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13 Inspirational Books For Young Women To Read

Helping the young women of today to aspire for greatness.

Between social life, school life, romantic life, family life, personal hobbies, and professional life, is there any time for young women to think about what they are doing and what to do next? At what point can a yougng woman get inspired by the present moment?

The answer is, whenever she comes across a source of powerful inspiration. And the problem with that is that there are few of those and women need to seek them out intentionally. You just don’t stumble upon them. One place where you could certainly find them will be inside the pages of these inspirational books written especially for the young women of today, have a look.

#1 Be Free. Be You. by Achea Redd

In today’s culture of stress, competition, and perfect images, it’s all too easy to hit rock bottom. Confronted by anxiety about our appearance, our performance, and ourselves, we can feel trapped, imprisoned by the person society expects us to be. The only way to escape that prison is to learn to love who we are–who we really are.

Be Free. Be You. is all about the journey to wholeness and happiness through loving and embracing the real you. With humor, empathy, and honesty, Achea Redd takes you through the ups and downs of her own life and uses her story to show you the path to self-love and authenticity. Let this book be your guide to finding happiness in the person you really are.

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#2 Follow Your Detour by Lindsay McKenzie

Follow Your Detour is a perfect book for any young woman, and shares what to do when the reality that life rarely goes as we plan it to starts to set in. Women spend a lot of their youth and early adulthood planning out their lives – when they’ll get married and have children, their careers, purchasing their first home, etc.

We’ve always been told to follow our dreams, but what happens when those dreams aren’t working out? Divorce? Infertility? Loss of a job or a loved one? We quickly learn that often times those plans don’t work out and we run into dead ends along the paths we work so hard to create for ourselves.

Follow Your Detour is a book about just that! It shares the author, Lindsay’s, own journey of loss and how she embraced the most difficult dead end in her life as a detour. The concept of a detour is critical in life. Understanding that sometimes detours end up leading us on journeys better than we could have imagined or planned for ourselves helps us find purpose in our pain and faith in the future.

No matter what you’re going through, this book will help you find the courage to accept it, overcome your fears of uncertainty, and push forward towards finding the real you and discovering the greatness that’s out there waiting for you. All you have to do is follow that detour!

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#3 Lachesis’ Allotment: A Short Collection of Notes, Observations, Questions, and Thoughts

This hybrid collection of short essays and screenplay explores the nature of friendship and our relationships with the people in our lives over time, from the friendships we form in childhood to the adult friendships we form with our parents—even after they’re gone.

As we look to be the best in our career fields, relationships, and lives, the book challenges readers to think about the whys and hows of where we are—are we letting doubt and hesitation stand in the way or do we have enough faith in the unknown to take a leap? What are we sacrificing? Do we really take the time to think of the costs? The book asks us to reflect on what we’re doing with the one life we’ve been gifted, and the ways people we encounter along the way play a role in who we become.

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#4 Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure

What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout.

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#5 Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink

This inspiring memoir of a 49-year old, grief-stricken and chronically depressed woman who takes up running with her dog will entertain and motivate any reader who has ever fallen into deep despair. Sweeney finds a way through the darkness by pounding the roads with her canine companion. Whether or not readers want to follow in her footsteps, they will be enthralled with her journey.

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#6 Walking Through the Pain by Sherry C. Wherry

Walking Through the Pain is a journey of faith and healing that provides raw insight into how deeply pain affects us and those closest to us. It is a declaration of hope that you can be liberated from your pain.

The book chronicles the life of Olivia Jones, whose life takes a devastating turn at 15 years old, destroying her faith in God. She feels that she is God’s victim, and that she has been deceived by His love. Plagued with the pain of her past, and bound by the brokenness of those closest to her, Olivia finds herself in an unending cycle of crisis that shatters her already feeble world. Out of desperation, Olivia makes a decision that changes the rest of her life – she decides to walk through her pain.

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#7 Your Next Bold Move for Women: 9 Proven Steps to Everything You Ever Wanted

This is a great book to inspire women to be bolder, find their voice and be the creator of their own lives.

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#8 From Me To You by Paula Orezi

I would like to suggest a book that I find inspirational and can relate to women in different walks of life. From Me To You by Paula Orezi, I believe that poetry is a way to connect to others. Everyone can read a book but poems can be read over time as each time if serves a different meaning to the reader. All the poems in this book serves as motivation and inspiration in the walks of life.

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#9 How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

Something I learned in my 27 years: If you can take away even one good idea from a book, it was worth more than you paid for it. So I’m always looking for the one good idea when I read. Well, Lilly Singh’s book How To Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, has more than one good idea! And honestly?

I really expected very little when I saw the colorful cover; I thought it would be fluff regurgitated from the 100s of other books I’ve read. Not so! Singh has a really relatable voice, and like I said: more than one good idea. Here’s what stuck out to me: Singh’s practice of recording what stress she encountered through the day and looking for solutions to prevent the same stressers from popping up again, digging into the layers of an attitude to understand where it originated in your life, and wonderful real-life examples of how she deals with her team and tackles big creative projects.

Whether a woman wants to start her own YouTube empire, grow a different business, or be a star in corporate, there are lots of good ideas for her in this book.

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#10 Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story

Jess is the author of her upcoming book with Harper Collins Publishing, Chasing The Bright Side. Chasing The Bright Side will be hitting shelves in November of this year and speaks about the importance of pursuing your passions and staying optimist through the inevitable failures and challenges that come along the way in life and on the journey to entrepreneurship. Chasing The Bright Side is an honest, hilarious, and vulnerable portrayal of Jess’ hard-earned success as a young, female entrepreneur.

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#11 How Sweet the Bitter Soup: A Memoir

Lori was holding it all together: helping care for her dad with Alzheimer’s and help pay her family’s bills in a small apartment in Chicago, figuring out how to navigate graduate school and four jobs on top of her family responsibilities, and, somehow, continuing to believe that there was more to life than this.

And there was. An exciting job teaching at a prestigious school in China. Grasping on to the fierce determination she’d had since childhood, Lori found herself in Guangzhou, China, where she fell in love with the culture and with a man from a tiny town in Hubei province. What followed was a transformative adventure―one that will inspire readers to use the bitter to make life even sweeter.

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#12 Searching for God in the Garbage

Searching for God in the Garbage is an extremely candid memoir based on the actual diary entries of a young female Harvard grad who develops and eventually recovers from eating disorders. It is a game-changing book because it demonstrates how to fill inner emptiness by joyfully nourishing one’s soul.

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#13 Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

From the same author who challenged women to stop listening to the lies a male dominant culture told them to believe about themselves in, Girl, Wash Your Face, comes Rachel Hollis’ latest release, Girl, Stop apologizing. Within these pages young women will find strategies and techniques, in this changing climate of female empowerment that teaches women how to take command, go after their goals, take what they want and to stop apologizing for it.

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Contributors to this article
Tori Simmons from Geben Communication

Lindsay McKenzie from Follow Your Detour

Diana R.A. Morris from DianaMorris

Johnny Welsh from Peak 1 Publishing, LLC

Amy Eisenbach from Amy E Ax

Sherry C. Wherry from SherryWherry

Wendy Capland from WendyCapland

Paula Orezi from Paula O! Store

Rosella LaFevre from RosellaLaFevre

Lily Holden from Headbands of Hope

Tabitha Bailey from SparkPoint Studio

Bracha Goetz from Bracha’s Books

Lyndsey C. Burdick from PavementSealers

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