Are you looking for some literature to help strike a chord in you and lift you up to greater heights? Here are some of the most inspirational books.
- “The Power of Positive Thinking” – “The Power of Positive Thinking” is the "granddaddy" of the self-help movement. Written by Rev. Norman Vincent Peale in the 1950s, it has become a classic as it has helping millions overcome their problems and lead happy lives. Rev. Peale combines Christianity and modern psychology to offer guidelines for dealing with a host of problems. Peale teaches that by having faith in both yourself and God, you can break out of negative emotional and behavioral habits and lead happy, peaceful, and successful lives.
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- “The Giving Tree” – “The Giving Tree,” written by Shel Silverstein, is a poetic and moving parable with beautiful illustrations and words that deeply resonate with the reader. It follows the story of boy and a tree that keeps on giving everything he ever asks for, such as an apple, branches for making wood, or the trunk to use as a slide. The tree keeps giving and giving until the boy eventually turns into an old man, and all that is left is a trunk to sit on. While much of the meaning of the book is left open for interpretation, something that the reader can take home from the book are important lessons on unconditional love and acceptance.
- “The Art of Happiness” – The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner and spiritual and political head of Tibetan people, has written many inspirational books over the course of his lifetime. “The Art of Happiness” is the first book that was written for a wider audience. Psychologist Howard C. Cutler interviews the Dalai Lama on the subject of happiness and what it takes to lead a happy life. In a fusion of Buddhism and modern psychology, the Dalai Lama offers tips on reducing negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, and greed, while nurturing positive emotions, such as love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
- “No Greater Love” – “No Greater Love” is a collection of writings from Mother Theresa, the Nobel Peace Prize honored Catholic nun who did much charity work in Calcutta, India. While Mother Theresa is credited with many great writings, “No Greater Love” contains some of her most inspirational and intimate writings. In it she shares messages of love, forgiveness, faith, hope, and service.