Welcome to the Books page
Here I’ve put together a list of the books that I not only recommend but the ones that have had a direct impact on my life, from just a chapter title to a whole book. They are the ones that have helped me on my path to understanding how our mind works, the character traits needed for success and how the universal laws work.
Some of these books were written at a time when all this knowledge was not known. I won’t say that they were a secret, but I will say that people were not informed. It’s not that it wasn’t available, because it was, it was a case of ignorance and lack of knowledge.
It used to be believed that our environment directed the course of our lives. In a way that is still true, when you consider how the environment we live and work in is what we take on to believe in. But, when people began to realise that our mind can affect our environment, a new movement begun.
The books below are part of that movement, which continues to date, increasing in strength and gaining momentum as time goes by. Reading is not just for knowledge. It’s for understanding and reinforcing the ideas we need to make a change.
I’ll begin with the book that started me thinking – Napoleon Hill’s 1938 “Think and Grow Rich”. I spent about a year and a half on this book, and 9 months alone reading daily the chapter on decision. Repetition does work! The 13 principles outlined in this book are timeless. They never change. Each chapter is linked to the other; the book is an example of the synergistic process of our lives, how everything is combined, linked and co-dependant. From desire all the way through to the 6 basic fears. It is an easy enough read, but, as you’ll see with all the other books, the key is in the understanding. I prefer this edition, the original, without the updates and new editorials. If you like to see more modern examples of the principles there are newer editions.
This book is one of my dearest companions. Alone, it changed my life and had the single most impact of all the books on my list here. It challenged my beliefs about me and what I believed in. It got me thinking in ways I hadn’t before and opened my eyes and my life to a new way of living – to the assumption of the wish fulfilled. The book is a combination of Wayne’s experiences and readings, drawing its title from Neville Goddard’s “The Power of Awareness” (see below). Wayne guides you through, what he refers to, the five wishes fulfilled foundations, from understanding who you are to the use of the imagination. It’s a spiritual and enlightening journey that must be experienced first hand.
Marcus Aurelius kept a diary – that’s what “Meditations” is. It’s a diary made up of twelve books that look into the life and thoughts of one of Rome’s greatest emperor’s, as written by himself. “Meditations” is one of the few remaining writings and insight’s into Stoic thought. The reason I prefer this version, translated by Martin Hammond, is because of its plain language and ease in reading. It still needs some thought to comprehend what Marcus Aurelius meant and it’s better taken on when putting yourself in his time and environment.
If you have never heard of Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks or Abraham then this is a good introductory book. I won’t tell you about the authors. Rather, I’ll leave you to discover who they are. The book has its basis on the Law of Attraction, but in reality it is so much more. In it are outlined 22 processes, all of which are directed towards changing your life. This is as much a spiritual as it is on personal development. I consider it a metaphysical text, as it relies on your belief system rather than proving itself on scientific principles. The guidance, however, is rock solid. My favourite part of the book, which I have bookmarked, is Chapter 22 on the Emotional Scale. You’ll discover insights that other books do not go into.
When I first got Jack’s book I read the first couple of pages and put it down. When I mentioned above that in some books the title was enough, this was the one. Chapter one is about taking 100% Responsibility for your life – all of it. The book is a collection of guiding ideas, made up of 67 principles. It’s not a small book or a small read. It needs consideration and putting into practice what is written. There are exercises in the book that you can do and I strongly recommend that you take each chapter seriously, and complete each exercise as you go along. If you have not delved into personal development before, this is a book I strongly recommend starting with. It’s based on real world principles and ideas. Some will appear obvious, until you realise that putting them into practice requires effort… and 100% commitment and responsibility on your part (which is why the first chapter is on responsibility).
This is not your usual personal development book that outlines principles and what not’s. It is a book written by Dr. Maltz. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who observed that some of his patients, even after plastic surgery to correct a visual imperfection (an imperfection as far as the patient was concerned), there would be no change in their self belief, self esteem or self confidence. He studied this effect, which became to be known as the Self Image. The book is all about the self image and how changing our self image can help us attain the success we seek. As he writes in the preface of the book, “The “self image” is the key to human personality and human behaviour. Change the self image and you change the personality and behaviour.” The 21 day challenge of the book is a game changer for the self image.
This is one of my favourites books. Joseph Murphy was a minister who was also a writer and speaker on New Thought. The book is an insight into how the subconscious works and its effects on individuals. The book is interlaced with stories of people who, by changing they subconscious beliefs by consciously influencing the subconscious, changed their life. What makes this book special, is that Murphy tells the reader what he told the people in the stories to do, so that the reader can apply that idea as well. In addition, it is a marvellous insight into the workings of the subconscious mind and its influence on our lives.
This is one of the older books on the list and one of the shortest ones. BUT, it’s one of the more powerful ones. Genevieve Behrend was the one and only student of Thomas Troward (see below). The book is all about the use of our imaginative faculty to visualise the life we want. It paints a picture of how we should use our imagination to better our life and instructs on how to go about doing that. It’s an established fact that visualisation is an important part of the achievement of success, and this little book sets you up well into the use of that faculty.
Wayne Dyer (from above) gave each of his children this book and “Wishes Fulfilled” is partly based on what Wayne understood and observed from Neville’s book. “The Power of Awareness” draws its knowledge from The Bible and Nevilles interpretation of a number of passages. This is not a book for everyone. I don’t agree with all of Nevilles opinions, but even so the message he delivers is a great insight. This book together with “Feeling is the Secret” comprise two of the most condensed and thought provoking texts you’ll find. They are spiritual and metaphysical in nature, but so applicable you cannot fail but wonder why you have not come across them before.
In the introduction we are given, in plain language, what Holliwell meant by “The Law”, the definition being, “God working in our lives”. Keeping that in mind, what follows are 11 principles, the first of which is “The Law of Thinking”. I recall a friend who on reading the first chapter of this book their life was changed. Not dissimilar to Neville, but in the same way not the same, Holliwell explains the universal laws that guide our lives, not only in a spiritual way, but also the mental applications. Gently drawing from The Bible, Holliwell wrote a book that has the capacity to change your life.
Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist and an Auschwitz survivor. A man who lost his family, but never allowed his freedom to be taken – not even during captivity. The book tells the story, in Frankl’s own words, of his experiences in Auschwitz. His use of his imagination is an example of how powerful our mind really is. The ability to maintain a mental attitude for life through harrowing events is the epitome that is Viktor Frankl. This short book is so much more than just about a meaning to life. It is about having a mindset that is unbreakable, a mindset for survival. It is not a book for everyone, but it is a book that should be read at least once in a lifetime.
This is one of the main books that started a woman off to create a film that became known as “The Secret”. It was first published in 1910 and the writing style reflects that. It is a book that is based on the metaphysical. It is based on how our thoughts shape our environment. It is an ideological book, relying on the readers understanding and belief. This is one of the earliest books on how we shape our environment and how we can use our mental faculty to create the life we want. It’s not an easy read, particularly in the understanding, but, once you get used to the method of writing it begins to become much clearer.
I don’t want to say much about this book as it will give the plot away and the outcome. Needless to say, it’s based on a man that has to make a choice, based on belief. After reading this, I wanted more and followed it up with “A Better Way to Live”. Unbeknown to me, this book, unlike the fictional one above, is about Og Mandino’s own life. Both books are inspirational and give you a sense of compassion. I have not read the others by Mandino. For me these two give me the inspiration to be more than I am.
I first heard of this book from my best friend, a marketing professional. I first got it as a download, but it wasn’t until I had the book in my hand that I could really understand what is being said. The book is about the conscious and subconscious mind, referred to as System 2 and System 1 respectively, and how little control we really have over our choices, even when we think that we do. This is a book for sceptics, as it goes into detail explaining, via research and experiments, the difference between the conscious and subconscious and how they affect our lives. If you are in doubt as to what you hear about the reaction between the mind and the environment, this is a book you must read.
I’ll be honest – even writing about this book is… I don’t know what! I love this book for its writing style and it’s content, making it almost a romantic composition on the mind. When I first read “Your Invisible Power”, I wanted to know who this Thomas Troward was and his “Edinburgh Lectures”, which are in the book. He was a judge in British Colonial India, where he grew up. His ideas, thoughts and explanations he called “Mind Science”, written in the colloquial fashion with a touch of the way that British law and acts are written. This makes this writings more difficult to understand that usual. Spend time reading it, however, with time to understand what is being portrayed and you’ll soon be fluent, almost, in Colloquial English. This is a mostly metaphysical book, but, being a judge basing things on fact, Troward draws from what facts he could to substantiate what he says. Although Troward first gave his lectures in 1902, what is written is still the basis of all that is being spoken about and taught about thought, the mind and the effect on the environment. For me, Troward was the person that brought all that we talk about and hear today on the mind, into the open and in reach of the common person.
“As a Man Thinketh” is one of the first books I read and a classic on the mind and self-help, written during the New-thought movement era. Written in the English language of Victorian Britain, it’s a book that is almost poetic and rhetoric. It is a small jewel on the way we think and how we ought to think. Just like Thomas Troward, it’s not an easy read, but it’s worth investing the time reading and understanding its content and message. There is a short poem at the beginning of the book, in the foreword, which begins: “Mind is the master power that moulds and makes, and man is mind.” This short poem epitomises the book itself and the power we hold. A must for any student of the classics and the mind.
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Another resource I use is Audible. It gives me the option to listen to a book whilst I drive or doing some other work where I can listen to a book without compromising that activity (such as when I’m looking after my plants).