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10 Great Spiritual Self Improvement Books For Women



Great Spiritual Self Improvement Books For Women



Self improvement books are always a good read.

For one, they can be insightful. You discover some things you never thought about asking yourself (until now, that is). Second, you find out that you’re not alone. That there are others just like you, who are going through the same challenges in life. And of course, these wonderful books give us the excuse to simply read.

Whether you’re after a good story, or you’re looking to learn a thing or two, add these self improvement books to your library soon. Here are 10 of my favorites.


10 of the Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

1.) A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado

Texas Minister Max Lucado is easily relatable and explains how simple it is to give away your love. It helps you learn to love yourself first so that you are able to love others. It’s a quick and fascinating read. A good friend recommended this particular book to me and I loved it so much that after I finished it, I immediately read it all over again.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

2.) The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Mandino believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing. It is a profound spiritual philosophy about how to succeed in the world’s marketplace. My Uncle Duke, gave me this book when I got my first job out of college and I’ve read it over and over.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

It is far more than the title suggests. This is a parable set in the time prior to Christianity and inspires us to be something bigger and better than we are.


3.) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

This book is all about the laws of attraction and the power they hold and emit through our thoughts. The basic idea is that our thoughts and attitudes are more powerful than we realize. If we put that positive energy into the universe, it returns to us in some form. Long before I read it, I’ve always been a believer in embracing a positive outlook on life, even in the most dire of circumstances.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

If you give goodness, you receive goodness…boom. Like begets like, etc. The goal, of course, being to receive the desired outcomes and live a happier, healthier more successful life.

However, critics consider this book slightly controversial because of its bold claims without the necessary scientific data to back them up. The way I see it…there’s no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole!


4.) 10 Things I wish I knew by Maria Shriver

My parents gave me this book when I was in college, mostly because I love Maria Shriver. However, it has proven to be a very helpful read and guide to life. I highly recommend it, especially to younger women who are facing this big, scary world for the first time. Shriver speaks to you like a really cool aunt or big sister would.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women


5.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Sports columnist, Mitch Albom tells this tear-jerking true story about the love between a mentor and his pupil. The character of Morrie Schwartz is described as a cross between a biblical prophet and an elf; whose life lessons are as entertaining as they are endearing.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

As the reader, Morrie will remind you of your favorite grandfather, college professor or neighbor; someone who has helped guide you. Just don’t forget your Kleenex!


6.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is the story of Pi, a boy from India and lone human survivor of a shipwreck. However, a Bengal tiger, an orangutan, a hyena, and a zebra also survive the shipwreck. It is the survival of the fittest as they exert their dominance over territory and with each other.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

That is really all I can without spoiling the story for you. What I will tell you, is that this story is not about these survivors at all – but instead, it’s about testing your faith. It’s a modern day parable that really made me think about stories I read in the bible, as a child. Now that I am a mother, it means more to me.


7.) The Journey of Desire by John Eldridge

This book is amazing and it was also recommended to me by a dear friend. I think it is especially helpful to young adults. It teaches you that by learning your true desires, you can change your circumstances and ultimately, your life.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women


8.) The Holy Bible (New Testament)

One of the best self improvement books I can recommend to anyone, is the Holy Bible. Seriously! Where else can you read about passion, folklore, myths, legends, love, murder, betrayal and history? Funny enough, some of the most intelligent and educated individuals whom I admire greatly, agree with me on this one.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women


9.) Women are from Mars Men are from Venus; the classic guide to understanding the opposite sex by John Gray, PhD

Psychotherapist John Gray, gives us this awesome guide for marriages and relationships. I know, you’re thinking…another self-help book? Really? This is an oldie but a goodie. While referring to men as ‘Martians’ and women as ‘Venusians’, Gray explains the fundamental differences between men and women.

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

10.) Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This book is the true account of the author’s downward spiral. This journey of self-destruction began in her twenties when Strayed’s mother dies. She explains that her mother was her soulmate…sniffle, sniffle.

After the death of her mother, she becomes a different person; intentionally making horrific decisions and ultimately destroying her life. She cheats on her husband, and becomes addicted to hard core drugs, namely heroin. She then randomly decides to hike the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).

Best Spiritual Self Improvement Books for Women

The adventures of her hike and the issues she runs into, force her to overcome her own fears and face her future. This story is cathartic I surprised myself on the last page when I sobbed like a child. What I like most about this story is that the protagonist is forced to put on her big girl pants and fix her life on her own.


Which of these self improvement books will you read first?

Go ahead: grab your favorite and prop on a couch. Read them before bed or during a break at work. These great self improvement books have stood the test of time because of the lessons within them. I hope you will be able to relate to their stories, too.

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10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development



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There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

This drives what I feel is true about self-help and personal development. Many times, we need to let go of who we have told ourselves to be, of the habits we said cannot be changed, and the patterns that cannot be broken, to achieve our full potential.

Change comes when we believe that it is possible, and when we open our minds to the potential of who we could become. So where do we start to work on this personal development? Books for personal development, or even articles online, are not a bad place to start.

Here are some of my suggestions.

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

1) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene Brown writes about ten guideposts that can help us get rid of the shame and guilt that we carry around. This concept should help us embrace the ideas that we belong, that we are worthy.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Her writings show us how to be more authentic. It helps us shed others’ ideas as well as our own of what we should. She teaches us to show courage and comfort in embracing who we truly are. This is one of the books for personal development that carries a true message of acceptance.

2) Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior Paperback by Mark Goulston  & Philip Goldberg

The authors teach you to “transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction.” By learning to stop these self-defeating behaviors, you can achieve success and have a life that you embrace.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Jen Sincero shares moving stories, clever advice, and simple exercises to help you recognize and cease the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you from the life you want. You will learn where these patterns started, to accept the things you cannot change, and to take on the things that you can. One of the most inspiring books for personal development.

4) Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall

Derek Rydall focuses on ONE important point: “the answer is already in you.”

He believes that there is no part of us that is not exactly as it should be. That deep down we possess the skills and the abilities, but something stopped us from knowing this along the way. The book follows seven stages that show us that we actually are not lacking anything, that everything we need is already inside of us.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development


5) I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown

So many people get stuck on this idea of “what will people think.” Somewhere down the line, they learned to care more about what others thought of them than what they think of themselves. In this spirit, Dr. Brene Brown writes:

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When we can truly love and accept ourselves in this way, we can achieve greatness.


6) Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and… by Beverly Engel

Beverly focuses on healing your emotional self. Whether this means letting go of toxic people in your life and the self-esteem damaging messages that come with them, or letting go of the shame and guilt you have been inundated with your whole life.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The author works to help you become more kind and tolerant of yourself. To create an image of yourself that you feel worthy of. One of the great books for personal development for those who need to let go of past abuses and hurt to achieve their personal goals.

7) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She shows us that using tools such as self- admiration, does not necessarily mean we will be successful.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The fact is that this mindset can actually get in the way of our success and growth. The author focuses on the idea that we can actually take part in lifelong learning that can lead us towards our most significant accomplishments.

8) Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney

I do not think you can get a better review than this:

“The most detailed examinations of self-defeating behavior I have ever read…. Very useful.” — Albert Ellis, PH.D., President, Institute of Rational-emotive therapy, and author of A New Guide to Rational Living. 

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When the person that literally founded the school of thought on how our thoughts impact our emotions, you know this is a book you need to read! It focuses on the simple premise that we are constantly faced with opportunities to demonstrate self-defeating or self-enhancing behaviors.

9)The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

This is one of the bestselling books for personal development of all time. It has helped countless people change their thinking, and achieve their goals. Dr. Peale simply wants individuals to live a happy and nourishing life by: believing in themselves and what they choose to do, and by developing a sense of purpose.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

If people believe that they have the power to accomplish anything, they can learn to be at peace with the thought that they can be truly successful. They will also find meaningful personal and professional relationships. Finally, this book can help folks grow control and confidence in themselves.

10) The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

This is a simple and phenomenal workbook. One of the major reasons that people enter therapy and are held back from achieving their goals, are issues with self-esteem.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

This book will help the individual to learn the roots of their confidence issues, how their formation may have been faulty, and that they have control of who they are and what they want to achieve going forward.

Which of these books for personal development will you read first?

Working on self-esteem, getting to the point where you believe in yourself and your abilities, can be the single most important thing that someone can do to achieve personal development and success. Once we have developed a strong foundation of self-esteem, all things are possible.

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10 Motivational Books For Entrepreneurs Who Are Just Getting Started



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Summary: Here are our 10 favorite motivational books for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or one who has recently gotten started, these inspirational and practical books about business and mindset will educate and inspire your entrepreneurial endeavors.

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1) Edelman, Ric. The Lies About Money

Ric Edelman is a financial advisor in the United States. Not only is Edelman the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S., Edelman hosts a weekly radio show called The Ric Edelman Show.

In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.

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This book is a great “next step” after Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. After Sethi gives the basics, Edelman seems to pick up right where Sethi leaves off. Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.


2) Sethi, Ramit. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.

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If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs. Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.


3) Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell is a successful journalist and author. He has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.

As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively. I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks.


4) Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy. With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.

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One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets. This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.


5) Waitley, Dennis. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind. Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

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In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations. Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.

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6) Branson, Richard. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson. Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

In Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It, he tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations. One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.


7) Godin, Seth. Linchpin

The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right? Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.

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As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage. This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.


8) Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.

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All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless. The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray. Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.


9) Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal. When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.

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Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others. Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.


10) Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business 

Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.

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Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.

The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.

What other books for  entrepreneurs would you add to the list?

If you have a personal favorite or recommendation, let us know in the comments section below!

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