox. This is the perfect lead-in to a comical, heartwarming tale. It involves unexpected friendship, unkempt cats, and just exactly how to back a U-haul – all of which change one cranky old man to his very foundations.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist, an inspiring masterpiece by Paulo Coelho, tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns desperately to travel in search of a worldly treasure. On the contrary, his quest leads to riches much different, and far more satisfying, than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey reveals the fundamental wisdom of recognizing opportunity, understanding the omens that fall across life’s path, and perhaps most importantly, the importance of following our dreams.

Catching a Miracle, by Mark Spinicelli

Catching a Miracle, part one of a three-part series by first-time author Mark Spinicelli, is an inspiring story about the will of the human spirit to seek answers to the unanswerable. You’ll find yourself deeply immersed in this must-read tale. After losing several relatives to cancer, Spinicelli’s personal research efforts to find a cure in his lifetime have been harnessed in this life inspiring book, in order to mirror his own hope of seeing a real-world initiative to end cancer.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Life of Pi, an inspiring fantasy adventure novel, tells the story of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel. This Tamil boy, hailing from Pondicherry, explored issues of spirituality from childhood. After a shipwreck, he desperately struggles to survive while stranded on a boat for 227 days in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger. The takeaway of this inspiring novel is the conscious choice between hopelessness and faith.

A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is the deep and compassionate story of a young man who returns to 1940’s Cajun country to teach. He begins to do so in the prison system, and eventually meets a black youth on death row. The twist? He’s there for a crime he didn’t commit. Working together, they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom

For Mitch Albom, twenty years ago when he was young and searching, was the time he met the person who gave him the soundest advice – Morrie, his college professor. Mitch rediscovers Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life and begins visiting him in his study every Tuesday, just as they had done in his college years. This rekindled friendship turns into one final transformational “class” – lessons on how to live.


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    Jade February 15, 2019 (11:30 am)

    You got to add THE ARTIST’S WAY BY: Julia Cameron

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    Susan February 16, 2019 (11:34 am)

    How can you not like Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. It’s one of my favorites!

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    Creil March 19, 2019 (3:32 pm)

    THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY: M. Scott Peck, the best ever!

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    Michael April 18, 2019 (11:33 am)

    Life of Pi, by Yann Martel is the best one I read from this list. Catching a Miracle is next on my reading.

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    Dave Prumenton April 23, 2019 (3:09 pm)

    The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. This would be a great inspiration.

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    Kevin Froster April 28, 2019 (3:08 pm)

    What about The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth. It’s quite inspiring.

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    Job Price May 8, 2019 (3:08 pm)

    My insipration came from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. You should consider this in your list.

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    Brianne Treid May 10, 2019 (3:07 pm)

    Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. you could have this added in if you want.

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    Lei Brown May 12, 2019 (3:07 pm)

    Best list ever! How about adding Flourish Written by Martin Seligman.

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    Tommy Buell August 7, 2019 (12:11 pm)

    I would consider a must read life inspirational book would be “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

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    Reba Jarvis September 10, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships. You must add it into the list.

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    Clyde Collins September 13, 2019 (5:32 pm)

    My favorite read is “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink. it’s quite inspiring!