Welcome back to the second half of my post about my favourite self-help books. Today I’m going to be sharing three more fantastic reads. If you missed the first half of the list, click HERE to check it out.
One reason why I read a lot of books about personal growth and psychology is to gain information and ideas that will help me in my practice with my clients.
The second reason is that I am continually working on my own growth and development. I find it helps to always have a book on the go, which serves to either inspire, challenge, or comfort me. I don’t necessarily speed through these books, but rather pick them up when I have a little bit of time and want a boost or some information. It’s like sitting down with a good friend or trusted therapist who understands me and can help me through the ups and downs in life.
Okay, let’s move on to the important part. Here is the second half of my list of favourite self-help books, the best of the best that I’ve read in the past couple of years:
4. A Course In Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey From Fear to Love by Alan Cohen
I had been hearing about the book A Course in Miracles for a long time. I had also heard that it was really hard to get through and the best thing to do was join a study group in order to understand the book. I, however, was determined to read it on my own. Until I cracked it open. Within seconds I knew I was not going to be able to read and understand the book on my own. And while I wasn’t prepared to join a study group, I still had a strong desire to find out what the A Course in Miracles was all about, so I was delighted to find A Course in Miracles Made Easy. It delivers as promised. What is it about? To quote a summary: “Delivering inner peace where fear and pain once prevailed, its universal message is unsurpassed in its power to heal.” It is hard to put into words how important this book has been in changing my life for the better.
5. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
This memoir by blogger, writer, and speaker Glennon Doyle Melton is the most honest, raw, and un-censored piece of self-reflection I have ever read. It’s relatable, surprising, and brilliant. She dives into the emotionally difficult places in relationships that we often to our best to avoid, and exposes and transforms them in a way I’ve never experienced before. My only complaint was that I wanted the book to be longer.
6. Self-Coaching 101: Use Your Mind – Don’t Let It Use You by Brooke Castillo
Most of the books I have suggested introduce ideas, concepts, and new ways of living, and provide ample inspiration for creating a better life, but don’t always offer concrete steps in order to make your life extraordinary. This book will get you there. It will help you stop self-sabotage, move on from stuck-ness, and increase your motivation. It’s small, easy to refer to, and provides concrete cognitive behaviour therapy tools that are easy and really work.
As always, if you read one of these books, or have already read one or more of them, I would love to hear what you think and if you agree with my recommendations. And please also send me your book suggestions – I’m always on the hunt for new reading material.
And now I’m off to read my new stack of books so I’ll have a new blog post for you next year on my 2018 favourites.
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