“Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.” – Alberto Manguel.
Books help us grow as a person, open our mind, and make us feel less alone in a world that can get pretty lonely. You can learn about different people, places, cultures; the list goes on and on. Reading also gives you mental stimulation, expands your vocabulary, and can even improve writing skills. Books can take us on great journeys. And the best part is the sheer variety of books available- to suit everyone’s taste. There are books that entertain, books that enlighten, books that enthral – books that speak to the brain, the mind, the intellect and the emotions. And then there are books that seem to speak directly to the soul – life-changing books that make you question your core beliefs, staying with you long after you’ve finished reading.
Here are 6 motivational books that can change your life.
Originally published in Portuguese, this inspiring tale of self-discovery follows Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. But his quest takes him in a different – and far more satisfying – direction, to learn how to listen to his heart and follow his dreams. If you believe in the universe, signs, legends and magic. This masterpiece will open up your mind and make you notice things you didn’t know were possible to see. “When you really want something to happen, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.” Believe in your visions, and in your dreams. The Alchemist leaves you feeling hopeful.
You can heal your life.
Louise Hay changed many lives with her book. Coming from an abusive childhood, broken relationships and incurable cancer diagnosis she turned her life around and created unbelievable positive change and success for herself and so many others. This book has been known to improve the quality of relationships. While it has a beautiful illustration on every page – the messages are something that stay with you. It’s a positive book, with a set of affirmations and exercises to do which are guaranteed to change your life. And it’s easy to read!
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
If you often feel that you will only be happier after getting a title in front of your name, and secretly demand respect to come your way, then it’s time to re-evaluate your definition of leadership, success, and happiness. This particular book by Robin Sharma is a wonderful story about Julian Mantle – a hot shot lawyer who literally sold his Ferrari and became a monk. Purely fiction but the lessons in the book document his spiritual journey, and how he went from have everything in the physical world to finding peace and reaching his destiny. It’s a great pick me up for anyone looking for answers.
To Kill a Mockingbird.
We have all heard of this one. The buzz surrounding this book might be reason enough for you to pick it up and read it. But if you’re still wondering why you should read it, you’ve come to the right place. This book teaches you some of life’s most important lessons without ever feeling heavy. Humour entwines the delicate strands of prejudice, hatred, hypocrisy, love and innocence to create one of the best novels ever written. Atticus’s one-liners will stay with you forever. More than just great one-liners, Atticus gives us example after example of how to be a decent human being and a terrific parent. He led his children by example more than anything, a quality to be admired. This book also teaches us that its okay not to be a girly-girl, gives you a first-hand account of past practices, and more than anything, it teaches us about compassion.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
We scatter away so much time rushing and stressing about the future, and working to meet our responsibilities and to fulfill our obligations. There are 101 different skills and ways offered in this book that prove and can be applied to life – a hundred short ways to shift perspective, to live a less stress filled existence, and to walk away with some wisdom.
The Kite Runner.
Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes the course of English literature and fiction forever. Every once in a while, a book comes along that touches your heart in a place you didn’t even know existed. The book becomes more than just a few hundred pages, it becomes a feeling. It’s a warm fuzzy feeling that returns each time you open the book and get lost in its words. “The Kite Runner” is the type of book you can’t put aside once you start it. In a book that touches upon topics like terrorism and rape, it is truly remarkable that Hosseini didn’t let the main themes of friendship and love ever get pushed into the background. You get completely sucked into this world of the brothers and before you realize it, you develop a sense of attachment and live every moment with them. The story isn’t complex, it’s intricate.