I’ve always been a big reader…I have ALWAYS had a book that I was engrossed in and would lose myself in it’s pages daily.
Until the last year or so, it was strictly fiction books (historical fiction was my personal fave!) that I reached for when I wanted to engross myself in a story.
Now…I tend to reach for the personal growth and self development genre. While not quite as engrossing as a can’t-put-it-down fiction story, I do love a book that makes me think, has me looking at things through a different lens, and ultimately allows me to grow and expand the person I am.
I don’t have quite as much free time to read as I used to, but I still have a book (or two, or three…who’s counting!) in progress. Over the past several months, I’ve had some really good books recommended to me by either my coach or my friends and I wanted “pay it back” by sharing these with you!
Are you into personal development or growth?
Do you love to be inspired by new ideas and ways to think about you and your life?
If so, then allow me to wholeheartedly and without shame enable you into adding these to your Amazon cart!
Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life (by Glennon Doyle)
I LOVED Carry on Warrior! Glennon Doyle is a fantastic writer and brings both humor and love to each page and story. The premise of this book is to inspire you to be your authentic self. Let YOU shine out of you every single day and not worry about the thoughts of others.
Her method of inspiration is to tell her story. Her story…and I won’t spill the beans…is quite a messy one. She has overcome some incredible challenges in her life and shares those honestly in the pages of this book. She doesn’t hold back, either…it’s a pretty raw account of her difficult past, but she injects humor into her stories to keep it from being too heavy or depressing.
She has owned her story, reinvented herself, stepped into her life, and is now inspiring others to do the same.
If you’re searching for a little more authenticity in your life, or just want an entertaining story to wile away your time, this is a great one to add to your Must Read list.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Okay…we all know how awesome and inspiring Brene Brown is, right?! You don’t need me to sing her praises!
However, Daring Greatly deserves all the accolades and Oprah endorsements that have been lavished upon it (for the record, I have no idea if Oprah has specifically endorsed this book…but I know their buds, so it’s not too far of a stretch!).
I read the bulk of this book on my 6 hour flight (+1 hour sitting on the tarmac, delayed!) to LAX this past January and I couldn’t put it down. It made that long flight zip by in no time!
I was highlighting passages, making notes, flagging pages with hot pink mini post-its and basically blissfully ignorant of anything else happening on that flight.
What did I find so engrossing? To put it simply…the message.
This book is all about vulnerability, standing up to our fears, and taking off the shields we guard ourselves with in order to protect ourselves from the big scary world around us.
It’s a book we can all read and recognize ourselves in and while that can be a little scary, it’s also incredibly empowering.
I not only learned more about myself and how I’m showing up in the world, she also dives into how shame and vulnerability are experienced differently between men and women. This was eye opening for me and will forever alter the way I show up in a future relationship.
If you want to get to know people better - both yourself and those around you - this is a fantastic book to add to your reading list. You won’t be able to read it and not be a changed person (for the better!) afterwards.
The Crossroads of Should & Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna
This was such a fun book! The Crossroads of Should & Must is not a long read…there are many pages with a single sentence on it, so this isn’t an overwhelming read.
Should & Must…two conflicting concepts that both hold us back and propel us forward. The message in this book is to identify the ‘shoulds’ that are dictating your life and holding you back. It also inspires you to take a closer look at your ‘musts’ - the things you’re passionate about - so that you can put yourself on the path to follow the ‘musts' to achieve a fuller and richer life.
The message in this book is right up my alley and what I tend to blog about and want to help inspire in others, so I can’t recommend this book enough.
READ IT and then come back and tell me how you plan to ditch the ‘shoulds’ and embrace the ‘musts’.
I’m hoping to be able to share more personal growth/self-improvement books with you to inspire you to read things to achieve greater success in your life! There are SO many amazing books out there, so hopefully, this will help you sift through some of the noise to find books that will truly make an impact on our life.