I have been reading Tom Butler-Bowden’s 50 Self-Help Classics and I wanted to share with you a selection of 10 of these classics that you may or may not find interesting. I have also really enjoyed his other books 50 Psychology Classics and 50 Spiritual Classics. I love a good reading list and Bowden’s books are like deluxe reading lists – love them. They are in no particular order and the quote which follows each title is but one of Bowden’s selections for his book. If you have read any of these books please share your thoughts with me. What are some of your favourite ‘self-help’ books not on this list?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
“The best way to put the Law of Giving into operation … is to make a decision that at any time you come into contact with anyone, you will give them something. It doesn’t have to be in the form of material things; it could be a flower, a compliment, or a prayer … The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and love are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don’t cost you anything.” read more on GoodReads
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book was recommended to me while I was on my Gap year and I finally got round to reading it when I got home. I enjoyed it very much.
“He had studied Latin, Spanish and theology. But ever since he had been a child, he had wanted to know the world, and this was much more important to him than knowing God and learning about man’s sins. One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn’t want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel.” read more on GoodReads
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray
“To feel better, women talk about past problems, future problems, potential problems, even problems that have no solutions. The more talk and exploration, the better they feel. This is the way women operate. To expect otherwise is to deny a woman her sense of self.” read more on GoodReads
The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck
“Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties in life as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy.” read more on GoodReads
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C Cutler
“I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.” read more on GoodReads
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
“And I was not discourag’d by the seeming Magnitude of the Undertaking, as I have always thought that one Man of tolerable Abilities may work great Changes, & accomplish great Affairs among Mankind, if he first forms a good Plan, and, cutting off all Amusements or other Employments that would divert his Attention, makes the Execution of that same Plan his sole Study and Business.” read more on GoodReads
The Dhammapada by Eknat Easwaran
This is a short book well worth reading. Read my review.
“He who in early days was unwise but later found Wisdom, he sheds a light over the world like that of the moon when free from clouds.” read more on GoodReads
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results … We understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world—although its operation there is just as simple and undeviating—and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.” read more on GoodReads
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
“People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.” read more on GoodReads
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
“Trying to understand is like straining to see through muddy water. Be still, and allow the mud to settle. Remain still, until it is the time to act.” read more on GoodReads