The best books for self-help and spiritual growth

Who am I?

Raised in a New Thought denomination, I veered from it and eventually returned to others less restrictive. Using the principles and meditating daily, I find they help me overcome fears and meet my goals. In both creative writing and client work, I use the principles of affirming Divine Order, recognizing the allness of the Creator, and asking my Inner Mentor—who always responds infallibly. The recommended books (and many others) have guided me immeasurably in growing my understanding, faith, and trust to carry out what I feel I was put here for—helping others and sharing my writing. For you too, these books can help you fashion the life of your dreams. 

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Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams

By Noelle Sterne,

Book cover of Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams

What is my book about?

If only you were younger, smarter or thinner, or if your situation had been different, you tell yourself, then you'd fulfill that deep desire that nags. But it's not too late, whatever your age or circumstances. Any "wrong turns" you judge yourself as having taken have been nothing less than perfect. Every experience has prepared you for where you are now.

In Trust Your Life, you will learn to forgive yourself for your "mistakes" and see them as the inevitable steps toward the future you want to create. Through spiritual guidance, life-affirming thoughts, references to many spiritual works, and powerful examples, Trust Your Life helps you recognize your inherent creative power as a child of God and uncover, pursue, and joyfully realize your long-cherished dreams.

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The books I picked & why

How to Use the Power of Prayer

By Dr. Joseph Murphy,

Book cover of How to Use the Power of Prayer

Why did I love this book?

This book is a “granddaddy” of the New Thought movement. Murphy writes clearly and concisely, with principles in easy-to-follow steps for many issues. Examples: self-healing, fulfilling one’s desires, and happy marriage. I love this book and return to it repeatedly because of its clarity and many pertinent examples with “regular” people Murphy helped. The anecdotes help encourage the reader to do the steps Murphy recommends. The book teaches me that often the simplest prayer or affirmation is enough and the immense value of constancy. Most recently, this book helped me strengthen my prayer practice in healing a leg injury and gave me renewed confidence in spiritual healing. 

By Dr. Joseph Murphy,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked How to Use the Power of Prayer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

To believe is to accept something as true. To make alive the truths of God by feeling the reality of them in your heart. Belief makes the difference between success and failure, riches and poverty, health and sickness. Through the study and application of prayer and believing, you can find the way to health, harmony, peace, and prosperity; scientific prayer is the practice of the Presence of God.

Book cover of You Can Heal Your Life

Why did I love this book?

Louise Hay was a pioneer in twentieth-century New Thought, and her publishing company, Hay House, continues to flourish. This book is based on her philosophy that we are “each 100% responsible for all of our experiences.” A hard one to swallow, but it means, I’ve learned, we are in control of our lives and can direct our experiences positively with the right thinking. She instructs how to change our thoughts and discusses major aspects of our lives—relationships, work, success, prosperity, the body. Each chapter ends with an inspired and inspiring prayer/affirmation. Hay also includes her chart of illnesses, their probable mental/emotional causes, and spiritual remedies. These have helped me countless times to discover the negative root thoughts of various maladies and have facilitated wonderful healings of body and mind.

By Louise Hay,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked You Can Heal Your Life as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Over 50 million lives transformed worldwide! This seminal classic explores how positive thought and affirmations can inspire your own healing, wellbeing and happiness.

Full of ideas and strategies that have worked for millions of people worldwide. You Can Heal Your Life, the definitive bestselling book on self-healing, has transformed the lives of millions of people. This is a book that people credit with profoundly altering their awareness of the impact that the mind has on our health and wellbeing.

In this inspirational work, world renowned teacher Louise L. Hay offers profound insight into the relationship between the mind and the…

Book cover of The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Why did I love this book?

This book was the only thing that broke my longstanding writers’ block, and I have returned to it repeatedly for Cameron’s wisdom and exercises. In a twelve-week “course,” Cameron describes many exercises to aid us in eliciting creativity and breaking through self-imposed emotional barriers. Most helpful is her three daily “Morning Pages”—three handwritten pages you scribble about anything. With these, you declutter your mind of the negatives. Amazingly for me, the morning pages have led to many ideas that became published articles and, more importantly, bolstered my confidence in my writing. Firmly grounded in spirituality, Cameron shares ten “Basic Principles,” for example, “Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.” These continue to ground me, and I unreservedly recommend this book to everyone desiring to commit to and soar with their creativity. 

By Julia Cameron,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked The Artist's Way as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Artist's Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. It helps demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the…

Trust in the Goodness of God

By Mary L. Kupferle,

Book cover of Trust in the Goodness of God

Why did I love this book?

This book is a series of short essays, each of which can be a prayer or affirmation itself. They read like perfect affirmations: “Let the Goodness of God Take Over,” “God’s Abundance Is Yours Now!” “Choose to Believe the Best,” “There Is Nothing to Fear!” Several months ago, I was feeling extremely lonely. At random, I opened to Kupferle’s essay “God’s Abundance is Yours Now!” and read, “God is the infinite source of your supply.” I kept repeating this affirmation. Two weeks later in the gym, another woman greeted me, reminding me that we’d met in the gym many months earlier. We quickly discovered much in common, as well as a wonderful mutual admiration. Since then, we’ve gotten together many times and continue to enjoy and help each other. Kuperfle works!

By Mary L. Kupferle,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Trust in the Goodness of God as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Book by Kupferle, Mary L.

Book cover of The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way

Why did I love this book?

Wayne Dyer was an inspired and lucid teacher of metaphysical principles and applications. This book instructs us in further creating our experiences with the concept of intention. Dyer’s definition expands my understanding of my power to create my experiences. From Carlos Castaneda, intention is “a force that exists in the universe.” As I have opened to the existence of this force and yielded to it, I accomplish what I want and need to. Many times, before I begin or continue a piece I am writing or a client assignment (coaching and editing doctoral candidates’ dissertations), I write out my intentions: “This work goes perfectly smoothly. I am guided in exactly what to do. After this session, I feel satisfied, knowing I did my best.” And I always have this experience.

By Wayne W. Dr Dyer,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Power of Intention as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.'
Wayne Dyer

For years Wayne Dyer has been researching the power of intention, the energy that surrounds all of us. He tells us how we can train ourselves to tune into this energy and step beyond our minds and egos. When we do this we become what Dyer calls 'Connectors' and make ourselves available to the energy of success.

Connectors are the people whom everyone sees as lucky, the people who get all the breaks. They don't say, 'With my luck, everything will go wrong,'…

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