21 Self-Help Books That Changed My Life Forever

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Self-help, personal development, and spiritual books have changed my life forever, and I believe this list can do the same for you. 

I have resolved my biggest emotional issues with the knowledge and understanding that I have gained over the years and put into practice. 

Along the way, I have also learned a lot of things in the areas of career, manifesting the lifestyle I want, and maintaining my health, which has greatly helped me, all thanks to the awesome life-changing books I have listed in this post.

Market Research writes that the U.S. self-improvement market was worth a staggering $9.9 billion in 2016, out of which self-improvement books represent $800 million market. And no wonder why, people want to know more about themselves, what is the point of life, why they are here, how to heal from their physical and emotional issues, and of course they want to know how to prosper in their lives and make their dreams come true. 

I wanted to know all those things too. I struggled for years.  Fast forward two decades later I have read hundreds of books and I have done years of research in my pursuit of answers. 

In this post I have put together the best self-help, spiritual, and personal development books that have been the catalyst for my healing and success. They have totally changed my life forever. I hope they will be of assistance to you too.

The books I recommend are structured into three categories, in the same way that my posts are structured on my blog:

  1. Reincarnation and Your Soul Journey
  2. Manifesting
  3. Emotional and physical healing

REINCARNATION AND YOUR SOUL JOURNEY

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Your soul journey books explore our spiritual self and the information we need to understand our soul and our true nature.

1. Conversations with God (Book 1), by Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations with God book cover, by Neale Donald WalschI first read Conversations With God Book 1 about 18 years ago, and I loved it.
About eight years ago I went through a difficult phase in my life and CWG kept coming up in my mind. I then decided to reread it.
This second time it was even more amazing than I remembered. It helped me tremendously.

I felt that I wasn’t alone and that God was really listening. It gave me a lot of comfort.

I also enjoyed reading CWG books 2 and 3, but my favorite of all three is the first one. It must have taken a lot of courage to write a book like this one. I’m very grateful to the author for stepping forward with this information.

From the same author, I also loved Home With God.

This book is such a blessing to the world.

2. Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton

journey of souls book coverThe information in Journey of Souls was life-changing for me. It totally changed how I viewed life; I was finally able to start healing from my emotional wounds.

Michael Newton, Ph.D., provides one of the most comprehensively researched sources of information I have found on reincarnation, what happens to us when we die, what transpires between lives, and how we planned several details of our future reincarnation on Earth.

He is considered a pioneer in uncovering the mysteries of life after death using hypnotherapy regression techniques.

Dr. Newton discovered that many of his patients were able to recall past-life memories as well as the planning time spent between reincarnations. With the help of his patients, Dr. Newton has documented in detail all the stages of death and birth.

You can explore his findings in Journey of Souls, Destiny of Souls, and Life between lives. I highly recommend all three books.

3. Your Soul’s Plan, by Robert Schwartz

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Your Soul’s Plan is a very thought-provoking read.

As difficult as it might be to believe, there is order in this universe, and things happen for a reason. Your higher self has a plan you might not be consciously aware of.

Your Soul’s Plan explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our most significant challenges before we’re born for our spiritual growth and soul healing.

The information about their pre-birth plans was obtained by four gifted mediums and channels. Your Soul’s Plan presents the actual conversations people had with their future parents, children, spouses, friends, and other loved ones when they planned their lives together.

I hope you read this book with an open mind and an open heart. It can bring incredible blessings to your life.

I also highly recommend Schwartz’s follow up book Your Soul’s Gift.

4. Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian Weiss

Mnay lives many masters book cover, by Brian WeissAfter reading the work of Dr. Newton (Book #2 in this guide, Journey of Souls), I became very interested in the subject of reincarnation, and I found that one of the pioneers of this work is Dr. Brian Weiss.

Weiss graduated from Columbia University and Yale Medical School and is the former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

In Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Weiss explains his astonishment when one of his patients began to recall past life traumas. During one hypnosis session, his client introduced spirit guides who had been her soul therapists between lives.

Dr. Weiss explains that bumping into these past-life traumas opened a can of worms for him because he didn’t want to feel ridiculed by his peers; however, he felt he needed to share the message with the world. Dr. Weiss was Chief of Psychiatry and had already published 37 scientific papers and book chapters in his field. He said that it took him four years to write about what happened, to garner the courage to take the professional risk of revealing this unorthodox information.

In his own words (Many Lives Many Masters, Fireside, 1998. Preface) :

I knew that no possible consequence I might face could prove to be as devastating as not sharing the knowledge I had gained about immortality and the true meaning of life.

Since writing Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Weiss has also published several more books on the subject of reincarnation and life after death.

5. A New Light on Angels, by Diana Cooper

A new light on angels coverI love all the work Diana Cooper does. I have been to one of her workshops, and I have read most of her books. She is a wonderful spiritual teacher. I have learned so much from her books.
I recommend all her work, but specifically A New Light on Angels and A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws (book #9 in this list).

A New Light on Angels was the first angel book that I bought, probably around 22 years ago (at the time it was called A Little Light on Angels).

This book teaches about angels and the fact that they are willing to help us whether we believe in them or not; all we have to do is ask.

It was a game-changer for me because when I started asking for help and saw results almost immediately.

Cooper also includes studies and stories from those who were helped by the angels, and instructions for meditations and prayers.

6. Emmanuel’s Book, by Pat Rodegast and Judith Stanton

Emmanuel's book cover by Pat RodegastI enjoy channeled materials as I usually find them to be the most enlightened work.
Emmanuel speaks to us through Pat Rodegast and shares his wisdom, love for humanity, and insights into all aspects of life.

Emmanuel’s Book is written in a Q&A format, and it answers many life questions, such as who was Jesus Christ, what is the purpose of reincarnation, how not to become embittered by painful circumstances, and much more.

After reading it I felt very inspired, protected, and loved. It is such a beautiful read. This book gives me so much comfort. Along with Conversations With God it is one of my favorite books of all times. When I’m wondering about a specific problem I open a page at random. It always helps.

Extracted from the book:

The gifts I wish to give you are my deepest love, the safety of truth, the wisdom of the Universe, and the reality of God. With these four things, nothing will deter you. You will follow your hearts swiftly to your destination, which is Home.

7. One Last Time, by John Edward

One last time book cover, by John EdwardI read One Last Time about a decade ago, and I have re-read it once since then.
John Edward is an outstanding medium and has written a very moving, comforting, and uplifting book.

Edward explains how he became a medium and how he can communicate with spirits. One Last Time contains many readings of people who have lost a loved one.
I have attended one of his live events and he was amazing. He came across very genuine, his readings were spot on, and I could tell how much he cares for people.

I have recommended and gifted this book several times.

8. The Awakener, by Sandy Stevenson

The awakener book cover by Sandy StevensonThe Awakener will particularly assist people who identify themselves as lightworkers.
The Awakener contains information about Ascension, the Earth mission, how we create our reality, the Masters and the Rays, a very useful chapter about discernment, and much more.

I read this book in two sittings, and I have re-read it again many times. The information contained in this book was a big surprise to me at the time, but it felt right.
The current Kindle version includes this book and all the articles she has written and channeled between 1995 and 2015.

From the preface:

The purest of truth is very simple and can be expressed in simple terms that all can understand. In order to be a part of the great event now happening on Earth, you do not need to be a physicist or understand any great universal mystery.
No specific religion or race holds the magic key. It is not required that you know when Atlantis sank or the significance of Sirius. You don’t need to understand leylines or what crops circles are all about. All that is required is faith and trust in the perfection of Divine order and to love unconditionally — everything, everyone, everywhere.
Every moment you move in faith, trust and love, you are changing the face of Earth and the history of the Universe.

MANIFESTING

The best way to predict the future is to create it by Abraham Lincoln

Manifesting books taught me the tools to live joyfully and successfully.

Note: When I talk about “manifesting” I mean creating abundance, joy, and happiness in every aspect of our lives: finding our purpose, creating the end of a difficult situation, getting a loan, going to college, or improving our self-esteem.
In particular, I list the books that have helped me succeed in my career and have the confidence to know I can dream and attract wonderful things in my life.

9. A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws, by Diana Cooper

A little light on spiritual laws, by Diana CooperA Little Light on the Spiritual Laws is a must-have book to understand all the spiritual laws which govern life on Earth.

It teaches you how you can achieve happiness, prosperity, and success in an easy and simple to understand format, while also understanding other laws such as the laws of karma, discrimination, and responsibility, which go hand in hand.

This book sheds light on universal truths and contains numerous true stories that are uplifting and support the teachings of the book.

A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws contains 36 Laws split in 4 sections:

  1. The Basic Laws of Life
  2. The Laws of Creation
  3. The Laws of Higher Awareness
  4. The Laws of Higher Frequency

A must-have, wonderful book.

10. Ask and It Is Given, by Esther Hicks

Ask and it is given book cover by Esther Hicks - the teachings of AbrahamI own many books by this author. I love them all, but this is the first one I bought, and I think it is the best.

Ask and It Is Given sounds a little bit like pie in the sky type of New Age promise, but this book is incredible.

The first twenty chapters (Part I) give you an introduction to what the teachings of Abraham are, the importance of feeling good, how our thoughts influence everything around us (and how to pick better feeling thoughts), and explains really well the Law of Attraction.

Part II of this book contains 22 processes (exercises and tools) to help you get what you want and feel great in the waiting process.

Another life-changing gem. I love it.

11. The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield

The Success principles book cover by Jack CanfieldIf you are wondering what type of transformational/ personal growth type of book to buy without getting more deeply into spiritual subjects don’t look any further. This is it.

The Success Principles work. You will not find a single book that compiles everything together in such an orderly and coherent way.

The book is well written and inspirational. It contains 67 principles and practices used by the world’s most successful men and women, split into six sections:

1) The fundamentals of success 
2) Transform yourself for success
3) Build your success team
4) Create successful relationships
5) Success and money
6) Success in the digital age

You will have to buy many books, read many articles, and listen to countless podcasts to find anywhere near as much relevant content.

This book is long (624 pages) but worth every single one.

12. Creating Money, by Sanaya Roman

Creating money attracting abundance book cover by Sanaya RomanThis book is another gem I found many years before I ever read The Success Principles mentioned earlier.
Creating Money will teach you advanced manifesting techniques, how to use magnetism to attract clients, people and things you want, and the spiritual laws of abundance.

You will also find several wonderful exercises to discover what you want, follow your inner guidance, and allow success among many others. It has a specific chapter about coming out of survival.

Creating Money doesn’t just teach you about attracting money, you can also attract wonderful relationships or the career you want.

This book is a great companion to The Success Principles (book #11 in this list) because it concentrates on the energy aspect of manifesting which is usually ignored but is vital for success.

13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

The life changing magic of tyding up by Marie KondoMinimalism and decluttering have become very popular, but The Life-Changing Of Tidying Up stands out from any other I have read on the subject.
Kondo explains that the key to happiness is to keep the things that bring us joy personally and to discard the rest.

The idea is that we concentrate on what we want to keep.

She explains six rules for tidying up, which I thought were very clever and they worked well for me.

The first time I did a good clear-out I felt like a significant burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I was so relieved to finally part with things I had been keeping needlessly for decades “just in case.” It was cluttering my living space and my mind, yet I had not been noticing that.

In a study called Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex, researchers found that when our environment is cluttered, the visual chaos restricts our ability to focus, and our brain is unable to process information easily because the clutter is too distracting. When we clear our clutter, we clear our mind.

Having a serene, peaceful home alleviates feelings of agitation and restlessness that the clutter precipitates in our brain. Maintaining an uncluttered, peaceful home can make us feel more energetic and relaxed at the same time. Most people feel better in an uncluttered environment.

Clean up your space and see your life change!

14. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, by Kevin Kruse

15 Secrets successful people know about time management book cover by Kevin KruseI wish I had found 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management a lot sooner in my accounting career. It would have saved me a lot of time and stress.

Kruse explains the productivity habits of seven billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 29 straight-A students, and 239 entrepreneurs.

In this book you will learn a myriad of things: how to identify your real priorities, how to work reasonable hours, how to conquer social media distractions, and much more.

This book makes the top 21 in this post because not only it is super interesting and well written, but because we live in a society where nobody seems to have time to do anything anymore.

Most of my friends and family (including myself) are overwhelmed with things they would like to accomplish but we don’t due to lack of time and not being well organized.

A great resource for modern life.

15. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers

Feel the fear do it anyway book cover by Susan JeffersI read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in my early twenties after I had landed in Scotland to learn English and to work.
I was not sure in which direction my life was heading, but I knew I wanted to move on from some emotional issues I had carried for a long time and do well at work.

A part of me was full of fear but Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway saved the day!
Jeffers explains we usually experience three types of fears:

  1. Level 1 fears are those that “happen”: aging, being alone, making decisions, changing career, etc.
  2. Level 2 fears are those that involve the ego: failure, rejection, success, etc.
  3. Level 3 fears say: “I can’t handle it!”

Jeffers explains that at the bottom of every one of our fears there is simply the fear that we won’t be able to handle whatever life may bring us.
She says the truth is we can and will handle it, but we just think we can’t.
Another fantastic addition to your library.

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALING

life becomes easier when you learn to accept and apology you never got by Robert Brault

In physical and emotional healing books I have learned the tools to find harmony and health  physically and emotionally.

The better you feel inside, the better your life will become because when we try to manifest health and happiness through action alone, we are ignoring the inner transformation that is a prerequisite for change.

16. The Healing Power of Mind, by Tulku Thondup

The healing power of mind by Tulku ThondupThe Healing Power of Mind is another wonderful book. Our mind is an incredible tool to help us heal and feel better.

This book includes the foundations of healing, breathing, visualization, and healing meditations.

I have done some of the visualizations and found them to be very useful. They are very easy to follow, and there are so many to choose from.

I particularly like the visualizations for letting go of sadness and the exercise to focus the scattered mind. I feel at peace after reading and applying the exercises.

This is a powerful book, I highly recommend it.

17. Living With Joy, by Sanaya Roman

Living with joy book cover by Sanaya RomanLiving With Joy is beautifully written, so inspiring and uplifting. It was published over 20 years ago yet it is so current (it was updated in 2012). These teachings will never age.

I have read it a few times, and every single time I get something different from it.

In this book you will learn a myriad of things, such as how to gain self-respect and self-esteem, change negatives into positives, gain clarity in your relationships, and how to listen to your intuition.

There are useful exercises at the end of each chapter and over 300 joy affirmations. I love opening a random page and seeing what is in there.

Another great book to transform your life. Pure wisdom.

18. Brain Over Binge, by Kathryn Hansen

Brain over binge book cover by Kathryn JensenI have read many books that explain how our overeating is due to our emotional issues.

Although I agree to some extent (because I’m an emotional eater and I eat a lot more under stress or when I’m upset), I loved reading the story of this author, Kathryn Hansen, and her different take on overeating.

In Brain Over Binge Hansen explains how she was told by her therapists that her binge eating was only a symptom of a deeper issue, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and family and social issues. But she didn’t think she had any of those problems.

She says that regardless of what she uncovered from her past, what she resolved in the present, or how she envisioned her future, her urges to binge eat still consumed her. She didn’t want to go to more therapy, attend support groups, or follow meal plans. Regardless of the amount of traditional therapy she received, she continued binging.

Hansen explains how she came to understand her bulimia in a different way – as a function of her brain, and how she used her brain to recover from bulimia on her own, without having to find, or actually have, any psychological or emotional reason behind her disorder.

This book was truly life-changing for my because I thought one of my problems was not having will power yet it doesn’t have anything to do with it.

19. You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay

You can heal your life by Louise HayYou can Heal your Life was originally published in 1984, since then it has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. I read it at the end of my high school years and it blew me away.

She introduced me to the concept that we choose our family and that our experiences are not as random as we might think they are. I felt really empowered after reading it. 

The book contains many exercises and affirmations to heal your life in every aspect, resentments, physical issues, etc. 

The only thing that I don’t fully agree on is that all of our illnesses are caused by emotional issues, and by working on those issues the illness goes away. It is clear and proven by many other authors and researches that there is a clear link between emotions and illness (think about how sick you can become when you under stressful situations or agonizing over an issue), but I don’t believe it is the only reason why we become sick. 

I have learned that there are actually 5 different reasons why we might be sick, and emotional issues are just one of them. 

The reason why this book is in my top 21 best ever is because it truly changed my life and it was a catalyst for many positive changes in my life. The information, exercises, and affirmations contained in it are priceless.  

I loved it. 

20. Cutting the Ties that Bind, by Phyllis Krystal

Cutting the Ties That BindCutting the ties that bind cover by Phyllis Krystal will help you learn a technique to cut the undesirable cords that tie you to difficult, controlling relationships, regardless of whether you are suffering them now or have suffered them in the past.

Cords are emotional strands of energy that form regardless of time or space. When we consistently direct our thoughts and energy to a particular person, place, or thing, we begin to establish an energetic cord connecting us to that object or person.

We create energy cords when we make conscious or subconscious vows, contracts, or promises with other people.

Cords can be formed quickly when we become dependent on people. Healthy cords create a nurturing sharing of information and energy; for example, the cords created between mothers and their young children. Unhealthy cords can be formed for example, when marrying for money, or out of loneliness and insecurity.

You can cut the cords to your husband or wife and still be married (or friends). You might want to cut the unhealthy, controlling, interdependent behavior if that is something you think is an issue for you.

Cords can be very draining. You might be divorced (separated) physically but not energetically, and it will benefit both parties to cut the cords that bind you; this enhances your relationships and brings more joy into your life.

Phyllis Krystal developed a method to cut the cords to anyone or anything. This book is another great tool for your library. It helped me with difficult relationships that I had to break free from. 

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21. Living on Earth, by Roser Segarra

Living on Earth book by Roser SegarraI don’t mean to blow my own trumpet, but I couldn’t finish this list without referring to my own book, which doesn’t fall into any of the three categories above.

The reason it is in a category of its own is because Living on Earth is a compilation of all the most useful knowledge I have learned in reincarnation and your soul journey, manifesting, and Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Healing categories, with thorough explanations of these subjects and many more book recommendations. 

On top of the hundreds of books that I had read beforehand, I did a large amount of research and I truly believe this book contains all the information you need to know about reincarnation, your soul journey, manifesting the life of your dreams, and taking care of our mind, body, and spirit. 

Living on Earth is probably the best place for you to start reading if you want proven and practical new age and spiritual information to guide you to a healthy, happy, and successful life. This book will show you how to make your life work.

Well, that’s it! I have read many other wonderful books but the ones listed in this posts truly changed  my life. In the future I plan on writing more posts with book recommendations, but in the meantime you can find over 50 book recommendations in my book Living on Earth mentioned above 🙂 

Do you have an all-time favorite book? Please share it below, I love to hear about life-changing books!

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Roser Segarra is the Founder of New Age Spirituality Blog.
She loves reading, writing, and sharing everything she has learned to help others transform their lives.  She is a Reiki Master and has attended numerous workshops and courses on new age and personal development topics. She has also spent two decades in the corporate accounting world, has a degree in Economics and Business Management, and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
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