The 10 Best Inspirational/Self-Help Books Published In The Last Two Decades- Phenomenal Gifts For The Holidays


There are times when the best place to find comfort and motivation is within a good book. An inspirational/self-help journal shows us that we are not alone and stimulates us to move forward and explore our own self-worth. It helps us identify with some of our inner feelings and can speak to us personally making it possible to follow our dreams….It can be a riveting way to give us purpose.

“Today I choose Life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices, today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it”….Kevyn Aucoin

Here is my list of the 10 Best Inspirational/Self-Help Books that should be at the top of every book lovers must read list:

The Secret by Ronda Byrne

The Secret is based on the belief of “The Law of Attraction.” If understood and followed it is believed that positive thoughts can change a person’s life direction. The book actually for those who discover it’s powerful message is a revelation that is life transforming. Written in 2006 and based on the earlier film with the same name, it has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages. Quotes penned in the book are, “There is no such thing as a hopeless situation”, “There is the truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and the truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer”, and “You become what you think about most.”….


From the Projects to Profiles: A Memoir by Mickey Burns

Just released, this manuscript is an inspirational account of how 20-year television host veteran, Mickey Burns, managed to escape the stigma of growing up in a low income Staten Island project, to become a high powered celebrity interviewer. His series, “Profiles” is a one on one

star-studded conversational half hour including artists such as Joan Rivers, George Forman, Tony Orlando, Latoya Jackson, Eli Wallach, Joan Collins, Adam Ant, Smokey Robinson, Christopher Plummer, and many, many others. Burns explains how dedication and hard work can cause you to acquire your dream no matter how humble your beginnings….

Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol

The New York Times best seller “Dancing With Myself” is an inspiring autobiography by rock n roll superstar Billy Idol, who writes an electrifying account if his journey to fame. The book is a survivor’s story. Faced with every temptation under the sun, facing more than one near death experience, Idol had the courage to tell it all. Driven by an unapologetic desire up to succeed, and everything that goes with success, Idol is still one of the most iconic stars in the history of rock n roll. The book is intriguing, inspiring and even chilling…

Becoming The Total Package by Aviva Reimer

Aviva Reimer is an expert in many of life’s facets. She is a personal development and life coach, relationship counselor, and fitness and transformation specialist. Reimer explains that becoming the Total package means something different to everybody. She goes on to say that we all have our unique ways of seeing the world and we all have our preferences in looks, personality and character. However, challenges in life, such as heartbreak, affects people in different ways. Sometimes people may not always be emotionally or mentally equipped to deal with them and therefore need a helping hand. Reimer’s motivational words are easily the answer to improving every feature of your life.


Success Factor X by Sean Kanan and Jill Liberman 

Success Factor X contains the wisdom, the knowledge, the experience, and the advice from 50 of America’s most successful people, including authors Sean Kanan as an actor (Karate Kid 3, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful)/entrepreneur, and Jill Liberman, who is a media veteran, former radio talk show host, and world renowned motivational speaker. The book includes Inspiration, Wisdom and Advice from Mark Cuban, Tony Robbins, Don King, Sara Blakey and many more. The book examines the secrets of success in nearly every genre known to man spoken by some of the most powerful leaders.


Loving My Addict: A Mother’s Journal by Karen Bower

This hot off the Publishing press, true life story, is an inspirational journey. Embedded throughout our social climate is a serious epidemic. Instead of succumbing to the devastation of seeing your children possessed by this contagious virus called heroin, Karen Bowers chooses to pass on positive vibes to all she comes across in hopes that her journal will help individuals struggling to become clean and sober. Although the manuscript is only out a short time it will prove to be a comforting source of hope and the feeling of not being alone to all those parents in similar situations.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The premise of this long time proven book is a suggestion that by using certain techniques one does not need to be defeated by anything. The author explains that the book is “simply a practical, direct action, personal improvement manual and is written with the sole objective of helping the reader to achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.” Norman Vincent Peale was considered the father of positive thinking and one of the most widely read and inspirational writers of all time.


The 30 Day Self Perception Makeover Teen Edition: A Teen Girls Guide To A Life She Desires by Cathlene Miner

Cathlene Miner has written an amazing book that should be read by all teens and parents on the planet. A world-renowned author, speaker and radio host, she is an expert in manifestation, adult and teen Self Perception. She teaches in this book how to gain a healthy Self Perception, and by doing this, anything is possible to truly manifest a life on purpose and allow dreams to unfold.

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

This is a straight-forward handbook that gives you the tools to, “demolish the slag when you’re down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. “It isn’t other people that are standing in your way, it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself”, according to Bishop. The author leads you through a series of seven assertions and suggests that you expect nothing and except everything and live the life you were meant to have.

Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch 

Conversations With God is actually a series of books and written as in a dialogue in which Walsch asks questions and God answers them. The first book became a publishing phenomenon staying on the New York Times bestseller’s list for 137 weeks. Walsch concludes that with these conversations his goal became that of reaching out and touching others with his information. The series began when during a low period in his life Walsch wrote an angry letter to God asking why his life wasn’t working. He heard a voice answer, “Do you really want an answer to all these questions or are you just venting?”


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