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8 Books That Changed My Life

Books are one of the most precious and valuable investments one can ever make. They can lighten your mood, bring you joy, wisdom, inspiration, motivation and a lot of comfort for your soul. Books can be your best friend, your most trusted companion and a a life-saving anchor in desperate times.

No matter how buys you are and how chaotic your life is, sitting down to read for half an hour to an hour a day will go a long way in balancing your emotional well-being and your personal growth in both your private and business life.

However, it’s often difficult to comb through the myriad of books available these days, isn’t it? We are bombarded with new book releases on a daily basis and it’s not surprising that we often feel lost.

Worry not as I have my recent and not-so-recent Top 8 books for you to browse through. They’re not the typical book recommendations you read on every blog, so don’t expect to find The Alchemist or similar favorites of the world on here. No, I’ve decided to talk about books that have deeply impacted me and that have left me changed forever.

From How-to books to beautiful and fascinating biographies and novels, they’ve all helped me to take charge of my life, my future and my past. They’ve helped me to become the person that I am today, strong, happy, brave and very action-oriented. They’ve helped me to see the world in a new light and my power as a unique individual on this planet as endless. They’ve taught me to let go of destructive thought patterns, feelings of inadequacy and a lot of issues I had with money and food.

I hope they inspire you at least as much as they’ve inspired me!

The Charge by Brendon Burchard

A motivating self-improvement book that will give you plenty of new ideas to take your personal growth to a whole new level. Burchard explains the ten human drives that make us feel alive, energized and ready to take on the world. Have a sharpie ready as you’ll be wanting to remember a lot of the lessons talked about.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

A very sensitive book about human longings and the quest to live and love fully. I love Brene Brown and I find her approach of creating a whole life with rest and play, authenticity and self-love, boundaries and gratitude not only immeasurably inspiring, but also eye-opening.

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie

A story of a true heroine who escaped her nomad life right before an arranged marriage with an older guy and slowly worked her way up to the top of the modeling business. Waris Dirie now speaks up against the female genital mutilation in Somalia. I read this book when I was 11 years old and it opened my eyes for the very first time to the realities of other children’s lives and their destinies. I can honestly say that I’ve never looked at the world the same way again after being drawn into this powerful biography and witnessing the immeasurable strength with which women deal with their fates in other parts of the world.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

A powerful testimony of how every person, no matter the circumstances, no matter the past, can find his or her own path full of love, wealth and peace. Ever since I recovered from anorexia and experienced the power of positive affirmations, I’ve been convinced that we can be our own hero, no matter how sick we are. This book confirms what I’ve learned in a powerful and enlightening way. If you want to change your life, you have to change your thoughts first.

Pack Up the Moon by Anna McPartlin

The best novel I’ve read in my entire life. This novel makes you sit up and think about the fleeting nature of life in a more impacting way than anything else I’ve ever read. This novel captures you from the first word until the last page. It makes you laugh, cry, cheer, grieve and reminisce about your own life. Simply brilliant and good for your soul.

F*ck It – The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin

A book full of wisdom, insight and paradigm shifts. Parkin makes a strong case for letting go of placing so much meaning on every little nuance in life. It’s a great reminder for everyone to take a step back and focus on living instead of constantly planning, working, calculating, comparing and measuring up.

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews writes in a very simple way and I don’t always agree with what he’s saying, but this book has a very strong and oh so important call to action that this world needs more than anything right now. I’m not going to say what it is and spoil it for you, but it’s not as complex as you might believe. A great side-effect of reading this novel is the fact that you’ll learn some very interesting historical events and people. So, if you’re a sucker for history like I am, you’ll really enjoy this story.

Lost and Found by Geneen Roth

This is an amazing book that looks deep into the soul of, dare I say, most people on this planet. Roth talks about losing all of her money in the Bernard Madoff scheme and how this disaster completely changed her perception of herself. She makes a strong case for the relationship between having difficulties with money and having a very complicated relationship with food. She points out how this correlation reflects a lot of wrong and destructive beliefs we have about ourselves. If you’re ready for some very big revelations about your own issues with money and food, then this is the book to read. It’s definitely helped me to look at our finances in a more empowered way.

On to you. What are your favorite books and how have they changed your life forever?

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About Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is a body image expert, self-love advocate and the author of Love Your Body The Way It Is. Join her newsletter and receive your free 3-part video series helping you to break free from your obsession with food and your body.