Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Author of the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert talks this time not about pizza, true love and spirituality, but instead of inspiration and creativity. Big Magic encompasses both Gilbert’s ‘soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism’ that we know and love, whilst urging us to uncover the magic within ourselves. The magic that allows us to create art, write a book, overcome new challenges at work and fulfill our most unimaginable dreams. If anything, she aims to encourage passion and mindfulness into our everyday lives.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Breneé Brown’s TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability, previously spoken about in this article, was a wealth of inspiration on its own. However, her book Daring Greatly is a way to further extend upon her talk.
In our day to day lives we all experience uncertainties, risks and emotional exposure that hold us back from being vulnerable and honest and to dare greatly. “Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
“To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of this extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, ‘The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.’
Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us. A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.”
Mastery by Robert Greene
Greene, through his many years of research into the lives of the ‘Great Masters’ (Picasso, Mozart, Darwin, Caesar), he has determined that human beings are hardwired to aim for ‘achievement and supremacy’.
“In Mastery, Robert Greene’s fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world’s masters.
Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller—all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene’s earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.”
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
Published in 1948, As A Man Thinketh has since been read by millions who are seeking good health, joy and financial success through the power of thought.
“James Allen insists upon the power of the individual to form his own character and to create his own happiness. Thought and character are one, he says, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.”
And thus James Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects – for better or worse – of our futures. Perhaps one of the greatest writers of this century, he portrays the Truth clearly, eloquently and with no misunderstanding. As A Man Thinketh is a timeless piece.”
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
“Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of forty books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World and Finding Water. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film and television.”
The Artist’s Way is an inspirational book dedicated to help people to rediscover their creativity, their love of the arts and ultimately their innocence.
The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
“Confronting and solving problems is a painful process, which most of us attempt to avoid. This avoidance results in pain and the hampered ability to grow both mentally and spiritually. Drawing heavily on his own professional psychiatric experience, Peck suggests ways in which confronting and resolving our problems, and suffering through the changes, can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. Dr. Peck discusses the nature of loving relationships: how to recognize true compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, how to become one’s own person, how to be a more sensitive parent. Peck’s first book, it has sold over 7 million copies and remained on the New York Times Bestseller List longer than any other paperback book.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Cowley
This top-selling book that has cut through the so-called ‘pop psychology’ and trends that claim to give people a better quality of life for the simple reasons of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. For fifteen years this book has helped people to overcome problems both in their personal and professional lives.
The 7 Habits are highlighted on his wesbite and aim to help people to overcome barriers that they themselves have erected due to their thought processes and actions.
The China Study by Thomas Campbell
The China Study is the ‘the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss, and long-term health’. This book questions why in many countries, America in particular, where people are obsessed with fad diets and weight loss programs is the rate of obesity and heart disease the same as it was 30 years ago?
Dean Ornish, MD claims that this book is “one of the most important books about nutrition ever written—reading it may save your life.”
The American Institute for Cancer Research “advocates a predominantly plant-based diet for lower cancer risk because of the great work Dr. Campbell and just a few other visionaries began 25 years ago.” says Marilyn Gentry, the president of the AICR.
This book will challenge you to think about the food you use to fuel you body and think about the word ‘diet’ in a whole new light.
Feel Alive by Ralph Smart (A.K.A Infinite Waters)
Ralph Smart of Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) YouTube channel is a physcologist, counsellor, life coach and author in his spare time from making inspirational videos with titles ranging from ‘How to find your power through vunerability’, ‘what overthinking does to your body and mind’ to ‘how to believe in yourself’.
His videos are all graced with his warm smile, gentle words and copious amounts of optimism and realism. Feel Alive allows you to ‘discover the key to the best version of yourself. You’re going to see how your mind and thoughts alter the world you experience. How your mind drastically alters your life and how you can control it. Because if you’re not controlling your mind, then who is? You’ll also discover the strange reason why food can block you from your best self. And how you can use the right foods to get your mind working at its best. Then you’ll be able to control your mind and in turn, your world.’