All it takes is a well-crafted phrase or a real life inspirational story to invoke a powerful feeling within, make us see things from a different perspective, or spur us into action. Reading is an enjoyable way in which we can continue to learn and open our minds to a world of endless possibility and wonder. This wonderful story told as a fable includes simple but effective lessons for improving your life. A beautiful and life affirming nonfiction novel which recounts the story and teachings of a dying man as told to a former student in his final weeks.
This allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho is an inspirational bestselling classic which projected Coelho and his work into the limelight.
This inspirational book chronicles the experiences of Viktor Frankl during his time as an inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. A modern day tale full of wisdom and insight, this extraordinary and entertaining book is a modern day inspirational fairy tale for the open minded. Now a series of inspirational books, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a brilliant collection of inspirational stories for the dark times in your life. Apparently this is one of Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite books, and if that’s not reason enough to read it then I don’t know what is. This book provides insights and inspirations on how to live the life of a peaceful warrior. The remarkable story of the life of Christopher Reeve, known for his on screen role of Superman, and how he had to become his own superhero after being thrown from a horse and breaking his neck. Written by the champion of positive thinking, this inspirational book is a hard to beat timeless classic which helped spark a whole new genre of self-help philosophy. This magical and original work covers spiritual grace, acts of kindness, gratitude compassion and empowerment.
This is a wonderful and uplifting collection of poems that you can dip into time and time again.
Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic has certainly stood the test of time, it is not just about growing materially rich, but you can also apply the teachings in this book to be successful in other areas of your life. This is one of those books which you will always want to have around so that you can dip into time and time again. Despite being born with no arms or legs, Nick Vujicic lives an incredible life, inspiring and motivating people around the globe. This internationally acclaimed best seller has literally inspired millions to ’feel the fear and do it anyway’.
Self- understanding, fulfillment and spiritual growth are the order of the day for this classic which has been known as the self-help book for people who don’t read self-help books.  Starting with the words ’Life is difficult’ this book takes you on a profound journey. Written by the giant of motivation and inspirational books himself, this books acts as a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals. We really are into heavy weight territory of inspiration and amazing real life stories when it comes to Nelson Mandela.
This novel is the story of a 9 year old German boy growing up during World War II, it tells the sad and poignant story of the son of a high ranking SS officer who forms a friendship with a Jewish boy of the same age, who is an inmate at Auschwitz. This hugely influential autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou describes the struggles she endures from an early age and her passage into growing into a young woman.  It can be an uncomfortable read at times but it also takes you beyond the darkness as the book also instills a powerful sense of hope in the reader.  Who can fail to be inspired by the life of Maya Angelou? No list of inspirational books is complete without a work by this generation’s master of spirituality. Written initially to promote the welfare of horses, this incredibly brave, beautiful and heart wrenching book tells the story of a horse’s life as seen through the eyes of a horse. This book will change the way you look at your life and truly make you feel blessed for every day. This book, which is an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners, uses A. This is a beautiful inspirational book about self-fulfillment and enlightenment, the book takes you on a spiritual journey to seek the meaning of life as it tells the story of a young man who sets out to find a deep inner happiness and wisdom, but not without first experiencing suffering. This fable is about a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food and decides he will learn to fly. This American classic explores the effects of prejudice and intolerance, courage and compassion perhaps more than any other.
In this book Earl Nightingale shares the key difference why some people succeed and some don’t.
This is the inspirational book which tells the true and incredible life story of a man who knows no limits. The author of this book was once a doorman at some of Britain’s roughest nightclubs.  Now a world-renowned martial artist and prolific writer, in this book he shares his secrets for overcoming fears in order to enable others to live their life to the fullest. A well-loved classic and of course the title gives away what this book is all about; in short it covers the Dalai Lama’s views about happiness and human nature. This book is about the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness known as Ho?oponopono. An inspiring, poignant and moving autobiography of a remarkable man who saw himself as ordinary. One of the most inspiring figures in history, this book tells the story of Gandhi’s life in his own words.
When Randy Pausch, a computer science lecturer at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give a lecture entitled ’The Last Lecture’, he didn’t need to use his imagination much because he had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Following an accident which claimed the life of his friend, and nearly his own, Danny Bader found himself thrust back into his own life where he struggled to find purpose and meaning in his day to day life. This great and sassy book challenges people to live the fabulous lives they have always wanted. This story was originally a novella from a collection called ’Different Seasons’, which went on to be made into a fil, which was nominated for seven academy awards. The source of these inspirational teachings gives the game away a bit, so you know this book is straight from the heart and will truly touch the hearts of all who read it. Just thinking about the motivational powerhouse that is this book makes my hairs stand up on end. You might be wondering how an historical novel about slavery could possibly be an inspiring read, but once you have read this beautifully profound and moving book you will wonder no more. Most of us are now familiar with the concept of what we think we become, but what about our dreams?
It’s not every day you get to read a book penned by a Roman Emperor, but this book and its teachings are as relevant today as when the great Emperor wrote it somewhere between the years 170 and 180 C.E. This is the moving story of a shy yet intelligent teenage boy’s life as told in the letters he writes to an unknown recipient.
If you want to read something refreshing, inspiring, challenging and totally unconventional, then this is the book for you.
This book is full of inspirational daily reminders that you can dip into time and time again. This is one of my all-time favorite books; it’s one that I have read many times over, and I always get something different from it each time I read it. As autobiographies go, you don’t get more awe-inspiring than the incredible life of Helen Keller, the deaf and blind woman who went on to inspire many. Although this book seems to combine the teachings of other classic spiritual and law of attraction type works, this inspirational and powerful book about setting intentions truly has the power to change your life.
In this mesmerizing book, one of the last full-blooded Muskogee Creek native American Indian Shaman’s shares his philosophy for living a simple, fulfilled and happy life. At first, this book might not seem anyone’s first choice to be on an inspirational book list. In this book, the author describes the Four Agreements, what they are and how to apply them to your life.


This amazing, heartfelt and inspirational book is written by a woman who worked in palliative care and whose own life was transformed by those she cared for – the dying. This is a book for both those who don’t know anything about man’s best friend and dog lovers alike.
As well as being an avid reader, Eleanor is also a big time animal lover; especially of dogs. This book was written to help anyone change their life by investing in true, tried, and tested principles of success that are available to everyone.
The books on the following list have been chosen because they have inspired many people and continue to have a positive impact on those that read them. It tells the story of an attorney who finds himself on a life changing odyssey, and is worded in a way you are unlikely to forget.
This inspirational book and memoir covers the conversations between the two men and Morrie’s thoughts and philosophy on life. Based on seven natural laws and ancient Vedic wisdom this book can put you on the path to eternal happiness.
Despite the suffering and horror he witnesses, in this book Frankl shares the lessons he learned for spiritual survival.
Brought to you by two of America’s best loved inspirational speakers; heartwarming and motivational stories don’t get much better than this. Following on from Millman’s international best seller ’The Way of the Peaceful Warrior’, this inspirational book takes the teachings in the classic novel one step further. You can read this book a hundred times over and still learn something new and wonderful each time you read it. Peale’s ‘think positive’ teachings have enabled people to apply these concepts into daily situations and helped change their lives for the better. Based on the law of attraction and positive thinking, this book shows you how applying these concepts into your life can bring about life changing health wealth and happiness.
It follows the story of a mysterious old man known as  ‘Jones’ who turns up in people’s lives and notices stuff that they miss, and then gives them the best gift of all; perspective.
The book itself was inspired by two small acts of kindness to the author, and it goes deep into the implications such actions have. It includes the world famous ’Desiderata’ which has to be one of the most inspiring poems of all time. Full of powerful information it also includes the inspirational story of the author’s life and how she cured herself from cancer.
This book tells his story of how he came to live a rich and fulfilling life and became a role model for those seeking true happiness.
There isn’t much that you can add that Susan Jeffers has not already covered in this motivational master piece. The book includes self-development techniques which actually work that you can effectively apply to your own life.
Being the author of many inspirational books, nobody does motivation better than Zig Ziglar. You don’t need to be a super achiever to live an exceptional life either; this book tells you all you need to know. This remarkable book is the autobiography of the former South African President’s life including his 27 years in prison under the apartheid regime.
It provides a unique perspective on prejudice, hatred and violence, while at the same time portraying a powerful story of innocence and hope. One of the first of its kind this book was hugely influential in shaping the self-help genre going forward.
And where better to find such inspiration than Tolle’s first and most famous book which became a word of mouth phenomenon when first published.
Sewell herself was an invalid since the age of 14 and therefore relied on horses for her own transportation. Dr Dyer has a way of making the reader feel like the most important person in the world and as if he is personally right there with you, guiding you every step of the way.  An interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, it’s difficult to find a more powerful or inspirational guide to self-improvement than this. He puts his passion into the pursuit of flying above all else and eventually his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. Told through the eyes of a child, it tells the story of Atticus Finch, an attorney, who tries to prove the innocence of a black man accused of rape in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s. Hailed by some as one of the greatest motivational and inspirational books of all time, the book’s simple but powerful message has turned many people’s lives around. Ranulph Fiennes is known as the ’world’s greatest living explorer’ and in this book you will find out why. Written in a ’tell it like it is’ fashion, it certainly punches way above its weight in the ranks of inspirational books.
As far as inspirational books go, you cannot get someone more qualified to author such a work.
This book is a real life changer and incorporates teachings about love, forgiveness and breaking away from mental constraints. A tale of endurance and triumph, this book will have you hooked from start to finish as Facey takes you through his life which includes two World Wars. It explains how he developed his concept of active non-violent resistance which propelled the Indian struggle for independence. The incredible lecture he delivered was to become a phenomenon and this book captures his humor, and courage as well as providing inspiration and principles to live by which makes it such a great read. This experience leads him to uncover five principles necessary to live a full life which she shares in this wonderful and inspiring novel.
Although written with single women in mind, everyone can benefit from the brilliant insights in this fun to read and fast paced book. Hailed as one of King’s greatest stories it is the story of a banker who is wrongly imprisoned for his wife’s murder. If you are looking to be inspired then you can’t go wrong by reading the teachings of one of the world’s most loved spiritual role models. Written by the amazing Olympic champion Dana Torres, who at the age of 41 took 3 silver medals at Beijing, years after being retired from competitive swimming, you just know this super motivator knows what she is talking about. He wrote Meditations as a source of inspiration and guidance for himself and the book itself wasn’t formerly published until the 16th century, and what a blessing that was. This coming of age story is really a story about appreciating life and realizing that all moments are special; it’s about loving and sometimes losing, moving on, and most of all its about living. There are plenty of books out there about leadership skills, but what book do you read to actually inspire you to become a leader in the first place?
Here, she describes her youth and how, with the help of a wonderful teacher, she learns about language. It truly is a testament of hope; an inspiring volume of the writings and speeches of the ‘King’ of civil rights activism. In this book, Day sets out a process that you can follow to enable you not only to realize that you are a co-creator of your own reality, but how to put this knowledge into practice for a full and joyful life. I came across it a few years ago in a local bookshop when I was still grieving over the loss of one of my dogs. In this book, Elizabeth Whiter talks about her own inspirational story, about her work with animals, and her incredible wonder horse, Wow. It also invites the reader to explore and question his own purpose on Earth and what his legacy will be.
The story of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world does not make for easy reading – especially when you have a brilliant and gifted writer like McCarthy, drawing you in and painting a bleak and frightening landscape, all done with an eerily poetic ease.
This book of wisdom from the greatest martial artist who ever lived is one for everyone’s bookshelf.


In this book, she charts her own personal journey along with the stories of those she looked after where she was to gain insight into things people regretted before they died. It is the heartfelt true story of a dog that changed the author’s life and way of thinking for the better.
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The principles and inspirational guidance given in this book will enable the reader to overcome doubts, weaknesses, and even failure in order to become what he or she was meant to become. This absolute gem of a book is enlightening, enjoyable, and profound as well as inspirational. This book makes you reflect on what is important in life and can provide you with a whole new perspective on everyday encounters.
However, this is the first of the genre and acts as a metaphor of life as the narrative take us on the journey of a shepherd boy’s quest for treasure.
Once you have read it, it’s unlikely you will forget the message; this book really will make you look at your life from a different perspective. Moving, courageous and inspirational; Reeve deserves the title of Superman based on the challenges he faced in his real life. The Prophet is a collection of teachings brought together in 26 prose poetry essays covering life and the human condition. It exposes self-help myths and provides scientifically proven and quick techniques to help you achieve your goals. In this book he encourages the reader to accept what you cannot control in life and focus instead on what you can, in the same way he has had to. If you are fearful of anything, this book will provide you with the courage to just ’do it anyway’ and reap the reward. More of a parable than a story, the novel follows the main character as he undertakes a quest to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. The advice given in this book is solid and just as relevant today as it was when it was first published, and that is why it is one of the best known motivational and inspirational books in history. Since then he has written other excellent books, but this one is the daddy of them all.  Read it, leave your ego behind, and you will find out why.
Milne‘s Winnie-the-Pooh fictional characters to help explain the basic principles of philosophical Taoism. Ultimately it is a truly inspirational tale about people following their hearts, striving for perfection, reaching their goals and making their own rules.
Since this book was first published Atticus Finch has served as a moral hero for many over the years, and in one book poll the book has been considered more inspirational than the Bible. His many exploits include being the first person ever to visit both the north and south poles by surface means, and the first to cross Antarctica on foot; on top of all this at the age of 65 he also climbed Mount Everest. Despite the hard times he faced, this incredible man never let it stop him from moving on and improving his life, this book makes you thankful for all you have.
A thought provoking and interesting read which provides an insight into the mind of this truly remarkable man. The book teaches that there is always hope, no matter what and rightly deserves a place in anyone’s list of inspirational books.
It is a brilliant portrayal of the indomitable nature of the human spirit and one of the most inspirational stories of our time.
Mother Teresa’s tireless, selfless and compassionate work for the poor and those in need, plus the wisdom she gained during her extraordinary life are included in this wonderful book, which also includes what it means to be a Christian. If you are just kidding yourself, this book will find you out.  With realistic and practical guidance on what it’s really like to reach your full potential and “find your own north star” within you, this has to be a must for anyone’s book shelf. The sheer poetry of the prose and the haunting effect if has on the reader is quite remarkable.
It has since been used by many to inspire them and is said to be Bill Clinton’s favorite book.
It tells the semi-biographical story of Dan, a popular college student and champion gymnast who feels there is something missing from his life, but he cannot figure out just what. Beautifully written, it takes the reader through the frustrations Keller endured due to her disabilities and the breakthrough that was to set her free. I deliberated about buying it as I already had a library full of books on dogs and animals. But it is more than a book on animals; it is a life changing book about healing, love, and connection to the world as a whole. Written simply but with love, great insight and gentle wisdom, this book is a highly inspirational read. At times dark and at others just down right terrifying, the ultimate message in this book is an uplifting one of love and hope. Packed with thoughts and daily affirmations from the master himself, this will truly uplift you and inspire you onward, no matter what your task.  You don’t have to be a martial arts enthusiast to take Lee’s insights and successfully apply them to your own life.
With this book, she provides guidance on how we can live ‘right’ lives and when it comes to our time to die, do so with peace of mind.  If you apply the lessons learned in this book, it will certainly change your life for the better. It is inspirational not just for the transformation in the author’s life, but because it shows us that we don’t always need to control everything. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).
The novel was not originally written for children (although it has since become a children’s classic) and at the time it was published it led to a public outcry at the way horses were treated.
Pooh the bear is used to embody simplicity and is depicted as a bear who is in tune with his natural inner self, Pooh ’just is’.  A simple yet profound work, captivating, cute and fun.
Some of it is good old-fashioned common sense, which let’s face it, in our modern stress filled lives can sometimes fly out of the window, to more scientifically researched methods…we are talking brain chemistry here. This is a book about how humans are both good and bad, and will have you thinking about it long after you have turned the last page. It is easy to read and uses some well-known stories and examples from other cultures to helpfully demonstrate how we can transform our reality and bring a better world into being. It was from this book that the following quote originated, “We accept the love we think we deserve,” and if that does not give you goose bumps then I don’t know what will.
This book is like your best friend – always on hand to provide motivation, inspiration and guidance, whatever your situation. It is not until he meets a mysterious gas station attendant named Socrates that his odyssey really begins. A powerful message of love, compassion and an important testament to what passive resistance really is; these works shine a light on humanity and justice quite unlike any other. I have read this book several times, and look forward to reading it many times more in the future.
If we just allow others to be who they truly are, they can reach their own potential, which works out best for us all.  It is a story of love, patience and understanding.
This thought-provoking and hugely inspirational book is based on a poem of the same name, and after reading will make you take a long hard look at your own life.
This is a simply sublime book and one of my personal favorites, which inspires me to make the most of my everyday reality. The book is full of wisdom and life lessons and is interwoven with the authors own personal experiences; inspirational and compassionate daily reminders for us all. What it lacks for in size, it certainly makes up for in one powerful awe inspiring message.  What will your dash mean once you are gone?



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