Most Inspiring Books Ever Written

Inspiration can come from many places. For some, it’s a sunset. For others, it’s a piece of music. For many people, though, inspiration comes from books. Reading about the lives of others, even if the stories themselves are fictional, can inspire people to help others, be creative, or be honest about their own lives. Some of the most inspiring books ever written have impacted millions of people’s lives. Here are a few of these books that might inspire you.

The Art of Happiness

Written by the Dalai Lama himself, The Art of Happiness is mainly focused on the idea of self-reflection. You’ll learn how to look deeper into yourself—your life, your identity, and your decisions. All of this is done with the goal of learning what makes you happy. Once you know that, you’ll know your purpose. In turn, the Dalai Lama writes, you’ll be able to more clearly focus on what’s truly important. You’ll feel inspired and empowered to change your life and, through your actions, the world around you.

Catching A Miracle

Catching A Miracle, a novel by Mark Spinicelli is a fictional look at what happens when a brilliant doctor takes on the corporate world of medicine. Dr. Shelly White believes she can cure cancer, but in doing so, she learns that the pharmaceutical and medical industries are much more interested in simply treating the disease’s symptoms. Working with an advertising executive, Dr. White’s search for the cure eventually leads her to the NSA, the CIA, and even the President of the United States. Her quest is sure to inspire others, especially those who have battled cancer themselves because Dr. White is a survivor.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Many people first heard about Mitch Albom’s book when Oprah Winfrey selected it as one of her monthly book club titles. She would later go on to produce the movie adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie, but while the film is certainly inspiring, it simply isn’t able to go into as much detail as the book. Albom recounts his years with his professor, mentor, and friend Morrie Schwartz in a way that is funny, poignant, sad, heartbreaking, and, above all, inspiring. The friendship the two shared is uplifting despite the fact that both know Morrie is dying. Many cite Tuesdays with Morrie as one of the most inspiring books ever written because the author knows his time with his friend is short and learns to make the most of it.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Another work of fiction, Harper Lee’s classic has inspired millions of readers to take a stand against what they see as unjust and wrong. While Scout may seem like an ordinary, happy girl at the beginning, she discovered how sheltered she has been when her father becomes embroiled in a controversial court case. While To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around racism, it has inspired people of all ages to stand up against many types of injustice and inequality.

Whether you’re looking for a great book to read that also happens to have an inspiring message within its pages or you’re actively seeking inspiration, these are four great books that will provide both. Of course, they are just a few of the most inspiring books ever written. If you’ve finished these four, there are many more inspirational books out there.


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    Manuel February 25, 2019 (11:57 am)

    Try checking out The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. It’s somewhat called ‘a practical guide to personal freedom’. It’s so inspiring that I read it twice.

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    Kimberly March 6, 2019 (11:58 am)

    Wow! Cool list! How about adding A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards.

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    Kyle March 16, 2019 (12:00 pm)

    Amazing list! I would like to add The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, It is an inspiring book I recently read.

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    Minggo April 17, 2019 (12:01 pm)

    Great selection! The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho would be a good choice too!

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    Peter banns April 28, 2019 (12:04 pm)

    Nice! Take a look at The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. It’s a great book to include in this list.

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    Stanley Edooker May 7, 2019 (8:00 am)

    I will always remember Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Inspired me so much!

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    Carol Gregory May 15, 2019 (11:59 am)

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Doctor Seuss, Most inspirational book in my say.

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    Jude Sebastian May 27, 2019 (7:58 am)

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman is the most inspirational book to read for me.

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    Elizabeth Crammer June 8, 2019 (5:57 pm)

    My best is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Inspiration galore!

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    Gareth Byrd June 16, 2019 (7:56 pm)

    Cool Post! Try adding Naked by David Sedaris

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    William Hinkle August 7, 2019 (12:15 pm)

    “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday is one of the most inspiring book ever written, you must add into the list.

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    Richard Carberry August 10, 2019 (12:48 pm)

    You must add “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck. Great inspiring book!

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    Kathy Guerra September 10, 2019 (3:36 pm)

    Thanks for the amazing list of inspiring books. You can also add “The Greatest Salesman In The World” by Og Mandino into your list.

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    Leonard Dixon September 14, 2019 (6:55 am)

    You should definitely add ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur, it’s a great inspiring book!