Let me preface this list by saying that I understand that reading is an entirely subjective experience. (One of the difficult things about being a writer is understanding that.)
Still, I get how much fun it can be to see what other people view to be “the best.” These books have made me think and have not allowed me to stay stagnant. They have angered me, saddened me and affected me.
Here are the best self-improvement books to read if you really want to make a difference, in your life or someone else’s.
1) "The Power of Now," by Eckhart Tolle
This is a spiritual manifesto that might even be stereotypical when it comes to self-health books. But it works. It helps you to see what you might be missing when you are so busy planning your next step. It helps you to deal with the now and see what now is. Reading it more than once is a must.
2) "Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking," by Malcolm Gladwell
Ever have a battle with your heart and your head? What about snap decisions or gut reactions? How much clout should we give the instinctive? This book is sure to get you thinking, even in spite of the title.
3) "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times," by Pema Chödrön
Dealing with loss and change and death is bound to happen to all of us. Rather than escaping it, Pema Chödrön encourages us to sit with our groundlessness. It is not a quick life fix, but it certainly is transformative.
4) "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear," by Elizabeth Gilbert
We are all artists. This book unleashes the things holding us back from our creativity and allows us to play again in the mediums that made our souls sing when we were children. If you are feeling in a rut, this book will be sure to bust you right out of it.