The best inspirational books of our time

Who am I?

I was elated to be named “Top Inspirational Author of the Year” for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals. Inspiration is central to my career as a mentor, life coach, counselor, and author. I have possessed a deep interest in both Christianity and psychology since a young age. I have tied both topics in my own books, as I believe the knowledge I have gained has helped me find the joy, peace, and fulfillment I feel each day. This great sense of fulfillment and purpose is something I hope everyone can find in their lifetime, which motivates me to write about the power of faith in my books. 


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The Right Person

By Stacy A. Padula,

Book cover of The Right Person

What is my book about?

Growing up in the shadow of two NFL-destined cousins, Chris Dunkin has high hopes for his own future in football. However, a drug addiction threatens to destroy everything he has worked hard to attain. When Chris meets Courtney Angeletti—the mayor's straightedge Christian daughter—he believes she could be the source of inspiration he needs to overcome his destructive lifestyle.

Courtney, however, has other ideas. The desire to rebel has been tugging on Courtney's heartstrings for some time, and Chris's "bad-boy" reputation draws her to him like a moth to a flame. After all, he is a central part of the most popular clique in her high school. Will Chris pull Courtney away from her faith or will Courtney inspire him to overcome his rebellious lifestyle?

The books I picked & why

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The Screwtape Letters

By C.S. Lewis,

Book cover of The Screwtape Letters

Why this book?

The Screwtape Letters offers life-changing insight into human thought, misplaced emotions, temptations, and spiritual warfare. This book taught me the importance of living in the present and focusing on whatever is real. It enriched my life more than any other book aside from the Bible. I have enjoyed reading it multiple times and teaching Bible studies on its brilliant messages. Every time I read this masterful novel by C.S. Lewis, I gain wisdom and perspective that positively impacts my mindset. It is the most spiritually freeing and deeply insightful book I have read—a 5-star read from cover to cover.


More Than a Carpenter

By Josh McDowell,

Book cover of More Than a Carpenter

Why this book?

This book is now added to my short list of favorites. I believe it is a book for everyone. It is full of factual, logical evidence that explains the reasons why Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection are irrefutable. It is well written and not at all pushy. I wish everyone in the world would take the time to read this short book. It will surely inspire and change people's lives for the better!


Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type

By Isabel Briggs Myers, Peter B. Myers,

Book cover of Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type

Why this book?

I have recommended this book on personality types to numerous friends, family members, and professionals over the years. As a Myers-Briggs ENTP, I found this book very insightful, and I fully enjoyed the statistics and explanations shared over a wide breadth of categories. This book is a staple in MBTI typology. I have used its insight in my career as both an author and a college counselor. It truly has the ability to inspire people to achieve their full potential and embrace their God-given gifts and talents!


The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

By Lee Strobel,

Book cover of The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

Why this book?

The Case for Christ is a great reference book for historical facts that demonstrate proof of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I recommend this to skeptics and those who are looking to back up their Christian faith with real-life evidence and historical knowledge. This book is an asset to all libraries, churches, and Christian schools, as it provides irrefutable evidence that Jesus is who the Bible says He is. It is smart, thought-provoking, and life-changing. If someone is searching for something to believe in, they should read this book!


The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

By Gary Chapman,

Book cover of The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Why this book?

I received The Five Love Languages as a wedding present and found it quite insightful. My husband and I do not share a love language, so this has helped me understand ways to better express my love (in ways he will feel it). While I feel loved through words of affirmation, he feels loved through quality time. While he expresses love through acts of service, I express love through gift-giving and physical touch. I highly recommend this book to couples who would like to gain a better understanding of their spouse, as well as their own inner desires and needs.


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