Beautiful Book List


You want books? I got books.

My Top Three:

–       The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO by Robin Sharma (life/spiritual): I read this while I was on my travels, at the time I was going through a bit of a tough time mentally (weird considering I was traveling through the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canada), and so I decided to start this book. It was so easy to read, so relevant, instantly made me feel better about the way I felt and where I was going. Highly highly recommend.

–       The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer (spiritual): Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.

–       Emotional Agility by Susan David (mental health): The path to fulfillment is never a straight line ask anyone who has achieved their biggest goals or who thrives in their relationships, and you’ll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who rise to these challenges and those who get derailed? Emotional agility. This is four-step approach to navigating life’s twists and turns.

–       What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey (beginner/life): An easy read, perfect for someone just starting to get into self development books. From all Oprah’s experiences, she has learned powerful life lessons. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves.

–       The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma (beginner/life): This book tells the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us all to develop joyful thoughts, follow our life's mission and calling, cultivate self-discipline, act courageously, calue time as our most important commodity, nourish our relationships, and live fully one day at a time.

–       Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman (story style/life): I was captivated by this book!!! It made me feel free from worrying about the small things. Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him.

–       The Big Leap by Gay Hendrick (life/business): If you've ever had self sabotaging thoughts like "life is so great right now, it's only a matter of time before something goes wrong" then go and buy this book and read it immediately. The Big Leap demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs.

–       A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (advanced self-development/spiritual): Not one to read if you're new to spirituality and self development but this one’s a game changer. Seriously changed my whole mindset towards life. Eckhart Tolle explains how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows us how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

–       The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (easy spiritual/life): Easy, practical, and makes this crazy thing we call life much more simple and enjoyable. The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable with your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.

–       The Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris (mental health): One of the best books I’ve read to help to stop resisting uncomfortable feelings like pain, grief, frustration and learn how to work with all your emotions. Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness, ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

–       How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (business): Best business book I've read, hands down. You can go after the job you want, and get it. You can take the job you have, and improve it. You can take any situation you're in, and make it work for you. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

–       Daring Greatly by Brenè Brown (adversity): Basically anything by Brenè is a winner. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether it is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

–       Playing Big by Tara Mohr (business): Business + Women + Inner Critic. Probably the book I used the most in my personal and work life. Tara Mohr has devised a proven way for you to achieve your dreams by playing big from the inside out. Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action. While not all women aspire to end up in the corner office, every woman aspires to something. Playing Big fills a major gap among women’s career books; it isn’t just for corporate women. The book offers tools to help every woman play bigger—whether she’s an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.

–       Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne W. Dyer (spiritual): Wayne spent one entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu’s messages, practicing them each day and ultimately writing down these essays as he felt Lao-tzu wanted you to know them. This is a work to be read slowly, one essay a day. As Wayne says, “This is a book that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you’ll live in a new world aligned with nature. Writing this book changed me forever, too. I now live in accord with the natural world and feel the greatest sense of peace I’ve ever experienced. I’m so proud to present this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, and offer the same opportunity for change that it has brought me.”

–       The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (goals): Most life-planning tools focus on external attainment and results. Which is valuable. Getting results is what moves your life forward. Except that most goal-setting systems fail to harness the most powerful driver behind any aspiration: your preferred feelings. The purpose of The Desire Map is to ultimately help you remember your light, your true nature, your source.

–       The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō: This book takes tidying to a whole new level. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international best seller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home - and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

–       You can heal your life by Louise Hay (self-love): Okay. If you don’t know, NOW YOU KNOW. Louise is the bomb diggity. This book covers all things positive from affirmations to gratitude to self-love to healing the physical body with thought. Filled with practical tools and knowledge to help you work through any resistance or blocks in your life.

–       Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (adversity): All about having the courage to stand on your own, for what you believe in. How to have integrity and courage in everything you do.

–      Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer (self-love): If you’re plagued by guilt or worry and find yourself unwittingly falling into the same destructive patterns, then you have “erroneous zones”. Perhaps you feel you have no control over your feelings and reactions – Dyer shows HOW you can take charge of yourself and manage how much you will let difficult times and people affect you.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (racism/diversity): An amazingly written book about the British society's avoidance of race and the complexities and effects of racism. This book heavily focuses on looking beyond obvious hate speech/actions/crimes to acknowledge structural racism. Enlightening, hard-hitting, and educational. Highly recommend!!

I shall continue to add to this as I read more wonderful books :)

Courtney Durr