Are you into Self Help Books?

@34momma (13896)
United States
January 12, 2008 11:54am CST
Do you read books that will help you gain understanding of who you are and your role in your own life? What is the best self help book you have read?
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
12 Jan 08
Actually yes I am and I have been for several yrs now...I really couldnt narrow it down to ONE book being the best though..I think SOME of them would be Courage to Heal (and its workbook) Toxic People Toxic Parents Sometimes I Act Crazy Letting Go of the Person you Use To Be just to name a couple..there are many others though that have been a tremendous help to me in various stages of my life..
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
12 Jan 08
thanks ravenladyj, i am going to look into those. i love those kinds of books and find them to be very helpful.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
12 Jan 08
What type of self help are you looking for in particular or are you just looking for a general self help? Let me know and I'm sure I can help out...I have tons of titles that I've just loved over the yrs..
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i have a bunch of books that i love to read over and over. i was just interested in what other people are reading
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• United States
12 Jan 08
Yes I read self help books occasionally.My favorite is Don't Sweat the Small stuff.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I was eyeing that up at the library today actually..but I never picked it up...Its suppose to be a good series though from what i've heard..
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i have read that book and i love it! i even got a copy for my brother
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• United States
15 Jan 08
I enjoy reading books by Deepak Chopra. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success has helped me a lot. I also read TOny Robbins books. They are better if you listen to his tapes though.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
30 Jan 08
i really do enjoy listening to tony roberts. i love his energy. he is really good
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• United States
14 Jan 08
Now you know what I'm going to say to this one momma. Of course I would expect anyone else to say, "Oh God. There she goes again". None-the-less, you know what 'self help' book I read - over and over. Here's a little story for you (and anyone else who reads this). More often than not, my husband would come home to find me inside a circle of books. Each book was opened to a specific section, lying open on the floor, one on top of the other. He never said anything or asked what I was reading. He always knew what I was doing. I was studying. A reference made in one book led me to another book. That book led of course to another book. It was as much a circle as the circle of books lying on the floor in front of me. I would study what was written in those books over and over. One evening as I was reading intently, studying what some of the other books had to say and how they related to me, I heard a voice ask, "What are you doing"? Without hesitation, recognizing the voice, I answered quietly, " I'm trying to understand". The voice replied, "Why are you cluttering up your mind with so many things that are not important"? I was taken aback for a moment but the next thing I heard answered the question for me. The voice said, "I have given you everything you need in one book. Everything else is of little value". Without hesitation, I obediently closed the other books and stacked them to the side. I spent the remainder of the evening focusing on the one book I knew was the only self help book I needed. I knew instantly that every answer to any question I might have, about any subject, could be found in one book. Since then, when I feel the need to gather information or if I have a question that needs an answer, I refer to that one book. You know momma, what that one book is. It's all the self help I need. Of course, that's just me.......
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
14 Jan 08
All I can say to that is Amen
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@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 08
Yes. I really like to read self help books. I borrow them from my local library and I have bought a few of them from book shops. I read many books on clutter clearing and it helped me rid of the clutter and make my home more organized. I am reading about having less stress and I think that book will do me good. I am also reading a book called how clean is your house. I got a superb tip in that for making my silver metal bin really shine. It has also got some helpful tips to make me do a better job of cleaning my windows. The best self help book I have ever read is Clear Your Clutter.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
14 Jan 08
those sounds like great books to get you, your life, and home on the right track. keep it up
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
13 Jan 08
Well if I had to pick the best, it would be the Bible. Then "The Purpose Driven Life," By: Rick Warren. There is also a good book called "Love, Acceptance, & Forgiveness. Right now, I am reading a book called "The Disease To Please." I own $500.00 worth of Psychology books and I have finished the majority of them.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Well the Bible is the greatest self help book. i heard of the diease to please and i just might look into that one
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@merrydew (60)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I rarely read self-help books. One book I enjoyed that could be classified as a self help book is 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' by Alain de Botton. It's partly a biography of Marcel Proust, but to the purpose of drawing life lessons. Very interesting and readable.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i have never heard of this one but i will look into it thanks
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
12 Jan 08
From the time I was in my teens until now, I must have read just about every self help book there was to have. I am grateful for them. I found Joyce Vedral's book Look In, Look Up, Look Out very informative because I learned plenty from it. I also loved Dennis Waitley's Seeds of Greatness, and Robert Schuller's Self Love.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i love them, they just always give you a push a pat on the back that we all need.
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@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jan 08
I have read a few self-help books. Not a lot. I have one sitting here that I got over the internet probably over a year ago and I haven't opened it yet. It's called "Happiness: The Real Medicine and How It Works". Since then I have watched the DVD "The Secret" but sometimes wish I had to book to refer back to. It's hard to find 90 minutes to sit down and watch the DVD every once in awhile. It's easier to have a book that you can read a little at a time. I read parenting books by Barbara Coloroso but found Dr. Phil's "Family First" the best parenting book. I also liked his "Relationship Rescue" book and keep it on hand for easy reference. I do read books on writing so they may be considered self-help books as they are assisting me in my writing process and progress.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
anything that helps you in your life is a self help book. i love Dr. Phil
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@yanjiaren (9050)
12 Jan 08
My most mind blowing book has and always will be the Art of War my Master Sun..This book of strategy and philosophy combined is mind blowing..I use the strategies in my daily life and in the way I think and evaluate things and it has really helped me change my life around. I feel a bit like a whirlwind sometimes. I now believe almost any thing is possible if you really apply yourself and put your mind to it.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i have never read this book but i hear from everyone who does that it is a great book. i think i may treat myself
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jan 08
Have read many and gain a little from each and have also been able to help others from some of the insights in them. No one favorite but among some i have read are, the self esteem workbook, chicken soup for the soul series, men are from mars series, women who love too much, women that run with the wolves, the power of positive thinking, why men lie and woman cry, how to win friends and influence people plus many many more
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I don't think I have read any self help books LOL do you recommend any good ones momma?
@34momma (13896)
• United States
30 Jan 08
wow there are so many wonderful ones maddysmommy. the first one that really give me a sense of self and personal power is a book named Acts of Faith. go to amazon and look it up. it is a great book. then there is the Secret to the Millionaire Mind, is a great book that changed the way I think about money and my relationship with it. Tuesday's with Morrie another great book. I can go on for days
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I heard about Tuesday with Morrie so I might look into getting that one. I'll check out the first one you mentioned thanks!
@biggerb (2028)
• India
24 May 08
Yes i have read a number of them.The best i have read so far is "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne.Whenever I feel a little low I always pick up one of the ChickenSoup for the soul series and I read tham.I have plenty of them.I feel good reading these stories they uplift my spirit making me feel good.When you read how someone had a problem and how courageously faced it, you feel yes , my problem is nothing,whatever is happening to me,I can get out of this crisis. This is the feeling I get out of reading these books.These books have been a boon to me.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
25 May 08
The Secret is a great book. but there are so many great books. Return to love is a great book and one i think everyone should read.By Maryanne Williamson
@figjam00 (1450)
• India
8 May 08
I an big fan of self help kind of books. I think eveyone should read these kind of books. Self help books helps person to recognise what he really is and what he wanted to do. There are so many great self help books that I have read and naming anyone favourite will be unfair. But for your answer - I like Stephen Covey's Seven Habits.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
8 May 08
i have not read that one. I think i need to look into it. thanks i love them and i recently found to great books that have changed the way i think which is chaning the way i see life and my role in it
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
29 Jan 08
I have read may self help book. Books ranging from body language to picking up a hobby. I have not read any books on gaining insights to who you are though. Those books are the ones that are usually decked with lots of pages with no illustrations. Those are the ones I usually avoid unless I absolutely have to read them (think text books for school). So far the best self help book I have read is the body language book by Allan Pease and his wife. A very good read if you have the time.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
30 Jan 08
being able to read people is very important I think. so that is very self help. books without pictures can be very helpful!!! LOL
@maths887 (64)
• United States
14 Jan 08
You know, I have started to read a fair number of self help books. Mostly about religion and living a happy life, but I haven't finished a single one. They just seem so obvious. Many years ago I read one for teenagers and one section was on saving money and the suggestions were to get a savings account, save a little each week or month, and be selective in what you buy. Doesn't that seem like common sense? I do not think you need to spend $15 or more for someone to tell you that. I think it defeats the purpose. The one book I would suggest, although it is Christian, is The Prayer of Jabez. It is very short, maybe 60 pages, but changed the way I prayed. But I bet your friends have better advice than most of those books.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
14 Jan 08
that is what is so wonderful about books. what is obvious to you is not so obvious to others. that is why books are so important
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
Try reading the Bible. I also find Wild at Heart by John Eldredge a good book. Try also Purpose Driven Life. For sure something will change in your life if you finish reading one of these books.