8 Books To Read In 2018
by Christine Ferguson
As a Spiritual Life Coach I frequently recommend books for my clients and friends to help them achieve personal goals such as overcoming difficult obstacles, becoming spiritually enlightened, or activating their vision to make a difference in the world.
As you work towards your personal mission this year – whether that includes improving your health, building loving relationships, or starting your own business – you are sure to find something on our suggested list of life-altering, miracle-making books to read in 2018.
Here are eight best-selling books, including triumphant real-life stories, that not only motivate and inspire you in every area of your life, they offer deep and lasting transformation.
These life-altering, miracle-making books are a must read!
1. A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose
A New Earth is one of the most spiritually enlightening books of its time. Eckhart Tolle once topped the list (and perhaps still does) of the most influential spiritual teachers. He describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, unhappiness, and even war. As such, I believe everyone from world leaders to the every day man would benefit from reading this book – and implementing its teachings – to create a new world of peace and harmony.
2. Dying To Be Me: My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
If you don’t believe in life after death or curing your body of a life-threatening illness through a spiritual awakening, this deeply inspiring memoir will open your eyes to a new way of thinking, seeing, and being. After fighting cancer for almost four years, Anita’s body began shutting down and doctors gave her mere days to live. During an extraordinary near-death experience she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. She soon regained consciousness and within a few weeks she left the hospital without a trace of cancer in her once-diseased body!
3. Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Brace yourself for a riveting, intense, and gut-wrenching true story! As I listened to the audio version of this book, the narrator captured the emotion of how Immaculee Ilibagiza tragically lost her family during the horrific Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of nearly one million people. For 91 days she hid in a tiny bathroom with seven other woman praying the killers would not discover her hiding place. Eventually, Immaculee emerged from her terrifying experience with a renewed meaning of truly unconditional love–and forgiveness.
4. Man’s Search For Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
If you have not yet read this classic masterpiece, you will definitely want to add it to your reading list. Man’s Search For Meaning has been named one of the ten most influential books in America. For three years Viktor Frankl, a respected psychiatric, lived in the horror of four different Nazi death camps. Frankl believes that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
5. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
At the young age of 37, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor a Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. She lost her ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Miraculously she fully recovered from the stroke, but it would take her eight years to do so. If you have ever heard the expression “Be aware of the energy you bring into my space,” it was coined by Dr. Taylor who, indeed, gained tremendous insight from her stroke which she considers a blessing and a revelation–including that inner peace is accessible to everyone.
I often recommend this book for people embarking on a new mission, such as starting a new business. Author Simon Sinker studied the leaders and companies who have had the greatest influence in the world and discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way. Their behaviors were counter-intuitive to what everyone else does: they all started with why. When you know why you want to do something, why your business exists, and clearly communicate that message to your customers, you will achieve greater, long-lasting success!
7. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom
don Miguel Ruiz
This small book packs a wallop! It has been a New York Times best-seller for over eight years and has been featured on many must-read lists. The Four Agreements offers four personal Codes of Conduct by which to live your life. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom the four powerful agreements will lead you to freedom, true happiness, and love.
8. The Power of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment
When my clients ask how to handle their constant mind chatter and endless stream of thoughts, I offer strategies that empower them to live in the present moment. I also suggest they read this truly enlightening book which transcends simple principles for being in the now. As mentioned, Eckhart Tolle is recognized as the most influential spiritual teacher in the world. When you read the Power of Now, you will understand why. This book takes you on a powerful spiritual journey which allows you to reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality.
9. The Soul of Money: Reclaiming The Wealth of Our Inner Resources
Although there are many books on the topic of money and abundance, this award-winning book goes beyond attracting more and having more. With her spiritual wisdom and insightful messages, Twist reaches into YOUR soul to unravel the cultural norms and ideologies that have shaped your attitudes and ‘poor’ relationship with money. Endorsed by the legendary Jane Goodall as “an utterly fascinating book,” The Soul of Money connects with your humanity and leads you to understand the essence of prosperity.
These are just a few of the many great books for creating transformation in various aspects of your life. What are some of your favorites and how have they helped you?