5 Books to Skyrocket Your Personal Growth

Updated: Jul 8, 2019

Is there anything more wonderful than a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and kittens purring at your feet? 🐈


I think not.


Now I love me a good romance novel or mystery thriller. But in reality... on any given day you can find me in the self-help section of the bookstore.


Psychology?

Spirituality?

Sociology?

Philosophy?


Yes, yes, yes. All the above.


Those topics are my favorites to read and since I have read many over the years, I want to share 5 of my favorites with you!


So whether you're an Amazon Prime fan, a local bookstore junkie, or a public library visitor... get yer tail busy reading!


Book #1: A Return to Love

A Return to Love written by Marianne Williamson is the closest thing I have to an instruction manual for life.


Based on A Course in Miracles, Marianne explains the main themes of the Course in easy-to-understand language combined with her personal stories and experiences.


A Return to Love states that all thoughts and actions are either rooted in love or fear. She explains that a miracle is nothing more than a shift in perception. Miracles happen around us every day when we are able to let go of our fear and see things through the eyes of love.


Read this book slowly and with a pen nearby to underline the incredible wisdom within its pages.

Book #2: Big Magic

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a source of inspiration and joy for any reader. Many know Elizabeth from Eat, Pray, Love which is another one of my favorites, but Big Magic is especially… magical. 😉


Big Magic explores creativity, ideas, and chasing your dreams. This book is great for artists of any type AND ALSO for people who claim they "aren't creative" Psh... I see you.


Elizabeth explores the magic in creativity whether that looks like cooking in your kitchen, experimenting in your garden, or performing on a big stage.


One of my favorites qualities of Elizabeth Gilbert is her ability to blend humor and deep, heartfelt sincerity into one package.

Book #3: The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

You may know Brene for her famous TED Talk on vulnerability.


Brene makes a living by researching shame and then writing/speaking about it. Her delivery is relatable, humorous, moving, and not-to-be-missed.


The Gifts of Imperfection is a short, easy read that discusses 10 ways we can grow into a more authentic version of ourselves.


Brene suggests we let go of what no longer serves us (perfection, comparison, anxiety & more) and cultivate more of what does (rest, resiliency, play, &others).


Each chapter concludes with action steps to implement, making Brene's teachings digestible and practical.

Book #4: An Altar in the World

There is no better time for people to pick up An Altar in the World and read it cover to cover.


Barbara Brown Taylor is a long time favorite author and speaker of mine. BBT writes from the perspective of a long-time progressive Christian, but one of my favorite aspects of her writing is how universal the language and themes are no matter your spiritual beliefs.


An Altar in the World explores the sacred in the ordinary and the spiritual potential that everyday moments hold. BBT encourages us to literally stop and smell the roses and to greet your grocery store cashier with eye contact and a smile. She explores humanity as a collective of moments to be shared, lives to be touched, and endless opportunities for spiritual growth.


If your heart could use some re-centering, if you are looking to walk through the world with gratitude, faith, and hope… this book is for you.

Book #5: Journey to the Heart

Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie entered my life completely unexpectedly as I walked through a used-book store in Boulder, CO. I was killing time, not looking to make any purchases and stumbled upon this gem.


I love starting my mornings with quiet reflection and having something to read as a prompt or guide makes these times even more fruitful.


Over the years I have struggled to find a devotional that was not solely focused on Christian principles.


Journey to the Heart is the devotional I've always wanted and I finally found. Melody provides daily support and encouragement while simultaneously challenging you to step into your higher self and quit playing small.


This book makes a great gift - make sure to also get one for yourself 😉 - and will make a great centerpiece for your coffee table!

Are you psyched or what?! These are 5 AMAZING books that belong on your bookshelf ASAP.



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