I read a lot of non-fiction and have read quite a few self-help books in my time. For the most part the content is the same and the authors reference the same studies, but there are three books, in particular, that stand out. I’ve chosen each book because they have impacted my life in some way and remain permanent fixtures on my bookshelf.
Spoiler alert: the list does not include The Secret.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
This is my absolute favourite! I bought this at JFK airport after an epic trip to New York when I was seeking inspiration and needed to spend the last of my USD. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success provides me with a much-needed sense of calm every time I read it. Each ‘law’ provides words of wisdom and guidance on improving your life.
My favourite laws are the ‘Law of Detachment’ which encourages detachment from an outcome and ‘The Law of Dharma’ which is about fulfilling your purpose in life. The abridged version is an hour long read and adequately nourishes my soul, I can’t imagine the full-size edition being any more beneficial. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys spiritual books.
The Defining Decade – Meg Jay
I bought this after watching Meg Jay’s TED Talk and luckily the book is more than just a transcript of the talk
unlike Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. I’ve read this a few times and recommend it to every twenty-something I meet! It’s about making the most of life in your twenties whilst reminding you that you aren’t expected to have it all just yet. The book covers everything from careers to relationships and is split into three parts.
Three things I learnt:
- The strength of weak ties means that you’re more likely to gain knowledge and opportunities from more distant connections. Instead of rehashing the importance of networking, it suggests ways of leveraging your network for better results.
- You have the chance to choose your family the second time around when choosing a partner.
- ‘Dating down’ and settling in relationships becomes a pattern and eventually your future if you’re not careful. Say no to fuckboys!
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Both the book and author are popular among the spiritual crowd. I read this during one of my toughest moments in life. The Power of Now guides you towards finding peace within the present moment. No reminiscing, no ruminating, just enjoying the now because according to Tolle, that’s all we ever have. I definitely think the reason I gained so much from this book was due to its relevancy at that point in my life. As with The Seven Spiritual Laws, this book ideal for those into spirituality but is also a worthwhile read for someone who is interested in learning to let go.
*Bonus: Go Tell It On The Mountain – James Baldwin
This was the book that introduced to me to James Baldwin who I now consider to be my favourite writer. I love this so dearly that I gifted it to a date after evangelising about it over dinner. This book if life!