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16 Good Empowering Books To Read in These Troubling Times

This article showcases our top picks for the best ‘Empowering Books To Read’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). 

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Fearless by Marcela Franco Rivera

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid? In this compilation of inspirational and personal essays which aim to answer that question, readers will find a space to reflect, set their own tone when it comes to thinking about fear, and explore the actions they would take and decisions they would make if fear never entered the equation. This book is creating a cultural movement in the author’s home country, Honduras. Written in English, it is an honest depiction of life experiences and lessons learned from the perspective of a young Latina.


Loud and Proud by Tea Uglow

This product was recommended by Lydia Rasmussen from Quarto Publishing Group

Loud and Proud places the voices of the vibrant LGBTQ+ community centre stage in the first-ever anthology of LGBTQ+ speeches. From equal marriage to the AIDS crisis, bullying to parenthood, the first 19th century campaigns through to the new trans rights allyship, the issues covered in these speeches touch on all aspects of LGBTQ+ and reflect the diverse and multi-faceted nature of this community.


Warriors, Witches, Women by Kate Hodges

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From feminist fairies to bloodsucking temptresses, half-human harpies and protective Vodou goddesses, these are women who go beyond long-haired, smiling stereotypes. Their stories are so powerful, so entrancing, that they have survived for millennia. Lovingly retold and updated, Kate Hodges places each heroine, rebel and provocateur firmly at the centre of their own narrative.


Be Kind by Melissa Burmester

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Produced in partnership with the nonprofit organization kindness.org, Be Kind emboldens you to try an act of kindness every week for a year, benefiting others and yourself while deepening connections in your community big and small.


The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz

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A powerful, practical, and uplifting book to help get you out of a rut, invigorate your goals and empower you towards success – by life-long motivational writer and coach, David J. Schwartz.


Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas by Genevieve M. Piturro

This product was recommended by Erin Gourley from PressWell PR

What started with a simple question from a little girl led to an awe-inspiring show of compassion throughout the US and beyond. In her narrative, Genevieve brings you to the heart of the matter with eye-opening lessons in leadership, and the tools and motivation to “find your pajamas.”


Small Mistakes, Big Consequences by Anne Corley Baum

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Small Mistakes, Big Consequences is a lighthearted look at the top 16 business mistakes that people make without realizing the potential consequences. Readers will learn how to identify these common mistakes that can make or break your relationships as well as learn how to avoid making these mistakes themselves, and learn how to work with and manage people who exhibit these personality types. The book is filled with simple, actionable business tips to help readers succeed, feel empowered and confident.


Lead like a woman by Deborah Smith Pegues

This product was recommended by Chantay Bridges from Los Angeles Real Estate Now

This entire books premise is written on empowering others, especially women.. Lead like a woman helps you to gain confidence, navigate obstacles, positions you for success whether you are in the board room or kids room. It’s a road map with many directions and signals on the inside. If you are lost and don’t know which way to go, this book will truly inspire you in the right direction. .


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This product was recommended by Jeremy Ong from HUSTLR

It’s a must-read book particularly for a young age. I believe this book is a life-changing one, empowering and inspiring because it’s real and based on real events and incidents. Malala the girl who refused to accept the ignorant thoughts such as No education for girls and insisted to complete her study and encourage other girls to study. Even she got a deadly shot in her head but she survived and become stronger than before! Highly recommended to read.


Led Astray by Karlianna Voncil

This product was recommended by Karlianna Voncil from TCK Publishing

The story involves a young girl who, when abandoned by her mother in the face of a family emergency, befriends a group of older kids and soon becomes involved in events bigger than she could have imagined. The novel ends on a real cliffhanger and is a coming-of-age thriller that has won numerous awards, including the 2020 CIPA EVVY’s, for which Led Astray took first place in the Mystery/Thriller/Detective category.


The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

This product was recommended by Mia Clarke from Invert Pro

This book has some really good scientific points as to how your brain influences all your activities and also how to control it. This could be a life-changing book if read with concentration.


Think Like a Warrior By Darrin Donnelly

This product was recommended by Melanie Musson from CarInsuranceCompanies

This imaginative story follows a coach who has hit rock bottom and receives motivational words of wisdom from history’s most successful coaches.. The warrior mindset empowers you to live confidently and fulfill your destiny. While this book uses sports as its inspiration, the truths warrior spirit is applicable in all situations.


7 Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Intuition by Tracy St. Croi

This product was recommended by Tracy St.Croi from Tracy St Croi Medium

Tracy St. Croi delivers 7 empowering and practical steps to tap into your intuition. We all are born with intuition and St. Croi’s 7 tips assist with developing your gifts to make healther, wiser and more empowering decisions in your life. Even if you don’t believe you have the gift of intuition or that it’s all a bunch of WooWoo stuff, St. Croi best selling book will have you saying Don’t PooPoo the WooWoo.


You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This product was recommended by Gina Harper from Harper’s Nurseries

We all get to a certain point in life where we doubt our strengths and loudly voice our weaknesses. And, during such times, it can be hard to see past the obstacle that’s in front of you. But, with a little nudge, you can begin to appreciate your uniqueness. Success Coach Jen Sincero takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery by serving up great advice, personal stories, and actionable exercises to help remind you of your inner-awesomeness.


Start with Why by Simon Sinek

This product was recommended by Yash Sharma from Learnerz Hub

This book is so inspiring for anyone serving anything. It helps us in how to make loyal and permanent customers or fans of your products or services. As the title suggests, the book is about starting something new by first answering Why ie. Why that thing should be done. The author makes a convincing argument about how new endeavors become successful when people including team members, customers, and vendors understand the importance of an endeavor. The author has written that most people start by answering What and then go on to answer How. He, however, encourages to start by stating the reason and purpose (Why). He affirms that starting with What can confuse the people and lead to unsuccessful results. He says that once people understand the purpose, they themselves figure out the How and What. I follow this strategy in my blog posts. When I am recommending a product or a service to the blog readers, I tell them the reason for doing so rather than talking about the features or benefits of the recommended product.


Peak by Anders Ericsson

This product was recommended by Praveen Malik from PMbyPM

This is a highly motivational and inspirational book. Dr. Ericsson has assimilated his years of research and written this book in a very simple manner. The book talks about the power of the mind and explains how one can achieve almost anything by doing purposeful and goal-oriented practice. Dr. Ericsson calls it Deliberate Practice. The book refers to many case studies to prove how Deliberate Practice outscores natural talent.

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