Inspiration

75 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

Can inspirational books really change our lives? The simple answer is yes. Here is a list of 75 inspirational books you should read.

All it takes is a well-crafted phrase or a real life inspirational story to invoke a powerful feeling within, make us see things from a different perspective, or spur us into action.

If you want to get inspired – these are the books you should read:

Reading is an enjoyable way in which we can continue to learn and open our minds to a world of endless possibility and wonder. The books on the following list have been chosen because they have inspired many people and continue to have a positive impact on those that read them. Enjoy.

1. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

your i can is more important than your iq

This wonderful story told as a fable includes simple but effective lessons for improving your life. It tells the story of an attorney who finds himself on a life changing odyssey, and is worded in a way you are unlikely to forget. This absolute gem of a book is enlightening, enjoyable, and profound as well as inspirational.

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2. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

dont let go too soon but dont hold on too long

A beautiful and life affirming nonfiction novel which recounts the story and teachings of a dying man as told to a former student in his final weeks. This inspirational book and memoir covers the conversations between the two men and Morrie’s thoughts and philosophy on life. This book makes you reflect on what is important in life and can provide you with a whole new perspective on everyday encounters.

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3. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

This allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho is an inspirational bestselling classic which projected Coelho and his work into the limelight. Since then he has penned many other inspirational books. However, this is the first of the genre and acts as a metaphor of life as the narrative take us on the journey of a shepherd boy’s quest for treasure. A must read for anyone’s library.

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4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra

In this book Chopra offers a life altering perspective on the attainment of success. Based on seven natural laws and ancient Vedic wisdom this book can put you on the path to eternal happiness. Quintessential Deepak Chopra at his best.

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5. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

This inspirational book chronicles the experiences of Viktor Frankl during his time as an inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. Despite the suffering and horror he witnesses, in this book Frankl shares the lessons he learned for spiritual survival. This truly is a remarkable work, and is to this day still a hugely influential book.

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6. The Magician’s Way – William Whitecloud

A modern day tale full of wisdom and insight, this extraordinary and entertaining book is a modern day inspirational fairy tale for the open minded. Simple to read and understand it is a guide to weaving magic into your own life.

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7. Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

dont worry about failures worry about the chances you miss when you dont even try

Now a series of inspirational books, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a brilliant collection of inspirational stories for the dark times in your life. Brought to you by two of America’s best loved inspirational speakers; heartwarming and motivational stories don’t get much better than this.

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8. The Seat of the Soul  – Gary Zukav

Apparently this is one of Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite books, and if that’s not reason enough to read it then I don’t know what is. It covers transformation in our everyday lives and claiming our authentic power within. Once you have read it, it’s unlikely you will forget the message; this book really will make you look at your life from a different perspective.

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9. No Ordinary Moments – Dan Millman

This book provides insights and inspirations on how to live the life of a peaceful warrior. Following on from Millman’s international best seller ’The Way of the Peaceful Warrior’, this inspirational book takes the teachings in the classic novel one step further.

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10. Still Me – Christopher Reeve

once you choose hope anythings possible

The remarkable story of the life of Christopher Reeve, known for his on screen role of Superman, and how he had to become his own superhero after being thrown from a horse and breaking his neck. This incredible book follows him on his journey as he rebuilds his life. Moving, courageous and inspirational; Reeve deserves the title of Superman based on the challenges he faced in his real life.

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11. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

No library is complete without the wisdom of The Prophet. You can read this book a hundred times over and still learn something new and wonderful each time you read it. The Prophet is a collection of teachings brought together in 26 prose poetry essays covering life and the human condition. One of the best spiritual and inspirational books of all time.

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12. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale

Written by the champion of positive thinking, this inspirational book is a hard to beat timeless classic which helped spark a whole new genre of self-help philosophy. Peale’s ‘think positive’ teachings have enabled people to apply these concepts into daily situations and helped change their lives for the better.

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13. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

The success of this book means it’s certainly not a secret anymore. Based on the law of attraction and positive thinking, this book shows you how applying these concepts into your life can bring about life changing health wealth and happiness.

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14. The Noticer – Andy Andrews

This inspirational book is chock full of wisdom. It follows the story of a mysterious old man known as  ‘Jones’ who turns up in people’s lives and notices stuff that they miss, and then gives them the best gift of all; perspective. Trust me; you won’t be able to put this book down.

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15. Invisible Acts of Power – Caroline Myss

you are where you are supposed to be and in every moment there is an opportunity to serve another or to receive support

This magical and original work covers spiritual grace, acts of kindness, gratitude compassion and empowerment. The book itself was inspired by two small acts of kindness to the author, and it goes deep into the implications such actions have. Wonderful stuff. 

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16. The Desiderata of Happiness – Max Ehrmann

This is a wonderful and uplifting collection of poems that you can dip into time and time again. It includes the world famous ’Desiderata’ which has to be one of the most inspiring poems of all time.

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17. 59 Seconds. Think a little. Change A lot – Richard Wiseman

Uplifting, inspirational and incredibly practical. This book has the power to transform the way you think; forever. It exposes self-help myths and provides scientifically proven and quick techniques to help you achieve your goals.

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18. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic has certainly stood the test of time, it is not just about growing materially rich, but you can also apply the teachings in this book to be successful in other areas of your life. One of the first in the self-help and inspirational books genre.

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19. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L Hay

This is one of those books which you will always want to have around so that you can dip into time and time again. Full of powerful information it also includes the inspirational story of the author’s life and how she cured herself from cancer. ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ shows you how to heal all areas of your life from the emotional to the physical.

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20. Life without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life – Nick Vujicic

if you cant get a miracle become one

Despite being born with no arms or legs, Nick Vujicic lives an incredible life, inspiring and motivating people around the globe. This book tells his story of how he came to live a rich and fulfilling life and became a role model for those seeking true happiness. In this book he encourages the reader to accept what you cannot control in life and focus instead on what you can, in the same way he has had to.

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21. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway  – Susan Jeffers

This internationally acclaimed best seller has literally inspired millions to ’feel the fear and do it anyway’. There isn’t much that you can add that Susan Jeffers has not already covered in this motivational master piece. If you are fearful of anything, this book will provide you with the courage to just ’do it anyway’ and reap the reward.

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22. The Road Less Traveled – M Scott Peck

Self- understanding, fulfillment and spiritual growth are the order of the day for this classic which has been known as the self-help book for people who don’t read self-help books.  Starting with the words ’Life is difficult’ this book takes you on a profound journey. Old fashioned inspiration at its best.

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23. Awaken The Giant Within – Anthony Robins

Written by the giant of motivation and inspirational books himself, this books acts as a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals. The book includes self-development techniques which actually work that you can effectively apply to your own life. But watch out, as the results will be transformational. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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24. Better Than Good – Zig Ziglar

Stay motivated and inspired for your whole life with this cracking inspirational volume. Being the author of many inspirational books, nobody does motivation better than Zig Ziglar. Prepare to be inspired.

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25. The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn

for things to change you have to change

’Do ordinary things exceptionally well’ is the message behind this inspirational study, it’s all about making your life a work of art. You don’t need to be a super achiever to live an exceptional life either; this book tells you all you need to know. Splendid stuff.

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26. Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

We really are into heavy weight territory of inspiration and amazing real life stories when it comes to Nelson Mandela. This remarkable book is the autobiography of the former South African President’s life including his 27 years in prison under the apartheid regime. Incredible and powerful reading.

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27. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

This novel is the story of a 9 year old German boy growing up during World War II, it tells the sad and poignant story of the son of a high ranking SS officer who forms a friendship with a Jewish boy of the same age, who is an inmate at Auschwitz. It provides a unique perspective on prejudice, hatred and violence, while at the same time portraying a powerful story of innocence and hope.

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28. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

This hugely influential autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou describes the struggles she endures from an early age and her passage into growing into a young woman.  It can be an uncomfortable read at times but it also takes you beyond the darkness as the book also instills a powerful sense of hope in the reader.  Who can fail to be inspired by the life of Maya Angelou?

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29. The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

When this book first came out it caused a storm. Nobody had ever read anything quite like this before. More of a parable than a story, the novel follows the main character as he undertakes a quest to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru.

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30. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

dont be afraid of enemies who attack you be afraid of the friends who flatter you

This book put self-help on the map. One of the first of its kind this book was hugely influential in shaping the self-help genre going forward. The advice given in this book is solid and just as relevant today as it was when it was first published, and that is why it is one of the best known motivational and inspirational books in history.

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31. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

No list of inspirational books is complete without a work by this generation’s master of spirituality. And where better to find such inspiration than Tolle’s first and most famous book which became a word of mouth phenomenon when first published. Since then he has written other excellent books, but this one is the daddy of them all.  Read it, leave your ego behind, and you will find out why. Now.

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32. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell

Written initially to promote the welfare of horses, this incredibly brave, beautiful and heart wrenching book tells the story of a horse’s life as seen through the eyes of a horse. Sewell herself was an invalid since the age of 14 and therefore relied on horses for her own transportation. The book teaches about love and respect for all beings. The novel was not originally written for children (although it has since become a children’s classic) and at the time it was published it led to a public outcry at the way horses were treated. You can’t get more inspirational than that.

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33. Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

This book will change the way you look at your life and truly make you feel blessed for every day. Dr Dyer has a way of making the reader feel like the most important person in the world and as if he is personally right there with you, guiding you every step of the way.  An interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, it’s difficult to find a more powerful or inspirational guide to self-improvement than this.

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34. The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

This book, which is an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners, uses A. A. Milne‘s Winnie-the-Pooh fictional characters to help explain the basic principles of philosophical Taoism. Pooh the bear is used to embody simplicity and is depicted as a bear who is in tune with his natural inner self, Pooh ’just is’.  A simple yet profound work, captivating, cute and fun.

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35. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

it is not for me to judge another mans life i must judge i must choose i must spurn purely for myself for myself alone

This is a beautiful inspirational book about self-fulfillment and enlightenment, the book takes you on a spiritual journey to seek the meaning of life as it tells the story of a young man who sets out to find a deep inner happiness and wisdom, but not without first experiencing suffering.

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36. Jonathan Livingston Seagull –  Richard Bach

This fable is about a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food and decides he will learn to fly. He puts his passion into the pursuit of flying above all else and eventually his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. Ultimately it is a truly inspirational tale about people following their hearts, striving for perfection, reaching their goals and making their own rules.

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37. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

This American classic explores the effects of prejudice and intolerance, courage and compassion perhaps more than any other. Told through the eyes of a child, it tells the story of Atticus Finch, an attorney, who tries to prove the innocence of a black man accused of rape in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s. Since this book was first published Atticus Finch has served as a moral hero for many over the years, and in one book poll the book has been considered more inspirational than the Bible.

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38. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Oh yes, I am afraid that this Christmas classic gets a firm place in the inspirational books list.  If you don’t think that Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a bitter miserly and greedy recluse to a renewed man with joy and love in his heart who treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity and compassion is anything less than inspirational; then shame on you.

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39. LEAP!: Ditch Your Job, Start Your Own Business & Set Yourself Free – Ian Sanders

All about jacking in your job and taking control of your life.  This inspirational book is a mega fun read and full of great advice from someone who has been there, done that and worn the tee shirt.  If you are thinking about leaving your job, this book will inspire you to take the leap.

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40. The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale

no man can get rich himself unless he enriches others

In this book Earl Nightingale shares the key difference why some people succeed and some don’t. Hailed by some as one of the greatest motivational and inspirational books of all time, the book’s simple but powerful message has turned many people’s lives around.

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41. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – Ranulph Fiennes

This is the inspirational book which tells the true and incredible life story of a man who knows no limits. Ranulph Fiennes is known as the ’world’s greatest living explorer’ and in this book you will find out why. His many exploits include being the first person ever to visit both the north and south poles by surface means, and the first to cross Antarctica on foot; on top of all this at the age of 65 he also climbed Mount Everest. This man has set the benchmark very high when it comes to inspirational lives.

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42. Fear, the Friend of Exceptional People – Geoff Thompson

The author of this book was once a doorman at some of Britain’s roughest nightclubs.  Now a world-renowned martial artist and prolific writer, in this book he shares his secrets for overcoming fears in order to enable others to live their life to the fullest. Written in a ’tell it like it is’ fashion, it certainly punches way above its weight in the ranks of inspirational books.

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43. The Art of Happiness –  Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler

A well-loved classic and of course the title gives away what this book is all about; in short it covers the Dalai Lama’s views about happiness and human nature. As far as inspirational books go, you cannot get someone more qualified to author such a work.

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44. Zero Limits – Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len

a goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot

This book is about the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness known as Hoʻoponopono. This book is a real life changer and incorporates teachings about love, forgiveness and breaking away from mental constraints.

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45. A Fortunate Life – A B Facey

An inspiring, poignant and moving autobiography of a remarkable man who saw himself as ordinary. A tale of endurance and triumph, this book will have you hooked from start to finish as Facey takes you through his life which includes two World Wars. Despite the hard times he faced, this incredible man never let it stop him from moving on and improving his life, this book makes you thankful for all you have.

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46. Gandhi – An Autobiography – Mahatma Gandhi

One of the most inspiring figures in history, this book tells the story of Gandhi’s life in his own words. It explains how he developed his concept of active non-violent resistance which propelled the Indian struggle for independence. A thought provoking and interesting read which provides an insight into the mind of this truly remarkable man.

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47. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

When Randy Pausch, a computer science lecturer at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give a lecture entitled ’The Last Lecture’, he didn’t need to use his imagination much because he had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The incredible lecture he delivered was to become a phenomenon and this book captures his humor, and courage as well as providing inspiration and principles to live by which makes it such a great read.

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48. Back from Heaven’s Front Porch – Danny Bader

Following an accident which claimed the life of his friend, and nearly his own, Danny Bader found himself thrust back into his own life where he struggled to find purpose and meaning in his day to day life. This experience leads him to uncover five principles necessary to live a full life which she shares in this wonderful and inspiring novel.

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49. Impossible is Stupid – Osayi Osar-Emokpae

This great and sassy book challenges people to live the fabulous lives they have always wanted. Although written with single women in mind, everyone can benefit from the brilliant insights in this fun to read and fast paced book. The book teaches that there is always hope, no matter what and rightly deserves a place in anyone’s list of inspirational books.

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50. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption – Stephen King

it always comes down to just two choices get busy living or get busy dying

This story was originally a novella from a collection called ’Different Seasons’, which went on to be made into a fil, which was nominated for seven academy awards. Hailed as one of King’s greatest stories it is the story of a banker who is wrongly imprisoned for his wife’s murder. It is a brilliant portrayal of the indomitable nature of the human spirit and one of the most inspirational stories of our time.

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51. Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants – Loretta La Roche

Well, you have to admit the title of this book makes you feel inspired straight away! And for good reason. This book contains 10 simple truths that will clear the way for a happy life. Some of it is good old-fashioned common sense, which let’s face it, in our modern stress filled lives can sometimes fly out of the window, to more scientifically researched methods…we are talking brain chemistry here. Check it out and realize your life of abundance!

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52. No Greater Love – Mother Teresa

The source of these inspirational teachings gives the game away a bit, so you know this book is straight from the heart and will truly touch the hearts of all who read it. If you are looking to be inspired then you can’t go wrong by reading the teachings of one of the world’s most loved spiritual role models. Mother Teresa’s tireless, selfless and compassionate work for the poor and those in need, plus the wisdom she gained during her extraordinary life are included in this wonderful book, which also includes what it means to be a Christian.

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53. Oh the Places You'll Go – Dr. Seuss

Never thought you would be inspired by a children’s story as an adult?  Well, think again. Dr. Seuss is the master of inspirational, fun and clever prose for kidults – for anyone. I challenge anyone not to at least chuckle inwardly and feel happy after reading Dr. Seuss’s fun and wise advice in this ‘graduation speech’ for children. When reading it as an adult, it can serve to validate just how wonderful life is. Oh the places you’ll go…

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54. Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life – Dara Torres

Just thinking about the motivational powerhouse that is this book makes my hairs stand up on end. Written by the amazing Olympic champion Dana Torres, who at the age of 41 took 3 silver medals at Beijing, years after being retired from competitive swimming, you just know this super motivator knows what she is talking about.

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55. Finding Your Own North Star – Martha Beck

This book should come with a health warning. Only read this book if you truly want to change your life and reach your full potential. If you are just kidding yourself, this book will find you out.  With realistic and practical guidance on what it’s really like to reach your full potential and “find your own north star” within you, this has to be a must for anyone’s book shelf.

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56. A Mercy – Tim Morrison

i dream a dream that dreams back at me

You might be wondering how an historical novel about slavery could possibly be an inspiring read, but once you have read this beautifully profound and moving book you will wonder no more. It is a book about love, tragedy, sacrifice and betrayal. The sheer poetry of the prose and the haunting effect if has on the reader is quite remarkable. This is a book about how humans are both good and bad, and will have you thinking about it long after you have turned the last page.

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57. Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being – Alberto Viloldo

Most of us are now familiar with the concept of what we think we become, but what about our dreams? How can we dream courageously and shape our world accordingly? This wonderful book shows us how. It is easy to read and uses some well-known stories and examples from other cultures to helpfully demonstrate how we can transform our reality and bring a better world into being. This is a simply sublime book and one of my personal favorites, which inspires me to make the most of my everyday reality.

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58. The Three Questions – John J Muth

This is another book for young readers but definitely worth a read at any age. It is based on a Tolstoy story and addresses the three questions “When is the best time to do things?” “Who is the most important?” and “What is the right thing to do?” It is a delightfully illustrated picture book, perfect for children, but can act as a great reminder to ourselves about the important things in life too. Inspirational? You bet!

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59. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

you have power over your mind not outside events realize this and you will find strength

It’s not every day you get to read a book penned by a Roman Emperor, but this book and its teachings are as relevant today as when the great Emperor wrote it somewhere between the years 170 and 180 C.E. He wrote Meditations as a source of inspiration and guidance for himself and the book itself wasn’t formerly published until the 16th century, and what a blessing that was. It has since been used by many to inspire them and is said to be Bill Clinton’s favorite book. If it’s good enough for President’s and Roman Emperors, then it’s good enough for you!

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60. The Perks of Being Wallflower – Stephen Chbonsky

This is the moving story of a shy yet intelligent teenage boy’s life as told in the letters he writes to an unknown recipient. This coming of age story is really a story about appreciating life and realizing that all moments are special; it’s about loving and sometimes losing, moving on, and most of all its about living. It is a book about love, honesty, and friendship. It was from this book that the following quote originated, “We accept the love we think we deserve,” and if that does not give you goose bumps then I don’t know what will.

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61. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin

This is the book to read if you want to be inspired to be a leader. There are plenty of books out there about leadership skills, but what book do you read to actually inspire you to become a leader in the first place? That’s easy; it’s this one.

If you want to read something refreshing, inspiring, challenging and totally unconventional, then this is the book for you. Go lead your tribe!

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62. Learning to Live – Madisyn Taylor

This book is full of inspirational daily reminders that you can dip into time and time again. Is it a life changer? Well, that’s up to you. This book is like your best friend – always on hand to provide motivation, inspiration and guidance, whatever your situation. The book is full of wisdom and life lessons and is interwoven with the authors own personal experiences; inspirational and compassionate daily reminders for us all.

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63. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – Dan Millman

This is one of my all-time favorite books; it’s one that I have read many times over, and I always get something different from it each time I read it. It was certainly a book that changed my life and perspective on things. It tells the semi-biographical story of Dan, a popular college student and champion gymnast who feels there is something missing from his life, but he cannot figure out just what. It is not until he meets a mysterious gas station attendant named Socrates that his odyssey really begins. Trust me: This book is gold dust.

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64. The Story of My Life – Helen Keller

one can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar

As autobiographies go, you don’t get more awe-inspiring than the incredible life of Helen Keller, the deaf and blind woman who went on to inspire many. Here, she describes her youth and how, with the help of a wonderful teacher, she learns about language. Beautifully written, it takes the reader through the frustrations Keller endured due to her disabilities and the breakthrough that was to set her free. It’s a book that will bring hope to anyone.

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65. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr – James Melvin Washington

This volume does what it says on the tin. It truly is a testament of hope; an inspiring volume of the writings and speeches of the ‘King’ of civil rights activism. Including his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” this is an inspiring must-read for us all. A powerful message of love, compassion and an important testament to what passive resistance really is; these works shine a light on humanity and justice quite unlike any other. A true masterpiece.

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66. The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life – Laura Day

Although this book seems to combine the teachings of other classic spiritual and law of attraction type works, this inspirational and powerful book about setting intentions truly has the power to change your life. In this book, Day sets out a process that you can follow to enable you not only to realize that you are a co-creator of your own reality, but how to put this knowledge into practice for a full and joyful life.

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67. The Animal Healer – Elizabeth Whiter

If you are an animal lover like me, this book is a must-have. I came across it a few years ago in a local bookshop when I was still grieving over the loss of one of my dogs. I deliberated about buying it as I already had a library full of books on dogs and animals. However, to this day, I am so glad I did.

This book transformed my life and opened the door to many different things. In this book, Elizabeth Whiter talks about her own inspirational story, about her work with animals, and her incredible wonder horse, Wow. But it is more than a book on animals; it is a life changing book about healing, love, and connection to the world as a whole.

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68. The Wind is My Mother: The life and teachings of a Native American Shaman– Bear Heart

In this mesmerizing book, one of the last full-blooded Muskogee Creek native American Indian Shaman’s shares his philosophy for living a simple, fulfilled and happy life. It also invites the reader to explore and question his own purpose on Earth and what his legacy will be. Written simply but with love, great insight and gentle wisdom, this book is a highly inspirational read. I have read this book several times, and look forward to reading it many times more in the future.

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69. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

At first, this book might not seem anyone’s first choice to be on an inspirational book list. The story of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world does not make for easy reading – especially when you have a brilliant and gifted writer like McCarthy, drawing you in and painting a bleak and frightening landscape, all done with an eerily poetic ease. At times dark and at others just down right terrifying, the ultimate message in this book is an uplifting one of love and hope. This book is truly outstanding.

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70. The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey – Muhammad Ali

This is the memoir of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers the world has ever seen. At times intense, sometimes sad, but always honest; this book bares all and tells you everything you need to know about the man, the legend; a beautiful summary written from the heart of a great man’s life.  When it comes to inspirational books, this will have you on the ropes – it’s true knock-out stuff!

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71. Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living – Bruce Lee

dont fear failure not failure but low aim is the crime in great attempts it is glorious even to fail

From one great legendary fighter to another. This book of wisdom from the greatest martial artist who ever lived is one for everyone’s bookshelf. Packed with thoughts and daily affirmations from the master himself, this will truly uplift you and inspire you onward, no matter what your task.  You don’t have to be a martial arts enthusiast to take Lee’s insights and successfully apply them to your own life.

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72. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz

In this book, the author describes the Four Agreements, what they are and how to apply them to your life. When you apply these Four Agreements, they can literally transform your life and rid you of once held self-limiting beliefs, thus opening the doorway to a truly abundant and fulfilling life.  The Agreements are not complicated; in fact, they are quite simple. This is a wonderful and inspirational guide to obtaining true freedom and happiness.

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73. The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying – Bronnie Ware

life doesnt owe us anything we only owe ourselves to make the most of the life we are living of the time we have left and to live in gratitude

This amazing, heartfelt and inspirational book is written by a woman who worked in palliative care and whose own life was transformed by those she cared for – the dying. In this book, she charts her own personal journey along with the stories of those she looked after where she was to gain insight into things people regretted before they died. With this book, she provides guidance on how we can live ‘right’ lives and when it comes to our time to die, do so with peace of mind.  If you apply the lessons learned in this book, it will certainly change your life for the better.

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74.  Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog – Ted Kerasote

This is a book for both those who don’t know anything about man’s best friend and dog lovers alike. It is the heartfelt true story of a dog that changed the author’s life and way of thinking for the better. It is inspirational not just for the transformation in the author’s life, but because it shows us that we don’t always need to control everything. If we just allow others to be who they truly are, they can reach their own potential, which works out best for us all.  It is a story of love, patience and understanding. A magnificent masterpiece.

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75. The Dash: Making a Difference with Your Life from Beginning to End – Linda Ellis, Mac Anderson

So, what’s the dash? It’s the bit in between your birth date and death date…that’s the dash. In other words, it’s your life. This thought-provoking and hugely inspirational book is based on a poem of the same name, and after reading will make you take a long hard look at your own life. What it lacks for in size, it certainly makes up for in one powerful awe inspiring message.  What will your dash mean once you are gone? Will your dash count?

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About the author

Eleanor Goold

As well as being an avid reader, Eleanor is also a big time animal lover; especially of dogs. If you have a tail, four legs and you bark…. you’re in! In her spare time she enjoys swimming, and vegetable gardening… but not at the same time (it can get a bit messy).

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  • I love books that can inspire and entertain so I have found myself more drawn to spiritual fiction books as of late. I have to recommend a fantastic spiritual fiction book by author Jay Allan Luboff entitled, “Harry Pond Looks Homeward: The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy” This book REAAAALLLLYYY inspired me and made me want to read more (luckily this is only the first book of a series due to come out!) The book follows Harry Pond, a Vietnam Vet returning home for the first time in three years. Almost as soon as Harry settles in there is something unexplainable and mysterious happening in his hometown. His Uncle Julius has had a personality change and is now keeping company with dark companions. The book soon becomes a battle between good and evil as Harry and his sister Becky try to save the farm from those who want the land for all the wrong reasons. They take on this mission with help from guardian angels, ascended masters, and show the reader that good always prevails It truly is a magical book that weaves messages of spiritual wisdom into it that can help anyone on their spiritual path. Hope you will give it a read. I truly enjoyed this magical book, not since Celestine Prophecy have I had so much fun on a spiritual adventure. Noticed that on the list so hope this book is added next year!

    • the list of book mentioned above were awesome and i really liked it so much. moreover the thoughts that has been posted inspired me a lot. i have also inspired by those inspirational quotes. i just wanna say that i loved it so much…..

  • Wow! Thanks! I own and have read only 18 of the books in your wonderful list. Its going to be so exciting to track down the others! Wish to recommend “The Principle of the Path” by Stanley. I’m an uncurable bookaholic, so thanks again!

  • Thanks for all your comments. I am pleased that you enjoyed the list, I certainly loved compiling it.

  • Wow I wanna thank u guys for such a wonderful books that u portray, they really have an impact in our lives.

  • This is a wonderful list.Thank you. Thank you.

    One book that MUST be added:
    “Callings – How to Live an Authentic Life” by Gregg Levoy. Google the title and find his web site

  • I love to share and revisit Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCort. This biography of his unbelievably poor Irish childhood will have you feeling extremely grateful for all the good in your life! Moving and filled with humor beware of a compelling urge to ENJOY GUINESS stout!
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom, is a fabulous insight on OUR unexpected impact on others.

  • There’s No book in this life i wish to be reading than motivational books that will trigger one to leave where he is to find his or her square root, i am really blessed by most of this books… and i pray that the Lord will continue to give u the grace to continue in His Service, Amen.

  • Some wonderful responses and great suggestions for future lists. Thank you all and happy reading :-)

  • I like the list of good books which you have placed here, though I’v read some but I’m happy to discover more. I need a reading mentor

  • love all the writters and authors but mostly am in love with dr.wayne w.dyer, susan jeffers and early nightinaale
    enjoy all of them and pliz add more

  • really the full list is very interesting, i have read the Power of Postive Thinking by Dr Vincent Norman several times and i never get tired of it. It has changed my life!

  • I liked Og Mandino’s: Greatest Miracle and a book I founf accidentally:”Mr.God, This is Anna.” By Fynn

  • Hi I read Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist ” and Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie “. I’m happy now that it was worth it. Both of them are great and offer the reader a fascinating insight into life . They help find meaning in one’s life.

  • guys i just started readin this kind of books, and its so encouraging. jst tht getx in contact wit others from this list is difficult. i don t knw wat to do…

  • Since one of my favorite books is in your list, which is “Tuesdays with Morrie”, maybe I should also read the other books in your list. And besides, I’m getting the feeling that they are all good to read. :)

  • Great list . I’ve read 20 on this list and I am excited to have a lust of books to choose from. Thank you

  • Thnx soooo much couldn’t believe my eyes reading my greatest inspirer as No 1 on list.friends in the reading league(not everybody reads) ,Read more about Robin Sharmas books especially the Greatness Guide. follow him at twitter he has breathed life in me.

  • wooow such a wonderfully list of books,poor me a have managed to read only two books out of the list!I make resolution this year at least one book a month as i know there is magic in reading inspirational and motivational books

  • Wonderful list of books.. :-) have read few of dem..My favourite book the monk who sold his ferrari.. In the list is forcing me to read rest of the books :-) very soon m gonna fill my collection with all these books.. Yayyyy

  • Hey guys, I am certainly NOT a bookaholic, in fact I honestly HATE reading. But, I would like to turn a new leaf in my life for the first time ever. I am currently looking up for motivational/inspirational/personality/life changing books to motivate myself towards a better life for me and everyone around me. Do you guys have any suggestions for starters like me? I would very much appreciate it. Cheers!

    • Read a book by Robin Sharma – Totally worth it :)
      I dont usually read books too but I was inspired by a book written by him.

      • Top person he is. I have never stopped reading since the monk who sold his ferrari. The saint the surfer and the ceo is a must….. Hope you are o.k, peace.

  • What a wonderful list, thank you! I’m outside of B&N right now and will pick one of the ones I have not read yet.

    I would add “way of a peaceful warrior” to the list. Amazing & inspiring book!!

  • A wonderful list you’ve got. I love them all, although I have read only a few…I noted what I should look for next. Thanks. Live is all bout knowledge. We learn, unlearn and relearn. Inspirational books are to help us find the true us! To indeed look for the true man/woman in us and give him/her a voice! I want to recommend John .c. Maxwell…he is a great writer too…in terms of talent,self discovery and all. Thanks luvvy

  • Amazing list!
    I haven’t find here “Reject Me – I Love It!” by J. Fuhrman, great-great book!

  • Thank you for taking the time to compile such a nice list. The synopses were excellent and I love your inclusion of books that may not be deemed as inspirational without further contemplation (Black Beauty, Oh the Places You’ll Go, etc). I often turn to the Qur’an for inspiration (and unfortunately have to rely on translations to gain further insight to its meanings).

  • What an amazing list of books. Its thanks to people like you, that keep the positivity alive for us in our daily lives :)

    Thank you

  • A great new inspirational book:

    HEAD OVER WHEELS: A “Lucky Stiff” Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph.
    Published October 6, 2014 by Sunbury Press.

    The inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an “impossible” biking tour just 9 months later. On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken’s bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn’t die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

    In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country’s most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever ride again, Ken made that 5-day/500-mile tour his recovery goal. He tells a remarkable tale of love and support from family and friends, and of spiritual growth, to return to normal in as many ways as possible despite numerous emotional setbacks. From climbing back on a bike for the first time, to walking his daughter down the aisle exactly six months after the accident, readers will share Ken’s joy at reaching each milestone on his recovery journey.

  • Thank you for the list! Reading it made me think of two books i really enjoyed: Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Maybe you will like them too!

  • I really like the list! I would also add these two fables that really inspired me:
    The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    Mountain Garden by Will Ottley
    These inspirational books are timeless, and although quickly read, take a lifetime to digest. They also have adorable illustrations that make them compelling for kids too.

  • You know I’m only 17 years but I feel 20 now because I jst started reading these inspiring books and ma life has just change for the better I always read books but I never came across such ones and thanks guys for your comments they such beauty full thank ya’ll.