Great Reads For Expanding Your Life

By Charlotte Carson

Whether you’ll be lounging at the beach or poolside during your next vacation, you’ll need a good book to keep you company. Here are some of the best summer reads we recommend if you are looking to stretch yourself to your best limits.

What are they great for:

Great Overall: A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle at Amazon

“Goes beyond teaching how to live in the moment and helps readers learn how to turn their suffering into peace.”

Eckhart Tolle is known to many as one of the great thought leaders of modern time. Tolle wrote The Power of Now, a best-seller and must-read and became known around the world.  A New Earth goes beyond teaching one how to live in the moment and illustrates how you can turn suffering into peace. All types of suffering are addressed in the book, from anger and grief to jealousy and anxiety.

Tolle talks a lot about the ego and how to separate ourselves from it.

Great for Confidence: You Are a Badass By Jen Sincero at Target

“You’ll be inspired to go back and reflect on the previous exercises you responded to.”

Fear often is the deadly mind game that gets the best of us. Sincero sets out how to go beyond that fear in her New York Times Bestseller You Are a Badass. Her engaging end-of-chapter exercises, sets this self-help book apart from others as it shows the reader how to put ideas into action.

When you feel a slump in your confidence, going back to your entries will put a positive spin on your day and remind you why you should show yourself more self-love.

Great for Young Adult: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens By Sean Covey at Amazon

“Breaks up the text with cartoons, quotes, brainstorming ideas and stories from real teens.”

You may have read,  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Covey’s son Sean wrote a spinoff version for teenagers to help young adults master formative areas of their lives.

To make the book age appropriate and fun to read, text alongs with cartoons, quotes, brainstorming ideas and stories from real teens bring the book together. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens covers topics like body image, friendships, relationships, goal-setting, peer pressure, bullying, internet safety and so much more. Gift this book to your teenage son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild.

Great for Health: What Are You Hungry For? By Deepak Chopra at Amazon

“Since change isn’t easy for most, the book offers a lot of intention-setting tips.”

Deepak Chopra is the self-help guru of our time. What Are You Hungry For? will help you see your relationship with food in an entirely new light.

While this self-help book could be considered a guide to help with weight loss, it’s really so much more. Chopra does talk about losing weight and also gives a pretty regimented recommendation on what to eat. But he also digs deeper into the reasoning behind our desire to seek this transformation. Since change isn’t easy for most, the book offers a lot of intention-setting tips to help readers determine the motives behind their goals.

Great Anxiety: Declutter Your Mind By Steve Scott and Barry Davenport at Amazon

“Reviewers consistently note how much they enjoy the actionable exercises in the book.”

The subtitle of this book provides great insight into the heart of the book: How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety and eliminate negative thinking. Declutter Your Mind is a book that is very hands-on with its reader and full of various exercises to engage your mindset. You will learn the causes of mental clutter, how to change negative thoughts to positive ones, strategies to help with rocky relationships, how to identify what’s important to you, the importance of meditation, how to goal set and much more.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, worry, or anxiety, this powerful book will do its part in offering various techniques, tips and tricks to cope with an overactive mind. Reviewers consistently note how much they enjoy the actionable exercises in the book and that the co-authors offer more than a sermon on the importance of living mindfully and in the moment.

Great for the Soul: The Wisdom of Sundays By Oprah Winfrey (and Guests) at Amazon

“Reviewers of this book recommend taking your time with each individual page.”

Oprah is known for her moving interviews spiritual gurus, world leaders, therapists, doctors, and other thought leaders. The Wisdom of Sundays has the most moving from these conversations and puts them into one uplifting read.

Authors in The Wisdom of Sundays include Shonda Rimes, Cheryl Strayed, Tony Robbins, Thich Nhat Hahn, Wayne Dyer, and many more.