Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Books That'll Inspire: 21 Radical Reads

Getting lost in a good read for hours on end.

Endless wisdom, unwavering support, soulful musings...

Ah-HA! moments a plenty.

It's no secret that digging my nose into a book is a favourite of mine. There's something so incredibly powerful and potent about the written word. Books - and I'm talking great books that will motivate, inspire, uplift, and quite possibly change your life.

I've compiled the best of my bookshelf - some of my absolute favourites (mostly of the non-fiction variety) that have inspired me when I've felt lost, shifted my mindset, opened my eyes, inspired and supported me - in hopes that it will serve as a great resource for you to bookmark and come back to whenever you need something new to dig into.

Enjoy + Happy Reading! (And comment with some of your own favourites! I might be a bit of a book hoarder.)


The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Profound. Expanding. Transformational. Cracks you wide-open, in the best possible ways. I'm endlessly recommending this to loved ones. It will change your life.

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Soulful. Inspiring. Supportive. Unmasks your deepest desires right before your eyes and dives into the depths of who we are and how we want to live. Danielle just... gets it. In her own words, "This is about liberation. And pleasure. And self-determination. This is about doing much less proving, and way more living."

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Dive into the profound and moving lessons taught by this classic that needs a spot on everyone's bookshelves.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
This spiritual manifesto will open your eyes in a completely new way, awakening the presence of awareness that lives inside all of us. Shedding light on our ego - the inner saboteur - and how to create space around those thoughts so we can live fuller, more joyful lives.

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.”

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Powerful teachings on living in the now (and what that means) and how we are the creators of our lives.

Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay
A stunning and beautifully illustrated book that's perfect for a quick pick-me-up when you need it. Soul-hugging affirmations on the spot by  - keep this one nearby. One of my favourites:

"Release the emotional attachment
to beliefs from the past
so that they don't hurt you in the present.
If you live fully in the moment,
you cannot be hurt by the past,
no matter what it was."

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Simple + actionable wisdom that will touch, move, and inspire.

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
Timeless meditations and affirmations that guide you and put the reins in your hands so you can (actively) create the life you truly want to live.

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
Game-changer. Raw. Honest. Soul-stirring. Read all your affirmations but yearning to dive deeper? Are there a few skeletons in your closet or are you holding onto limiting beliefs that you just can't shake? The teachings that Debbie Ford brought into the world are like none other. Spirituality isn't just about accepting the 'pretty parts' in our lives, it's accepting our darkness too.


Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg
As Natalie Goldberg says, "Writing is the act of discovery."
This one's for all the writers (or aspiring writers) - chock-full of both clear lessons and exercises guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner
Looking to cultivate a journalling practice in your own life? Discover just how powerful it can be for your life.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Looking for that swift kick to get shit done? Turn pro with this fierce read. It's that good.


Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Simple but powerful nuggets information to beat procrastination, once and for all.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Everyone knows what they do, but do they know why they do it? A concept that will leave you thinking, "How didn't I think of that?" that you'll want to implement, straight away. (Also - watch this.)

Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
Consider yourself spontaneous and creative? Have you set aside any elements of structure, organization, and time-management? While the words may not be ground-breaking, it hammers down the notion of one thing (and how to do it): if you want to make ideas happen, you have to take action.

The Dip: When to Quit (And When To Stick) by Seth Godin
Practical. Potent. The truth about quitting: "Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt." So, when should you?

The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
The ultimate guide to creating your purposeful, inspired, passionate success. In her own words, "The Fire Starter Sessions is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for – to fully want what you want and go for it, to expand your consciousness and your cash flow, to up the ante on your dreams, to be incredibly generous with your love."

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
For the people who proclaim, "I don't have enough time."


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Gripping. Wildly inspiring. Cheryl's own experience on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) will not only have you turning page after page, but wanderlusting over your next great adventure and lacing up your hiking boots in no time.

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
Utterly gripping. Torre words read like poetry in this true story about falling for a man with big dreams and sailing down an adventure of a lifetime. With a mix of soul-bearing + hilarity + "you just couldn't make this stuff up!" moments, you'll be hooked.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Raw. Honest. Touching. Wise. Compassionate. So very real. Sugar - once-anonymous advice columnist has now been revealed as Cheryl Strayed - offers up real-world advice for anything and everything that life throws us. It will leave you feeling endlessly supported, tears streaming down your face, and fiercely understood. I zipped through this breathtaking novel in no time, hardly ever setting it down.

OVER TO YOU: What books top your list of must-reads?

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