In college, my dad gave me a handful of books that started to mold me into the woman I am today. They were books about self-discovery and acceptance. Three books in particular have guided me for almost two decades.
When I think of self-development books, I think of improving a skill or a trait. These books are stories for our souls, books that touch us to our core that we can read and re-read. The words remain the same but the message.
It has been a long time since I was a young and optimistic college girl (even though it feels like yesterday). I have grown and those around me have changed, yet these books still talk to my soul.
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
“It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. [...] A remarkable tome.” (NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, ACTOR)
A story of a young man on a journey, learning from his life, getting clear on what his goals are, and how the universe will line up and deliver if he is just able to see the world’s cues. Often in life, we wish for something, but instead, we are given the ingredients that we need. For example, you wish for a cake, but what we find is flour, eggs, sugar, and milk. Learning how to see the ingredients and knowing how to put them all together is a powerful life lesson.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
“This book by Don Miguel Ruiz, simple yet so powerful, has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter.” — Oprah Winfrey
What if there were rules in life to help us unlearn our self-doubt? That is what The Four Agreements is all about. This book helps us discover our limiting beliefs so that we can experience more joy in our lives.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
"In his inimitable style of great storytelling, Redfield opens us up to a world of insight, inspiration, synchronicity, and power." ―Deepak Chopra
This book reads like a fast-paced thriller filled with shootings, missing people, and a secret manuscript. The book talks about life and looking at what is happening around you and to you. Just like the Alchemist, Celestine Prophecy shows its readers how to trust our instincts and watch for clues to help us discover our path in life.
Reading books like the above is spiritually awakening. It can feel awkward the first time reading something so wo-wo, especially if you are not used to it. I found there is some truth to the messages, to take what works for me and let the rest be. We all need a book that makes us feel like we can unlock our authentic self and to let go of what is holding us back. This shows us achieving our dreams is possible and that is what these books mean to me.
Be curious, stay open, and always be proud of who you are.
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