In the personal development world, we all love a good non-fiction book for some solid life advice and a perspective shift from time to time.
There are four books that I believe saved me from my past. That is to say that they gave me a much needed perspective shift at the right time in my life, and stopped me from dwelling on the bad things that had happened to me.
In the order that I read them, here they are:
Help Yourself by Dave Pelzer
This was the very first self-help book I ever came across, so long ago now that I couldn’t tell you what year it was when I read it. But I do remember the effect it had on me.
You may know the author from A Child Called It. I did read all of his memoirs later on, but I started his catalogue in reverse order with this self-help book he wrote after sharing his childhood with the world.
Dave’s story really put my abusive childhood into perspective. And to hear how he moved his life on, and even began counselling other kids gave me hope for my future.
At the time I was very new to personal development, so I guess I didn’t even know I needed it in my life until I found this book.
Your Voice in my Head by Emma Forrest
Coming from a place of financial struggle, with no family for support, I used to be very bitter about how the other half lived. Emma Forrest’s book kind of helped me get over myself and have more empathy for others.
You see, from the outside she had the life I wanted. She was a writer, financially comfortable enough to just write and not work other jobs to get by. She had a family, she dates celebrities – I could easily have been jealous.
But her story of emotional and psychological struggle woke me up to the fact that just because others have money doesn’t mean they are happy and healthy.
It was a simple message that I took from this book, but one I really needed at the time. Once I stopped being bitter about the advantages other people seemingly had in life, I became a happier person.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
It’s hard to pick just one book by Brene Brown, they have all taught me something and reassured me at the same time. I chose Rising Strong as it was the last one out on the shelves, and the last one I read.
Everything that Brene teaches reassures me that it’s okay to be a flawed human being. I recognise myself so much in her experiences. I have less fear when I’m reading one of her books.
Because of the way I was raised, I had a lot of shame for being flawed, emotional, and dare I say it, ‘real’. This book helped me feel my way through the healing process.
Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard
I put off reading this book for a long time because it is technically fiction, a story about transformation. I had read all of his other books first, and I wasn’t convinced about this one until I heard him share a chapter on his podcast. Then I was hooked.
This is the tale of a man who get’s sucked into living a life he doesn’t enjoy. A huge wake-up call takes him on an adventure of personal growth and realisation until he ‘wakes up’ to the fact that he has more choice and control over his direction than he had been willing to accept.
I won’t spoil the story by saying anymore – just grab a copy, you won’t regret it!
Books are so powerful for personal growth. I would love to know your favourites too. Feel free to add yours in the comments below, I’m always looking for a new read!