Whilst I do love my fiction and fantasy, I also have a huge passion for inspirational guidebooks. I’m really interested in psychology and the human mind so these kind of books fascinate me and have helped to shape my personality and views of the world. These three books have had a significant effect on me so far and I find myself going back to these words when in need of a little confidence boost.
Dr Wayne Dyer: Living an Inspired Life
I think that this book was written purely from the heart and you can see it on every page. Reading this work in a way opened my eyes a bit more about the idea of God and spirituality, and how it all is tied to your actions. I find spirituality extremely fascinating and this book explains a very interesting way to incorporate it into your everyday life. The main idea behind this book is that there is this Spirit that lives within all of us and when you truly live an inspired life, you live in spirit. This is the message that is being explored through Dyer’s own experiences in life, and ways of practicing this kind of living are introduced alongside the examples.
Even though you don’t believe in God or any kind of spiritual being, Living an Inspired Life is still worth the read as behind everything is generally the act of kindness and showing that towards other people, and noticing the signs of generosity that we face in life, that might easily go totally unnoticed. There is so much that the reader can take from this book and incorporate it to their own life, because this book is just full of good intentions and inspiration on how to live your life in a way, that you feel like you get something good out of it.
Brené Brown: Darin Greatly
When I read this book for the first time, I found myself constantly having moments when I just went “yes, this is so true” or “I definitely need to work on this” or something along these lines. This book explores the concepts of shame and vulnerability which are such an important human emotions and we often tend to underestimate them in our lives. At least I have done so quite a long while, and for that reason I found this book to be really helpful on how to show my vulnerability in situations rather than keeping everything hidden inside.
This book introduces ways in which to express vulnerability in different situations in life and also explores different examples that are very close to many people’s daily life. Daring Greatly is divided into different sections, each expanding the topics of life, love, children and leading. This was such a quick work to read as the writing is very eloquent and easy to understand, but still complex enough for it to have this certain kind of credibility. The core message of the book is that by showing up with vulnerability and being in the “arena” you show your worth to the critics instead of never entering the arena and conforming to shame. This is a idea that I find to be very intriguing and I definitely want to explore it more in my life, and try to really take it to my heart.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
Eat Pray Love is one of my ultimate comfort books and I like to go back to it to find a bit inner strength whenever needed, so I was extremely excited to read Big Magic when it came out as I enjoy reading Gilbert’s works tremendously. This books is all about creativity and how to lure it back in when it is lost. Gilbert covers her own relationship with creativity in the book, and she introduces the idea of this specific Genius that ultimately leads to inspiration and creativity. The main idea of the book is that we all have this Genius that comes to us during creation and gives us the inspiration that is needed. I personally really like the idea that we all have this kind of gift that we can use if we need, but that it can only be accessed when you are open to it.
This book gives great guidance on how to get over time periods when the creative work doesn’t seem to flow and how to listen to this Genius to regain inspiration and creativity. I think this book is a good read even though you don’t consider yourself as a creative person as the idea can also be applied to your life in general, and it’s a really interesting take on the creative process and it’s pros and cons.
Even though I don’t go following blindly everything these kind of books say you should do to get a better life, I think it’s important to read them as they offer different kinds of perspectives to life. These points of view can be used as influences to your life choices or they can help you realise something about your lifestyle, that you haven’t given a lot of thought before. It’s fascinating to read about things that you wouldn’t normally read but ultimately it’s all for developing wider perspective of the world and it’s people.