There are so many books that have helped me in certain aspects of life and helped me articulate my emotions or contemplation. I’d be a different person today otherwise.
Let me tell you, books CAN change your life, IF YOU LET THEM! I’ve been perusing since I was so little. At that time the only thing that fascinated me was story or information. But things have changed now. When you cross your childhood, you start to be aware of the realities of life. So at that time books elevate you when you need it most.
Everyone has that ONE person or book or any incident in their life that transformed them. Here is a rundown of books which cover practically every perspective; it can be intelligence or etiquette or mysticism or how to carry on with your life emphatically. I’d recommend them to anyone who seeks positive change, motivation and grounding. For all of us who have felt this transformation or for anybody who surmises to find that in a decent book, this is for you!
- Forty rules of love by Elif Shafak:
Mesmerizing book with a strong personality of a mystic poet Shams of Tabriz. Basically this book is about Sufism. I literally got goose bumps while reading that. Solid belief on God and the rules of love really awaken the urge to find the GOD in farfetched places. This book indeed gives an acknowledgement of realities and divisions of religious perspectives. From this book one can discover from where the world’s best known poet Rumi started and who was behind it, Shams of Tabriz.
- The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale:
A perfect book for you to achieve contended upbeat life. As pessimism is everywhere now a days, people are scattering and doubts have been arisen in this society. You can only live a life you dream about if you think and fantasize it in a positive way while striving to reach the point with an optimistic approach. So it’s the best time to read this book, live worthwhile life, have confidence in you, break the stereotype and astonish people with gratitude.
- Mushaf by Nimra Ahmed:
The most intellectual, spiritual and rousing novel I’ve ever read in years. A complete transformation of a girl who wasn’t into religion very much. This is an Urdu novel which contains content with evidence of many verses of Quran. One thing I learned by reading this book:
Regardless of the possibilities that you may come to face crises, even your loved one betray you..This had to happen and it did!
So Never ever lose His rope!
Sometimes we believe we are right, people keep on dumping us, perhaps reality is something else. This book can definitely return any person back to mushaf! And that indeed depends on those who seek for guidance.
- Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:
What the World certainly needs the most now is positivity. The story of Santiago, a shepherd on a voyage to fetch his “Inner Legend” has inspired people throughout the world to experience their dreams. The book says that “to realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation”. It not just ‘says’, it makes you accept and believe! I realized that the book managed to solve its purpose to make the reader comprehend that having faith in your fate can actually lead you to realizing it. Now I think twice before cursing my destiny. There is always a greater arrangement that we neglect to understand. It’s a short and exceptionally straightforward story, however unquestionably worth perusing!
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
- Presence by Amy Cuddy:
The next book which I’ve not finished yet but I really love the book. She does Ted Talk and I absolutely love ted talks! This one is just about our body language and how our body language translates into things in our lives, implies what kind of non verbal communication you must have for interview or whatever. I know lot of people will find it funny or stupid but it is kind of power poses and I think that is cool to find a psychology and science behind something. As per my perspective you do things mostly because it is in your subconscious. So read that book, it is quite good.
- Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
The character Charlie is extremely refreshing and he’s called a wallflower in this book even though he is really observant. The book is actually letters and there are journals entries which is interesting. This book contains small things which we usually don’t realize in our daily lives as each letter has got a different point. The character talks to us! What’s more? It’s really realistic. There is no traditional hero or villain but the common people like us. It’s something people encounter all the time regardless of its offensive language at some points.
- The 5 people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom:
It truly captures the essence of life very well. I’d highly recommend you to read this book. The book isn’t focusing on spirituality aspect but rather focusing on reflections of life, that how you think two things happening to you are totally different but how they relate to each other. So it’s a whole web of inter connectivity.
Story is about a man who passes away and rides to heaven. Ohh its not a religious book which people usually get from the title. But the lessons are universal life lessons. The main character Eddie is not always a good person and he’s not always likeable but that’s okay too because he’s supposed to be a representative of a real person.
- Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill:
Napoleon Hill was a writer and journalist. Once he was called to visit Andrew Carnegie ( one of the successful businessman at that time) and Carnegie said I want you to help me to develop the philosophy of success. I’d open doors to the 500 richest people in America so that you can interview them and then take all the best information from these people to put it in the series of books to help youth for getting success fast. And then napoleon hill did that and found 17 principles that wealthy people have (qualities and behavior). This book discusses the people who started from noting to an extra ordinary rich person. It means you can outsource ANYTHING except your own thoughts. However thinking has no value for some people and they take it as apathy. But the most important thing is your imagination works behind your contemplation which prompts to success.
Henry Ford said:
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason
Why so few engage in it.”
Yes! A journal. It really helped me in my life to be more productive and yes I still do bullet journaling. There were 8 books but for the last one I couldn’t stop myself sharing with you guys! You can write your feelings, emotions or to do lists. Keep your journal with you all the time so that you won’t forget what’s important and you can come back to it when it’s appropriate. You may start recognizing people’s behavior or things you want to change in your life. Plus you can FOCUS more on yourself.