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As an introvert, I love to read books. I also believe in the importance of perpetual learning and growing, to reach goals and live my best life. Here is a list of my top recommended books to change your life in a powerful way, and love yourself. If there are any I’ve left off, or if you have thoughts about the ones I’ve listed here, please leave me a comment below.

1. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking”, by Susan Cain

This book should be required reading for all introverts (and those who love them). For many years I wrestled with being an introvert, feeling like I was different and wondering why I struggled so much with social situations when others seemed so at ease. This book helped me understand why I am the way I am, what’s great about being an introvert, and how to navigate the world without pretending to be something I’m not. It’s also a great guide for those who interact with introverts at any level.

2. “Leaving Church” by Barbara Brown Taylor

You can read my story about leaving seminary and how this book inspired me to do so here. But at its core, this is a story about self-care, listening to your soul and letting your heart lead the way. It’s a joyful and powerful narrative about the author’s decision to leave her ministry, but to continue her spirit driven leadership in a new way.

3. “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life” by Henry Cloud, John Pearson, and John Townsend

Most of my life, I’ve struggled with setting firm boundaries. I always wanted to please others, and it was important to be liked and make friends, even if that meant saying or doing things that didn’t feel authentic to me. This book helped me learn to relate to people better while standing up for myself in a healthy way.

4. “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero

This book gives practical tips for reaching bold and audacious goals and living your best life. It’s so motivating and funny, I read it quickly and longed for more. I recommend it to anyone who wants to reach goals, make more money, have more friends or achieve their dreams.

5. “Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything” by Geneen Roth

Since childhood, I’ve struggled with binge eating and emotional eating. This book helped me to understand why I do this, and how I can change my patterns. Geneen Roth does a beautiful job of diving deep into the difficult subject of food addiction and how it relates to our past, our feelings about ourselves and about God, and how we can break free from our limiting beliefs.

6. “Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life” by Gabrielle Bernstein

We all judge others, and we all know what it’s like to be judged by others. This book helps to shine a light on our judgment, and move forward in love and compassion. When we can recognize these patterns and work to heal them, we can be happier and enjoy more fulfilling lives and better relationships with others.

7. “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay

This book is positive, inspiring, and motivational. It will help you to look at your thought patterns and see how they can heal or harm you. It helped me to recognize my negative thoughts, reframe them, and move forward in a loving and positive way.

8. “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson

This powerful book is the story of a young lawyer (Stevenson) learning about the brokenness of the justice system, and fighting to heal it. It’s hard to read about topics like racism and cruelty, but important to understand the impact on our legal system, and how to work toward redemption. This book is important, moving, and beautifully written.

9. “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield lays out a set of principles for reaching goals and succeeding in business and life in general. It’s a fantastic, practical and motivating book that can inspire anyone to achieve their dreams. You will feel like a new person by the end of this book.

10. “Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin

There is no better book for changing bad habits and establishing positive ones than “Better Than Before.” It dives deep into what makes a habit, different methods to change them, and how to set goals and achieve them once and for all.

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10 motivational books that will change your life