Our Inspirational Fall Reading List

A new month, a new season, a new start for those of us looking to tweak our lives for the better. We've curated a list of books that we consider some of the go-to guides for finding enlightenment, overcoming fear, cultivating fulfillment, eliminating clutter, clearing the past, appreciating the moment, defining success, living in gratitude, loving yourself, and creating joy. Some are self-improvement classics you will recognize while others are new to the party. Happy reading!

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Carlton Abrams (Author)

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? In The Book of Joy, these two global heroes stare into the abyss and despair of our time and reveal how to live a life brimming with joy. Join them as they explore the nature of True Joy, confront each of the Obstacles of Joy, offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness, and share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

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

Jen Sincero, cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You By Deepak Chopra

In Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra presents ten lessons to help build awareness and change the distorted energy patterns that are the root cause of aging, infirmity, and disease. These ten breakthroughs– five for the body, five for the soul– lead to self-transformation. In clear, accessible terms, Chopra shows us how to commit ourselves to deeper awareness, focus on relationships instead of consumption, embrace every day as a new world, and transcend the obstacles that afflict body and mind.

FearFlip: Following Fear to Find Your Freedom By Natalie Gail

If fear, anxiety, or depression is preventing you from realizing your true self and living a life of joy, FearFlip: Following Fear to Find Your Freedom is a must read. In FearFlip, Natalie Gail reveals her paradigm-changing understanding of fear and offers simple techniques to follow fear to your ultimate freedom. Learn how to value fear as a trusted, reliable friend that you can count on to guide you back to peace. Receive FearFlip™, a practical yet potent tool to transmute fear: the root of all stress, worries, and emotional pain—into love and the calm that results. Discover the natural state of love resulting in your personal experience of fearlessness, unshakable joy, and bliss.

Meet The New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change

by Elisa Pulliam

Designed as self-improvement for Christian women, Elisa Pulliam empowers readers to take charge of their own life transformation by engaging in a meaningful relationship with God and His Word. Each chapter of Meet The New You gives practical and interactive ways to address some of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of permanent change. Through stories, biblical application, personality assessments, thought-provoking questions, and life-coaching principles, Meet the New You helps women understand who they are, cultivate a vision for who they want to become, recognize what holds them back, and determine the steps necessary to put new, practical habits into action.

The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live a happy, peaceful and active life, and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo