Best Personal Development Books

Personal Development Books

What do you think are the best personal development books?

I have learned a lot from reading books on personal development. Here is a selection of the books I have read and studied. Check them out and then email me your favorite books. I would love to hear your choices.

Your friend on the journey, David

My list is in no particular order

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Life Changing Skills, Thought Transformation, Conscious Living

Mind Power into the 21st Century
This book was written in 1997 by John Kehoe and offers practical advice that makes sense today as it did then. It is simple, easy and straightforward. Kehoe also wrote a book called Mind Power for Children an excellent book for parents to work help create better lives for their children. Read about Mind Power into the 21st Century

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
by Deepak Chopra (success creation) – a short and yet detailed book that gives you easy to understand steps to enhance your life by best selling author Dr. Chopra – Read more about The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

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As A Man Thinketh
by James Allen (power of thought) – one of the classic foundational books on how to use correctly the power of your mind to live the life of your dreams – if you have not read this book you need to, it is a life changer – Read about As a Man Thinketh

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The Law of Attraction
by Esther and Jerry Hicks (manifesting intentions) – one of the first best selling books on the law of attraction – a must read if you are keen to learn more – Read about The Law of Attraction

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior

by Dan Millman (inner peace) – this bestselling book was made into a movie – the movie was good but I preferred the book – Read about Way of the Peaceful Warrior

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
by Dale Carnegie (stress management) – this classic best selling book thought us the concept of living one day at a time and about never going to sleep angry. It has easy to follow steps and is worth every moment you invest in reading it – Read more about How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

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Creative Visualization
by Shakti Gawain (visualization exercises) – this is another classic that predates many of the modern books on visualization – it is filled with short chapters to help teach you the keys of effective visualization – Read about Creative Visualization

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Unlimited Power
Awaken the Giant Within
by Tony Robbins (achievement and NLP) – these are two of the best selling books by one of the world’s most influential personal and business development coaches – Read about Unlimited Power
Read about Awaken the Giant Within

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Learned Optimism
by Martin Seligman (optimism & how to change your life) – this bestselling book is based on twenty years of research from the field of social psychology that shows us how scientifically we can change our life for the better – Read about Learned Optimism

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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
by Dr. Joseph Murphy (mind control) – this is another classic book that contains a lot of information on how to use the power of your subconscious mind to change every area of your life from relationships to work and beyond for the better – Read about The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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The Seven Day Mental Diet
by Emmet Fox (thought change) – this tiny and short book is a mini seminar in words that teaches you how to take control of your mind in one week – Read about The Seven Day Mental Diet

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The Power of Positive Thinking
by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (positive thinking) – one of the pioneering books on the topic of the power of positive thinking – Read about The Power of Positive Thinking

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Get the Life You Want: The Secrets to Quick and Lasting Life Change
By Richard Bandler (thought change) – this book is one of the latest books by one of the geniuses behind the field of NLP – if you read this book and use the techniques included you can learn how to change your life on your own – Read about Get the Life You Want

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Productivity, Time Management, Personal Effectiveness,

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Dr Stephen R. Covey (personal effectiveness) – if you have ever heard of the concepts of putting first things first, working towards win-win solutions, paradigm shifts – this is the book that first talked about these ideas in words you and I could use every day – there are now versions for teen and children – Read about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Philosophy, Wisdom, Spirituality

The Prophet
by Kahil Gibran (wisdom) – Gibran offers a wealth of wisdom on topics from love and friendship to how to eat and treat our clothing from a spiritual perspective – Read about The Prophet

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Peace Is Every Step
by Thich Nhat Hanh (peace and wisdom) – one of the best books ever written to show us how to bring find peace in daily activities that surround us in the western world – Read more about Peace Is Every Step

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The Art of Happiness
by The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler (handbook for living) – I received this book as a gift from my parents – it shares with the reader the essence of the Dalai Lamas approach to joyful living – Read about The Art of Happiness

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Zen in the Martial Arts
by Joe Hyams (personal development) – this book teaches through two to three page stories and explanations how to live a peaceful and effective life – it includes conversations between the author and legendary martial artist Bruce Lee but you don’t have to be a martial artist to appreciate the value of this book – Read about Zen in the Martial Arts

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The Celestine Prophecy
by James Redfield (consciousness and awareness) – written as a novel this best selling book is a story of spiritual awakening – it teaches us their are nine insights that help bring us to spiritual fulfillment – Read about The Celestine Prophecy

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Conversations with God Book 1
by Neale Donald Walsch (awareness) – this best selling book, the first and possibly the best in the series by Neale Donald Walsch, is structured as a question and answer session between the author and God as he sees God – it inspires very interesting conversations and introspection – Read more about Conversations With God

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Living in the Light
by Shakti Gawain (consciousness) – a guide to living life by listening to one’s intuition – Read more about Living in the Light

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The Way of the Bull: A Voyage
by Leo F. Buscaglia (personal journey) – a story of the author’s spiritual journey as he travels to Japan, Hong Kong, Cambodia and more during a time when few modern day people where traveling to these countries – it brings you back in time to a world long before the internet – Read more about The Way of the Bull

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Dancing Wu Li Masters
by Gary Zukav (new physics) – Zukav teaches you and me in simply everyday language the magic and power of advanced physics and the interconnectedness of our world – this is not a new book but it is sometimes called the Bible of advanced physics – brilliant – Read about Dancing Wu Li Masters

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Wealth and Prosperity

Think And Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill (wealth creation, thought change) – this is the all time classic that has been sold to millions of people and used by millions helping them find a way to create the life of their dreams – it is not just about money it is about living life abundantly – the ideas in this book have been used by the best personal and business development coaches in the world since the 1930s – Read about Think and Grow Rich

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The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth
by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen (wealth) – this book is split in two – both with the goal of teaching the reader how to become a millionaire so they have money to make positive change in the world – the first section teaching you the techniques in the form of a story – the second teaches you the techniques in a step by step the approach – this book is indeed filled with inspiring and business building ideas – Read about The One Minute Millionaire

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Rich Dad Poor Dad
by Robert Kiyosaki (wealth building advice) – one of the best bestselling books that clearly shows us the importance of why we need to ‘work on’ and not just ‘work in’ our businesses to be happy as well as successful – Read more about Rich Dad Poor Dad

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The Science of Getting Rich
by Wallace D. Wattles (wealth creation) – similar to ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen this book teaches you how to use the power of your mind – Read more about The Science of Getting Rich

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Relationships and Parenting

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
by John Gray (communication between man and woman) – the best selling book that thought us all that men and women do indeed look at the world differently and that by knowing and respecting these differences we can have wonderful relationships – Read more about Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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Mind Power for Children
by John Kehoe (empowering children to be their best) – this book teaches parents how to empower their children so they can grow up living happy, healthy and fulfilling lives – Read about Mind Power for Children

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It’s So Amazing!
By Robie H.Harris ( sexuality) – this book uses comics and humor to clearly and effectively teach children about sexuality – Read more about It’s So Amazing!

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Are You the One for Me?
By Dr. Barbara De Angelis (relationships) – if you ever wondered how can you tell if the person you are in relationship with is the right person for you then you need to read this book – De Angelis in her loving and direct way gives us simple tools and techniques we can use so that we can tell if we are in the right relationship and how to find the right relationships – Read more about Are You the One for Me?

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How To Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie (social skills) – this classic bestseller teaches you the importance of paying attention to the needs of others before yourself and that when you do people will want to be around and work with you – Read more about How To Win Friends and Influence People
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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey (life skills) – an excellent book on how teens can create their own happy, healthy and fulfilling life – based on the best seller ‘the seven habits of highly effective people’ but written in a much easier to digest approach -recommended for adults too – Read more about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
by Sean Covey (life skills) – Inspired by the great success of his book for teenagers Covey wrote this story book for children to teach our children the values of sharing, win-win and working together – Read more about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

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Physical Fitness, Diet and Medicine

How to Buy Organic Food Inexpensively
by David Hennessey (money saving) – inspired from the real life experience of shopping for organic food while on social assistance (welfare) this book can save you money – Read more about how to buy organic food inexpensively

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Your Body’s Many Cries for Water
by F Batmanghelidj (wellness) – “As a result of extensive research into the role of water in the body, the author, a medical doctor, believes that he has found chronic dehydration to be the cause of many conditions including asthma, allergies, arthritis, angina, migraine headaches, hypertension, raised cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, depression, and diabetes in the elderly” – Read more about Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

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Prescription for Nutritional Healing
by Phyllis A. Balch (nutrition) – this book is one of the bestselling resource ‘bibles’ of information used by thousands of health stores around the world to assist clients who are wanting to take an active part in their healing – Read more about Prescription for Nutritional Healing

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Debt Management and Money Management

The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason (money management) – this classic book teaches the reader through a story how to get yourself out of debt and into financial prosperity step by step – Read more about The Richest Man in Babylon

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The Wealthy Barber: Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent
by David Chilton (money management) – before the ‘latte factor’ made famous by financial planner David Bach came ‘The Wealthy Barber’ which uses the dialogue between friends to teach us all how to become financially independent – Read more about The Wealthy Barber

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Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
By Vicki Robin (money management) – this book teaches you how to save and become financially independent AND it will also teach you the value of your time and a technique to find out how much you truly earn for the work you do – Read more about Your Money or Your Life

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Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
by David Bach (money management) – the author shows you how you can actually save money by going green – Read more about Go Green, Live Rich

 

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The Automatic Millionaire
by David Bach (money management) – this is the book that became known for the phrase ‘the latte factor’ the author teaches the reader how they can take small everyday savings and create a million dollars in savings – Read more about The Automatic Millionaire

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Start Late, Finish Rich
by David Bach (money management) – how to become financially independent even if you start saving later on in life – Read more about Start Late, Finish Rich

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Smart Women Finish Rich
by David Bach (money management) – the author teaches women who in the past where never taught financial management the art of financial management – Read more about Smart Women Finish Rich

Now tell me your 3 favorite personal development books by emailing me here,

Enjoy a wonderful day,

David