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.

The Checklist Manifesto

This book by Atul Gawande is a complete eye-opener. In this book, the author shows us the power of a checklist and how it can be an invaluable tool for everyone who wants to eliminate mistakes and mishaps in various fields. This book sheds a light to how important a checklist can be and how it can help to reduce silly mistakes that cost us a lot in various places. Be it at home or the place of work or when you are planning to have fun, a checklist helps people to stay organized and avoid any last-minute rushes that can bring havoc to the entire plan. There are examples of a pilot going through several checklists to ensure that nothing has been overlooked and that everything is in the right condition to fly. Although the pilot might have a lot of years of experience on the job, the checklist still helps them to ensure there are no mistakes. This book promotes the efficiency parameters of various checklists.

The Four Agreements

This is a book by Miguel Ruiz that is marketed as a guide to personal freedom by the author and publishing company. It speaks about how four agreements can help you rediscover your life and also take control of it in various aspects of life. The four agreements are don’t take things personally, don’t gossip, do your best and don’t make assumptions. In a world where people tend to do the opposite all the time, this book sheds some light as to the advantages of these four agreements and how using them can better your life. As such, these approaches can be used to solve problems, understand complex situates and critically analyzing situations and coming up with very good solutions. By using these agreements, you are able you escape most biases and remain calm in case you are involved in a conflict or any uncanny situation.

A Tale of Three Kings

This is a masterfully written book by Gene Edwards that places a spotlight on three diverse styles of leadership. The context of these styles is drawn from the life and times of three of the most powerful and influential kings in the Bible: David, Saul, and Absalom. This book is for everyone who values strategy and knowing how to approach those sitting in the big chair at the office or any other place. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or simply just starting on the journey to being your boss, you need to learn about dealing with various attitudes of powerful people. By doing that, you can be able to properly navigate the different scenarios and come out on top.

The Art of War

This book by Sun Tzu has been in circulation for many years now. In life, we often face many challenges and it often seems like every challenge is out to bring your downfall. However, with the correct equipment and mindset, you can navigate them and be victorious. In life and business, many challenges feel like war. You then need a game plan, discipline, understanding the enemy (competition) and knowing how to create a multi-layered strategy in case of setbacks which there often is. When you read this book, you will get inspired and see that it’s possible to win the battles you are currently waging and also get some very important insights as to why you were defeated in other instances.

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 eight 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!

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    Harold October 25, 2019 (2:15 pm)

    Awesome list! I would love if you have “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen in your list as well.

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    Betty October 26, 2019 (4:31 am)

    You can’t go wrong with “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s a classic!

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    Vincent October 28, 2019 (2:32 pm)

    I recently read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It is a great book and a good addition to your list.

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    Kevin Roles October 30, 2019 (9:09 am)

    Your list of inspiring books gave me a great reference on what to read next. Perhaps you can add “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh to it. I guarantee, it’s a must-read.

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    Ellen November 1, 2019 (11:36 am)

    Your list just gave me an idea of what books to buy next. As a way of saying thank you, I recommend you “Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Chan Ki. I promise; you and your readers will like it.

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    Geraldine Collins November 4, 2019 (3:26 am)

    One of the most inspiring books for me is ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ by W. Chan Kim. I love how it applies to my daily struggle in running a business.

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    Karen K. Medina December 9, 2019 (7:46 am)

    I’d love to ssee “The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse” by Mohamed A. El-Erian in your list. It’s a great book to read!

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    Penny December 9, 2019 (7:34 pm)

    I’d say, you have quite a great selection. You might want to add ‘The Varieties of Human Experience’ by William James. I think this title fits perfectly in your list.

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    Jeanne December 10, 2019 (4:15 am)

    This one hit me right in the spot. ‘Lion’ by Saroo Brierley made me reflect at just how fortunate I am to have lead a good life with family on my side. It changed my outlook in life.

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    Willie December 11, 2019 (4:51 pm)

    College was when I first started reading inspirational books. There were several great ones for me and “The Seven Paths” by the Anasazi Foundation is one of my favorite.

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    Paula Soto December 13, 2019 (2:29 pm)

    Your list could use another great title! “Good to Great” by Jim Collins is a book I have been reading lately. It’s practically a guide for those who want to reach greater heights in their life and career.