Written by: Angie Noll

We all have those books, the ones that really influenced our lives and put us on a new course – the ones we absolutely had to own and lives on the bedside table, close to us.

quotation-dustpink-left Sleep is good, he said. And books are better. – George R. R. Martin quotation-dustpink-right

Here is my list of top 10 books that influenced who I am today. If you’re looking for something to read, why not try one on this list? In no particular order…

  1. You Can Heal your Life – Louise Hay
  2. The Artist Way – Julia Cameron
  3. The Right to Write – Julia Cameron
  4. Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose – Sonia Choquette
  5. Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
  6. The True Secret of Writing – Natalie Goldberg
  7. 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace – Wayne Dyer (And anything else by Wayne Dyer. The list is long!)
  8. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  9. The Path fo the Yoga Sutras – Nicholai Bachman
  10. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  11. The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories – Robert B. Strassler (After reading this tome of a book, I fell very much in love with the ancient Greek researcher/anthropologist/historian and I am convinced that I knew him in a past life. He remains one of my heroes to this day.)

And who is influencing my thinking, my life and my work today?

On my desk, right next to me, there are three books that I’m currently drooling over… they are, in my opinion, delicious, and I wish I had an entire day to just get absorbed in one of them without being disturbed. They are:

  1. Your Inner Conversations are Creating Your World: A Collection on Imagination and Self-Talk – Neville Goddard
  2. The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind Through The Practice of Ashtanga Yoga – Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
  3. The Great Spring – Natalie Goldberg

Which books have influenced your life and changed the direction it was going in? Who are your most influential teachers? Please share with us, because you never know when one of your teachers is exactly what someone else needs right now.

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6 thoughts on “My Life Changing Books- What Are Yours?

  1. Wow, on my bedside table is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo, has been for over a year.
    It’s a security blanket.

    I also love “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and am currently reading “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown!


    1. Ah, those are awesome choices. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never read a Brene Brown book, but I keep hearing her name so I think it’s time I read one;-) I’ll start with “Rising Strong”, since you mentioned it. Happy reading;-)


  2. I was just at the used book store in my town and picked up some new titles so my bedside table is dangerously close to collapse now!

    1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (already read it but it was a borrowed copy and this is a book I want to have to keep. Life changing! For real!)

    2. The Universe Has Your Back (have picked it and read twice but am not connecting with Gabrielle Bernstein. She gets one more chance then off to the used bookstore with her… book)

    3. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (from a recommendation you made, Angie, in a summit interview!)

    4. Do the Work: Overcome resistance and get out of your own way by Steven Pressfield (actually read it front to back last night. Will read again with my notebook to capture the golden nuggets)

    5. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the writer within by Natalie Goldberg (second attempt with this book…)

    6. Writing From the Heart: Tapping the power of your inner voice (Hmm… this was at the bottom and forgotten! Moving it to the top of the pile. Seems timely for me now!)

    Plus 4 more…


  3. Thank you Donna! That’s a great list;-) I’ve also got Writing Down the Bones on my bookshelf. I read it once, and I was inspired by her drive to just write…. sitting at a fair and writing poems for people just off the cuff. Hats off to Natalie Goldberg. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up… sounds like a book I would either love or hate. I’m going to order it from the library right now…. thank you;-)


  4. There are so many books out there and it’s hard to narrow down what is actually worth the read. I am happy I found this post and I have added quite a few to my TBR list for the Spring. Thanks! I think a book that needs to be considered for a future list of yours is “Get Back Up” by George Santino (http://georgeasantino.com/). This book follows the personal journey of the author and his many setbacks in life. He had all the reasons in the world to give up but he didn’t. His father was an abusive alcoholic, he and his siblings lived in poverty in Philadelphia, he was discharged from the military due to a freak injury, his real estate venture failed miserably along with other businesses and yet he is now a partner at Microsoft. I read this book and was amazed by his determination and perseverance. I don’t know if I would have kept pushing forward after all of those setbacks. If you are looking for motivation or a pick me up this is the book to read this year! I hope you will check it out


    1. Thank you Bianca! I’ll check out his book just as soon as I can. The problem with a post like this one is that there are so many good books out there, like you said, and I want to read them all! 😉 But it’s also good to know which books come recommended, so that narrows the field down a bit;-) I”ve actually just picked up an old classic, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I dip into it often, and it’s brilliant. Thanks for stopping by Bianca!


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