4 Books That Will Transform You (+ A Freebie) - Part 1

With the countless self-help books out there today, it can be confusing to know where to start when you're looking to grow. And if you're like me, you have about 300 of these said books 'Saved for Later' on Amazon. This exhaustive list could be minimized if we just knew which books would have the most impact of our lives. Then we could just completely skip over all the rest.

That is what I'm hoping to give you with this growing list - a list of the most transformational and life-changing books that I've read. Books that have personally transformed me, and that I hope will help you along your journey, wherever you may be.


1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul is the single book that has had the most transformative impact on my life. This book set me on my spiritual path.

I visited Michael Singer's spiritual center, The Temple of Universe, with a family friend about five years ago. While listening to him speak that random Sunday morning, I had one of the most profound spiritual experiences I've ever had in my life. 

I decided to go back again with my (now) husband, and after Michael's talk, I bought his book. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Reading this book set me on a journey that completely changed the course of my life (pretty intense, but oh so very true). This book  contains the knowledge that has the power to lead you towards actualizing your truest self (hint: you are not your mind), to help you recognize and detach from your thoughts, mental patterns, emotions and triggers, and it shows you how to separate who you truely are from these things that are not you. 

You can buy the book here on Amazon.

Your mind has very little control over this world. It is neither omniscient nor omnipotent. It cannot control the weather and other natural forces. Nor can it control all people, places, and things around you. You have given your mind an impossible task by asking it to manipulate the world in order to fix your personal inner problems. If you want to achieve a healthy state of being, stop asking your mind to do this. Just relieve your mind of the job of making sure that everyone and everything will be the way you need them to be so that you can feel better inside. Your mind is not qualified for that job. Fire it, and let go of your inner problems instead.
— Michael A. Singer


2. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of A Buddha by Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance came to me at the perfect time in my life, years ago - while I was quitting smoking. There were a lot of emotional patterns coming to the surface along with past experiences, emotions, and ways of dealing with things that I had been avoiding.

I took in every word of this book and allowed it to transform my relationship with myself - to find Radical Acceptance.

I began to embrace every part of myself - the light and the dark. Living this way allowed me to begin to heal my old wounds and patterns that kept me in the cycle of addiction and avoidance.

I feel that this book and Tara's meditations taught me what true acceptance of my whole self really means.

You can buy her book here on Amazon.

Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance. If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are fueling the fears and feelings of separation that sustain the trance of unworthiness. Radical Acceptance directly dismantles the very foundations of this trance.
— Tara Brach


3. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra

I'm currently reading the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and it has already made a huge impact on me. 

Immediately, this book began to shift my perspectives on the potential for manifesting my dreams, intentions, and reality and for aligning myself with the universe, and it revealed to me my true place within and my interdependence with the universe. It is truly eye-opening.

Although it is a very short read, this book comes with a lot of homework. I recommend reading a chapter each week so you have time to implement each of the steps he suggests such as meditating and spending time in nature.

You can read the book for for free here.

When you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy. When you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of enjoying happiness in the moment. When you seek money for personal gain only, you cut off the flow of energy to yourself, and interfere with the expression of nature’s intelligence. But when your actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of energy. When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates — and the surplus energy you gather and enjoy can be channeled to create anything that you want, including unlimited wealth.
— Deepak Chopra


4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now points to very similar realizations that are found in the Untethered Soul, but it has its own unique beauty.

I found the most influential aspect of this book to be its ability to awaken within me an anchor to the present moment. It showed me how to finally experience life now (and all of the ways that I was preventing myself from living in this moment).

The Power of Now also helped me to identify my pain-body (or the accumulation of old emotional pain) and how it manifests in my life, as well as how to begin practicing freeing myself from it.

You can buy his book on Amazon here.

All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
— Eckhart Tolle