I have always been a reader. My earliest memory of reading was when I was 3 or 4 and my mom was covering the left page of a book about a fox because she didn't want me to guess what it said from the picture - she wanted me to phonically understand the words. Thank you mom, from the bottom of my nerdy heart.
I clearly have no shortage of books to recommend, as there is a whole page dedicated to it here. You'll notice I didn't recommend any fiction - I only included books that led me to this niche of my current world, but rest assured there is a lengthy list of fictitious tales that I have read more than once too. What can I say? When I like something I really, really like it. Which is why I wanted to put together a list of books that I not only recommend, but find so beneficial that I have them on constant rotation in my self progression mental library.
For your viewing pleasure, the top 6 books I have on constant repeat.
6. The Slight Edge by Darren Hardy
This book was recommended by my very first real boss. I admire this man to this day and he taught me so much about putting my mind to something and achieving it. I will never forget the lessons I learned working at Vivax.
I think I have read this book 5 or 6 times, and I take something new from it every time. The main idea is that small actions performed consistently over time will compound and leave you with astonishing results. It's literally the philosophy behind all of ACE Movement - actually now that I think about it, it's really one of the philosophies I live my life by.
It's not religious or spiritual at all, and it's broken down into easily applicable steps. It has changed my life and if I hadn't accidentally given it away when I sold everything, I would still be reading it as we speak.
5. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
I view Norm (yes, I call him "Norm") as my 5th grandpa I never had. His advice is invaluable and he is just the smartest, cutest minister. I mean google him. He's a happy dude.
I have taken a number of tidbits from quite a few of his books, but to me, this is the best place to start. It was a book I stumbled upon during the closet floor days where I would cry and beg for answers, any answers, that would give me truth and make me joyful again. Ironically, the next two books I came across were from a minister (this one) and a married couple technically channeling non human energies (coming up on the list). But hey, when you pray and are given answers, you don't ask - you just read.
This book opened my eyes to how similar all religions are, and how similar prayers and affirmations are. Whether you are using affirmations from a book that has no religious affiliation, or you are reciting bible verses from Norm himself, you are in essence, flooding your mind with positivity. And that was life changing for me. Life changing enough that I re read one of Norm's books at least once a year. Not to mention this dude was ahead of his time (in my opinion). The 80's were so conservative, and I would imagine a minister in the 80's to follow suit. But he proves himself to be supremely open minded to all positivity in many forms, which is a trend you will see in the following authors as well.
4. You are Here by Thich Nhat hanh
Once again, a book from the good old closet crying days. This is a book based on buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness. Thich Nhat Tanh encourages you to eat your food with appreciation and slow down and marvel at the wonder of you body's breath. He goes over the basics of walking meditation and mindfully harnessing your presence.
This book gives you easy to follow mantras and processes for dealing with stress. This book also pulled me out of my depression. I would drive my car to a parking lot for lunch and sit in the sun and recite his meditations/mantras just to keep myself together. Whenever I would get overwhelmed I would stop what I was doing and start reciting his suggestions. It worked.
I revisit the teachings of this book quite often and have recommended it to many.
3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
I read this book every New Years. It's so simple and resonates SO deeply in my soul. It is life changing advice that I come back to every year at which point I never fail to say to myself "How could I forget that, it's so easy and makes so much sense."
Don's teachings are based on Toltec Wisdom, and once again, if you take the teachings for what they really are, they are very in line with the Buddhism and Christian teachings I have already mentioned.
One of the most important lessons I take from this book every year is not taking things personally. How someone treats you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. And that my friends, is some freeing shit.
2. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
This book gave me the mantra I say every single time I feel a feeling that I don't like: "I choose love." Over and over and over and over. Because love is always true. Love is always light. Love is always our home base. We just have to keep reminding ourselves of that.
Once again, readers should be ready to go into this book with an open mind. Some of it can be out there, but that's where the gold is. I am currently reading it again for the 4th time and I am still making notes as feverishly as I was the first time. It just never gets old.
1. The Law of Attraction: Esther and Abraham Hicks
I saved the most "out there" one for last. This book isn't for anyone new to their spiritual path, or anyone who is locked into one way of thinking about God. But I couldn't leave it off the list. Once again, I have read this book at least 3 times and am reminded of it's resonance every single time.
This is the grand daddy of all closet crying books. It literally picked me up off the floor and gave me hope. It gave me my power back. It challenged how I viewed God and my existence. It made me stretch my mind around ideas I have never contemplated before. It's a book I am hesitant to recommend because it is pretty bat shit crazy - but it worked for me and it works every time I read it.
Okay I have one more: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
You have probably heard of this one. It's a classic. Stephen Covey kind of reminds me of Norm. He just oozes old fashioned values that simultaneously aren't limited by a closed mind. I love that he is a Mormon and he doesn't preach that it's the only way to live a virtuous and fulfilling life. Just like Norm, this dude gets it and just like Darren Hardy, he breaks the book down into easily definable steps which makes my type A self do a little happy dance.
Full disclosure, this is one I haven't read completely through multiple times, but I crack it open for words of wisdom when I need it, so I couldn't not throw it on here.
So there you have it! I feel like there is joke in here...like "A minister, a Buddhist, an energy channeler, and a Mormon walk into a bar..." No? Just me? Okay, I'll just leave that there then.
Do you ever read books more than once? Any chance they were any of these? Or is it just me? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations as I am always searching for something new to read in between reading the same shit over and over!