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The 32 Life Saving Self Help Books Women Need In 2019

These self help books will guide you on how to get through anything!

Us women can have it tough sometimes. Whether it’s single parenting, finding love, or moving cities, self help books can really make an impact.

With inspiring stories to get you energized, and valuable life lessons to learn from, we’ve put together 32 brilliant authors for you to choose from!

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#1 I Need Your Love – Is That True? by Byron Katie

As women we often find ourselves seeking approval and love from others. Byron Katie’s work turns that desire on its ear with four simple questions that will help your brain to re-evaluate the need for approval, so women can finally break free of that I need you to like/love/appreciate me trap. This books provides the surprisingly low-key ticket to mental health and happiness.

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#2 Instant Calm: 2-Minute Meditations to Create a Lifetime of Happy

Women tend to put the needs of those around them first. Often in between many things we try to accomplish during the day, we can hardly find time for ourselves. In this book lifestyle guru, Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of quickest (yet still effective) mini-meditations. Karen explains how meditation goes beyond the traditional idea of sitting down with your eyes closed and suggests easy-to-do sensory-based meditations

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#3 Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup

Ruth’s book is perfect for women who have a dream or goal but are too afraid to start. Her premise is that everyone has a Fear Archetype. Once you know what yours is, you can understand what is limiting you. She identifies your strengths and weaknesses so you can leverage them for success instead of having them hold you back.

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#4 Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day by Jas Rawlinson

If you love self-help books with real-life, inspirational and relatable stories from people who’ve gone through tough times and made it out the other side, this is a must-read book. With 10 lived-experience stories covering a range of topics (including eating disorders/body image issues, chronic illness, domestic violence, disabilities, and sexual-orientation), Reasons to Live is full of practical insights from everyday people who have overcome trauma or adversity, and re-created their lives with purpose.

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#5 Taming Chronic Pain by Amy Orr

1 in 5 people suffer from chronic pain, and women are significantly less likely to be diagnosed with chronic pain than men. Self awareness, self advocacy and a proper long term pain management plan are vital for women to receive the best treatment, and to live their best lives. This book covers all of the basics about chronic pain, as well as the emotional, psychological, career, relationship and financial issues associated with it. Written by a fellow woman suffering from chronic pain, it’s a must read for anyone in pain or caregiving for someone in pain.

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#6 Financial Freedom by Chase Lawson

Many women may feel overwhelmed when trying to understand and tackle their own finances. That’s where Chase Lawson comes in to help! In this book, he outlines the top tips and strategies to taking control of your own finances so that you can achieve the success you’re worth.

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#7 A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

At a time when incivility has reached epidemic proportions, women seem to be especially frustrated by what we’re seeing. Many are wondering if this is the new normal, and hoping desperately that it’s not-especially now that we’re all suiting up for another contentious election season. It’s up to each of us to choose whether we will spread an epidemic of incivility or foster one of kindness. Kindness is the best antidote to incivility and it’s also a prescription for greater health, happiness, and success. A YEAR OF LIVING KINDLY is an inspiring, practical guide to help readers make a commitment to kindness. It explores both the why and how of kindness-using stories, observations, research, and humor to show the benefits, barriers, and skills of kindness. The book illustrates how each of us can extend and receive kindness-even when it’s hard-ultimately changing our lives . . . and maybe the world.

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#8 Spelling It Out For Your Career by Julieanne O’Connor

This book shows women how to skip the corporate ladder and shares an inspiring and candid view of what’s possible by owning your self-worth. With real life experiences about getting hired, fired and quitting jobs to ultimately create a career that was fulfilling and generous, the book shares why you cannot die without giving the gifts you have to give.

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#9 Spelling It Out For Your Man by Julieanne O’Connor

This book is dedicated to helping people step into their power. It truly demonstrates for women that relationships are eternally flawed and inadequate on their own and that everyone is always evolving at different rates of speed and in different ways. Therefore, to love without ownership and with complete trust and faith in that love is the ultimate.

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#10 Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat! by Marianne Ryan

It is a groundbreaking program to help pregnant women prepare for childbirth and moms fully recover from childbirth. Most women feel that it is common to have many of the problems that childbirth can cause such as chronic back or pelvic pain, a leaky bladder and painful sex. The mission of the book is to explain it may be common to have these problems but it is not normal to live with them! The Baby Bod Program offers a step by step program for all moms, even if it has been years since childbirth. It is the first program to bridge the gap between medical care and fitness advice.

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#11 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This was the first personal growth book I ever read and it changed the way I thought about my life, my dreams and my future. All of a sudden it opened up a whole new world of possibility.

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#12 The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a must read for anyone on a journey to improve their self-worth. This book will teach you about what self-love means, and what having a whole sense of self looks like.

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#13 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Another great book by Don Miguel Ruiz! This book will walk you through four life changing codes of conduct that will help you to shed limiting beliefs and learn how to find freedom from suffering.

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#14 The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

The Magic is a beautiful opportunity to include gratitude into your life every single day. It will change how you show up in your life and will shift your perspective to one that is more positive and uplifting.

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#15 Aim Higher by Haifa Blanchard

Aim Higher: Turning the Storms of My Past into My Biggest Accomplishments by Haifa Blanchard is an inspiring memoir about the author’s journey of transforming her life that doubles as a compelling self-help guide for those who are feeling defeated and/or lost. By introducing her own struggles, such as having a near-death experience at the age of eight, Blanchard details how she had a negative mindset when it came to life and faith. After hitting rock bottom emotionally and spiritually, she was able to make a conscious decision to rebuild her life and faith and chronicles how she worked on her spirituality by building a relationship with God and finding peace, truth and authenticity.

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#16 Empowered: The Woman’S Guide to Following Your Heart by Jenny Powers

Empowered: The Woman’s Guide to Following Your Heart is the story of one woman’s journey to her greatest purpose in life. It is a book that you can read cover to cover, or pick up and read for a single dose of inspiration for your day. It chronicles a journey, though each experience can serve as an individual beacon of light for you to reflect on as you follow your own heart. It is full of guiding truths that will help to show you the way, through the sunshine and through the rain. It is a book that will keep you company, it is a book to keep by your side, it is a book that you can depend upon. Empowered: The Woman’s Guide to Following Your Heart can be anything that you want it to be. Whatever it may be for you, may it always inspire you to believe in your journey, in your dreams, in your heart and in yourself.

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#17 Me and The Japanese Beauty Standards

I was extremely insecure about myself when I was in my 20s. I was trying to lose weight to fit in the Japanese beauty standards. I also was single and felt fat and ugly because there is an unspoken rule that if you don’t have a boyfriend or husband, it means that you don’t have value. I was letting my worth be decided by men and I was focusing on my looks, instead of my inner beauty, my growth, and finding who I am. I wrote this book to share my journey and to tell people that life is not about looks and material things.

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#18 Old Money, New Woman: How To Manage Your Money and Your Life

In ‘Old Money, New Woman’, author Byron Tully provides powerful insights and wit-soaked wisdom to help you make the most of your money and improve the quality of your life.Revealing 8 ‘Old Money Secrets’ for women, the author shares time-tested tips and step-by-step strategies used by the women of America’s Upper Class, generation after generation. From education and etiquette to cosmetics and clothing, this must-read book details the coveted, rarely-discussed fundamentals that any woman can use to achieve financial independence, discover her personal style, and make the most of every opportunity.

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#19 Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach PhD.

I recommend this book to women who are looking for practices to embrace their authenticity and overcome feelings of worthlessness. Tara Brach’s stories, teachings, and practices help tap into the heart of compassion for emotional and spiritual healing.

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#20 Before Happiness by Shawn Achor

It’s a positive psychology book with really effective practices for increasing your level of happiness so you can achieve greater success.

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#21 The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb

More people than we think struggle with depression. This book is helpful because it gives you actionable ways to start creating a way upward spiral out of the doom and gloom so anyone can start to feel better.

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#22 The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

I firmly believe that women everywhere – from full-time mothers to career women – need to read this book at least once. Yes, it discusses redesigning life with a view towards working from anywhere in the world, which does not apply to everyone. But its simple steps regarding streamlining life, deciding which tasks you can and should do and which ones to outsource (and how) are indispensable and go a long way towards alleviating the insanely heavy workload that the modern woman carries.

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#23 Quit Stressing About Food! by Dannielle Illingworth

Quit Stressing About Food! is for every woman who has ever stressed about getting a healthy dinner on the table for her family. It helps to simplify healthy eating, while also dealing topics like perfectionism, body image, self-care and more.

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#24 21 Days to a Big Idea by Bryan Mattimore

Increasingly, women are looking to create their own businesses… but may not yet have been able to think of their “big idea.” The book 21 Days to a Big Idea solves this! By leading the reader through a fun, easy-to-learn and apply twenty-one day process, it’ll help women invent and develop “the next big thing!” The book includes more than two dozen proven idea-creation techniques and processes that have helped Fortune 500 companies create over $3 Billion in successful new products and services.

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#25 The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Overwhelmed. As women, we’ve all been there. The second our head hits the pillow we start mentally going through the laundry list of items we didn’t complete that day.

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#26 The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The reason this book is so important for women is that it’s all about breaking through our upper limits to achieve more success, love, joy, and abundance in our lives. For many women, as we start earning more money, we tend to become uncomfortable with success, and so we self sabotage it to bring ourselves back down to a level we are more used to. For example, if I start earning more money, I might start fights with my partner because I have a limiting belief that I can’t have both money and happiness in my relationships. This book teaches how to face those upper limits, prevent the self-sabotage, and move on to that glorious next level of success.

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#27 Pause 2 Praise by Lisa Swift-Young

Our roles as Moms evolve as our children age. Are you open to having a more authentic relationship with your children? This book presents 10 easy, fast and surprisingly effective ways that Moms can connect with their teens, college students and young adult children.

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#28 Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias

Although Seraphina Does Everything is a storybook for children, many of its 5-star Amazon reviews tout its applicability to women who do too much. The storyline follows a young girl named Seraphina through her various hobbies, clubs, sports, etc., who ultimately finds herself overwhelmed and underprepared to succeed in her jam-packed schedule of activities. This is a parable of the life of most busy women. The author, Melissa Gratias, Ph.D., is an well-known international speaker, coach, and blogger in the productivity arena. In a short but impactful way, Seraphina Does Everything tackles schedule overload, overcommitment, and the need to let go of the good to make room for the great. Women may buy Seraphina with children in mind but end up sharing it with their girlfriends.

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#29 Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

This manual/manifesto is a humorous and enlightening book about the effective tactics that women can utilize to get ahead in a sexist work environment. Giving answers to everyday challenges women face in the office and in the workplace. It’s a great combination of personal stories and statistical research to come up with real-world answers to this complicated issue.

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#30 You Are a Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

I found it extremely transformative in my relationship with money that allowed me to feel confident and free in my pursuit of building wealth. She provides exercises along with each chapter that are both practical as well as spiritual (as she believes in the law of attraction). This is one of those books that you could re-read every year to remind yourself of how badass you truly are and to motivate you on that next project or change in your life.

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#31 Girl, Wash your face by Rachel Hollis

I got this book because I had an extra credit on audible and was the best thing I did! When I found myself driving 12 hrs from LA to Portland I remembered I had this book and decided to listen to it. Twice back to back. Rachel is a successful self starter woman who keeps it real. Women do a disservice to each other by pretending to be perfect and acting like everything is easy both in real life and social media. Rachel talks about her successes but also how difficult it was to get to where she is while making a point that what matters is to never give up. Instead of sharing a recipe for success she opens up her life to her readers and makes it clear that sometimes you need to cry, take a break, eat all the ice cream and just be nice to ourselves. And when you have done what you needed, pick yourself up, wash your face and keep going. On tough days I think of that. I wash my face as a ritual to restart the day if needed and just keep on. The rest I leave to the universe.

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#32 Fast Lane, Wrong Direction by Renessa Boley Layne

In the mad dash to succeed, many of us find ourselves in the fast lane going in the wrong direction – compromising our health, relationships, family and personal satisfaction in the pursuit of success. Over time, we can grow bored, burned out, or unfulfilled, questioning whether the payoff is worth the sacrifice. Whether finding your “right direction” requires a complete personal or professional u-turn or a mere shift in direction, this book offers witty and heartfelt insights to redesign your work and life. It’s a refreshing wake-up call for more joy, authenticity and true fulfillment in the pursuit of success.

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Contributors to this article
Stephanie Stiavetti from Fearless Fresh

Mariana Grace from N/A

Steffa Mantilla from Plantsonify

Jasmine Rawlinson from JasRawlinson

Amy Orr from Amy Orr Books

Chase Lawson from N/A

Donna Cameron from A Year of Living Kindly

Julieanne O’Connor from Spelling It Out

Marianne Ryan PT from BabyBodBook

Penelope Lynne Gordon from Evouq

LAVIDGE from HaifaBlanchard

LAVIDGE from JennyPowers

Tomomi Tsuchio from TomomiTsuchio

Byron Tully from TheOldMoneyBook

Elizabeth Eiten from Boketto Center

Megan Snedden from The Kind Effect

Jade MacRury from Live A Blissful Life

Dannielle Illingworth from DannielleillingWorth

Bryan Mattimore from Growth Engine Innovation Agency

Tonya Dalton from The Joy of Missing Out

Lauren McManus from Create and Go

Lisa Swift-Young from LisaSwift-Young

Melissa Gratias from Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

Kristine Thorndyke from Test Prep Nerds

Luciana Faulhaber from Enuff Productions

Renessa Boley Layne from Perfect Work Academy

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