I am a huge fan of books that promote personal growth. I love reading little bits of wisdom concerning living life in the best way possible and books regarding personal growth have such a motivational nature to them. It’s hard to finish reading one and not have new ideas prancing around in your mind about things to try doing differently in your life and what greater gift can a book give than to enrich your life with such wisdom? Good books like these can be hard to stumble on but once you do they are so worth the time! Here are a few of my personal suggestions for books that will challenge the way you live your life for the better!
Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris
I first purchased this book when I was around 15 years old at the last major conference Alex & Brett Harris ever held for the book (or rather the “rebelution” movement as a whole). The book challenges the low expectations society has for teenagers by sharing powerful testimonies of teenagers exceeding these low standards in incredible ways. I still consider this an incredibly life changing book for those who are in their twenties even because of the encouraging, mind-altering, and inspiring concepts and perspectives shared in this book.
How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath & Donald O. Clifton
This book explains the psychological side of the concept of “bucket filling” (which is the action of pouring into someones day in a positive way so that they can pour into someone else’s day in a positive way and so on and so forth. Kind of like paying it forward.). What I found so cool about this book was its explanation of just how impactful both positivity and negativity can be in day-to-day life. This book shared studies, statistics, and methods to live life as a light and not someone who so easily and even unintentionally snuffs out that light for themselves and others.
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
It was hard to refrain from sharing some of the encouragement Lysa shares in this book through photos of its pages on social media. As a matter of fact I didn’t. When I finally finished this book I had tons of photos on my phone’s camera roll of different pages that just spoke to me and I wanted to have readily accessible to glance at throughout the day. The target audience for this book is obviously people who have felt/feel left out, alone, and have struggled or are currently struggling with forms of rejection and the mental scars it leaves behind but the entire book is written like a letter from your closest friend. It is encouragement offered by someone who shares their own personal stories whilst getting you to be honest with yourself about the things you don’t even know have affected who you are today.
Leaves of Gold by Clyde F. Lyte
Knowing I love books with inspirational tones to them, my grandma picked this one up for me thinking I might find it interesting and sure enough it is the only other book I will refer to outside of the bible throughout the week just for motivation and wisdom. The entire book is a compilation of quotes, anecdotes, poetry, prayers, and all kinds of memorable phrases to digest for every feeling or situation you could encounter.
All of these books are such great additions to any private stash of good books, I’d definitely recommend giving them a read. Are there any good books you feel have challenged the way you live? Let me know in the comments!