Must Read Inspirational Books of All Time
There are some books that make you feel good, there are some books that grip you and have you turning page after page in fervor, and then there are some that profoundly impact upon you and change your outlook on life. Reading in and of itself is one of the single most important things we can do for ourselves on the quest for improvement and knowledge, but some books leap out from the library more than others when it comes to considering which have the most direct impact on your life. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of what we believe to be the best must-read inspirational books of all time.
The Art Of War – Sun Tzu
Ask any CEO or entrepreneur which books are at the top of their recommended reading list, and this title will be within the top 10 every single time. The philosophy and guidance contained within can be of great comfort in times of hardship and for those inclined to treat business and work as a battlefield, the sage advice can help you build your brand and corporate identity. It may seem a little cut-throat at times and it’s certainly not a book to be read in one innings but keeping it close by for when things get tough would be a great idea.
The Four Agreements – Miguel Ruiz
Standing at almost the polar opposite end of the spectrum to The Art Of War, The Four Agreements is still essential to any must-read inspirational books of all time list. Whereas both books focus on belief in oneself and how to be a little selfish with one’s time and appreciation of oneself, one comes from a place of diligence and grit, whereas the other is a little more meditative. The Four Agreements is like a bubble bath for the mind, it’s cleansing and utterly inspiring.
Catching A Miracle – Mark Spinicelli
The first fiction book on our must-read inspirational books of all time list, Catching A Miracle tells the thrilling and engaging story of a doctor literally fighting for her life and those of the human race as a whole as she goes up against all the odds to find the cure for cancer. Overcoming physical, political and spiritual hurdles at every step of the journey this book is one that deftly displays the power of determination.
Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris
Sam Harris is a respected and accomplished scientist who prides himself on his intellectualism. In this book, he carefully outlines his meditative technique and the reasons that contemplative mental hygiene is not something reserved for Buddhists and monks. The book goes into the practices of all the major religions and how each form of meditation came about and precisely why it is something that should not be ignored by those outsides of organized religion. Through meditation and mindfulness he has achieved so much more and his brain functions much better than before and he wants to share those “secrets” with the entire world.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
In this inspiring autobiography, Angelou describes how her character is strengthened despite racism and trauma and tells her life story up until the birth of her child. Her hardships inspire readers to not give up as she shows how moments of despair guided her to the top. And although her life was hard, Angelou’s determination to overcome her circumstances and find peace and success is an inspiration.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven-Mitch Albom
The unknown is the most haunting element in our lives. On Eddie’s journey, he meets five incredible people who fundamentally change him. The tale also reminds us to hold our loved ones close as Eddie experiences firsthand the fleeting nature of life – it can end without any warning. Although the book might not be the happiest, it is a profound read that emphasizes the importance of living well.
For One More Day- Mitch Albom
From the same writer who brought us The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes another inspirational story for us to enjoy. His words of wisdom speak volumes as they explore how death comes to us in all shapes and sizes. In the story, a retired baseball player is faced with his past – namely, his dead mother of ten years. The heart-wrenching tale captures the hearts and souls of its readers.
The Art of Happiness- 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Happiness isn’t just an art form or the state of the mind – it is a way of life. That’s because happiness and what leads to it goes beyond the mind to the external environment and conditions. As readers move through the book, they realize that happiness is in their own hands.
The Shack- William P. Young
In The Shack, faith is tested through trials and tribulations as grief and forgiveness go hand in hand. Through the pages of the book, there are many lessons to be learned. Forgiving is an internal battle that we all face in our lives, for example, and the book explores this idea quite thoroughly. William P. Young expresses tragedy and eternity perfectly as crisis hits home and changes everyone’s lives.
Life isn’t an easy or straightforward experience, and the authors of the books listed above understand that. They have explored the human psyche and illustrate how inspiration is and motivation are born from both happy experiences and deeply tragic ones. They might not always be the easiest reads, but they are undeniably inspiring and will help readers form a new perspective on life. If you’re looking for something to help boost your own motivation or change your perspective, give one of the titles above a shot.