9 Books That Can Change Your Life

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Books That Can Transform Your Life

Never Underestimate The Power of a Good Book

If there is one thing that is constant about life, it was once said, it is change. And no, this is not in reference to pocket change either, I’m talking about the change that is life itself.

Right now, you are changing. You just changed. Old cells died, new cells developed, you just aged a bit, and a billion other things in the world just shifted…including you.

The thing with change is this…there are the things we CAN change and the things we CAN’T change.

But what about changing your life for the better? What about having a few little doors in your mind opened?

Below I’ve listed out 9 powerful books I think every human should read once in their lifetime. They have had a huge impact on my life and forever changed my life in one way or another. Sure, I know many may not be your cup of tea, but I bet at least one of them will strike a bit of interest in you.  I’m so glad I discovered these great books in my life. They all created that “ah ha” moment within me or opened new doors to my life, changed the way I live life, and the way I also view it.

9 Books That Can Change Your Life (in no particular order)

1. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

tao-te-chingOne of my favorite books of all time. The Tao Te Ching was written roughly 2500 years ago in China and is considered the most influential Chinese book of all time. It serves as the basis for the philosophical school of Taoism. Taoism teaches that there is one undivided truth at the root of all things. It breaks down life to the most simple foundations and truths in 81 short chapters.

The first time I read the Tao Te Ching I was simply blown away by it’s wisdom and simplicity. Everything written within rang true to me and made complete sense. I simply refer to it as the handbook to life. It covers it all.

Simple, powerful and chock full of wisdom. The Tao Te Ching should be read by everyone and fully absorbed. I truly believe the world could be a much better place if everyone simply implemented just a fraction of it’s wisdom. You can read it online right here.

2. It Works: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True!

it-worksLittle things come in small packages, and this tiny little book (more like a pamphlet) is no exception. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, only costs $2-$3 bucks, but it can simply transform your life. It Works shows you how you can manifest anything you want in your life by focusing on it. The steps are dead simple, but don’t be deceived. I’ve actually used the simple method in this tiny red book on all kinds of things…and many of them actually manifested and came true. No joke.

If you have goals in life and there are things you would like to achieve, It Works will show you a simple formula to get what you want. Don’t ask me how it works, I just know it does. It’s a mix of the power of thinking, the law of attraction, and more…all put very simply in one tiny book you can read in a matter of minutes.

Give it a shot and see how it can affect your life.

3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

power of nowThis book came out of nowhere for me. The Power of Now is simply just about that…the now. Many of us run around this life going from this thought to that thought, this chore to that chore, paying this bill or that bill, and we are never fully present. This book taps into why we need to stay in the now, and what it can do to transform our lives. Tolle writes beautifully and in a precise manner that makes this book easily digestible, yet at the same time, deeply challenges your mind and your view of living.

The Power of Now is probably my favorite book of the last few years, without a doubt. What he is saying is nothing that has not been said before about being mindful and present. This concept has been around for centuries.  But it is the way Tolle directs the message that makes this book special.

Who would have thought that being in the NOW would be the greatest present (no pun intended) to leading a happy life?

4. Working On Yourself Doesn’t Work by Ariel and Shya Kane

working on yourself doesn't workI think this is probably the greatest title to any self-improvement book out there. Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work couldn’t be a more fitting title either…that is exactly what the book is about, letting go. Ariel and Shya Kane are a happily married couple who have walked down many roads to try to find happiness, including going to lengthy meditation retreats and more, looking and searching for contentment. After many years, they finally realized that we don’t have to do anything to be happy or content.  We simply just have to BE.

Yes, once again, this is very “zen” but the way in which they explain why it is important to surrender and accept many thing in our lives is what makes this simple little book so profound. It is a quick and easy read, and so dead simple a young person could understand the concepts. I highly recommend any and all books by the Kane’s.

5. Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss

zen and the art of happinessI’ve read many many books on happiness but Zen and the Art of Happiness sums them all up the very best. Once again, this is a small book with amazing insight into what makes us happy, and what we are doing wrong. I remember stumbling across an ad for this book in Psychology Today and thought it sounded interesting. Once I read it, I read it again because it simply spoke to me. I’ve since recommended it to many people.

This book is simply life changing if you apply it. It strips away the nonsense we put ourselves through in our daily lives and struggles and shines a light on what is leading us astray from real, genuine happiness.

6. The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.

the places that scare youLife is hard. Life can be very difficult and we all face really tough times that can scare us to pieces. Pema Chodron, a Buddhist nun, explores these areas and shows you how you can get through these difficult and challenging times. She uses mindfulness, slogans, aspirations and more to show that we can make it through when times are tough. Simply written and easy to follow, Pema is one of my favorite authors on the subject of contentment and happiness. I feel this is one of her best books.

I discovered this book during a really rough period in my life and it helped me immensely. Reading it gave me a sense of peace that everything is going to be ok, and I will make it.

Everyone hits hard times in life, and I know you are no exception. I truly feel the wisdom in this book can ease those difficult and scary times for you. I highly, highly recommend it.

7. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

loving what isWhat an amazing book this is. Katie literally went “crazy” at one point in her life and was put in a house with other people with problems. She fell into deep depression, misery, and things looked very bleak for her. Then one day, she woke up on the floor of this “half-way” house (in the attic) and noticed a cockroach cross the floor…and then a light went on in her mind. Call it transformation, call it whatever you want…at that point Katie had a life breakthrough. She discovered the root of her unhappiness and her life changed forever.

What Katie discovered is that our thinking is the cause of our suffering. She developed “The Work” to help cut through our thinking and get to the real truth, the present, so that we can relieve the mental weight and suffering we carry on our shoulders. “The Work” simply consists of 4 questions you can apply to your thoughts or beliefs, and it will strip away the unnecessary, and create inner freedom. To watch Katie use “The Work” on live people, simply visit YouTube.com and put in her name. It’s amazing how, in a matter of minutes, she can transform people’s thinking with her simple process.

8. Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes

hope and help for your nervesEveryone of us usually faces anxiety at some point in our lives. In fact, anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders in the USA. This can include generalized anxiety or panic attacks. Personally, I know what both feel like and I can tell you…it’s miserable. It can seriously take over your life in a hurry. At one point, I was getting therapy, trying medications, and reading book after book on anxiety. There were many good ones, but this one, Hope and Help For Your Nerves simply rose above the rest. Written by Dr. Claire Weekes, Hope and Help For Your Nerves shows why we are anxious, what is going on internally, and most of all…simple and effective ways to overcome anxiety and panic. It can be a lifesaver for anyone with anxiety. Everything you need is covered in this little book and I highly recommend it.

9. The Bible

holy bibleThe Bible, the greatest selling book in the world, the Word of God, what hasn’t been said about this book. Now, I know this is touching on one’s own religion and beliefs, but The Bible truly is an amazing, life changing book. Simple call it the handbook to one’s soul, a guidebook for proper living, and the breath of God.

Powerful, mind blowing, and always relevant.

I consider myself a Christian, so of course The Bible speaks true to me. But then again, I’m an avid fan of Buddhism as well. So I consider myself a…Christian Buddhist. :)

I know this book selection is a bit controversial, but I had to add it as it is the greatest “book” of all time.

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this list. I do think many of these books can serve you well and be life-changing. I know they have changed mine for the better, without a doubt, and many of them I return to again and again. They are like close friends that will always be with me over the course of my journey through this thing called life.

So now my question goes to you (the reader)…

What books have changed YOUR life?

I would love to hear what you have to say!

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Posted on July 22, 2009

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15 Responses to “9 Books That Can Change Your Life”
  1. Books 1, 3, and 7 have definitely changed my life. I need to check out the other books you’ve listed here and see if I can change even more! Thanks for the great list!!
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  2. Karen says:

    Hi Dayne,

    Great list you have here… I would add A New Earth. That one really shifted my view of the ego. I just downloaded the audio of The Power of Now. I know, I’m reading them backwards.. :) The Tao te Ching is of course life changing…and I need to check out Byron Katie per your suggestion! Enjoyed the post. :)

  3. Jen says:

    Hi Dayne,

    Thanks for the books list. I have 1, 3 and 9. Reading Tolle the power of now really an eye opener =) However, to pick one book that “saved” me from my deep depression and bring back my hope and consciousness is a book called “Return to love” written by Marianne Williamson – this is one book that literally transformed my whole life from a state of hell =)

    Recently I am reading another two books by Byron Katie:
    1) I need your love – Is that True?
    2) Change your thinking, change your world.

    Byron techniques are so simple but really work amazingly. Just by questioning our thnknng we can turn things around. Really a wow, quite a life changing to me!


  4. Hey Jen, thanks for the comment! I actually own ” A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson but have not got around to that one. I’ve heard it is her masterpiece. I will for sure have to check out “Return to Love” and that second Byron Katie book, “Change Your Thinking, Change Your World”. I didn’t know she had a new one out! :) I agree with you 100%…her process of “The Work” is so simply amazing. Be sure to also check out, “A Thousand Names for Joy”. It is fantastic as well.

    Once again, thanks for visiting and commenting!

    Take care,

  5. Jen says:

    Hi Dayne,

    Thanks for introducing the book “it works”, I had just got it downloaded from internet! It is hard to find from the local book store as it is a 100 years old masterpiece =) Simple reading and I am going to follow the 3 instructions from today onwards and see how it works =)

    Btw, the book by Katie is titled “Question Your Thinking, Change The World” published 2007

    This little book full with powerful quotations for areas of relationship, health, parent & children, work & money and self realization. What I found awesome about the book is it will really serve as quick reminder whenever I hit or feel down I will flip to the topic related. Read couples of pages by questioning my mindset then I will feel better & back to a more conscious self. I am carry it with me in my back pack everyday when I am going to work =)


  6. tanvi says:

    i think issing in the list is paulo coelho’s tha alchemist…..a great book that has the power to inspire millions of peopel.

  7. bojangle says:

    Letters to a young poet – Rainer Rilke

    “Search into the depths of Things: there, irony never descends – and when you arrive at the edge of greatness, find out whether this way of perceiving the world arises from a necessity of your being. For under the influence of serious Things it will either fall away from you (if it is something accidental), or else (if it is really innate and belongs to you) it will grow strong, and become a serious tool and take its place among the instruments which you can form your art with.”

    Everything written by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Especially the essays: Self-reliance, American Scholar, Love, Heroism.

    “But he, in his private observatory, cataloging obscure and nebulous stars of the human mind which as yet no man has thought of as such – watching days and months, sometimes, for a few facts; correcting still his old records – must relinquish display and immediate fame. In the long period of his preparation he must betray often an ignorance and shiftlessness in popular arts, incurring the disdain of the able who shoulder him aside. Long he must stammer in his speech; often forego the living for the dead. Worse yet, he must accept – how often! – poverty and solitude. For the ease and pleasure of treading the old road, accepting the fashions, the education, the religion of society, he takes the cross of making his own, and, of course, the self-accusation, the faint heart, the frequent uncertainty and loss of time, which are the nettles and tangling vines in the way of the self-relying and self-directed; and the state of virtual hostility in which he seems to stand to society, and especially to educated society. For all this loss and scorn, what offset? He is to find consolation in exercising the highest functions of human nature. He is one who raises himself from private consideration and breathes and lives on public and illustrious thoughts. He is the world’s eye. He is the world’s heart… Whatsoever oracles the human heart, in all emergencies, in all solemn hours, has uttered as its commentary on the world of actions – these he shall receive and impart.” – american scholar

    These as well as The Davinci Method and a modern version of the Holy Bible have transformed my existence from one of fear to one of courage.

  8. John Luff says:

    Excellent Post & Article. Glad to share:

    1.) Aztec by Gary Jennings – Instilled a sense of adventure, philosophy, and entrepreneurship that has been unmatched by anything else. Inspired me to continue learning and truly set me off on traveling, taking risks, further learning, and living life to the fullest. Immense impact on the direction of my life thus far.

    2.) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – Incredible book on capitalism and a story that contains the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Our country’s people would benefit from reading this one.

    3.) Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – Perhaps the best inspirational work of literature ever published. Need help setting goals, determining how to get the most out of life, and living a life of purpose – this one’s for you.

    4.) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – Amazing story that contains deep words of wisdom and philosophy. The tale of a man’s journey from a maximum security prison in Australia to his escape to India where he lives a life of crime and philanthropy. One of the best stories I’ve ever heard or read. Period.

    5.) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – A book full of lessons on how to conduct yourself and get the most out of your relationships with people. If everyone read this book the world would be a significantly better and more pleasant place to live.

  9. Will Fleeger says:

    Our politicians seriously should fully grasp the admonishment coming from the credit bureaus, those that operate as a young child then you will be made to take the implications of your idiotic steps.

  10. Yury says:

    Hello, Dayne, thank you for sharing the list!
    I think God, Love and Truth are the most important things that change people’s lives.
    By the way, I personally was highly inspired by ‘Anastasia’, the first volume of the Ringing Cedars Series of one Russian writer, Vladimir Megre. I highly recommend you to try it!

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