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10 Great Self-Help Books That Everyone Should Read

Updated on October 23, 2011

Some great self-help books everyone should read.

Self help is the best help; God helps those who help themselves, etc. these are familiar phrases that most people heard growing up. These days there are a number of self help books available in the market. Self help books give you insights and knowledge you seek. You can read at your pace, and if you don’t like what you read, you can simply put it away till next time. They really give you value for money, in fact I would go further to say, what they give you far outweighs what you paid for them. The knowledge the authors share with you is truly priceless! I am listing some books or rather the authors that I think everyone should read here. I would like to also add that each person may get something different from the same book. All books I recommend talk about the power of the mind and the importance of positive thinking in order to heal and make changes in your life, and all of these I have in my personal library.

1) You can heal your life- Louise Hay.

This is an amazing book written by Louise Hay. It gives you fabulous information and insights on how you have created your life so far and how you can heal your life, your relationships, your prosperity etc. She first wrote and published a booklet titled- heal your body. This booklet outlines the thought patterns that create various illnesses or diseases in the body and also the healing thoughts that one must now think in order for the illness of disease to be healed. You can heal your life is a much more comprehensive book.

2) The power of intention - Dr. Wayne Dyer

In this book, Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about the role that “intention” plays in our lives. Many of us want to change our lives, we talk about it, we may set goals but we do not get very far unless we use what he calls the power of intention. He has described intention a force that exists in the universe as an invisible field of energy and how to activate this force to help you co-create your world your way. He has written many other books I found useful; among them are: Living in inspiration, Manifest your destiny and Getting in the gap.

3) Creative visualization - Shakti Gawain

In this book, Shakti describes how to manifest things that you are wishing for in your life. It is a step by step guide to use visualization as a technique to help you make the changes you have wished for.

4) The Answer - John Assaraf and Murray Smith

Both these authors offer the reader a guide to achieving financial freedom and living an extraordinary life. The book gives fantastic insights on how new thoughts create new pathways in the brain. How new ideals must first be accepted by the brain before you can successfully act on them. They also give you wonderful strategies on business plans and increasing your income levels. The book teaches you how to use the law of attraction to create the business of your choice and how to develop the mindset of a millionaire.

5) The monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma

This is a very well-known book that presents spiritual insights in the form of a story or a fable. It is one of the best sellers in the market, and that speaks for itself. It is in this book I first read the importance of “empty your cup” and also the adage- when the student is ready, the teacher appears!

6) Feel the fear and do it anyway: Susan Jeffers

In this book, Susan Jeffers describes how most of us lack the confidence we need to in order do do things we always dreamed of doing. How fear puts obstacles in our way. She has aptly titled her book- feel the fear and do it anyway!

7) Ageless Body Timeless mind: Deepak Chopra

Doesn’t everyone crave eternal youth? Most people fear old age as there seems to be nothing to stop age advancing and the damage caused to our bodies by old age.. In this book Deepak Chopra enlightens you to the fact that ageing is more of a choice. He explains how our attitudes towards ourselves can change the way we age.

8) The Secret: Rhonda Byrne

This book shot to fame overnight and so did the DVD. This book also talks of the power of creative visualization.

9) The power of the Subconscious mind- Dr. Joseph Murphy

As the title suggests, this books helps you unleash the power of your subconscious mind to help you achieve the results you desire.

10) Healing Mantras- Thomas Ashley-Farrand

In this book, the author describes and teaches you how to use the power of sound and sanskrit mantras for personal power, creativity and healing. The mantras are given in the book, most of them are quite easy to learn and say. He has also given easy phonetic spellings so you can get the pronounciation right.


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    • Vibhavari profile image

      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi Divya,

      Thank you for leaving your feedback. I have read the books that you mention and they do help you to understand so many dynamics of your relationships.

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      Divya 7 years ago

      Just got crazy after reading Many lives many many masters,only love is real..etc..Author DrBrianWiess ...Strongly recommended to all must read ...i bet u cant stop reading...

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      hi Moktaruzzaman,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your feedback.

      I appreciate it.

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      Moktaruzzaman 7 years ago

      Hi Vibhabari ( In Bangla Bivabori means Night)

      Thanks for your well written hubs. You wrote that" God helps those who help themselves, etc. these are familiar phrases that most people heard growing up"

      It is the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him)

      The original Hadith (Saying) was "Allah wouldn’t help that nation, who wouldn’t help themselves"

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi DREAM ON, Thanks for stopping by.

      I agree with you when you say that some books need to be read over and over again as sometimes one misses some information that was always there in the books because at the time you read it you were not ready for that bit of information.

      Books like 'You can heal your life' are really a treasure!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I also do enjoy many books you have listed.I am curious how many books people have in their own home libraries.I can never seem to get enough.For me even if it was the same thing another author told me.It sometimes takes me lots of repetition for it to really sink in.I have only become more enlightened and smarter because of what I have learned.Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful hub.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi selfbetter, Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it.

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      selfbetter 7 years ago

      Thank you for your recommendations, Vibhavari. Many self help books have quite annoying style but some are really useful. And there are few that are just priceless, so it's always good to hear what smart people recommend.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi Sameer,

      thank you for stopping by. Yes, The power of the subconscious mind is an amazing book. gives you so many tips on how to get you mind working for you..

      and sorry for the delay in replying, I was out of town and away from the compputer..

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      Sameer 7 years ago


      The power of the subconscious mind is indeed the best book i've ever read i was just wondering that this book title mus be there in this list and there it was.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi DanPowers,

      thank you for sharing your views. I do agree that self help books were the best thing that happened to me.

      another one I can recommend is - Question your thinking, change the world by byron katie.

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      DanPowers 7 years ago from Tokyo

      What does LondonGirl know? A certain self help book actually changed my life. Now I can't get enough of them.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Randy, Thank you for the suggestions, I've read the one by Dale Carnigie, shall check out the one by Maxwell Maltz.

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      Randy Kadish 8 years ago

      I think two of the best ever are the classics, How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Mike,

      You are welcome! I have read more books since ten and maybe will publish another hub about them... :)

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      Mike Dennis 8 years ago

      wonderful suggestions. Thank you. I have many of the books you recommended and constantly recommend them to clients and friends. namaste!

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Mike

      Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for your recommendation, will check out Feeling good by David Burns too..

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      m3941 8 years ago

      Interesting list! Perhaps Feeling Good by David Burns is on a more mundane level, but it is my number one suggestion.


      Mike Miller, PhD

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Floppy / Florin,

      thank you for your feedback. and Thank you for sharing other self help books, I will checkout the 11 forgotten laws of attraction. This law of attraction fascinates me no end!

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      floppy 8 years ago from romania

      The Secret changed my life. I can also share with you the Awakening Course by Joe Vitale and the 11 Forgotten Laws of Attraction by Bob Proctor and Mary Morrissey. I've created a hub based on the 11 laws. Check it out if you have some time.

      Thanks again for sharing this valuable info,


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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi tdarby,

      You are welcome. I love reading and sharing what touches my heart!

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      tdarby 8 years ago

      I loved The Answer. A great follow up book after I read The Secret and felt like I had missed what the secret was. The Answer really gave it up. Power of Intention was also fantastic. Thanks for sharing, I am sure I will read some of the other titles on the list.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Jo, Thank you for stopping by and I'm so happy you found this hub great. I think my life has changed ever since I read louise hay's you can heal your life. I Learnt how my thoughts create my experience. That you can change your life, one thought at a time.

      I also have read 'Embraced by the Light' and I just got more thirsty to know what our origins really are.

      SO here's to more happy reading and learning!

      Love and god bless.

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      Jo Brown 8 years ago from North of the Border

      My first introduction to a greater life was through the book "Embraced by the Light" by Betty Eadie. After that I read "Real Magic" by Wayne Dyer.

      I've been hooked ever since, and the most remarkable things have happened to me since getting into the helpful concepts of these authors and speakers.

      They are all so bold and wonderful. "Feel the Fear and do it Anyway." That's how I live life now. I couldn't do it any other way anymore.

      Thanks for a great hub.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi, Thanks for stopping by. and of course you are entitled to your opinion; but many people I know have gained a great deal of knowledge, tips and self improvement techniques from them. I personally have gained a lot- especially from Louise Hay, dr Wayne dyer and many others.

      Also each writer has his/her own style of writing that may not appeal to all palates, but each has their own niche audience.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I don't think self-help books are terribly useful. Most are bland and patronising.