Good Reads - Nonfiction
Popular and Prolific Authors
Authors listed in this section are well-known writers of inspirational and self-help books. Find a list of their many books by searching by last name in the SWAN Online catalog.
Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out by Phillip C. McGraw - 2001
Inspiration for a Meaningful Life: Everyday Greatness by Stephen R. Covey - 2006
Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism by Deepak Chopra - 2008
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris 1998
Battlefield of the Mind: Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think by Joyce Meyer - 2005
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day by Joel Osteen - 2007
Change Your Heart, Change Your Life: How Changing What You Believe Will Give You the Great Life You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Smalley - 2007
The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Richard Warren - 2002
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Bstan-’dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV - 1998
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer - 2007.
Inspiring Life Stories: Overcoming Challenges
Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, & Pronouns by Nancy Ortberg - 2008
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza - 2006
Redeemed: A Spiritual Misfit Stumbles Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding by Heather King - 2008
The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic by Jason McElwain - 2008
Biography ARMSTRONG, K.
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong - 2004
Biography BUCKLEY, K.
If You Could Hear What I See: Lessons about Life, Luck, and the Choices We Make by Kathy Buckley - 2001
Biography FOX, M.J.
Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox - 2002
Biography HOCKENBERRY, J.
Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence by John Hockenberry - 1995
Biography NIELSEN, J.
Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielsen - 2001
Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O, the Oprah Magazine - 2005
Remember Who You Are: Life Stories That Inspire the Heart and Mind - 2004
Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit - 1993
This is the first book in an extremely popular series that continues to grow. Other titles in the series focus on stories for a special audience such as mothers, teachers or teens. All library holdings are shelved together in the same number.
Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember by John McCain - 2005
My Hero: Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire Them - 2005
Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness by Kathy Freston - 2008
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know by Gordon Livingston - 2004
First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey - 1994
Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling by Wayne W. Dyer - 2006
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle - 2005
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach - 1995
A book of meditations and new age devotionals for women. The author has also written the companion book, A Man’s Journey to Simple Abundance (158.128 BAN.)
How to Believe: Teachers and Seekers Show the Way to a Modern, Life-Changing Faith by Jon Spayde - 2008
We Plan, God Laughs: 10 Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted by Sherre Hirsch - 2008
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz - 1997
The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life by Dennis Merritt Jones - 2008
Homework: Self-Help Books
This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down - 2007
Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life by Robert Blanchard - 2005
A Blessing in Disguise: 39 Life Lessons from Today’s Greatest Teachers by Andrea Joy Cohen - 2008
A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness by Kathleen Hall - 2006
Radical Simplicity: Creating an Authentic Life by Dan Price - 2005
This Year I Will—: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan - 2006
Become Who You Were Born to Be: We All Have a Gift—Have You Discovered Yours? by Brian Souza - 2006
The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters by Sarah Susanka - 2007
The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices by David Simon - 2006
Character Makeover: 40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You by Katie Brazelton - 2008
This is just a sampling of inspirational titles in the library’s collection. If you would like to find more, use these subject headings to search the online catalog. Try searching the terms CONDUCT OF LIFE; FAITH; HAPPINESS; MEDITATIONS; MIRACLES; OPTIMISM; SELF-ACTUALIZATION (PYSCHOLOGY); SPIRITUAL HEALING; SPIRITUAL LIFE; JOY and KINDNESS.
Prepared by Marty Krause, January 2009